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Tea Bags for Puffy Eyes

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Teabags come in many varieties; there are caffeinated teas, such as green tea and black tea, and herbal teas, such as chamomile. Tea bags are a traditional remedy for puffy eyes.

Use tea bags to relieve puffy eyes

Method

  • Steep tea bags in boiling water for three to five minutes.
  • Allow tea bags to cool.
  • Wrap the cold tea bags in cloth or tissue, so that they don't stain your skin or cause stinging.
  • Lie down and close your eyes. Place a tea bag over each eye.
  • Leave in place for five to fifteen minutes.

Why It Works

Traditionally, people have used black tea bags or green tea bags. These teas contain tannins, a natural astringent which constricts blood vessels and pulls the skin taut. However, some sources recommend using herbal teas. Herbal teas that do not contain tannins may not constrict blood vessels or reduce swelling, but they can soothe redness and irritation, reducing inflammation.

Precautions

See a doctor if you wake up and one eyelid has swollen up dramatically compared to the other eyelid, if eyelids don't close all the way, or if you have hives or a rash around your eyes. Puffy eyes and swelling around the eyes could be caused by conjunctivitis from seasonal allergies or an eye infection. Consult a doctor if you have pain, irritation, swelling or discoloration in or around the eyes.

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