Leave The Bags at Home – Your Complete Clear Eye Strategy

In this article we will show you how to treat puffy eyes… so you can leave the bags at home – your complete clear eye strategy.You wake up in the morning and the first thing you notice is your puffy eyes. Some people just suffer from them, often caused by allergies to dust or even dust mites on your pillow; others just get them now and again. Whatever the cause, most people are not that happy when they look in the mirror and are confronted with puffy eyes, dark circles, and shadows under their eyes.

As well as being aesthetically not the look you are after, there can be several health related reasons for reactions around the eyes area. There are some cases where dark circles are just a fact of life, if you are of Indian or African decent then dark circles under your eyes can be heredity and there really is nothing safe that you can do to eliminate them. However if your puffy or dark circles eyes are not down to genetics then there are some things that you can do about them. So you can leave the bags at home – your complete clear eye strategy.

Do you like salty foods? If yes, then watch your salt intake. It doesn’t take much salt to start causing health issues and to make your eyes look awful. Sodium and water retention go hand in hand and water retention is one of the main causes of puffy eyes so you can see why you may need to cut back on your salt intake. This doesn’t just mean the salt that you add to your food, sodium is added to almost all processed foods to add flavor. If you eat a lot of processed foods then it would definitely pay to monitor your sodium intake. Reduced sodium may help remove your puffy eyes but will also help your overall health to improve. Ironically you can use salt to sooth eyes. Simply dissolve a teaspoon of salt in some warm water and dip a cotton ball into the saline solution and gently dab around the eye area. Be careful not to get the solution in the eye itself as it will sting.
Having just said that water retention is a cause of puffy eyes… water is also your friend when it comes to reducing puffiness and bags under your eyes. While it’s true that you don’t want to retain excess water, it is also important that you drink enough water to stay properly hydrated. It is imperative that you are consuming enough water and general consensus is 6-8 glasses of water a day. Water ensures that your organs are operating optimally. Water also helps you eliminate toxins and it keeps your circulation going. Without enough water you will not only have puffy and dehydrated eyes, you could suffer from organ failure.
Eat your greens… and your yellows and reds, in other words, add more fruit and vegetables to your diet. By eating a well-balanced diet, you may not even get puffy eyes and dark circles around your eyes in the first place. Although if you do find that you are getting them, quickly up your intake of fruit and vegetables and you will most likely eliminate puffy eyes and dark circles entirely. Focus on foods that ensure that you are getting the full range of vitamins and nutrients, particularly vitamin A, C, and E. Not only will your eyes not have bags but they will look bright and alive, which is definitely what you are after.
There are home remedies, like using cucumber slices over the eyes. Cucumber is calming and it feels wonderful. Tea bags, in particular, Camomile tea bags are a simple trick that you can use to reduce inflammation and irritation especially during hay fever season or after a late night. Caffeinated teas help constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. Most people have Mint growing in their gardens so you can try this simple home-made eye treatment to relieve dark circles under the eyes. Just crush your mint leaves into a light paste and apply to the affected area for 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Hemorrhoid cream was a very popular remedy for puffy eyes and dark circles around the eyes, in the early 90’s, although there is a risk that Hemorrhoid cream could cause additional irritation so if you are going to try this remedy, be very careful as the skin around the eye area is extremely delicate.
There are eye creams and other natural remedies that can also assist in maintaining beautiful eyes. Foliage Cucumber Eye Gel is a calming and moisturising twice daily treatment that also boosts hydration levels around the eyes to help reduce fine lines. www.foliagenaturalskincare.com
Puffiness around the eye area can be a result of your lymphatic drainage system not working optimally. A sluggish Lymphatic system is quickly reflected in the eye area. There are some wonderful self – massage techniques that you can do daily that can assist with this problem. These lymphatic drainage exercises are excellent at keeping the under-eye area clear and smooth and they also assist with headaches and mucus problems that you can experience particularly during spring.
This is a great YouTube video on how to do your own daily lymphatic massage. It is advertised for over 50’s age group but believe us, no matter how young or old you are, this massage technique will leave your eyes glowing.

Helena Mary Carter, EzineArticles Basic Author