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Reduce Eye Puffiness

Eye puffiness is a common problem, especially among elderly women. However, you can easily reduce it, as it is not a problem of serious consequence. Here's how.
Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Eye puffiness can range from mild swelling to sagging bags under the eyes. There are various causes for this, such as water retention, hormonal imbalance, allergic reactions, heredity, excessive intake of salts, etc. Of these causes, the most common is water retention.
When the amount of salts in the body increase, fluids are required to flush them out of the body. Accumulation of fluids at night, in the areas around the eye, results in puffy eyes. However, reducing puffy eyes is not a big deal as there are several home remedies available.

How to Reduce Eye Puffiness


Ice is the most effective solution to reduce eye puffiness. Wrap a cube of ice in a soft muslin cloth and apply it on the eyes. Alternatively, you can also place a cloth dipped in ice-cold water, on the eye. Change the cloth when it becomes warm. You should also wash your eyes with ice-cold water in the morning, when you wake up with puffy eyes. Ice helps constrict the blood vessels and prevents them from swelling.

Cold Spoon

You can use a cold spoon to reduce puffy eyes. Take 4 spoons and dip them in cold water or place them in the refrigerator. Then take two of them out and place them on your eyes. When they become warm, exchange them with the other pair. Repeat the process until you see some improvement. Cold spoon also works in a similar fashion to that of an ice cube.


Placing a bag of frozen vegetables also helps to reduce puffiness around eye . Similarly, placing slices of cucumber also helps a great deal in reducing puffiness as well as dark circles under eyes. You can also grate some potato and wrap it in a muslin bag, and then place it on your eyes. Make sure you refrigerate it for some time before placing it over your eyes.


Egg whites help to tighten the skin around the eyes and thus help in relieving eye puffiness. Break a couple of eggs and separate egg white from the yolk. Apply this egg white with a thin brush, around your eyes. The tightened skin will rejuvenate eyes, by giving it a lift.

Tea Bags

Placing tea bags upon tired, puffy eyes also helps. However, make sure the tea bags are refrigerated before placing upon eyes.

Drink Water

As mentioned before, inadequate water for flushing the salts out is the major cause of eye puffiness. Hence, whenever you eat salty food or consume alcohol, make sure you drink ample water to avoid waking up with puffy eyes.

Quick Tips on Reducing Eye Puffiness

  • Apply a chilled gel mask on the areas around the eyes.
  • Gently tap the under eye region with your fingertips to disperse the accumulation of fluid.
  • While applying eye makeup, avoid the use of dark eye liners or too much concealer.
  • Moisturize the area and apply bright, icy silver shades to create an illusion of lift.
If you face a problem of persistent eye swelling, consult your physician, as it may be a symptom of a serious problem like thyroid or kidney. Also, check out for the symptoms of edema, if there are swellings on the other parts of body.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this story is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.