We’ve all went through ups and downs with our skin. We sometimes realise that we are exhausted and overworking ourselves by noticing the changes in our skin and overall appearance. That’s when you know you are definitely overwhelmed. Having enough sleep and drinking enough water are essential to having good energy levels, and which can affect your wellbeing in the future.
Ever noticed your eyes being puffy first thing in the morning, or at the end of the day? This is definitely a sign of exhaustion. First thing you can do about this is figure out a way to organise your time and day better. We all need some “me time” every now and then. Pampering yourself is never something you should feel guilty about, if you love yourself you can love others. If you’re healthy and well, you can take care of others. Always start with yourself! (Since this is the beginning of a new year, add this to your list of resolutions!)
How to reduce under eye puffiness:
The easiest way to get rid of under eye puffiness is water. Drinking more water will not only get rid of the toxins in your body, but it will also reduce the swelling by hydrating your body. 8-10 glasses of water a day is considered a good amount of water to drink daily.
Cold spoons: Grab two spoons and let them chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes, then place them on your eyes for a few minutes till the spoons get warm. This will relief the puffiness as well as tighten the skin around your eyes for a more fresh and awake look.
Tea Bags: Green or plain black tea bags both do well for puffy eyes. They also relief the redness and are anti-irritant. You can do this by soaking tea bags in hot water for 10-15 minutes then lay down and place them on your eyes. You can do this a few times a day. ( Also works for any eye infections)
Cucumbers: We’re used to seeing those at spas, but you should also try these at home. Cut up some chilled cucumbers to help you tighten the skin around your eye and reduce inflammation, place them over your eyes for 10-15 minutes, you can also do this several times a day.
Cold Water: After a sleepless night, splash your face with ice cold water throughout the day. You can also crush up some ice and put it in a plastic bag, wrap it in a washcloth or towel and place it on your eyes to reduce swelling by constricting your blood vessels.
Salt Water: Now, a few of you might feel hesitant trying this, because you can simply burn your eye, but it really isn’t that scary! Salt water gets rid of fluid retention (this is when fluid is absorbed in your tissues, causing swelling), which means less puffiness. All you have to do is, mix half a teaspoon of salt in warm water. Soak cotton balls with the salt water and place them on your eyes (closed of course!).
Aloe Vera : Aloe Vera is known its many purposes in the beauty world. I’ve even used it to reduce any burns from tanning. The Vitamin E and antioxidants also reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Use aloe vera gel under your eyes to make the swelling go away, make sure it doesn’t go into your eyes.
Strawberries: Look smoother and younger with strawberries! The acid in the strawberries helps you get healthier skin too! This is also fun to do, because I usually do this and end up eating the strawberries! Put some strawberries in the fridge for about 30 minutes, then cut them into thick pieces or have them whole and place them on your eyes for as long as you want. They smell and feel good so doing this daily isn’t harmful either.
At the end of the day, all of these remedies can improve your appearance for a day or two, however, taking care of yourself and actually listening to your body is what will improve your overall health in the far future. I am probably the worst person to type about this because I too sometimes exhaust myself till I don’t even look like the same person! But, no one will take care of you other than yourself, and being healthy is the most important thing in life. We sometimes take advantage of the fact that we are healthy and well, forgetting about those who are less fortunate. So, let’s make it a priority this new year to put us first, if not, always make time for ourselves.