Beauty Tips for Puffiness Under the Eyes

Puffiness under the eyes can occur for a wide variety of reasons and, according to the Mayo Clinic, are rarely a sign of a serious underlying medical condition. If you can determine the causal factor, for example, lack of sleep, sinus infection, or allergens, you are on the path to quickly solving the problem. There are many easy and simple home remedies that can aid in reducing the puffiness under your eyes.


Eliminate the causes for puffiness under the eye as much as possible. Accomplish this by getting a good night’s sleep, eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water. Limit your consumption of alcohol, caffeine and sodium, all of which are known to increase puffiness. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses and wear them in the sun. Remove contacts when sleeping, unless you have the type of contacts designed for sleeping. Use fragrance free, non-toxic skin moisturizers around the eyes and remove eye makeup before going to bed. Do not use eye makeup, particularly mascara that is older than a few months. Check for potential allergens, such as mold spores, dust mites, and pet hair, in your pillows and bed sheets. Washing your bedding frequently will help eliminate this problem.

Cold Compresses

As with any swelling, applying cold compresses reduces it. Options may include dipping cotton balls in ice water or cold milk, wringing them out and placing them on your eyelids for approximately ten minutes.

Slice a cold cucumber and place the slices over your eyelids. Cucumbers contain ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, which prevents water retention. Potatoes and apples can also be sliced and placed over the eyes. Potatoes also reduce dark circles and apples have antioxidant properties.

Tea bags soaked in cold water and then placed on your eyelids also works; the tannic acid helps constrict the blood vessels. Green tea has the added benefit of being an antioxidant.

If you use eye creams, you may also want to keep them in the refrigerator.

Sleep position

Use many pillows when you sleep to raise your head, allowing your sinuses to drain better. Additionally, sleep on your back to reduce puffiness under the eyes. You may also want to use an aromatic therapy pillow spray. Diluted lavender, chamomile, citrus and mint all work well.

Hemorrhoid Creams

Beauty experts often tout hemorrhoid creams, such as Preparation H, as a way to reduce puffiness under the eyes, but be very careful not to get any in your eyes. In Canada, according to Pharmacy Mix, the “secret” ingredient in Preparation H is Bio-dyne. In the United States, Preparation H cream contains phenylephrine HCl 0.25 percent, which is a vasoconstrictor that constricts capillaries and reduces dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. According to Pharmacy Mix, many individuals report irritation and burning when using the U.S. version of Preparation H.