Monday, November 30, 2009


MYTH: Cold cucumbers are the best way to beat under-eye puff.

FALSE: Busted!  Uggg, those dreaded puffy eyes are a sure sign of age. Puffy eyes can also be caused by too much salty food or alcohol-laced fun the night before. The ingredient in cucumbers, known as cucumis sativus, can help, but it's not your best bet

Actually it's really the coldness that constricts the blood vessels and pulls excess fluid out of the tissues to reduce puffiness.

Caffeine is also a vasoconstrictor, which is why so many eye creams contain it. A puffy-eye twofer-- cold plus caffeine. Try chilled tea bags or better yet, keep a caffeinated eye cream or gel in the fridge for a quick morning fix.