How to Relieve Under Eye Puffiness

by Amy Davidson

Even if you get the proper amount of sleep, you can wake up to puffy eyes in the morning. This tired, worn look can be caused by a high-sodium diet, sleeping on your face or even allergies. Should you roll out of bed only to be greeted by puffy eyes, there are a number of treatments that are both safe and effective to help you put your best face forward.

Immediate Treatment

Wash your face with cool water and a gentle cleanser. Remove any eye makeup with oil-based eye-makeup remover and a cotton ball. Splash your face with cool water and gently dab dry with a towel.

Cut two slices, about a centimeter in width, of cooled cucumber. Place on top of your clean eyes for 5 to 10 minutes. Cucumber revitalizes, while lessening the swelling of puffy eyes.

Squeeze a pea-sized amount of cool eye cream to the top of your hand and apply it to the under-eye areas with your ring finger. Keep eye gel in the refrigerator to have it chilled and ready to use. It will reduce puffiness and can be used even without puffiness to achieve a soothing effect.

Apply a tiny dab of hemorrhoid cream under your eyes before putting on any makeup or moisturizer. This will help reduce puffiness further as you go about your day.

Preventative Treatment

Take an over-the-counter allergy medication if puffy eyes are accompanied by a runny or stuffy nose, tearing and sneezing. Allergies are most likely the culprit in this case. Talk to your pharmacist to determine the best medication for you.

Apply a moisturizing nighttime eye cream to clean eyes before bed. Apply a daily eye cream in the morning with SPF protection. Moisturizing and protecting your eyes from the elements will help keep them looking vibrant.

Sleep for between six and eight hours each night whenever possible. Lack of sleep is a common contributor to puffiness, and if you don’t consistently get enough sleep, swollen eyes will be a reoccurring problem.

Sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated to reduce puffiness. Sleeping on your side or face can result in the blood vessels swelling, and lead to puffed up eyes in the morning.

Drink plenty of water. A good general rule for overall health, and puffiness, is at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day. Following meals high in salt, drink a few extra glasses to prevent dehydration, which can lead to water retention and puffiness.

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Items you will need

  • Gentle cleanser
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Cucumber
  • Daily eye cream with SPF
  • Hemorrhoid cream


  • Always remove eye makeup before bed. Sleeping with eye makeup can cause irritation and swollen eyes in the morning. If you suspect sleeping in your makeup has caused your puffy eyes, rinse it away and go easy on eye makeup for that day.
  • If you still find these issues with proper prevention and treatment, see your dermatologist to ensure there isn’t an underlying issue and to find options for more permanent treatments.


  • If you notice yellow discharge, extreme itchiness or pain with puffy eyes, see your doctor immediately.

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.

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