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How to relieve tired and puffy eyes

Puffy eyes are often attributed to tiredness but this isn't always the case. Our eyes are very sensitive, not only to light but to our diet and lifestyle. Here are some effective remedies for relieving tired and puffy looking eyes.


Sleep This one is a no-brainer. Puffy eyes can be the result of a lack of good quality sleep. If this is the case, you may want to change your bedroom routine. Try swapping your screen for a book an hour before you are due to get some shut-eye.

Stay hydrated

Fluids in your eyes protect them from dust and other small particles, so it's important to drink plenty of water. It's recommended to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol

While it is important to stay hydrated, try to avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. These can dehydrate your body and cause bags under your eyes. Alcohol can also cause your body to expel more fluids through excessive urination and vomiting. If you are drinking alcohol, try to have a glass of water between drinks to keep your body hydrated.


While it sounds like an old cliche, slices of cucumbers over your eyes can reduce the signs of tired eyes. Simply take two slices of chilled cucumber and place them over closed eyes for around 20 minutes. The antioxidants in the cucumber can help reduce swelling to rejuvenate the skin around your eyes.

Tea bags

Green and chamomile tea bags in particular can be used much in the same way as cucumber slices for similar effects. Start by steeping two tea bags and chilling them for around half an hour. Once cooled, place them over your closed eyes and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. The caffeine in the tea acts as a mild diuretic, constricting blood vessels around the eyes to reduce the inflammation.

Cold spoons

Cold metal spoons can also constrict blood vessels around the eyes to help reduce swelling. Run two metal teaspoons under cold water for a minute or so, or put them in the freezer for 20 minutes, and place them cup-side down over your eyes.

For the best results with cucumbers, tea bags and cold spoons, you may have to repeat the process twice daily.


Massaging the skin around the eyes can increase blood circulation which, in turn, can relieve the impression of tired eyes. Start by applying an eye cream and place small dots around the upper and lower eyelids. Then, using the tips of your fingers, gently tap the cream into your skin as if you are typing or drumming. Do this massage slowly and gently until the cream has been absorbed into your skin. Try to do this routine every day for the best results.


Special lotions can be used around the eyes to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Known commonly as anti-ageing creams, these products can contain active ingredients which reduce the puffiness under your eyes. Look for the active ingredients retinol and vitamin B3 for the best results.

If you have suffered puffy eyes from a prolonged period which you do not think is a result of your diet or lifestyle, it is important that you visit an ophthalmologist or your GP who may be able to provide you with further advice and treatment.


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