Revitalize Those Tired Eyes after the Holiday Party
Yep, it’s that time of year again: time for late-night online shopping sprees, hours standing in line at the mall, and countless holiday parties. With all the commotion of the holiday season, it’s no wonder that our looks often begin to suffer by the time January rolls around. Maybe you had a few too many drinks at the company holiday party, or maybe your eyes are shot after another Bridget Jones-style night of lamenting your lack of a holiday honey. Either way, chances are that at some point this holiday season, you, too, will wake one morning to find that your once clear and perky eyes have become lost overnight in a mess of bags, puffiness, and those darn dark circles.
So, what is a body to do? If you want to permanently perk up your peepers, you may opt for a surgical solution for your tired eyes, such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or even a full facelift. For a less invasive fix, you could try one of the many eye firming serums, creams, or lotions that are marketed by some of the finest cosmeceutical companies.
Still, with all of the added expenses that come with this time of year, many of us are seeking a treatment for those saggy-baggies that won’t break the bank. The obvious solution is to eat better, cut back on the booze, and try to get a good night’s sleep. But let’s be honest – who has the time (or inclination) for such practicality during the holidays?
My Favorite Home Remedies
Since the proactive approach to avoiding tired eyes will put a real damper on my holiday plans, I have been looking into affordable home remedies for puffy eyes that I can use year-round. The following are some of the most effective home remedies that I have encountered in my personal quest:
Cucumber Slices: The Cool, Calm, Classic Cure
Cucumber slices are the time-tested treatment for tired, puffy eyes. Simply put some thin, cool slices of cucumber over your eyes and relax for 15 minutes or so, and the bags and circles will simply melt away. Not only are cucumber slices effective for reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, the green veggies also help to soothe and cool the eye area to help you feel even more refreshed. Cucumbers are undoubtedly the most popular home remedy for treating tired eyes, but if you don’t have any cukes, potatoes or apples also work well.
Strawberries are naturally chock-full of alpha-hydroxy acids, which are used in many high-end treatments to make skin appear younger and fresher. Try placing 1/8-inch slices of strawberries over your eyes for a fragrant and rejuvenating treat for your skin and senses.
Bag Those Bags
Try soaking a tea bag in cool water (maybe even place them in the freezer for a few minutes), and then placing them over your eyes and relaxing for a while. The tannins in tea reduce inflammation by constricting blood vessels. Black tea will work just fine for this, but chamomile has been found to be most effective.
Some people swear by milk compresses to tame puffy eyes. To make use of this remedy, simply soak some cotton balls in ice-cold milk and place them over your eyes for about 15 minutes. Not only will this help reduce puffiness, but some users also claim it will make the whites of your eyes brighter and more alert-looking.
Teaspoons for Two
If you don’t have cucumbers or any of the other yummy solutions to puffy eyes, stick two teaspoons in the fridge for a while, then kick your feet up, place the cold spoons over your eyes, and chill out.
Make a Night of It
With so much commotion and stress in our lives during the holiday season, many of us forget to take a little time for ourselves, and the evidence is written all over our faces. If you have dark circles and red, puffy eyes, chances are that you could use a relaxing night in. So, raid the veggie drawer of your fridge, put on some quiet music, and mellow out for a few minutes. Your eyes and your spirit will thank you.
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