No matter what you do, suffering from tired eyes is practically inevitable. It can be anything from lack of sleep to a poor habit of staring at the computer screen for long hours. While you can rely on the store-bought eye drops available in your local pharmacy, why not try a more economical approach for a change? That said, here are 8 Home Remedies For Relieving Tired Eyes.
1) Place Cucumber Slices
Ever heard the familiar phrase “cool as a cucumber”? Well, this cylindrical green fruit isn’t just beneficial for keeping you well-hydrated, thanks to its high water content. It also contains a rich source of antioxidants and astringent properties that helps to minimise puffiness and refresh your eyes at the same time. All you have to do is cut at least two fresh cucumber slices and place them on each eye for around 10 minutes. Also, make sure the cucumber is refrigerated to give you a much-needed cooling sensation.
2) Use Green Tea Bags
Got a box of green tea bags in your kitchen cabinet? They aren’t just for consumption but also beneficial when comes to relieving tired eyes. Here is what you need to do: Start out by making a tea as usual (you need two for this one). Except for this time, you do not discard your tea bag directly into the trash bin. Make sure you squeeze the excess water and set the tea bags aside to cool down for around 10-15 minutes. Next up, sit back and relax and place two used green tea bags over each eye for about 10 minutes. Apparently, green tea itself contains anti-inflammatory properties and tannins that help to regulate blood circulation. They also minimise swelling and puffiness around the eyes.
3) Soothe Your Eyes With Milk
No, we do not mean pouring a glass of milk directly onto your eyes. But rather soaking two cotton balls or pads into a glass or bowl filled with milk (full fat or low-fat varieties will do equally well). Let them cool in the fridge for a while. Then, proceed by placing the milk-soaked cotton balls/pads over each eye for about 10-15 minutes (remember to squeeze out excess milk prior to doing this). The cold milk helps to relieve tired eyes while the essential ingredients such as amino acids, protein and lactic acid reduce swelling and puffiness. Not to mention milk may also minimise dark circles around the eyes if you apply them on a frequent basis.
4) Splash Some Cold Water
Here’s the utmost simple thing you can do: Splash cold water on your face and eyes for a few times. Not only does it help to rejuvenate but it is also able to constrict blood vessels around the eyes and minimise puffiness. Alternatively, you can dip your face towel in a bowl of cold water filled with ice cubes and place it over each eye for about 10-15 minutes.
5) Use Ice Cubes/Pack
Wrap some ice cubes in a face towel or cotton cloth and gently press them on each eye. These ice cubes work as a cold compress, which in turn, helps to reduce swelling and puffiness. Repeat the process for about 2-3 times. You can even head on to your nearest DIY store and get an ice pack to relieve tired and sore eyes.
6) Adopt The 20-20-20 Rule
If your job requires sitting in front of the computer or laptop, you are risking yourself with constant eye strains. What you can do here is at least give your eyes a short break. And that means looking away from the monitor. Use the 20-20-20 rule where it basically works this way: look at something 20 feet away for around 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
7) Use The Palming Technique
Spending too much time staring at your laptop monitor and smartphone display? Your eyes deserve a little timeout and among the techniques you can do to relieve eye fatigue is palming. Here’s how it works: rub both hands together. Then, close your eyes and place your warm palms against them for about 30 seconds. Slowly open your eyes and repeat the same process up to 5 times.
8) Try To Blink More
Did you know that people who regularly use a laptop or computer tend to blink less than usual? This, in turn, can cause dry eyes. So, try your best to make it a habit to blink more often whenever you are online since blinking promotes tears. And of course, more tears mean they can help to moisten and rejuvenate your tired eyes.