Cheap Tricks for Puffy Eyes

Beauty Cred on 7 Oct 2008 at 5:39am

What price beauty? For puffy eyes, practically zip--if you follow these tips.

These puffy eye tricks are quick, easy, and inexpensive. And chances are, you already have them on hand--so you can soothe those tired eyes without hitting the beauty counters.

Dr. Jeannette Graf, a Long Island dermatologist, recommends these 3 natural solutions to de-puff eyes and give you that feeling of "ahhh...". Here's what she has to say:

1. Chilled Cucumber Slices

The cool temperature and astringent effect can help to constrict the skin blood vessels and capillaries lessening puffiness and dark circles caused by dilated blood vessels.

2. Chilled Tea Bags

Black tea bags (with caffeine) contain tannins which can be helpful for puffy eyes while the caffeine constricts dilated capillaries diminishing the dark circles.

3. Chilled Raw Potato Slices

Potato slices are used by many and can provide relief to puffy eyes. To prevent oxidation (browning) place raw slices immediately in water and refrigerate overnight.

Notice a common theme? While each natural soother above has properties unto itself that contribute to deflating puffy eyes, the added boost is in the chill. You can also try this with any eye gel you might have on hand--store it in the refrigerator to give tired eyes an extra pick-me-up.