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7 Ways to Hide That You Were Crying

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When we cry, out of sadness or joy, our eyes swell due to the dilation that occurs in the blood vessels of the eyelids, which can result in complications if we don’t want others to notice what’s going on. The good news is that you can get rid (or at least reduce) swelling in the eye area without the need to use over-the-counter meds and without having to wait for a long time.

5-Minute Crafts shows you 7 easy ways to hide the fact that you’ve been crying.

1. Cool your eyes with water

Cold water is a good anti-inflammatory and very useful to reduce the swelling of your face that comes after crying.

  • Fill a glass with cold water.
  • Take a piece of paper and soak it in the cold water.
  • Get rid of excess water on the paper, then lightly press the damp paper onto the eyelid and let it act for 15 minutes.

2. Remove redness with ice

When you cry, your face becomes red. This is especially true in the area around your eyes and nose. Ice can help to bring it back to its normal color faster.

  • Take some ice cubes and place them in a towel to make a cold compress.
  • Press the towel over the eye and nose area for about 10 minutes each.

3. Use cold spoons to reduce inflammation

The cold absorbed by metal spoons when they are in the fridge helps to reduce swelling. However, keep in mind that It’s important to not let them sit in the fridge for a long time. If they get too cold, they could burn your skin, so be careful.

  • Put 2 spoons in the fridge.
  • Take them out and put them on your eyelids using light pressure.
  • Repeat up to 3 times if necessary.

4. Blow your nose

Blowing your nose is a good option to clear it and hide the fact that you just cried. While you might do that naturally, it’s still a good thing to keep in mind.

  • Blow your nose, but not too much, as you could make the redness in the area worsen and become more apparent.
  • Press one side and blow and then the other side and blow.
  • Make sure it is clean once you finish blowing it.

5. Wear make-up

Smudged makeup can give you away if you’re trying to hide the fact that you cried recently.

  • Use makeup remover or a damp washcloth to remove any traces of smudged makeup.
  • Reapply makeup, especially foundation, face powder, and concealer.

6. Soothe your eyelids with facial cream

Facial cream has moisturizing properties that help reduce swelling of the eyelids caused by crying. You can also use a de-puffing eye-cream.

  • Put the cream in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  • Take it out and gently rub it onto the eyelid area, this moisturizes the area which, in turn, could help reduce swelling.

7. Get rid of red eyes

Eye drops can quickly relieve eye redness, but should only be used if prescribed by a specialist.

  • Apply a drop in each eye. This will stimulate the contraction of the blood vessels and decrease the redness in the eyes.

Bonus: Techniques to hide that you’re still crying

If you do not have time to try the above steps, we recommend a couple of additional tips to disguise the crying.

  • “Sneeze” several times before returning to the place where you were crying, this could make people believe that the reason why your eyes and nose look red is that you just sneezed and not because you were crying.
  • Smile, this will help disguise the fact that you have been crying.
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