We’ve all been through that phase, where we have cried and tried very hard to cover it up before making a public appearance. Be it in family, friends, in front of colleagues etc. We just don’t want them getting the slightest hint of it. And this is exactly what this Try Articles article is going to be about.
We will be discussing various ways of dealing with cried-out puffy eyes, of which will be splashing our faces with water which is what almost everyone tends to do naturally. Let’s first try to find out why releasing the waterworks leads to swollen or puffy eyes. This will help us link the dots in combating it.
Why Do We Get Puffy Eyes After Crying?
Basically puffy eyes are formed when our eyelids become swollen. Now, what aids them in swelling is our next question. The answer is, when we cry, the tear glands that produce tears are stimulated by the same nerves that produce the dilation of the blood vessels in our eye-lids and eye-contour tissues.
These tissues are sponge-like and very flexible, which means they expand pretty easily. So, this means when we are crying, more blood reaches this area, expands it and this whole process comes out as a minute yet noticeable swelling of eyelids.
Some people are more prone to getting puffy eyes than others. They may include people who suffer from kidney failure, protein deficits, coronary problems or poor blood circulation. Whatever the reason may be, there are a few ways that can help them keep at bay and turn the swelling down. In the following section, we discuss these ways.
Ways To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes After Crying
Rub Ice Cubes
As mentioned earlier, the cause of inflammation is due to expansions of tissues, so we need to counterattack this. All we need to do is counterattack those tissues and for that, we need something as simple as ice cubes. Yes! You read that right! You take 2 ice cubes wrap them up in a first aid gauze or a cloth.
This step is necessary because our eye-lids have the most delicate skin and exposing it for an extended duration can cause a burning sensation and damage it. Also, please take note that if you’re wearing contact lenses, it would be very wise to take them off before doing the ice remedy.
Use Rosemary Essential Oil
Why Rosemary? Rosemary contains significant levels of caffeic acid apart from various other acids like rosmarinic acid, camphor, ursolic acid, betulinic acid, carnosic acid, and carnosol. The caffeic acid plays a huge role here, it brings in its inflammatory feature that helps to bring down the inflammation from the eye-lids. But, first, be warned that essential oils are not meant to be used all by themselves. It is vital to dilute them before application.
For this, you need to stir up a spoonful of almond oil with a few drops of rosemary essential oil. Stir well, so the concoction is well mixed. Now, all you have to do is dip your fingers in the mixture and gently massage your eyelids, drawing circles around your eyes with your fingertips.
Take caution, and make sure the oil doesn’t get inside your eyes, for it will cause irritation and possibly defeat the whole purpose of reducing the inflammation of the eyes. If you notice any symptoms of an allergy, it would be very wise to immediately stop doing this remedy.
If you recently cried, like from the night before? We still have you covered! There are plenty more tricks other than the above mentioned ice-cube drill and the application of rosemary essential oil. We’ve listed them down for a quick skim through:
- Cucumber and Potato: With their anti-inflammatory properties, these two vegetables are great picks. Just cut out some thin slices and place them over your eyes. Let them sit for 15-20 minutes and let the skin on your eyelids soak the goodness in.
- Chamomile Tea: This herbal tea contains anti-irritants and soothes swelling, so it does a very good job when applied to the eyes. Just steep 2 chamomile tea bags in steaming hot water and place them over your eyelids when they’ve cooled down a bit. You will see a tremendous turn down in the swelling.
- Massage: This one is as simple as you read it. Massage the contours of your eye area gently with your fingers. Using oil for this is not necessary. Also, ensure that you are delicately massaging and not vigorously rubbing the eye.
- Cold Milk: It is important for the milk to be cold so that the desired effect is met. The vessels that have swollen up will contract on the application of cold milk. Soak 2 cotton pads in cold milk and place them over your eyelids. Lay down and relax while this trick works, make sure to keep your eyes closed; we don’t want any milk entering the eyes.
You’ll be fooling people pretty easily with these tricks! Hopefully, these will come in handy for a lot of people out there. Don’t forget to spread the word around!
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