Second-hand cigarette smoke – say smoke expelled by someone smoking a cigarette or even smoke from the cigarette’s lit end – can also cause red eyes. Instances also abound from people developing red eyes from excessively fixating on a digital screen, causing eye strain.
5 top DIY remedies for red eyes
The good news is if your red eyes are not linked to severe eye complications, some ready DIY home remedies can restore the beauty of your eyes, clearing the redness. Let us explore them.
1. Try a warm compress
A gentle application of heat to the eyes enhances blood circulation to the affected eye section and improves the eyelids’ capacity to produce much-needed oil. A warm compress (through this mechanism) should alleviate your eye irritation, clearing blockaded tear glands.
Given the sensitivity of the eyes and the region around them, you want to get this therapy right. Start by warming water – but not too hot so that it doesn’t burn you.
Now soak a clean towel in the warm water (to avoid germ penetration), after which you wriggle the moisture out since we want the towel mildly wet. Place the towel on the affected eyes for about six to nine minutes and wait for your long-sought relief.
2. Cold compress is another way around
It is true warm compress will not always be efficient. There is a more relaxed alternative in the form of a cold compress. In this approach, you repeat the same warm compress process, this time, however, soaking your towel in cool water.
Another adaptation of the cold compress is sealing your towel in a plastic bag and keeping it in the fridge or cooler. After some freezing, take it out for a few minutes, and press it against your eyes to reduce irritation or swelling (if that is what’s causing your dry eyes).
We highly discourage you from resting ice directly on your eyelid. This comes with the risk of localized frostbites.
3. Give your makeup a brief vacation
Makeup can be transforming aesthetically, and we know that. We are shamelessly conversant with how a bit of mascara and eyeliner here and there can significantly enhance our looks. Sadly some makeups contain ingredients that trigger redness in the eye or irritate the skin around your eyes.
While the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has been doing a spectacular job at weeding the market of dangerous cosmetic products, some makeups still contain substances like color additives (with kohl being one of the most notorious), stabilizers, and preservatives.
So if you are experiencing red eyes, it is wise counsel to give some of your makeup products a short vacation and see if things improve. You can try slashing down your daily makeup regimen one product at a time and observe if there is any relief from the cessation of such products.