We get it: sometimes, it’s hard to get your beauty rest. However, don’t let this struggle leave your eyes feeling puffy in the morning—pamper yourself and revitalize the under eye area with these tried-and-true natural remedies.
- Witch hazel
Known to reduce swelling and redness because of its tannin content, this astringent is especially refreshing when chilled. Soak a cotton ball in it and let sit on the eyes for five minutes.
- Egg whites
Egg whites have a short-term tightening effect on pores, making them a great pick-me-up in the morning. Beat an egg white and apply it in outward, light patting motions under the eye, letting it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Chamomile tea
With its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile helps to relieve puffiness and redness under the eyes. Soak two tea bags in hot water, allowing them to cool to room temperature before applying to the eyes. Allow them to sit for 15-30 minutes. Bonus: this can also help to relieve conjunctivitis and pink eye.
- Raw potatoes
Raw potato slices contain an astringent that helps to remove excess fluid from under the eyes. Apply two chilled slices of potato to the eyes and let sit for 30 minutes.
This classic remedy still holds true: chock full of antioxidants and flavonoids, cucumbers help to relieve redness, swelling, and irritation under the eyes. For extra relief, place a chilled cucumber slice on each eye for 30 minutes.
- Aloe vera
Eighteen essential amino acids combine in this antifungal, antibacterial remedy, helping to soothe tired eyes and moisturize skin. Apply in light patting motions under the eye, letting sit for 15 minutes.
- Black or green tea
Rich in tannins and caffeine, green and black teas help to stimulate blood circulation in the eye area. Apply in the same manner as the aforementioned chamomile remedy.