So you woke up looking like you've gone 12 rounds. Here's how to deflate your puffy peepers, pronto.
Step 1: Slice a cucumber Cut two slices of cucumber, place them in a bowl of ice water for five minutes, and then put one on each eye for 10 minutes. Cucumbers have compounds that soothe, reducing swelling.
Step 2: Wet tea bags Dip two tea bags in cold water for one minute, squeeze them, wrap them in tissue, and place one on each eye for five minutes. The caffeine and tannin in tea are both astringents that reduces puffiness.
TIP: Sleeping on two or three pillows keeps fluids from pooling under your eyes, preventing puffiness before it starts.
Step 3: Apply cold milk Pour very cold milk onto two cotton balls and apply them to your eyes for about 15 minutes. Many of the components of milk – such as lactic acid, vitamins A and D, and proteins –calm swollen skin.
Step 4: Massage your eyes Gently massage both your upper and lower eyelids with your fingertips for a few minutes, which will break up the fluids trapped around your eyes. Just don't rub, which can make puffiness worse.
TIP: If puffy eyes are a frequent problem, try cutting back on salty foods and alcohol; both make you retain fluids.
Step 5: Splash yourself Splash your eyes with very cold water several times, or dunk a washcloth in cold water and place it on your eyes for a few minutes. If you can stand it, put some ice cubes in the washcloth. The cold helps drain the fluid.
Step 6: Pass the peas Grab a bag of frozen baby peas, let it thaw for several minutes, and put it on your eyes. Those little peas will settle into the nooks and crannies around your eyes, getting the cold right to the source. Wrap a soft, thin cloth around the plastic package to protect your skin from the packaging.
FACT: Audrey Meadows was considered too pretty for the role of Alice in The Honeymooners, so she had photos taken with puffy eyes and no makeup – and won the role!