Soothe Tired Eyes

Posted on March 13th, 2017

Does losing an hour of sleep for Daylight Savings have you looking sleepy?

Springing forward is exciting for a lot of reasons… it’s lighter later, winter is over-ish, Spring Break is like a minute away (have you booked your spray tanning session?) But this whole, “lose an hour of sleep” thing can really mess with your routine.

Soothe tired, puffy eyes with the easy home remedies below, and keep checking the iTAN blog this week for more Daylight Savings health and beauty tips!

Easy remedies for tired eyes:

Chilled Spoons: Leave two metal spoons in the freezer for at least ten minutes. Press over eyes.
>>Why it works: The cold temp constricts blood vessels, and the gentle pressure helps to shift excess fluid. Bye bags!

Green Tea: Heat two green tea bags in hot water, and allow to cool until they are warm to the touch—but aren’t going to burn your delicate eyelids! Apply tea bags to eyelids and sit for 15-30 minutes.
>>Why it works: The caffeine in the tea will constrict blood vessels, while tannins improve blood circulation.

Chamomile Tea: Follow same steps as for green tea above!
>>Why it works: Chamomile tea is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial. If your tired eyes are red and puffy—and just generally mad at life—try chamomile.

Cucumber: Put a slice of chilled cucumber over each eye, and chill out for 15-30 minutes.
>>Why it works: Cool cucumber’s antioxidants work magic, helping to reduce redness, puffiness, and irritation.

Potato: Chill a potato and apply a slice to each eyelid, just as you would with cucumber!
>>Why it works: Potatoes have an enzyme called catecholase that helps to reduce water retention, and an astringent that tightens the skin.

Preparation-H Cream: Yup. THAT Preparation-H. Dab under eyes with fingertips. (Careful—do not get IN your eyes!)
>>Why it works: The <ahem> hemorrhoid cream causes blood vessels to constrict to help reduce puffiness and minimize dark circles.