If You Have All Night
To tamp down swelling, splash cold water on your face, then wrap a bag of frozen peas in a washcloth (this will contour to the shape of your face better than an ice pack can). Hold the bag over your face for 15 minutes. Next, zero in on your eyes: Steep green-tea bags in cold water for three to five minutes, squeeze out the excess water, then rest them over closed lids for 10 minutes. The antioxidant effect of the tea’s catechins constricts the blood vessels under the skin, deflating remaining puffiness.
Still red? Relax with cold cucumber or potato slices over your eyes. As with the tea bags, the cold will tighten blood vessels. Also, “cucumbers contain powerful antioxidants that reduce irritation, while potatoes contain a skin-lightening enzyme called catecholase,” says optometrist Justin Bazan, a medical adviser for the Vision Council and the owner of Park Slope Eye, in Brooklyn. Either will relieve swelling, but starting with the cucumber and following up five minutes later with the potato will depuff and brighten the eye area. Any leftover redness or puffiness should subside while you sleep. But just in case, keep your head propped up on a firm pillow. The elevation will prevent excess fluid from pooling in your face.