If you stayed up until 3am EST, or just did not go to bed at all last night watching the U.S. Presidential Election results, you probably have a severe case of puffy eyes. Maybe you woke up and cried until your eyes were swollen and carrying serious baggage.
Either way, we have a few solutions to help conceal those tears and remove any visible indication of where your vote counted.
Post-Election Puffy Eye and Tear Concealing Beauty Hacks!
#1. Cold Teabags
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. There is some controversy as to whether 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 teabag 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
I should admit; I had never heard of this one. My *husband* told me about it. Sometimes he gives better beauty advice than I do. 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 fridge 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 on your finger or a Q-tip, dabbing 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
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.
#7. Cranberry and Lemon infused water
Drink lots of extra water! Keeping hydrated will help keep your body in good shape and give more energy. 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.
8. Bee venom
How strange does this one sound for puffy eyes and red or dark circles? Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser uses bee venom and plant stem cells. It supposedly works like a mini-Botox treatment, too, helping improve skin elasticity in your delicate eye area.
This particular cream is for the girl who is looking to liquidate her IRA, as it comes in at $160 per 0.8 fl oz. BUT fear not! We have an exclusive deal that saves you $20. You can use the $20 for some “that time of the month” food. To some, this post-election period feels just like that.