Set Your Sights On Mother Nature’s Remedies For Puffy Eyes
Trees to decorate, gifts to wrap, cookies to bake, relatives to visit, shopping to finish and parties to host. When you add the frantic pace of the holiday season to our already demanding schedules it's no wonder that we don't like what we see when we look in the mirror. Puffy, tired eyes are occupational hazards of the holiday season and no matter how fancy your party dress is, you won't look and feel your best if your eyes betray your lack of sleep and stress load.
Fortunately, there are some safe and natural remedies that can help relieve puffy eyes. Some of the best ones include:
Jumping Jacks: While this may sound like an unlikely way to remedy puffy eyes, it is actually very effective. Puffy eyes are often caused by poor lymph flow and exercises like jumping jacks improve circulation and help get the lymph moving. Try doing 10 or 20 minutes of jumping jacks first thing in the morning. Deep breathing techniques also aid lymph flow.
Strawberries: While they can be very useful in reducing swelling, strawberries also contain alpha-hydroxy, a naturally occurring ingredient that supports smoother, younger-looking skin. To reduce puffiness, remove the tops from large, fresh, refrigerated strawberries and slice them about 1/8 inch thick. Relax with your head back, place the strawberries on your eyes and leave them there for several minutes.
Coconut Oil: This naturally occurring remedy firms the skin and helps prevent sagging. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which helps relieve puffiness and brightens up under-eye skin. Coconut oil is also available as a nutritional supplement online and in natural health stores.
Water: Dehydration can contribute to eye puffiness so make sure you drink plenty of water. Avoid substances like caffeine and alcohol which contribute to dehydration. Water also helps rid the body of toxins that contribute to puffy eyes and aggravate skin conditions.
Superfood Fruit Supplements: If you want to knock out three of the above tactics in one easy step, all you need to do is incorporate a daily superfood fruit supplement into your diet.
While these natural remedies can help in the short-term, sooner or later you have to give in to your body's need for sleep. While it can be hard to stick to a healthy sleep schedule during the holiday season, getting enough rest makes all the difference in the way you look and feel.
Many of the holiday stressors we bring on ourselves in our quest for perfection. Try not to overload yourself with late night social engagements and don't stay up all night baking cookies for your child's school party or every office holiday luncheon.
This holiday season, plan more time at home and less time trying to maintain a frantic pace. Stay home with your family and make memories together. You'll be healthier and happier and, since the eyes are the mirror of the soul, you will radiate vibrancy from the inside out.