The classic cucumber remedy is well-known for its soothing effects on puffy eyes. Cucumber slices don't actually work on the eyes, but on the skin in the surrounding eye area—the thinnest on your body, vulnerable to wrinkling and puffiness.

Due to their high water content—and their cooling effect if stored in the fridge—cucumbers work doubly to hydrate and soothe the delicate eye area. A relaxing 10 to 15 minute session can restore tired, puffy eyes and leave you refreshed.

To mimic the coolness of the cucumber, you can try these tips for instant relief: chill a pair of spoons in ice water and place the cooled backs to your closed eyelids; place cotton balls, soaked in cold milk, over each eye. 

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