If you stayed up all night crying because of that certain boy or girl – or you didn’t sleep at all – you probably have a serious case of swollen, red, puffy eyes. The good news is, you’re in luck – we have 7 beauty hacks to help conceal those tears and remove any visible redness or puffiness.
Bonus: you can use the same methods the morning after celebrating the majesty of your inner queen!
#1. Cold Tea Bags
Steep one teabag per eye in cold water for 2 minutes (you are not making tea, you just need the tea soaked through). Squeeze out the excess water, pat dry and place them underneath your eyes for 20 minutes. Some of my friends say they prefer green tea and others say lemon tea. It turns out most every tea works here, albeit for different reasons.
Green or black have the most caffeine. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, which reduces swelling. Black and green tea also contain trace amounts of different natural chemicals, which, when combined, help eliminate puffy eyes and redness.
Herbal teas like chamomile and perhaps certain lemon, can also soothe your irritated eyes because the herbs, flowers or fruit pieces have anti-irritant properties. Some people think all anti-irritants are effective, so our recommendation is to stick with what you find works best for you!
Bonus: There is a warm version of this tip, too. Steep the teabags in hot water for 2-3 minutes, and let cool. Make sure they are not only cool to touch, but cool enough that you will be okay with placing them near your eyes. Lie down and place one tea bag over each closed eye. To help with any dripping tea water, you can lay a washcloth on top of them. That also helps steam the area.
#2. Frozen Spoons
So–brrr, good. Place one teaspoon per eye in the freezer until they are so cold they begin to develop a little frost. An easy way to time this is to put them in the freezer right before your nightly bedtime routine, and take them out when you’re finished.
Lay them on your eyes by following the shape of the spoon. The back of the spoon almost bulges like your puffy under eye area, so match the two. The front side is curved and fits the shape of your closed eyelid.
Take them off when your body tells you it’s time. You will know. The cold works like a custom-shaped mini ice pack. It helps bring down the swelling.
#3. Cucumber Slices
Slice a few cucumber slices – pieces about ¼ inch thick – and put back in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Place one or two slices per eye and rest them atop your entire eye area for 20 minutes. Cucumbers contain ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, two elements that pull out water retention in the eyes. This will reduce the swelling and puffiness. It also helps lighten dark circles.
#4. Hemorrhoid Cream
Yes, you read that right. Just place a tiny dab of Preparation H on your finger or a Q-tip, tapping it gently under your eyes. Then softly blend it in all the way. This has the effect of letting out some of the air in those puffy eyes. It also helps tighten the skin around your eyes. Why? Think of what a hemorrhoid is, an inflamed and swollen area of skin.
#5. Peach or Pink-based Concealer Hides Puffy Eyes
The goal here is to hide the unappealing blueish color present in those bags under your eyes. Peach or pink-based hues (depending on your skin color) help offset the blue. Draw a V-shape starting from each corner of your eye and matching the points just slightly below the puffy line. You will subliminally tell any onlookers there’s nothing to see here, look down there. Fill it in with the concealer and continue on with your make-up routine!
#6. Stacking Your Pillows
Stacking your pillows at night helps drain the water from your upper body, preventing retaining water in your face and causing puffy eyes. When you lie in a flat position, gravity takes hold. Fluid seeps in and settles around your eyes. By elevating your head, you stop gravity from adding new fluid and you also work out what you already have.
#7. Cranberry and Lemon Infused Water
Drink lots of extra water! Keeping hydrated helps remove inflammatory substances and flush out sodium.
Add-ins: Lemons and cranberries are full of Vitamin C, necessary to form collagen and de-puff your eyes. You can also apply lemon juice to a cotton ball and pat the red, puffy areas. Wait 20 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.