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How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes

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Waking up with puffy eyes can be really frustrating when you have a big day ahead. Puffy eyes are one of the most common beauty problems.

This occurs when the eyes begin to swell for various reasons, including excessive crying, excessive physical stress, genetics, dermatitis, hormonal changes in the body, a change in weather, sinus problems, hangovers, bad diet, lack of sleep and some allergic reaction.


Puffy eyes can make you look tired and ill. But you can easily take care of them with some simple, natural home remedies.

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Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of puffy eyes.

1. Water

The easiest way to get rid of puffy eyes is to drink water. When the body is well hydrated, there is less chance of water retention that can cause your under-eye area and other parts of your body to swell. Water also helps flush toxins out of the body.

To stay well hydrated, drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. In addition to this, you must reduce the amount of salt you eat to reduce water retention in the body. Also, avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages that can be dehydrating.

2. Cold Spoons

This simple home remedy is surprisingly very effective. It will help tighten up the skin around your eyes as well as relax the blood vessels, thus offering relief to puffy and tired eyes.

  1. Chill 5 or 6 metal spoons in your refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Hold the rounded portion of one of the cold spoons against your eye for a few minutes until the spoon becomes warm.
  3. As the spoon warms, replace it with another cold one from the refrigerator.

3. Tea Bags

Be it green tea bags or black tea bags, both can help soothe puffy and irritated eyes. They contain anti-irritant properties that help reduce swelling around your eyes. They can also relieve redness and inflammation.

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Green Tea Bags to Soothe Puffy and Irritated Eyes
  1. Put 2 used tea bags in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Lie down and put the tea bags over your eyelids.
  3. Leave them in place for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Repeat a few times a day.

4. Cucumbers

Chilled cucumbers make a good remedy for treating puffy eyes. The enzymes and the astringent properties in cucumbers help reduce inflammation and help tighten the skin. This remedy will also help get rid of wrinkles and dark circles around your eyes.

  1. Cut a cucumber into thick slices.
  2. Chill the slices in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  3. Place the cold slices on your eyelids for about 10 minutes or until they become warm.
  4. Repeat the process several times a day.

5. Egg Whites

Egg whites have skin-tightening properties that can help banish under-eye bags as well as help prevent wrinkles.

  1. Separate the yolks from 2 eggs and put the whites in a bowl.
  2. Whip the egg whites thoroughly until you get a stiff consistency.
  3. Add a few drops of witch hazel, a natural skin-tightening astringent.
  4. Use a brush or soft cloth to apply this mixture under your eyes and allow it to dry.
  5. Leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  6. Do this daily for a few days.

6. Potatoes

Just like cucumbers, potatoes are also effective in getting rid of puffy eyes. The starch present in potatoes has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce under-eye bags. This remedy is also helpful for fading dark circles under eyes.

  1. Peel, wash and dry a medium-size potato.
  2. Grate the potato and put the shavings in a clean cloth and tie it up.
  3. Place this cloth over your eyelids for several minutes.
  4. Repeat the process several times until the puffiness subsides.

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101 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes”

    1. The spoons work instantly.. WOW I could not believe it… It was amazing.. have to dance around a little when you first put them on its cold but worth in. Six spoons and rounds did the trick and took less then 2 minutes. 10 minutes in the freezer with the spoons to get them ready

    2. Not sure where to use the spoons ,,over the puffiness under the eyes? or under the puffiness,,,i tend to massage the puffy area with the cupped spoon but wondering if I’m doing it wrong,,,I see nothing as far as results go,,,

  1. Good day. 🙂
    Your article was really helpful. Thank you, such great help to reduce my eye bags using naturals.
    Take Care. God bless

  2. oh glad I found this site… looking for natural remedies. I had an itch on my eye lid, and now i woke up with my eye like a balloon , I am putting ice on it. I hope the swelling goes down fast..
    Thank you

  3. If you have a face wash/scrub/mask whatever with mint in it, use it. It’ll cut down on the swelling. After a good cry, pop an aspirin (or if you strongly prefer herbal remedies, a strong tincture or tea of white willow bark). The anti-inflammatory medicine will cut down on the puffiness. Don’t consume too much salt the next day.

  4. Really good remedies you all should try if you have this problem with your eye works really well love this website!!!!!!!

  5. Having dealt with patients with issues related to puffy eyes, I know first hand the sheer frustration that patients feel when they cannot fathom the reason behind their issues. However, if experience is anything to go by, then I should add that puffy eyes are best dealt with using natural remedies such as getting adequate sleep and performing regular exercise. Also, a product really making the rounds for curing puffy eyes is SwellNoMore. Have you heard about it?

  6. Thank you* so much for helping me I m really get affraid about my skin nd eyes I m only 18 therefore I affraid for my future.

  7. Hi, I love you so much, you are just so kind person. I really have bad eye bags everyday. I just now started to soak my 2 tea bags which is both tea are different type, I guess. The only tea available in the hotel , tower rotana dubai, is 1 earl grey and one green tea. The rest are coffee. I hope this works on me. Thanks for sharing. God bless you.

  8. I have been using strips of cucumber under my eyes because I don’t often have time to lie down with discs on my eyes in the am. It definitely helps!!

  9. I woke up this morning crying because my niece passed away last year and today is her birthday. So u can imagine how puffy my eyes are. Thanks a lot for the tips.

  10. I did the spoon for my puffy eyes. I had an allergic reaction to some eye liner. The spoons worked right away. I used one for each eye. Yay!!

  11. Thanx a lot. Ur article helped me a lot. I cried a lot last night. And woke up with damn swelled eyes. I am an anchor person and i have to go on screen today at 3pm. But my eyes were like a balloon and i was so worried about being on air in this condition. I tried two or three of ur tips and felt much better. I can go on air now. 🙂

  12. Love everything about this, the tips are straightforward, natural home remedies, and in each tip there is a simple rundown explaining how and why it works. I’m bookmarking this site on my phone, brilliant article!

  13. I cry a lot from stress from high school and my eyes are really puffy in the morning so I just put ice on my eyes, and drink a lot of water and my swelling goes down within a hour.

    1. Mikki, I have two daughters who went through that stage too and I helped them and some oftheir friends by managing the time and focus on one thing at s time. You are too young to have stress. There are bigger things coming in our ways than what we already had. Believe me if you focus and pick one thing at a time, and when studying not paying attention to anything else, and tv, computer and cell phones must be turned off for one hour, you will see the results of that one hour of study and will be surprised by yourself. Good luck.

    2. Hello. I was reading all this great info for my puffy eyes (thank you for this site and the comments!) and I came across your comment. That is so kind of you to share with others in the midst of your pain. You have a heart of gold and deserve to be happy. Your post sounded so sad and I wish you were not having such a difficult time in school. I prayed for you and I hope things get better for you. There is a comforter, Jesus, and believe it or not, a relationship with Him will not only comfort you but will also heal your heart. Seek Him out. God bless you!

    3. I understand. We all come from diferrent walk of life. Personally, i dont cry a lot, but wen i do its bad. Be strong God loves u.

  14. Thank u very much nice information given by you i am going to try your tips on my on my puffy eyes post u result what i have feel

  15. I think my eye bags although its more puffiness under the eye by the cheekbone, is due to stress and lack of sleep, loosing my mum 2yrs ago could be a contributing factor. It’s funny that, I know most of these remedies but I don’t try them. Thanks for reminding me. I am going to start today with cold tea bags and cold spoons. Will try the fruits at night when am about to go to bed. By the way any good remedies for lack of sleep, views welcome thank you so much.

  16. Oddly, I had a spoon in the freezer already. So, after reading your article, I went to get it & got a bottle of water to hydrate as well. The spoon got warm almost immediately, so I held the unopened cold water bottle under my eyes switching from eye to eye about every 30 seconds. I’m amazed at how quickly and how well it worked. I could see the bags shrinking each time I lifted the bottle. Unlike the spoon, the bottle of water stayed nice and cold, but not too cold like ice might be. Just a suggestion, then you can drink the water after using it as compress. Thanks for the tips. Now I want to try one of the ones you mentioned for dark circles. Mine were inherited from my mother and I even had them as a child, uugh!

  17. Also, I was wondering why you say to grate the potatoes and put it in a cloth? Would it be OK to just lay a slice of potato under my eye, or would that stain my skin? And if it is necessary to grate it and put it in a cloth, should I moisten the cloth or leave it dry? Thanks again.

  18. I was looking for ways to solve the problem of my eye bag and I came across this, I am going to start trying it now. Thanks for this information.

  19. I am starting to get desperate! It looks like I have been punched in both eyes when I wake up every morning and my eyes feel so heavy!
    I am going to try every one of these tips!
    Holding thumbs!!!

  20. I have severe allergies. The puffiness under my eyes is getting worse. I am so desperate. I will try anything. Thanks for the tips.

  21. Thank you, I’ve tried a lot of this and although it can work temporarily, I am a software developer and it’s my job to stare at a screen all day long. I train in the gym everyday, implicitly drink water because of it and I get good sleep and break up my time on devices and look into the distance as much as I can, however, I still struggle with this ongoing and doing this daily is a chore. I eat healthy and don’t have much salt in my diet. I wonder if there is any long term fix for this. There are certain things we have to do in this world as it exists today and although I would love to live a different lifestyle, my life is, for the moment working within these mandatory conditions. I would like to discover what else is available for a longer term solution. Perhaps that eating certain foods can also have an impact? Like red meat for example. If I try eating only white meat including chicken and fish, that this may make a difference. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks again for this useful article and to everyone reading good luck and be strong, mindful and humble in all your endeavours. 🙂

  22. Am so desperate, my eyes are so puffed most especially during hot weather. am going to try them all hope they real work. thanks a lot

  23. Thank you so much for wonderful remedies, they really work , my hubby doesn’t look drunk any more 🙂
    grateful and blessings !!!!

  24. Interesting and useful information. Thank you !!!! I wonder if anyone already has “great ongoing results”. Please share. Thanks again!

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