Periorbital edema, or puffiness around the eyes, is something that many of us suffer from. The puffiness is a result of fluid accumulating below and around the eyes. This puffiness can be caused by a variety of things, such as a high-sodium diet, allergies, sinus issues, aging, alcohol consumption, and more. While there is a plethora of creams and lotions out there that supposedly fight this swelling, their chance of success is 50/50 at best. Below, you will find multiple natural (and effective) remedies to reduce and eliminate your periorbital edema.
Drink More Water
If the body is consistently well-hydrated, it will not retain as much water, and this will directly reduce the swelling under your eyes. Water also helps flush out toxins through urination and sweating, reducing swelling throughout the body.
The Power of Cold
Cold helps to reduce swelling, and will thus reduce the look of puffiness around the eyes. You can use cold water and splash it on and around your eyes as frequently as needed. A cold spoon is also a great tool. Chill a stainless steel spoon in the freezer and apply the rounded side to your puffy eyes for 10-15 minutes.
Cool Tea Bags
Next time you make a cup of tea, refrigerate the used tea bag(s) to cool them off thoroughly. Once they are completely cold, apply them to the eye area to reduce swelling. Chamomile tea is one of the most beneficial for reducing swelling and inflammation. Drinking the tea alone will help with eye puffiness, but applying the cold tea bags will work wonders for periorbital edema.
A time-tested trick to reduce puffiness, cucumbers contain powerful enzymes and astringent properties which help reduce water retention and puffiness. Wash and cut a cold cucumber into thin slices; place one slice on each closed eye. Allow the cucumber slices to sit on your eye area until they become warm (about fifteen minutes). You can repeat this treatment throughout the day as needed.
Although a high-salt diet can cause eye puffiness, salt can also be used externally to reduce the inflammation and water retention. Add ½ teaspoon of salt to a cup of cold water; dip cotton pads in the cold saltwater and apply to the eye area. Leave the cotton pads on the eyes for 10-15 minutes to reduce puffiness.
Take a small potato and cut it into two even pieces. Refrigerate the cut pieces for 10-15 minutes, until cold all the way through. Place one-half of potato on each closed eyelid. Let the potatoes sit for about 15 minutes to allow the vegetable to work its magic.
Take a glass of organic cold milk and dip a cotton pad into it. Ring out the excess milk, and then place a pad on each eye (be sure to keep them closed). Keep each pad on the eyes for 30 minutes to thoroughly reduce puffiness and swelling.
Vitamin E Oil
Combine ten drops of vitamin E oil with one cup of cold water; dip two cotton pads into the oil-water mixture. Apply these pads to the closed eyes for 20-30 minutes. The vitamin E oil will also help reduce irritation and dryness around the eyes.
Egg White Treatment
Take the whites of two eggs, and beat them thoroughly. Use a soft brush to apply the egg whites around the eyes, wherever there is inflammation. Keep your eyes closed and allow the egg whites to sit until they dry—about 20 minutes. After the egg whites have dried, rinse your eye area with cool water.
Other Tips and Tricks
Lying down while sleeping may also exacerbate swelling around the eyes. To combat this, try sleeping on a slightly elevated pillow. Also, watch your diet and look for the correlation between diet and increased eye puffiness. Try to avoid a high-sodium diet, and always drink plenty of water.
Periorbital edema is a frustrating condition for many of us. However, using these effective natural remedies, you can significantly reduce the look of swelling around your eyes.