Puffy Eyes Remedy

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Preparation H for swollen baggy eyes

Puffy eyes remedy and Why Preparation H Ointment Doesn't Work Anymore

So what's the deal with Preparation H (which is a hemorrhoid cream) for puffy eyes?

Many years back it was rumored that beauty pageant contestants used Preparation H to help reduce swollen eyelids.

The theory was since this ointment helped reduce swollen hemorrhoid tissues, it would do the same for swollen eyes.  

However, this was never proven and the makers of this product say it was never intended to be use around the eye area. 

So I contacted some folks at the company that manufactures Preparation H asked them point blank:

"What's the deal? Can Preparation H be used as a remedy for puffy eyes"?

A company spokesperson for Preparation H stated that the company changed some of the ingredients years ago.

From what I could understand, the present day Preparation H Ointment no longer contains something called "live yeast cell" which was once reported to reduce swelling.

But still, years later, some women insisted Prep-H worked to reduce puffy eyes. 

I have not found that to be true. In fact, applying a heavy ointment near the eye area actually made my puffiness worse!

natural puffy eyes remedy?

Ok, so since Preparation - H changed their formula, that didn't stop me from searching for something that can help reduce the look of puffy eyes.

I've had this issue for so long - I'm desperate to try ANYTHING that will give a slight reduction in under eye fullness. 

So here is what I tried that helped reduce or at least reduce the "appearance" of puffy eyes a bit..................................

Eye massage

Eye Massage: A good natural puffy eyes remedy worth trying...............

This doesn't require anything except time. Time to perform the massage and time for the lymphatic system to do it's thing.

Gently massaging the area helps to encourage lymphatic draining.

Don't bother with those anti-puff eye rollers you see in the drug store!

Something as simple as lightly tapping your own index finger in a circular motion all around the eye perimeter can help a lot.

Try face/eye exercises to help improve the look of puffy eyes and crow's feet too.  Click here to see my results so far........

Also, if you do not wish to use your fingers/hands to perform a eye or face massage - the Kansa Wand is a perfect option.

The wand is easy to use, helps increase skin glow and the best part? It's gentle on your hands and fingers. This is important if you have problems with sore joints or arthritis. You can give yourself a great face, neck and should massage - while watching TV.

You can also try Face Cupping. Facial cupping can help encourage lymphatic drainage and de-puff you whole face. Click here to read more and see why some celebrities use face and body cupping.

eyes Serum

Eye Serum: The only one that still works to reduce the appearance of puffiness.....

Ok, so I've tried about 100 different under eye creams, serums, and lotions over the last 25 years. Most eye serums to reduce puffiness have a similar function - they "contract" the skin by drying it a bit which causes the skin to "lift" and helps smooth out puffiness and fine lines.

While many of the serums I've tried worked to reduce puffiness - they also dried my skin too much and left a whitish film.

But the one I use now works the best for me.  Not a miracle, no over-the-counter product is, but much better than all of the others I've tried.

You can watch a video on how it works

Or go to the purchase page for more info about ingredients and costs. 

Natural Remedies You Can Make at Home

tea bags for puffy eyes

We found a ton of home remedies ranging from frozen peas to cold tea bags.

The most common natural remedy for swollen eyes is a cold compress (like a cold washcloth, cold spoons, or an eye mask). 

The cold helps constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. While this may not be the quickest cure, it is the most natural remedy.

To improve your results and speed things up – consider some trying some natural ingredients found in your freezer, refrigerator or cupboard.  For example:

Cold tea bags for swollen eyes

Do you know how many tea bags I wasted over the last 20 years!  :-)

And while tea bags might work a bit to reduce eye swelling, the tannins in the tea also dried the delicate under eye skin - sometimes making me look worse. 

To prepare:

Start with non-flavored caffeinated tea bags. The caffeine helps constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. If your eyes are red and irritated, then try chamomile which helps calm irritation, redness, and inflammation.

Ok so here's what you need to do: Seep two tea bags in a cup of hot water for five minutes.  Then put the tea bags into a container and place in the refrigerator until they're cold.

Cold tea bags worked pretty well.

The cold helped reduce inflammation and the tannins helped constrict blood vessels which helped reduce dark circles......

This should have been the perfect solution - right?

Well, not for me......

The tannins in the tea dried the delicate skin around my eyes and left me with crepey/ crinkly fine lines.

So looks like I traded one problem for another! 

Besides, who's got that much time to sit around each morning with cold tea bags on their eyes?

Frozen Peas

A frozen bag of peas works well since the peas are little; the bag conforms to the contours of your eyes and face.  It's soft and feels comforting when placed over the eyes.

And unlike wet tea bags, there is no mess even when the peas begin to thaw.

Frozen teaspoons

If you're out of cucumbers, anything cold can help, but cold teaspoons work well and they fit nicely over the whole eye area. Keep a few old teaspoons in the freezer.

They feel wonderful, are so easy to use and never drip or melt so there is no mess!!

Cold cucumbers

This is a classic puffy eyes remedy and feels wonderful.

Cold sliced cucumbers placed over each eyelid might help reduce the swelling too. Cucumbers contain natural astringent properties.

Place a thin slice over each each and sit back and relax for about 10 minutes.

If you have time - replace with two more slices and sit back and relax for 5 more minutes.

Additional Reading....

Fine Lines Under The Eyes? - Checkout how well this worked for me. See my before and after pictures.

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