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10 Quick Fixes For Tired Eyes

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - April 29, 2021 4 min read

If I bumped into a Genie and was granted one, and only one beauty wish, fixing my constantly tired-looking eyes would be the no-brainer answer. For years I believed people (by people I mean my mother) when they'd respond to my incessant complaints of dark circles with "you just need some sleep". 


But now, at the age of twenty-something, I have finally realised that if you have tired eyes all the time, a simple slumber probably won't suffice as a solution. The truth is, there are a number of causes for tired eyes, most of which go beyond just not getting enough sleep, and can fall anywhere ranging from genetics to sun exposure. So, if your eyes are constantly tired but you're not, or you're just sick of frantically googling "how to fix tired eyes" before every morning meeting, we are here to help. Read on to discover 10 highly effective remedies for tired eyes that will help relieve strain, eye puffiness, and even reduce the appearance of dark circles. 


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1. Cool Your Eyes With Cucumber 

Placing two chilled cucumber slices on your closed eyelids will not only work like magic to relax tired eyes, but also the natural Vitamin C and Caffeic Acid in the cucumber will reduce puffiness and soothe your under-eye skin. 


2. Tea Bags For Under-Eye Bags 

Rich in antioxidants and natural tannins, refrigerated tea bags can work as great home remedies for under-eye bags, puffy and tired-looking eyes as well as dark circles. If you can, pick Chamomile while choosing your tea bags for the most relaxing and spa-like remedy for tired eyes, ever.  


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3. Freeze Some Coffee Ice Cubes 

Expect the same effect that your morning coffee has on your tiredness when you use coffee ice cubes to cool down tired eyes. Cool caffeine when topically applied, can immensely help in reducing puffiness, swelling and pigmentation. 


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4. Stock Up On Retinol

Retinol is a wonderous beauty ingredient that boasts of anti-ageing properties, and the ability to accelerate cellular turnover. Retinol helps speed up your skin's collagen and elastin production, which means reduced wrinkles, under-eye bags and lightened dark circles for you! 


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1. WOW Skin Science Retinol Face Serum | 30 ml @ INR 599



2. Mamaearth Retinol Night Cream With Bakuchi | 50 gm @ INR 699



5. Use Eye Drops To Relax Eye Strain 

One of the underlying causes behind your tired eyes all the time could be prolonged screen time. We are no strangers to how computers can lead to eye strain, and if that is the reason you've been waking up with tired eyes in the morning, a drop or two of an eye cooler can provide some temporary relief. 


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6. Apply A Hot Compress 

A warm compress is a great way to relax your eye muscles, just like any other muscle in the body. It can also help tremendously with relieving dry eyes after them being exposed to a bright screen all day. Just soak a soft piece of cloth with warm water, and place it on your eyes for a couple of relaxing minutes. 


7. Give Your Eyes A Tap Massage 

Use your index and middle fingers to gently tap a circle around your eyes. This tapping massage can help increase blood flow around your tired eyes, promote lymph drainage of under-eye bags and alleviate dark circles. 


8. Pour Some Milk 

We're already familiar with the tremendous health benefits of consuming milk. But the same calcium, proteins, amino acids and lactic acids can help with fixing tired eyes, and lightening the skin around your eyes, when applied topically. Just soak some cotton swabs in milk and refrigerate for 20-25 minutes, before placing them onto your eyes. 


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9. Massage With Almond Oil 

One of the best home remedies for tired eyes, massaging the skin around your eyes with some almond oil can help, not just momentarily but also in the long haul. The Vitamin K in almond oil comes with anti-inflammatory properties which can help you with the dark circles under your eyes, along with puffiness and swelling. 


Product Recommendations


Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Almond Oil  From Forest Essentials 200 ml @ INR 1,775


10. When All Else Fails, Reach For The Concealer 

Trust me, when you don't even have the time to think of a quick fix for tired eyes, there's nothing that will work as well as generous amounts of concealer application. Conviction comes from thorough trial and testing. 


Product Recommendations


1. Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Concealer | 60 ml @ INR 620

2. Huda Beauty Overachiever High Coverage Nourishing Concealer | 10 ml @ INR 1008


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Remember, eye care about you *cheeky grin*


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