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Puffy eyes after crying: What helps immediately against the swelling?

Whether you’re going through a painful breakup, had to put down your beloved dog or cat, or have another difficult situation weighing you down, crying is a part of life. It’s an emotional response unique to humans. It may have even evolved to help with survival. Still, the puffy, burning eyes you get the morning after a crying spell don’t have to make your mood worse.

Most people get puffy eyes when they cry or sleep. In most cases, a buildup of fluid in the tissues around the eyes is responsible. The medical term is eyelid edema. This swelling usually goes away on its own, however, you can take steps to reduce it. Below, learn why crying or sleeping can cause puffy, thick eyelids and find tips to reduce the swelling.

Why does crying cause puffy eyes?

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The body produces three types of tears. Basal tears are in the eye all the time. They lubricate, nourish and protect the front part of the eye.

The body makes the second type, reflex tears, to wash away irritants such as smoke or foreign objects.

Normally, after the tears have done their job, they flow through the tear ducts into the back of the nose. These are small drainage channels in the inner corners of each eye.

When we cry, we tend to produce a lot of tears. These are “emotional tears,” the third type. The large amount overwhelms the drainage system, so the tears flow out of the eyes and nose. As the body tries to reabsorb the fluid, some of it is retained in the tissues under the eyes, causing the area to become swollen.

Why does sleeping cause puffy eyes?

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During the day, the body constantly produces basal tears, which we flush over the cornea every time we blink. This keeps the eyes clean and supplied with nutrients. Our body doesn’t stop producing tears when we sleep, but we do stop blinking. This means that a layer of tears remains on the eye without being drained through the tear ducts. Sometimes this excess fluid is absorbed into the tissues around the eyes, causing swelling.

How long does it take for puffy eyes to go away?

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So, you’ve finally shed all your tears, and now you’re ready to say goodbye to your puffy eyes. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you exactly how long it takes for the swelling to disappear. Some people may notice a change in as little as 10 minutes, and others may not see relief for hours. The key to getting puffy eyes away from crying quickly is to take immediate action to speed up the process.

Home remedies to get rid of puffy eyes after crying.

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When you cry, fluid accumulates in the eyelids and around the eye area. Reducing the swelling is mainly about cooling the fluid and moving it away from your eyes.

1. cold compresses

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Anything cold can help with inflammation and swelling because it reduces blood flow. Therefore, a cold compress, an ice pack, a bag of frozen vegetables or even chilled spoons can work. Here are all the options at a glance:

  • Hold your fingers under ice-cold water and do an eye massage. Starting at the inner corners of your eyes, move your fingers over your eyelids with gentle dabbing motions until you reach the outer corners. Repeat this process several times to drain any accumulated fluid (and puffiness).
  • Simply dampen a clean washcloth or small towel with cold water. Place the damp washcloth on your eyes for a few minutes.

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  • Then wrap a bag of frozen peas in a washcloth (this will conform to the shape of your face better than an ice pack). Keep the compress on your face for 15 minutes.
  • Chilled spoons work great for getting puffy eyelids away from crying. Put two spoons in the refrigerator for a few minutes and then place them on your eyes.

2. cucumber slices for puffy eyes.

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Cucumber slices are the classic treatment for tired eyes and dark circles. However, they also help against puffiness and have a similar effect to a cold compress. Due to its high water content, cucumber hydrates the skin and also has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect.

You can combine this treatment with potato slices. Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which lightens the skin and relieves swelling. So start with the cucumber slices and five minutes later put on the potato slices to help the eye area decongest and lighten it.

3. tea bags

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Tea, especially green tea, contains catechins, tannins and flavonoids, which have a strong antioxidant effect and help any remaining puffiness to subside. Tannins have an astringent effect, which means they can contract blood vessels under the skin. Caffeine can penetrate the skin barrier and increases blood circulation to the skin. Black tea and chamomile tea also work very well.

Steep two tea bags in cold water for 3 to 5 minutes, squeeze out the excess water. Place one tea bag on each eye for 10 minutes.

4. witch hazel water

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As a natural astringent and antioxidant, witch hazel has a tightening effect on the skin. Simply soak two cotton pads in cold witch hazel water, squeeze out the excess and place them on the eyes for 5-10 minutes several times a day. Take special care that the witch hazel water you use does not contain alcohol.

5. eye roller

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There are various eye rollers on the market that can help reduce puffiness, reduce dark circles and also provide anti-aging effects. They are usually made of metal and provide a mini-massage to the eye area, which stimulates blood circulation to the skin. Roll-on eye creams, on the other hand, contain a light, cooling gel that is applied via a roller ball.

Trendy beauty tools like rose quartz or jade massage rollers can also help you fight puffiness. All you need to do is roll the small end of the jade roller in upward motions over your eye area. You can also place your jade roller in the refrigerator to cool it down.

6. eye gel pads and eye creams.

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When it comes to puffy eyes, you need something specifically designed for this area. The solution: eye pads. They have a curved shape that perfectly fits the contours of the eyes, and they also contain valuable ingredients that wonderfully cool and tone.

Many face and eye creams can also help reduce puffiness, cool the eye area and constrict blood vessels. It’s best to reach for creams that contain the following ingredients:

  • Retinol
  • Vitamin C
  • Phenylephrine
  • Hyaluronic acid

Make-up tips for puffy eyes

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Even if you’ve been crying all night, you may still have to go to school or work the next day. Do you dare not go out without makeup? Then you should only wear light makeup so that you don’t add stress to your puffy eyes. There are a few tricks you can try to conjure up a fresh look.

Color-Correcting Concealer

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The skin under your eyes can become darker after crying. Redness around the nose or other areas of the face is also common. A good concealer can help conceal these telltale signs and give you a fresh look through color-correcting. Reach for a green concealer to neutralize redness. A concealer with a yellow undertone also works well.

Steer the focus away

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Pink colors in other areas of your face can distract from redness around your eyes and nose. To do this, try using blush on your cheeks and a rosy lipstick. Apply blush to the cheekbones after applying concealer and foundation.

Tightline with dark blue kajal

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Navy blue eyeliner has long been used to highlight the whites of the eyes. And tightline is a technique meant to create more contour on the eye. It is sometimes called “invisible eyeliner”. With it, you make up a very fine line on the lash line, which makes it look much denser. To do this, use a dark blue, almost black kohl or gel eyeliner and a brush. Make sure that a good tightlining should be invisible.