How to get rid of red eyes after crying

Everyone deserves to have a good, hard cry every now and again to let built-up emotions out but the downside of crying (maybe too hard and long) is dealing with those puffy eyes later. While there are a lot of myths and old wives tales out there about how to “magically” get rid of the puffy, red circles after crying but this explains why our eyes get puffy and it will sum up the best methods for you. So, let’s find out why do eyes swell after crying!

First, did you know that there are three different types of tears that we cry? 


These tears are constantly secreted to help keep your corneas lubricated and oxygenated. These tears are produced in the lacrimal glands, which are located on the outsides of the upper and lower eyelids. Basal tears are responsible for keeping the eyes moisturized, help provide an even and clear surface to ensure optimally clear vision and help flush any small irritants out of the eye. Once the tears have done their job, they drain into the lacrimal sacs in the corners of your eye to end up in the nasal passages (why your nose gets stuffy when you cry).


The tears are released in response to pain or when a foreign object enters the eye. The brain triggers the release of these tears to help flush and heal the eyes. While their composition is similar to basal tears, reflexive tears have slightly more nutrients to help heal in the event of an eye injury.


Released by the brain when triggered by emotional responses such as happiness or sadness, emotional tears do serve a biological function as well. During times of high emotion, the body endures chemical increases and emotional tears (being more water-based than basal or reflexive) carry more protein-based hormones and help counteract the body’s chemical imbalance from the emotion levels.
Why do our eyes swell? There are two reasons that help explain why our eyes swell after crying and the first is that when we cry, our lacrimal glands are working extra hard to produce a steady stream of tears, which the glands are not used to. The overworked glands can become inflamed and lead to swelling. The second reason that our eyes swell after we have been crying (emotionally) is that emotional tears contain a higher concentration of water than basal tears, which brings osmosis into play. The water in the tears will flow to areas of lower concentration, which in this case is the saltier ocular tissues around the eyes, trying to balance the levels of water. Thus when we cry from emotions, our eyes will hold those tears in the tissues, which results in swelled, puffy eyes.

How do you get make puffy eyes go away? Depending on the amount of time you have to relieve the puffiness, there are a few steps you can take to help.

How to get rid of red eyes after crying
Quick fix

Run your fingers under cold water or rest them on top of an eye ice cube, once cold you will need to run your fingers from the inside corners to the outside corners of your eyes trying to help the excess water drain away from your lacrimal glands. If you have access to an eye serum that contains yeast extracts, that can help take down a lot of the swelling as well.


Start by splashing cold water on your face, followed by icing your eyes with a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel (much more contouring than an ice pack). Leave on your face for 15 minutes to help take down some general swelling. Next, take two cold water steeped green tea bags and rest them over your closed eyelids for 10 minutes. The antioxidants in the green tea will help constrict the blood vessels under the skin and help reduce the remaining swelling. The finishing step (if available) is using cucumber slices for their antioxidant properties followed by potato slices to help brighten up your eyes. Each should be used for a few minutes in that order. The remaining swelling and redness should be gone by morning.

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Crying is just more than a habit for humans.  Failing in the final year, or de-promotion from your company’s post, or your divorce, we all cry for one-thing or another.

It is actually helpful for human body, as by crying the body releases adrenaline and cortisol, helping ease stress. But, who cares? The most important thing is to just wipe out the face clean and free of tears.We all just care about eyes after crying. Luckily enough, you don’t have to go to a high-end parlor, for fixing your fluffy eyes; since you can get the remedy at your Kitchen Itself!

 Here’s what you need

  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Ice cubes
  • Milk
  • Cotton Balls
  • Teabags
  • Tissues
  • Cucumber
  • Potatoes


Using Cloth

Pour water into the bowl until it is filled by half of its total capacity. Now, drop 4-5 ice cubes in water. Take a cloth, dip it in icy-cold water and apply to your puffy eyes (massage) for around 5 minutes. Repeat this procedure several times.

The cold water reduces inflammation and redness of eyes.

Using Cotton Balls

Now, pour milk into a glass or a cup. Now, dip 2 large cotton balls in the milk. Now, put on these cotton balls to the puffy eyes.

Milk helps you in reducing the dark circles below your eyes.

Using Tea Bags

Soak two back tea bags in ice for 10 minutes and apply to the region.

Tea Bags helps in constricts blood vessels, thus relieving puffiness.

Using Cucumbers

This is the old and preferred way. Cut two slices of cucumbers or potatoes and keep it over the eyes. Leave the slices for 10-15 minutes.

How do you hide crying eyes?

Run cold water, stick your fingers under the tap, and then gently pat cold water underneath your eyes, where it's all puffy. This cools you down and constricts the blood vessels under your eyes that are causing tattletale swelling. Splash some cold water on your wrists, too. It helps, I don't know why.

Why do eyes go red when crying?

Because tears are made from our blood, vessels carrying blood to our eyes can dilate or become bigger to allow for more passage of blood to the area — this can contribute to redness and puffiness of the eyes, eyelids, and surrounding skin,” says Jason Brinton, MD, a board certified LASIK surgeon in St. Louis.

Do red eyes go away after crying?

If you've been crying, then your eyes are probably going to turn red. This will clear up on its own, but if you don't want people to know you've been crying, you can always use eye drops to clear the redness.

How long do you have to ice your eyes after crying?

Applying a cold compress There are many cold compress eye masks available. Alternatively, a person can soak a towel or washcloth in cold water and apply it to the eye area for 5–10 minutes at a time.