Dark circles and puffy eyes are something that can happen to anyone, but especially to those who don’t get enough sleep. Though it’s tempting to reach for the concealer when this happens, there are some things you can do at home to help reduce dark circles and puffiness.
Get plenty of sleep.
If you’re feeling sluggish and exhausted, it’s time to get more sleep.
Sleep helps the body heal, so getting more quality sleep will help your eye bags and dark circles disappear. It also helps with mood disorders like depression and anxiety, which can cause dark circles in the first place. In addition to giving you energy, proper rest will help you feel less stressed out about work or relationships that are affecting how well-rested you feel each day.
Reduce salt intake.
- Reduce salt intake.
- How much salt is too much? It’s hard to say, but it’s probably more than you think. The American Heart Association recommends limiting sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams per day (1 teaspoon). That’s about half what most Americans consume each day.
- How can you reduce your salt intake? You can start by reading the nutrition facts label on packaged foods, checking for words like “sodium” or “sea salt.” Try cutting out processed foods as much as possible and replacing them with homemade meals that don’t contain any added sodium.
Cool things down (literally).
A cold compress is good old-fashioned advice that never gets old. You can use a cold compress to help reduce swelling and inflammation in your eye area, which will help lighten those dark circles and puffiness. To make your own compress, simply soak a washcloth or small towel in very cold water, wring it out until it’s damp but not dripping wet, then place it over your eyes for 10 minutes. If you don’t have time to wait around for the washcloth to get cold enough on its own—or if you want something a little more portable—try an ice pack instead! Ice packs are great at getting down into those puffy areas under your eyes where heat tends to accumulate anyway (like around the nose). Simply place one over both of your closed eyes for about 20 minutes at a time until you feel relief from any swelling or redness.
Cut down on caffeine.
Cut down on caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can make you feel more alert, but it can also make you feel more tired.
Over time, caffeine can cause insomnia, headaches and anxiety. It may also raise blood pressure.
Drape your folding chair with a blanket.
Drape your folding chair with a blanket.
The folding chairs in our home office are made of metal, so they’re good for the heat. We can put them out in the sun and they’ll stay warm for hours! But if it’s rainy or chilly out, we need to drape them with an extra blanket or two to keep them warm. The blankets we use are thin, so they don’t weigh down the chairs too much.
Use cold tea bags.
- Place a cold tea bag on each eye for 10 to 20 minutes. This is easily one of the most effective home remedies for dark circles and puffiness around. Tea bags are great because they have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and inflammation associated with puffy eyes, which in turn helps to minimize the appearance of dark circles.
- You can also use cooled slices of cucumber or potato on your eyes as an alternative to using tea bags. Just chill them in the refrigerator for an hour before applying them to your eyes, then leave them until they’re completely chilled (it should feel almost like icy water).
Sleep is important and drinking less caffeine might help too!
It’s important to sleep, but it can be hard. Caffeine can have a negative effect on sleep quality because it affects the body’s ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Drinking less caffeine could help you get better rest, which may reduce your dark circles and puffy eyes.
Other simple ways of getting better rest include drinking more water (especially before bedtime), eating fewer processed foods, exercising regularly, creating a relaxing environment in your home or office space/bedroom (such as using incense or essential oils), meditating for just 10 minutes per day, and doing yoga!
Overall, there are a lot of different things that you can do to help deal with puffy eyes and dark circles. Some of them may sound simple, but they’re actually very effective when used consistently over time! If any of these methods seem like something that would work for your situation then go ahead and give them a try.