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Puffy Eyes Be Gone - March 2020

By Deanna Klan

Black and white eye

Whether you suffer with Spring Allergies or just have been up too late and need to look your best the next day, here are some simple natural remedies to correct red and swollen eyes. Most of these ingredients come from your fridge, pantry or the local supermarket.

If you are a tea drinker, here are some ideas that will be just your cup of tea! Take one chamomile tea bag and two make up remover pads, (they just happen to be round perfect for those tired eyes) dip the tea bag into very hot water and then sandwich the bag between the make up pads and squeeze over a sink. Place these on your eyes, the warmth will relax the eyes, and as they cool, the chamomile will refresh and soothe the eyes. Leave on for about 15 mins.

Using regular tea bags – the round ones are ideal, place two in some boiling water, just enough to make the tea draw and release the goodness. Pop them into the fridge until chilled. Here the temperature of the bags will reduce swelling and the tannins in the tea also work to make the puffiness disappear.

No tea in the house? No problem, just as long as you have potatoes handy! Peel a tater and slice off two pieces and again these are round - very handy! Place on eyes for 15 mins or so and Voila no more bags. The alpha lipoic acid in the mighty spud has wonderful attributes for refining the shape of our skin and giving a firmer look as well.

Another inexpensive way to freshen and clear puffiness any where in the face is to use ice and water. Place an ice cube in the mouth, using the tongue to hold the cube against the roof of the mouth. This will "depuff" from the inside and can be used with the other methods mentioned above to bring rapid relief. Alternatively, you can suck a Popsicle along with your kids (the natural fruit juice kind of course) and no one will be aware of the side effects that you are gaining as well!

If you are very brave you can try something Kate Hudson does and before her Paul Newman used to do. This will tighten up the complexion and banish swelling from a late night soothing a cranky child. Fill a large bowl or sink with ice water and plunge your face into it, word has it that Paul Newman used a snorkel so he could stay under longer! Not for the faint hearted.

Lastly many people will do the cucumber slices on the eyes, and they can help, but if you are prone to laugh lines, the astringent nature of cucumbers can emphasize this and who wants to go from swollen to wrinkly?

Now you realize you have an arsenal of eye treatment remedies right at home. Who knew?

Deanna KlanDeanna's Bio: Deanna Klan has enjoyed being a licensed esthetician since 1986 and she combines her love of natural organic essences and healing energies at her salon. Specializing in organic facials for: Rosacea, Acne and Aging Skins. Deanna Klan has an impressive line-up of facial techniques including crystal therapy, healing energy and harmonic frequencies. Using organic and wild-crafted skin care products with world class facial and body massage techniques to give extraordinary results for the body, mind and soul. She uses organic skin care products that are paraben free and chemical free. Deanna can be reached at Daydream Esthetics Studio, 1329 Kilwinning St, Penticton, 250 490-1233. Deanna has a column called 'Natural Beauty' and has written for OK In Health since July 2009. - Email

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