If you have puffy eyes, or your eyes have dark circles or “bags” beneath them, it makes you look years older than you are, and can cause your confidence in your appearance to waver. Sometimes shadowy, puffy eyes are the result of poor sleeping habits, hormonal fluctuations, seasonal allergies, and sometimes they can be the result of genetics.
Rather than using cosmetic concealers (and all the chemicals that accompany them) to cover up puffy eyes, why not try a quick and easy remedy that can actually solve the problem?
Puffy Eyes – Causes
It’s important to find out what is the cause of your puffy eyes, and some reasons behind baggy eyes are more obvious than others.
It’s not surprising to have swollen and red eyes if you had a late night, little sleep or you are harboring a hangover. Allergies and chronic sinusitis can also cause puffy eyes. And then there is also stress and different modern-day habits, such as staring at the computer screen for prolonged periods of time.
Some factors you might not associate immediately with excessively swollen eyes. These include a bad diet dominated by salty foods and hormonal changes. Also, different irritants that you put on your body can play a role in developing under-eye bags, such as chemicals found in perfumes, cosmetics and detergents.
And then there are some who are just prone to puffy eyes. Genetics can sometimes be blamed for having to put up with black circles day after day.
Caffeine: Nature’s Cure for Puffy Eyes
I’ve already mentioned that coffee can actually be good for you and it’s even one of the top 10 natural substances to deter ants.
Most wouldn’t think that the same ingredient that’s used to brew their morning cup of coffee could also help to erase dark circles and baggy puffiness from their eyes—but it can. The secret ingredient is caffeine.
Caffeinated ingredients are generally consumed for their energy-boosting properties, but when you apply caffeine to your skin, something interesting happens: the caffeine acts as an anti-inflammatory treatment, and also has antioxidant properties.
Caffeine constricts the blood vessels just below the skin, thereby reducing the “puffiness” of bags under your eyes which can reduce puffiness and swelling and even help to normalize skin tone. This means that topical application of caffeine can help rid your eyes of unwanted puffiness and dark circles—and you don’t even have to take up a coffee-drinking habit to get this benefit.
Caffeine for Under Eye Bags – How To
There are two methods you may want to try in order to reduce under-eye swelling and shadowy circles.
Method 1: Coffee Mixture for Eye Bags
Ground coffee beans, black peppercorns, a few drops of water and a dab of coconut oil are the key ingredients needed to use this method.
The water and oil act as a vehicle for the oils contained within the coffee and pepper, helping to spread the natural ingredients evenly across the under-eye area. Blend the following into the palm of your hand using your finger:
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground coffee beans
- 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- A few drops of water
Apply this mixture in equal proportions to the area below each lower eyelid, taking care not to get any of the mixture into the eye itself (which would sting!).
Leave this mask on for 5 to 10 minutes or until you begin to feel it drying.
Dampen a soft cloth or cotton puff with water and gently wipe away the mask. Then go on about your day looking renewed and refreshed!
Watch the video at the end of this post for a demonstration.
Method 2: Tea Bags for Puffy Eyes
This method is one of the 7 natural ways to get rid of puffy eyes.
All you’ll need to employ this method are two black or green tea bags and a cup of hot water to steep them in. Green tea contains more antioxidants and will probably be more effective at reducing the irritation and it also has other 8 amazing health benefits. Some herbal teas can be used as well, such as chamomile which is known for its calming effect.
- Steep the bags as you would for brewing a cup of tea, then press the excess liquid from the bags with your fingers.
- Refrigerate the bags until they are cool to the touch.
- Put the tea bags over your eyes while lying down. Leave them there for 10 to 15 minutes. You can repeat the process a few times a day.
This can be done several times per week to keep under-eye circles and bags in check the natural way, without resorting to make-up to disguise the issue.
Don’t throw the used tea bags as there are a lot of other things you can do with your used tea bags – read about the 14 great uses for used tea bags.
Video – Coffee Mask for Puffy Eyes
Here is a short video that shows you how to use coffee for treating under-eye bags: