- Puffy eyes are often the result of an allergic reaction, lack of sleep, crying and poor diet.
- Most people want to get rid of puffy eyes as quickly as possible.
- Tea bags have been found to have some benefit when reducing swelling in the eye area
- Green and black tea contain caffeine, which is known to have an anti-inflammatory effect when applied topically.
- Certain herbal teas contain compounds that may reduce swelling when applied to the skin.
Most people want to get rid of swollen eyes as quickly and easily as possible after waking up in the morning. Many DIY home remedies exist for this condition with varying success. Tea bags are one of the most common ways of reducing eye puffiness.
Benefits of Using Tea Bags on Puffy Eyes
Tea bags provide a natural, low-cost option that most people can use at home to reduce eye puffiness and dark circles. Almost everyone has tea bags in their cupboard, and those who don’t can easily find them at their local grocery store. However, it’s important to remember that they only provide a temporary solution. Those with persistent eye bags should see their physician to identify and address underlying causes of the condition.
Does It Work?
Certain types of tea bags provide temporary relief from puffy eyes. All tea bags work better if they’re chilled prior to use. The caffeine in green and black tea constricts the blood vessels, while chamomile tea and clary sage provide an abundance of flavonoids with anti-inflammatory properties.
Best Types of Tea to Use
Green and black tea
The caffeine in green and black tea has anti-inflammatory properties that help constrict the blood vessels that are causing the area under the eyes to swell. Green tea is more effective because it contains greater amounts of flavonoids than black tea. The tannins in both types of teas help tighten skin and draw out any excess fluid.
Chamomile tea contains flavonoids with anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce inflammation when applied topically.
Clary sage tea
Other herbal teas, such as calendula and fennel, have also been widely used in folk medicine and home remedies, but research hasn’t shown them to have any particular effect on puffy eyes.
How to Use Tea Bags to Treat Puffy Eyes
The most efficient way of using tea bags to deflate puffy eyes is to steep two tea bags in hot water for about 60 seconds. The tea bags should then be allowed to cool to room temperature or chilled in the refrigerator before being placed on the eyes for around three minutes.
Chilled tea bags
Chilled tea bags bring the benefits of cold compresses to the picture, further helping constrict blood vessels to bring the swelling down. Chilling the tea bags adds at least a half an hour to the process. Those who experience puffiness on a regular basis often keep chilled tea bags on hand.
Can you reuse the tea bags?
Tea bags can absolutely be reused for this purpose. You can also use the tea bags that you’ve used to brew a morning pot of tea.
Black tea may stain the skin of individuals with light complexions. A small number of those with pollen sensitivities, particularly those who are allergic to plants in the Compositae family, may experience an allergic reaction to camomile tea.
DIY alternatives to using tea bags to reduce puffy eyes include chilled cucumber slices, cold compresses and chilled spoons. Those suffering from swelling in the eye area may find relief from oral antihistamines or eyedrops containing antihistamines as well as practicing environmental controls, such as using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, to reduce the amount of allergens in their home. Gently massaging the effected area may also result in a reduction of swelling.
Lifestyle changes such as reducing dietary salt intake and getting enough sleep reduce the risk of developing puffiness in the eye area.
Certain types of tea bags may have benefits when it comes to reducing puffiness in the eye area. Black and green tea bags are commonly used for this purpose, and scientific evidence exists that they do have some anti-inflammatory effects when applied topically. Some types of herbal teas have long roots in traditional folklore as topical anti-inflammatories, but scientific evidence remains scanty on the majority of them. However, most tea bags will work when chilled because they act as cold compresses. Tea bags can work as a temporary measure designed to provide quick relief from occasional puffy eyes. However, those with recurring puffiness should discover the root of the problem instead so they can find a long-term solution.