This morning I woke up with the worst Puffy eyes! I blame last night's Buffalo-style pizza, wine, and my allergies! I am such a health-conscious person, but everyone deserves a night or two of Mexican food or pizza! High sodium foods always do this too me. I usually *try* to remember to drink extra water with salty meals. But, sometimes I forget and wake up with super swollen puffy eyes...and I need a morning-time solution. I have collected various tips and tricks through the years for some quick de-puffery! So, I just thought I would share these tips with my blog-readers!
My arsenal of anti-puffers: cold spoons, gel eye mask, buckwheat eye pillow
Use a cold gel filled mask. I have one that I keep on the refrigerator door for days like these. I put a handkerchief across my eyes and then the eyemask on top of the handkerchief (you need to be careful that the mask is not "too cold" against delicate eye skin and the handkerchief is more soft than the plastic mask). Lay down with feet elevated and eyemask on for about 5 mins.
Lie down with cold sliced cucumbers on eyes. This works great, but I never seem to have cucumbers when I need them! :)
Lie down with cold wet teabags on eyes (must contain caffeine, so a good black tea, not herbal). The coolness and the caffeine work together to bring down swelling.
Chill 2 spoons in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Lie down, put handkerchief over eyes and spoons over handkerchief with eyes in scoop part of spoon.
Use a soft frozen "eye pillow". Mine was handmade by a friend and filled with either rice or buckwheat (or maybe a mixture of both). I keep this in the freezer. Lay down and drape the mask across your eyes. The weight and coldness feels great!
Drink a mug of hot water with the juice of 1 lemon. I learned this from a makeup artist a few years ago. He said that drinking hot water with lemon when you first wake up combats puffiness and dark circles (now, I have not found it to help with the dark circles). I add honey. Not sure if this "works", but it does hydrate you quickly and I am sure the lemon is good for you even though the hot water probably kills the Vit C content (if I remember correctly, heat kills Vit C). Either way, I have kinda developed a bit of a taste for the flavor of this!
Keep a gel based eye cream in the fridge. Apply. I usually request eye cream samples when I order products online...and I just toss the little eye cream packets in the fridge (dedicate some fridge space on the door for your eye mask, eye cream packets, and some spray toner)
Hope this helps someone out there! I know I am always reaching for one or more of the above solutions after a night of Mexican food or pizza (and I am sure requesting salt on the rim of my margarita glass doesn't help either!). Don't forget to hydrate!!!
Would love to hear if any readers have more tips!