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Best DIY Treatments for Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes and dark circles are the bane of many of our existences. They just won’t seem to go away, no matter what we do! During the holidays, puffiness and dark circles come on with full force, due to lack of sleep, added stress, and too much online shopping. Experts even go so far as to say that some puffiness isn’t a result of sleep at all, but instead of daily habits and genetics.

Luckily, there are many at-home remedies that can help reduce puffiness and dark circles. Try these easy, budget-friendly tricks to wake up your face in time for that big holiday party:

Whole Milk

Dip a cotton ball into cold, whole milk and squeeze away the excess. Place on closed eyes to help shrink the puffy under-eye tissue.


Puffiness in the morning is often a result of excess fluid build-up; try sleeping with your head elevated to prevent this.

Reduce Salt

Too much sodium in your diet can lead to water retention, which results in puffy eyes. Cutting down on salt and drinking plenty of water can help prevent eye puffiness.


Many spa pictures show clients with cucumber slices over their eyes. It actually works! Cucumbers are full of antioxidants and flavonoids that help calm redness, swelling, and irritation. A cool slice of cucumber on each eye for 30 minutes can do wonders.

Green or Black Tea

The caffeine in tea bags helps constrict the blood vessels around the eye, reducing dark circles and puffiness. Place two tea bags in a cup of hot water; remove and let cool to room temperature. Place on eyes for 15-30 minutes.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has significant anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help relieve tired, puffy eyes. It is well-known for its calming properties, which soothes puffiness quickly.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel can help soothe and wake up tired eyes. It’s cooling effect paired with 18 essential amino acids and various other healing properties make it an ideal treatment for puffiness.

Egg Whites

Beat an egg white and carefully apply it under your eyes. Let is sit for 10-15 minutes until dry, then rinse. You will actually feel it tightening your skin and toning any discoloration!

Cold Water

Sometimes simple is best. First thing in the morning, splash your face with cold water to wake up and refresh your skin. To focus on your eyes, wet a washcloth with cold water and lay it over your eyes to reduce redness and swelling.

Chilled Spoons

Put a couple spoons in the refrigerator before you go to bed. In the morning, place them over your eyes for instant results. Cold eye masks and teething rings will do the same!


Rosewater contains vitamins A and C, and is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties. To refresh and rejuvenate your under eyes, saturate a cotton ball and gently dab under your eyes to reduce dark circles. To make your own rosewater, simmer rose petals in just enough distilled water to cover them. Strain when the petals have lost their color, and let cool.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is an astringent often used to reduce swelling, irritation, and redness. Apply with a cotton ball and let sit on closed eyes for 5 minutes. To really rejuvenate your eyes, chill the witch hazel first!