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You've possibly heard about the use of cucumbers to relieve [Link Removed] A common complaint amongst women (and men) from every walk of life, under eye puffiness may be caused by a range of factors including:

- Allergies
- Insufficient sleep
- Dehydration
- Excessive alcohol or salt
- Underlying medical conditions.

The first step to relieving puffy eyes is prevention. If they are a result of any of the above, try to address it. Eat a well balanced and healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats. Get enough exercise and sleep and try to manage stress, which can play a big role in how skin appears. Good skin care, including the use of a well formulated, UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen as found in [Link Removed] or our extensive selection of natural sunscreens is a must to ensure that you minimize the breakdown of collagen and elastin, which form the skin's supporting network. Unprotected UV exposure can cause skin to loose its elasticity, thereby increasing the appearance of puffy eyes.

Can Cucumbers Relieve Puffy Eyes?

While cucumber slices are often advocated to help relieve the puffiness, there isn't a magical ingredient in cucumbers that helps. Puffiness is often caused by dilated blood vessels. This can lead to swelling, resulting in puffy eyes. The application of something cool (like cucumber slices) helps to constrict blood vessels and decrease the swelling. Cool compresses with cold tea bags, wet cotton balls, apple or potato slices will have a similar effect.

Treaments For Puffy Eyes

Topical treatments, which contain the following active ingredients can help:

- Vitamin C to boost collagen production and fight free radical damage that can make the under eye area appear more youthful. Consider [Link Removed] here.

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 25, 2010
    • Every time I tried the cucumbers on my eyes I always ended up eating them....
      I do keep some stuff in the fridge for face emergencies.... dermalogicas soothing spray. I usually use that on pads for my eyes too if needed. But I am going to look into what you have listed for my sister who is in more need than me.

      Now if you have a cure for tired eyeballs from reading too much.....

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      Pharmagirl wrote Jan 27, 2010
    • Oh, nice to hear that you also have face emergencies! Nice to know I’m not alone...

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      Kyah wrote Jan 27, 2010
    • I have two things to help the suitcases I sometimes get under my eyes because I sleep only 5 to 6 hours a night during the week. I use a gel thing that fits over the eyes like glasses and I can walk around with them for a while. I can either warm it in the microwave or stick it in the fridge. I bought something tiny from L‘Oreal called Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum that works nicely when I remember to put it on. Some days however, ice in a ziploc bag does the trick...

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