Puffy eyes can be caused by a variety of things: allergies, crying, a cold, salty foods, fatigue, or even a night of cocktails. But unless you're willing to give up watching weepy rom-coms, snacking on french fries, and hanging at happy hour, you're going to need the below advice sometime in the near future. Luckily, there are just as many ways to quickly remedy the inflammation that causes the fluid to accumulate as there are ways to, well, accumulate it. So keep enjoying your life, and have these suggestions on hand for your next early morning.
Keep scrolling for the easiest ways to banish puffy eyes—in less than five minutes.
This post has been updated by Hallie Gould.
Leave two clean teaspoons in your freezer, and on puffy mornings, simply press them against your eyes for a few minutes. (Just make sure you rinse them in cold water first, to avoid a sticky Dumb & Dumber moment.) Celeb dermatologist Dr. Brandt has even confirmed it does work.
Drop two tea bags (unprocessed green or black tea is best) in a mug of hot water for a minute, let cool to a safe temperature, and then apply to eyes for three minutes. The natural caffeine in the tea will immediately help constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling.
Gentle tapping can help reduce the accumulation of fluid under your eyes too! Just follow this easy trick from celebrity esthetician Joanna Czech.
A good eye roller packs all the powerhouse components previously mentioned: an icy metal ball, a caffeine-laced serum, and a pressing motion. Our editors put popular rollers to the test and found the best ones.
Cold aloe vera gel is another all-natural way to sooth and de-puff eyes, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Keep a bottle in your fridge, and then apply it just like eye cream.
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