Refreshing Tired, Puffy Eyes

Refreshing Tired, Puffy Eyes

It could be allergies to your indoor heater, a minor insomniac episode or better yet, the morning after a rollicking good night on the town (who, me?)... whatever the case may be, sometimes we wake up with that 'not so fresh' feeling. In the eyes.

When you're struggling to apply eyeliner to a puffy lid, you're definitely overdue for our quickie three-pronged Emergency Puffy Eye Reduction Measures. Give these fast, free remedies a try and you'll be out the door fresh-faced before you know it.

Step 1: Start drinking water and lots of it. Puffy eyes are usually an inflammation due to dehydration, water retention, or too much sodium or alcohol intake.

Step 2: Perform a water bath for your eyes using cool tap water or mineral water, if you have it on hand. Cup the water in your hands and let eyes rest in the bath as long as you can hold it. Repeat 4 -5 times.

Step 3: As soon as you wake up and find you've got puffy peepers, pop two spoons in the fridge while you do Steps 1 and 2. When they're cool (about 15 minutes), lie down with the rounded side of the spoon against your lids until the spoons lose their cool. This is an cheap alternative to a gel eye mask, which works equally well if you have one.  

Step 3 P.S.: Cool cucumber slices work just as well, if you've got them.

Step 3 P.P.S.: Chilled, used tea bags are also a dream for puffy eyes. Stick with herbal chamomile for best results.

Entirely Optional: If you're short on time or you're a true product junkie and just can't resist treating tired eyes to store-bought goodies, pick up a tube of Patricia Wexler's Fastscription Instant De-Puff Eye Gel, $19.50 at bathandbodyworks.com. It's a fail proof solution you can use up to twice a day if you're really feeling marshmallowy.

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