10 Best Remedies To Reduce Swollen, Puffy Eyes From Crying — Quickly!

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While crying is a perfectly natural thing to do, it doesn't always happen at the most opportune times. Sometimes, it helps to know how to get rid of puffy eyes from crying — especially if you are at work or a party.

Why do your eyes get puffy after crying, anyway? Well, it has to do with your eyes' so-called drainage system, which can easily become overwhelmed and clogged when you cry emotional tears.

There's no set time for how long puffy eyes last after crying. While someone may be fine after a few minutes, others might notice their eyes are still puffy hours later.

To speed up the process of reducing puffiness and fluid from around the eyes, you need to cool the area.

Here's how to get rid of puffy eyes from crying and reduce inflammation.

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1. Cucumber Slices

So refreshing— and effective! Refrigerated cucumber slices are great for reducing the swelling of your red puffy eyes. 

In addition to acting as a DIY cold compress, cucumbers are packed with antioxidants.

Antioxidants and flavonoids in cucumbers soothe inflammation and reduce swelling.

Make sure they're cold when you place them over your eyelids. When the cucumbers no longer feel cool, remove them.

2. Cold Compress

Applying a cold compress to your swollen eyes can reduce puffiness and swelling.

Grab a washcloth and damp it with cold water. Apply it to the skin to your under-eye area with gentle pressure.

3. Tea Bags

Another easy trick to getting rid of puffy eyes is using teabags — caffeinated of course.

Some studies suggest that the caffeine in tea can penetrate the skin and reduce puffiness. Caffeine has the ability to constrict blood vessels which helps reduce inflammation.

First, wet two tea bags and promptly refrigerate them. After 20 minutes pass, take them out of the refrigerator and place them under your eyes. 

Do this for 15-30 minutes. Green tea or black tea, both high in caffeine, work. 

4. Chilled Eye Serum

Applying a cool eye serum to your eye area constricts the blood vessels and therefore reduces puffiness.

It's a lot more relaxing than using a bag of frozen peas to reduce puffy eyes from crying, that's for sure. 

5. Ice Cubes

Wrap an ice cube or two in some paper towels, and apply to the puffy area.

This one's a quick, easy, and cheap solution that acts as a cold compress.

6. Concealer

Concealer isn't just great for covering up acne — it works to cover up evidence of crying as well.

Apply some concealer underneath and even on the corners of your eyes and you're good to go. 

7. A Massage

Gently massaging the eye area is also a quick way to get your blood circulating.

Apply some cold water to your fingers first and have at it!

8. Hyaluronic Acid

This hydrating ingredient works miracles on your face. Hyaluronic acid is famous for hydrating and plumping the skin.

It has several other benefits for your skin too. Why not kill two birds with one stone with this double whammy?

9. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is super helpful for reducing inflammation. 

Apply a little witch hazel to cotton and dab your eye area for 10 to 15 minutes.

10. Moisturizing cleanser

Wash your face with a moisturizing cleanser to lock the moisture into your face.

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Use lukewarm water!

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Tips for Soothing Dry Eyes After Crying

1. Use redness-reducing eye drops.

Just add a drop in each eye! 

It helps calm and constrict your blood vessels. 

2. Apply a warm compress to your face.

A warm compress can instantly provide relief to your sore eyes. 

3. Give yourself a gentle eye massage.

This will stimulate the oil glands on those lid margins.

Tips to Manage Red and Flushing Cheeks

1. Apply a cold compress

Similar to puffy eyes, a cold compress or cold water is a smart way to combat flushing, red cheeks.

Avoid hot water if you can. This could just increase the redness in your face. 

2. Use green-tinted makeup or foundation.

Green is a complementary color to red, which means it can neutralize the redness in your face.

3. Avoid irritating products

Strong retinoids and retinol can irritate sensitive skin. Avoid these if you’ve just had a good cry.

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Izzy Casey is a writer who covers pop culture.