Natural Cures for Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
By Edna Grace
Do you have puffy and/or baggy eyes? Are dark circles under your eyes a constant feature of your face? Puffy eyes with dark circles are common in both men and women. If you experience baggy eyes, then you know that they can make you look old, tired and unhealthy. Is there any relief from this affliction? Yes, you can relieve puffy eyes in a variety of ways.
The first step to curing baggy eyes is to understand what causes the dark circles and the puffiness. Below is a list of the many known causes of dark, puffy eyes:
Lack of Proper Nutrition
Of all the skin on the body, the skin around the eyes is the most fragile. Over time, through both the process of aging and the lack of proper nutrition, the skin loses its elasticity. There are certain nutrients that a body must have to stay vibrant and healthy. Examples of proper nutrition for preventing puffy and dark circles under the eyes include the following. (note: These suggestions are based on remedies that have worked for some people. Please consult a physician before implementing any nutritional regime.)
5 Tips for Better Nutrition
1. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is essential for synthesizing collagen. It is also a natural diuretic, which helps remove excess water from the body that may be causing swelling under the eyes. For a more effective form of Vitamin C, consider taking one that contains bioflavinoids. At least 500 mg per day is recommended.
2. Vitamins in the B family are very important for many functions of the body, including helping you deal with stress that can lead to puffy, tired eyes.
3. Grapeseed Oil is an antioxidant that has been found effective for reducing eyestrain.
4. Water is a vital part of any health regimen. Staying hydrated keeps you supple, fluid and well balanced. It’s great for your skin, prevents water retention and in general helps to keep all of your basic bodily functions working properly. Opinions vary as to how much is enough, but a good rule of thumb is the old standard of eight glasses each day. Consult a health care professional to find out exactly how much water is healthy for your body.
5. A special cleansing diet can help rid the body of toxins that may be causing dark circles and/or puffiness under the eyes. Consult a health care professional for the cleanse that is right for you.
3 Things to Avoid
1. Sodium, either by way of straight salt or foods that contain salt, can contribute to the retention of water in the body. Often this can make your eyes puffy. If water retention seems to be a problem for you, try cutting down on your intake of salt/sodium.
2. Caffeine also promotes water retention and should be avoided as much as possible.
3. Diuretic pills are often used to remove excess water from the body, but be careful when using this method as many people have experienced negative side effects from them. As an alternative to diuretic pills, you may want to consider using Vitamin C. As mentioned above, Vitamin C is a natural and safe diuretic, as is water.
Fatigue and Stress
One of the most common causes of dark circles under the eyes is tiredness. Lack of sleep can make your skin paler, which allows the dark, bluish blood under the skin to show through more. This will make your eyes look darker. Your eyes can get tired not only from sleep deprivation, but also extended periods of time spent in front of a computer or television screen or any activity that stresses or strains the eyes. If you strain your eyes on a regular basis, you may want to consider one or more of the following suggestions.
5 Ways to Avoid Fatigue and Stress(or at least look like it)
1. The first and most obvious solution is to get more rest. This may not seem like a priority in your life at the moment but if you are consistently plagued with bags under your eyes, you may need to figure out how to fit in enough sleep.
2. Stress reportedly increases your body’s production of melanin under your eyes. Finding ways to reduce your stress levels can be incredibly beneficial to your overall appearance, including helping to eliminate those dreaded baggy eyes.
3. A quick way to revitalize your eyes is to lay slices of cucumbers or a cool cloth over the closed eyelids while reclining. This can be just a brief 15-20 minute rest that you take during the day, but it can make a huge difference in how awake and vibrant you look and feel. It’s nice to lie down in a quiet space while shutting out as much light as possible. This will allow your entire body as well as your eyes to have a “power nap”. You’d be surprised at how beneficial it can be to take just a few minutes of down time.
You can also try this with tea bags over the eyes rather than cucumbers. Chamomile tea is a popular choice as it is very calming and soothing. To prepare, simply boil water and pour it over two tea bags of chamomile tea. Just after they start to lose color, remove the tea bags, envelop them in plastic wrap or a Ziploc bag to retain moisture and put them in the refrigerator until cool. (You don’t want them to get too cold as that could be damaging to the tissues around the eye.) When you are ready to take your rest, simply remove the tea bags from the plastic wrap, lie down and place one tea bag on each closed eyelid.
4. If you find that your eyes are especially swollen in the morning, it may be the position you sleep in that is contributing to the puffiness in your eyes. Try elevating your head a bit by adding another pillow. This will prevent the build up of fluids under your eyes. After a week or two, you should notice a difference.
5. For a quick cover up to tired, bloodshot eyes, you can use eye
drops. This method is only effective in making your eyes not look
fatigued, but they will still feel that way.