Perhaps Daylight Saving Time hit you particularly hard this year. Or perhaps allergy season has come early. Regardless, you're having to deal with tired, puffy eyes and aren't sure what to do. Here are 14 inspired steamtherapy tips which we hope will help alleviate your tired and puffy eyes.
SteamTherapy Tip 1: Get More Sleep!
The best cure for puffy eyes is the simplest, yet somehow the hardest to achieve: Get plenty of sleep. Try to aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night to give your eyes the rest they need. Yes, we realize: easier said than done. Consider it a long term goal, then (we're working on it, too). (See 14 Sleep Benefits and 8 Steam Therapy Tips for Better Sleep.)
SteamTherapy Tip 2: Drink More Water
We've noticed when visiting dry locations (e.g., Las Vegas, Nevada) that our eyes tend to look puffy. The dryer the locale, the more important it is to drink water. (See Two Big Water Lies: SteamTherapy Healthy Lifestyle Advice.)
SteamTherapy Tip 3: Place Cold Cucumber Slices on Your Eyes
Placing cucumbers over eyelids is popular both in-home and at spas and beauty salons. The moisture in cucumber slices is refreshing and soothing, and they also contain an anti-irritation ingredient that helps deflate the skin around your eyes to reduce swelling.
SteamTherapy Tip 4: Apply Caffeine Topically to Your Eyes
Cosmopolitan: You Look Tired recommends placing on your eyes cool, moistened black-tea bags for five minutes.
You see, caffeine shrinks blood vessels; puffy eyes are caused by irritated blood vessels and increased blood flow to the eyes. Applying tea bags will help reduce redness and swelling. Placing the tea bags in ice cold water has a rebuffing effect that is soothing to the eyes.
Tea also contains tannic acid, which acts as an astringent and may even tighten the skin around the eyes, at least temporarily.
SteamTherapy Tip 5: Combine Cucumbers and Tea Bags!
Take ½ cucumber and 1 green tea bag. Brew the green tea, steep, chill. Slice the cucumber and add it to the green tea. Refrigerate until cool. Find a comfortable chair to sit in (do not lie down!) and place the soaked cucumber slices over eyes for 10 minutes.
SteamTherapy Tip 6: Use Ice Cold Spoons on Your Eyes
According to Daily Glow: Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Tired Puffy Eyes, cold spoons fresh out of the freezer placed on your eyes for 10 minutes can do wonders!
SteamTherapy Tip 7: Try Ice Cubes on Your Eyes
The same article recommends ice cubes wrapped in a cloth. If you were planning ahead, you might create spoon shaped ice cubes to neatly fit over your eyes...
SteamTherapy Tip 8: Cold Strawberries on Your Eyes
SteamTherapy Tip 9: Olive Oil + Tea Bag Soother
From the same article comes the suggestion to first apply olive oil (we're not sure which grade is best) followed by cold wet tea bags (see above).
SteamTherapy Tip 10: Ice Cold Milk
Another home remedy ideas for tired puffy eyes is to dunk large cotton balls into very cold milk which you then place onto your eyes for ten to fifteen minutes.
SteamTherapy Tip 11: Apply Rosewater Compresses to Your Eyes
Beauty Confidential: Banish puffy, tired eyes with our tips that REALLY work recommends chilled compresses soaked in rosewater and placed on the eyes.
SteamTherapy Tip 12: Granny Smith Apple Slices on the Eyes
The same article states that cold Granny Smith Apple slices work miracles on puffy eyes given the "presence of tannin, which has anti-inflammatory properties." We suspect other apples may be equally beneficial.
SteamTherapy Tip 13: Apply Witch-Hazel to the Eyes
Try applying cotton balls or pads soaked in Witch-hazel, a natural astringent, onto the eyes for about 5 minutes.
SteamTherapy Tip 14: Light Massage Around Your Eyes
Several of the articles we refer to above mention gentle massages around the eyes, with the palms of the hands in a circular motion. One refers specifically to "Lymphatic Drainage Massage." If you're curious, watch this 7 minute video on Self Lymph Drainage Massage by MassageByHeather.com in Louisville, KY.
How do you soothe tired, puffy eyes? Have you come across other remedies? We'd love to hear.
At the same time, we hope you'll work on getting more sleep and relaxing intensely - perhaps with aromatherapy and a home steam shower routine - before each night's sleep.
Image credit: Tired eye on Flickr.