12 Surefire Tricks to Reduce Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes are caused by a build-up of fluid that can be sparked by a poor diet and lack of sleep. If the eyes are the mirror to the soul, some people’s souls look puffy, dark, tired, and wrinkled. Fortunately, these simple tricks will perk you up.

Eye drops

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Sometimes, your puffy eyes are a result of an allergic reaction. If you think that may be the case use over-the-counter eye drops and antihistamines, says Dr. Don Grant, MB, ChB, DRCOG, MRCGP. “Antihistamines contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties, designed to counteract histamine released during allergic reactions.” Find out the worst pieces of skin care advice dermatologists have ever heard

Eat clean

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If you’re struggling with how to reduce puffy eyes, changing your diet is the perfect place to start. The key to getting rid of puffy eyes and dark circles is to limit your salt and alcohol intake. “Grab colorful vegetables like kale, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes to detoxify the body and flush out unwanted bloat and toxins,” says anti-aging authority and scientist Dr. Kan Cao. “Eat potassium-rich foods, like bananas and broccoli to eliminate excess fluids in your body and remember to stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day.” Make sure you avoid these foods that make inflammation worse.

Cold spoons

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Store two spoons in your freezer during the day and place them over your eyes at night, says Dr. Kan Cao. It will cool down the eye area and well as de-puff.

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