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Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

Mukta Gaikwad
Lack of sleep, heredity, and fluid retention are some of the common contributing factors for puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes. This story provides a few home remedies for alleviating bags under the eyes.
Dark circles and bags under the eyes are more likely to affect working adults. More often than not, lack of adequate sleep, eye strain, dehydration, smoking, and excessive intake of caffeinated drinks are the contributing factors. Making a few changes in the day-to-day lives could prove beneficial.

Home Remedies and Precautionary Measures

Proper Sleep
In order to meet deadlines, one might have to stay awake for long periods. As a result, one would not get adequate sleep at night. Our body requires adequate sleep to rejuvenate the cells and tissues. Sleep deprivation is one of the common reasons behind tired and puffy eyes. So, the best way to prevent this eye problem is to rest your eyes by getting proper sleep.
Proper Diet
Following a healthy and balanced diet is essential for keeping your eyes in a good condition. Carrots are good for eyes, as they contain beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. All the orange, red, and yellow fruits are good for the eyes. Also, cut down on the intake of salt, as that could lead to fluid retention.
Increase Your Fluid Intake
It is essential to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water on a daily basis. Water keeps the body hydrated and healthy. You can also drink fresh fruit juices. Cut down on the intake of alcohol and caffeinated drinks, as these have a dehydrating effect.
Avoid Eye Strain
Listen to what your eyes have to say. Working in front of the computer or watching television for long hours takes a toll on your eyes. Your eyes get tired of watching and concentrating on one thing for a long time. Take a break every 45 minutes to see the greenery around. The green environment has a soothing effect on the eyes.
Cold Compresses
Put the used tea bags in the refrigerator for a while. Place these tea bags on your eyes. It will soothe the skin under and around the eyes, and prevent it from swelling up. You could use herbal tea bags, especially the ones that contain chamomile. Putting cucumber slices will also work.
You could also place a clean cloth that has been dipped in cold water. Wring out the water before you place the cloth on your eyes. This will surely provide relief.
Other than the aforementioned remedies, gently massaging the area around your eyes and temples with the fingertips would also prove beneficial. This relaxes and soothes the skin and the eyes. Prevention is always better than cure, so avoid eye strain by not staring at the computer screen while working. Blink frequently, and take breaks, if possible. Also, stay hydrated at all times, and get adequate sleep. Last but not the least, follow a healthy diet.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this story is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.