Self Care Tips For Reducing Puffy Eyes and Skin

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If you've ever experienced puffy eyes or skin, you'll know how frustrating it can be for your self confidence.

The appearance of your eyes and skin reveal much about the state of your inner health.  For this reason, it's important to look beyond the surface and to be consciousness about the true source of the inflammatory problem.  

Here we share some basic natural tips that can help support both short term relief, as well as proper long term healing when it comes to puffy eyes and skin.

1. Consider A Juice Cleanse

Puffiness in the eyes and skin is usually a sign of toxicity inside the body.

It could be caused by a junk food diet, or too much sugar, alcohol, snacks loaded with preservatives sodium, processed animal products, refined carbs etc.

These are all inflammatory products that can eventually lead to congestion that shows up in your eyes and skin. 

A few days of fresh fruit and vegetable juicing as part of a mini Detox plan, can help flush out toxins from your body and leaving you feeling more alert, energised, and even have you sleeping better (which of course, can help reduce puffiness too).

A juice cleanse for 7 days can be very effective for flushing toxins from the body and restoring glow to your eyes and skin.  Prepare simple juices with an expeller cold-press juicer from ingredients such as:

  • Apples
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Cos Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Ginger
  • Mint

Examples -

#1 Recipe CABALA - Red Apple, Carrot, Beetroot, Lemon (add Ginger / optional)

#2 Recipe GREEN - Green Apple, Cos Lettuce, Spinach, Cucumber, Mint & Lime

Alternate days on each juice or do a few days on one, then switch to the other, which is easier if preparing a few days worth of one type of juice at a time.

For more information about doing a juice cleanse, go to our blog, Fasting: What You Should Know. 

Before starting your juice cleanse, consider doing a colon cleanse to help release heavy metals and toxic metabolic waste which may be stored in your digestive tract, contributing to the puffiness in your eyes and skin.

Our handcrafted fibre colon cleanse product, Cleanse Me, is made from Australian Food-Grade Bentonite Clay, Ground Psyllium Husk and Flax which all work together to bind the toxic waste and push it out of the body. 

There are a few different ways you can approach your cleanse and we include an instruction booklet with the Cleanse Me product when you order it from our store.

2. Add More Raw Plant Food and Plant Oils

It can’t be said enough that what you eat affects every aspect of your body and skin. If you’re eating too much packaged food, saturated fat, sugar, additives, preservatives and drinking too much alcohol, they will disrupt your gut health causing inflammation in your eyes and skin.

No matter which type of diet you follow, if you have skin or eye problems, it's a sign that you need to kick up your intake of raw plant foods and oils, which are loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds, nourishing vitamins and minerals and essential fibres.

Aim to make 80% of your diet a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains and eliminate all types of processed food.  Concentrate on a variety of delicious green salads, fresh juices, smoothies and soups as a basis for your diet and go with fresh fruit in between meals.

Eat plenty of almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, avocados and extra virgin olive oil, because the good fats will help to move toxins out of the blood stream as well as deliver vital nutrients to the skin.

Raw means minimising cooked food and eating foods that are as close to their whole natural state as possible.  

3. Drink More Pure Water

Water is the source of life. Your body consists of more than 70% water which needs to be regularly replenished for healthy skin.

If you are constantly dehydrated, your body will intelligently attempt to hold on to the water it has, which can contribute to puffy eyes and skin.  The key is to constantly be replenishing your body with pure clean water every single day to ensure your body is functioning at its best and flushing out toxins and waste via your lymphatic system.

Remember, you should aim to drink a minimum of 2 litres of water per day, but optimally, 1 litre per 22 kilos of body weight.

Use a ceramic filter or the best water filtration system you can find.  Alternatively, find a brand of natural spring water from an artesian spring or underground aquifer that is bottled at source.   

You can also distill your water at home using a distiller, which mimics the way nature make rainwater.  To remineralise the distilled water, place it in sealed glass jars out in the sun for an hour before refrigerating it for later consumption. 

Learn more in Nature’s Gift: 10 Conditions that Water Can Help to Heal. 

4. Expose Your Skin To Clean Cold Water

Cold water can work miracles when it comes to soothing and easing puffiness quickly.

If you wake up looking puffy and have only a few minutes, :

  • Immediately after you wake up, splash your entire face with the coldest water you can stand. Use either cold tap water or a mixture of cold water and ice cubes in a large bowl or tub. If possible, splash your face for up to five minutes
  • Use a cooling gel product (leave the product in the fridge for even more cooling benefits)
  • Use a cold face roller (like this jade roller) all over your face to improve circulation, which will help bring down the puffiness. Use the large side on your entire face, and the small side to get under your eyes 
  • If you’re in a big hurry, stick a spoon in the freezer for a few minutes and then apply it under your eyes. The cold spoon will instantly reduce some under-eye puffiness, making you look more alert and awake. If you have a sterling silver spoon, that will work best. 

5. Use A Natural Eye Serum

Every night, almond oil containing Vitamin E should be used around the eyes. This reduces puffiness and also protects the delicate skin. You should also use an eye cream every morning to help fill in any lines, soothe puffiness, and hydrate the skin. It will make an instant difference in the appearance of under-eye bags and wrinkles. 

You can even use aloe vera gel straight from the plant and apply it directly under your eyes. The aloe vera works instantly to cool, refresh, and soothe, so you’ll feel an immediate difference while using a completely natural, chemical-free gel. 

Additional tips for soothing eye and skin puffiness naturally:

  • Rinse your eyes daily morning and night with Eye of Horus saline eye drops. These natural drops will help to flush residues from the eyes that may be causing irritation 
  • To reduce puffiness and for pressure relief and relaxation, a silk eye pillow containing flax seed and either chamomile or lavender (or both) works great.
  • Cut two slices, each approximately 1/2 inch thick, off a cold cucumber. Place a slice on each eyelid for five minutes.
  • Prepare two tea bags by soaking them in water, wringing them out and chilling them in the refrigerator or freezer. Lie down and place the bags on closed eyelids for five to ten minutes once they are chilled.
  • Stress could be another factor in causing puffiness. Make sure you take some time each day to do a stress-reducing activity that calms you. It could be walking on the beach, deep breathing in the park or taking a hot salt bath infused with therapeutic essential oils.
  • Try to ensure you’re getting eight hours of sleep each night. 
  • Get your body into the ocean on a regular basis.  Exposing your skin and eyes to ocean water is one of the most powerful ways to heal inflammation and skin conditions.
  • Gentle exfoliation with Renew and hot baths with salt and essential oils. These processes help to remineralise, rehydrate and nourish the skin, strip dead skin cells and boost circulation - all of which can greatly help to soothe and reduce inflammation.
  • Use a steam room, infra red or traditional rock sauna 2-3 times per week to boost the elimination of toxins from beneath your skin's surface.  Use essential oils like Lavender and Tea Tree gently applied to your chest and back of your neck before you enter the steam room or sauna.

You might think you need expensive chemical creams to fight puffiness, but there are so many natural solutions that can actually work more effectively and help address the true source of the problem. 

By following a clean diet rich in plant whole foods, drinking plenty of clean water, exercising regularly to release toxins through the skin, and being mindful of the products you use on your skin, you will go a long way to reducing puffiness or inflammation in your eyes and skin.

Find more natural beauty and self-care products at our store. 

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