Puffy Eyes: {Home Remedies & Tips}

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Each of these treatments should be applied when you have a chance to rest with head elevated for at least 10 minutes.

Mask*Careful that nothing gets inside eyes.

  • Used Tea Bags (chilled or slightly warm–both work)
  • Slices of Potato, Cucumber or Apple
  • Strawberries (mashed then use to cover skin or slices)
  • Plain Yogurt (dabbed)
  • Chilled teaspoons (rest directly on area several minutes)
  • A compress first soaked in cool water, rung out then spritzed with lavender or witch hazel water–a light, even spray will do.

A few tips:

  • When using sliced food items, cut really thin then apply a couple layers over the skin. This will help them form to face easier. Spritz or dab cool water over the area first.
  • Another idea is to sew small pillows and fill them with rice or flax seed. Keep them in the freezer and apply for several minutes, resting with head elevated. Follow the same directions as these heating pads, just make the bag small enough to set on eyes. There are mask templates here that would also be ideal.
  • If you have regular occurrences, try drinking more fluids, cutting down salt intake and getting more sleep at night. Check with a doctor too since the puffiness could be caused by allergies.

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Published: August 19, 2008
Updated: September 21, 2012

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9 Comments to “Puffy Eyes: {Home Remedies & Tips}”
  1. Joan says:

    The website for the eye mask doesn’t work. Anyone know of any other? Thanks

  2. TipNut says:

    hmmmm, it’s not working for me either Joan. It’s Martha Stewart’s website, I can load the webpage just not the pdf template. Maybe give it a try tomorrow? I’m sure they’ll get it fixed (hope so!).

  3. Sandy says:

    I have had horrible puffy eyes for weeks at a time. They are finally normal again and mine were so bad due to thyroid issues.

    Anyway, my doctor told me to put some ice in baby socks. He said to rub them gently around the eyes in a circular motion.

    He also said to be careful over the products you can buy to put on your eyes. Some of them will cause discoloring.

  4. TipNut says:

    Joan I’ve changed the eyemask template link from martha stewart’s site to another pattern that was sent in. You should be able to get the pattern now :).

  5. On the Glam says:

    Another great tip is to sleep with your head slightly elevated on two pillows – this will promote lymphatic drainage overnight. Caffeine is a vaso-constrictor so any products with that ingredient should help too! Happy deflating!

  6. Judy says:

    You also have to cut down on your salt intake which causes puffy eyes. Also try to eliminate these kinds from diet before going to bed: potato chips, popcorn with salt, etc. In my case, this worked. Good luck!

  7. jogs4201 says:

    Thanks so much for the info on “puffy eyes” due to thyroid issues. I too have that and have just recently been diagnosed — it was on going and untreated for about 2 or 3 years. Yikes. I’ve been wondering about why my eyes are puffy and just bugging me lately. ugh. Well, I’m going to try it….thanks so much


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