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3 Natural Remedies to Banish Puffiness, Dark Circles, and Red Eyes


By now, we’re all well aware of the importance of sleep. From helping prevent serious health issues to giving your body the chance to recover after a long day, good sleep is crucial to healthy living. However, with the busy-ness of everyday life, sometimes we don’t get the recommended seven to nine hours we need — and the first place that can really show this is our eyes. Luckily, these easy, age-defying remedies can help you fake a well-rested appearance in no time. Keep reading for three natural ways to pep up your eyes after a long night. 

Puffy Eyes? 

Beat one egg white until it’s foamy, then tap the liquid onto eye bags with a cotton ball. Let sit 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Egg whites contain albumin,a protein that tightens skin as it dries, diminishing the appearance of swelling for up to four hours.

Dark circles?

Dab almond oil like Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil ($8.29, Amazon) onto circles (its vitamin K boosts blood flow), then place a cold spoon over eyes (its chill shrinks blood vessels to nix pooling). Hold for two minutes then remove. Circles will vanish in moments.

Red eyes? 

Soak two cotton pads in chilled milk and place over eyes. Let sit for five minutes; rinse. Milk’s gentle anti-inflammatories penetrate delicate eyelid skin to reduce redness, brightening the whites of eyes so they pop. You’ll look wide-awake instantly.

This story originally appeared in our print magazine. 

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