Solutions for Puffy Eyes

Late rehearsal dinner combined with the normal stresses of getting married make puffy eyes a common occurrence for brides, and the entire bridal party for that matter.
Puffiness tends to rear its ugly head when salt retention is the culprit. A very salty dinner or crying before bed could result in puffiness. Here are some tried and true methods of keeping those puffies at bay:
1) Drink LOTS of water. The more hydrated you are, the less puffy your skin is apt to become. Avoid substances that tend to dehydrate you, like caffeine and alcohol.
2) Get something COLD on those peepers! Like other types of swelling, puffy eye syndrome can be reduced with applying some cold. Many use cold cucumber slices, tea bags that you pop in the freezer until chilly. Lie down for 15 minutes with the cold compress of your choice.
If you have dark circles along with the puffies, take the cucumber slices and soak them in lemon juice for about 4 minutes, then place them on your closed eyes for the 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
3) Using astringents. There are creams and tonics that use astringents to help tighten the skin. Be sure to buy ones that are made for the sensitive eye area! Soak a cotton ball in it, and set it over your eyes for about ten minutes. Then remove cotton and rinse your face.
Or – use natural astringents, such as grated potato. Grate a fresh cold one and put on your closed eyes for about 15 minutes, then rinse.
4) Mooo. Yes, milk will help, too. Dip cotton pads in chilled milk and place on your eyelids and relax for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water.
5) Egg Whites have skin tightening properties that can give relief for puffy eyes, as well as help prevent wrinkles. Whip egg whites (2) in a bowl until you get a stiff puff. Add a few drops of witch hazel to it if you have any. Use a soft cloth to apply and let dry. Rinse it with cool water.
6) Limit your SALT. A simple little tip with big results. Try limiting it for a week and see the results.
7) ) Get exercise. Having healthy circulation will help move fluid through your body more efficiently. If you have time, do some yoga or go for a quick walk.

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