People cry for lots of reasons. One important role of tears is to relieve tension by balancing the body’s stress levels and eliminating buildup of certain chemicals, which can make the crier feel better. But a good cry often brings about puffy eyes. It is because when you are crying, more blood will flow through the eyes, which leads to swelling. And emotional tears can also strain the eyes. Puffy eyes are painful and sore. And the red swollen appearance is noticeable. So it is very important to know how to recover from puffy eyes, especially when you have got some important appointments.
The first thing you should know is that time is the best cure. After the extra tears are flushed out, the eyes can go back to normal. It usually takes a few hours for most people. So if you got no urgent things to do right after crying, then you’d better stay indoors and have a good rest to let your eyes recover. But just keep in mind, though sleeping is a great remedy for curing puffy eyes, don’t do that right after crying, but wait several hours. It is because when you are sleeping, your eyelids stop move to flush the eyes, which will worsen the puffy eyes.
Water and foods
Staying hydrated and flushing out the extra tears is very important to relieve puffiness. So try to drink more water to keep from the condition of dehydration that can amplify the puffiness and clean out your system. Don’t take beverages with artificial sweeteners, which can only make the puffiness worse. Furthermore, excess sodium increases water retention and swelling, so you should try to refrain from eating salty foods to limit the sodium intake.
Tea bags and slices of cucumbers
Cold cucumber slices can help soothe the sore eyes and its aroma can be relaxing. Tea bags are easy ways to treat puffy eyes. Put the tea bags in hot water for 4-6 minutes, cool them slightly and then put them in an ice box. Put the cold tea bags over your closed eyelids and remove them after about 15 minutes. The astringent effect of the tea can help reducing the puffiness.
Rinse your face with ice cold water and use cool agents. Cool agents can not only reduce puffiness, but also help numbing the sore eyes. You can choose various items to use: washcloth containing ice cubes, slices of cold potatoes, or even face creams taken from refrigerator.
Generally speaking, there is no need to go to see a doctor for treatment. Just relax and follow the guidelines, your eyes will recover. If you need go out right after crying, you can use some make-ups to cover the swollen appearance. Some eye creams with aloe and Vitamin E can also help soothing sore eyes.