You went to sleep early.. was mentally prepared for the next day and then you wake up and look in the mirror, only to see tired, puffy eyes staring you down. It can be disheartening to get ready for a big event and your body doesn't want to cooperate.
What causes puffy eyes?
Your eyes can puff up for many reasons – lack of sleep, too much alcohol, dust allergy or even stress but it is definitely not something you want to deal with. It can make you look rundown and tired and takes away the freshness from your face.
Puffy eyes may seem like a skin issue, since that’s where it shows up, but it's actually something that’s happening underneath the skin. The eye area is one of the most sensitive and thinnest places on our skin, so it can tell us a lot about what is actually happening internally.
Puffy eyes are actually a form of edema, or water retention, that shows up under the eyes and that can be caused by a lot of different things. The easiest way to get rid of puffy eyes is to drinks lots of water and keep yourself hydrated. It might seem counter-intuitive to think of dehydration as a cause of puffiness, but when we’re dehydrated, our bodies actually start to preserve the water that we do have, and our eye sockets are a place where we hold extra water.
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HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
Waking up with puffy eyes is extremely common because as you’re horizontal for several hours, excess water tends to settle there.
Bad/not enough sleep is one reason for puffy eyes, but it isn't the only one. Allergies, sinus problems, dust and pollution can increase inflammation and water retention around the eyes. Smoke, too much heat or air conditioning, and eye strain (including reading in the dark, staring at a computer all day, and being in lights that are too bright) are all guilty parties too—things that make your eyes water!
A fluctuation in the body’s hormones, blood sugar, or hemoglobin can all be attributed to puffy eyes too. Our bodies are a set of systems all working together that are fed the same way, through our blood. When it comes to water retention and excavation, our kidneys take this on while they’re cleaning toxins from our blood and helping keep our levels balanced.
Fluctuations in our body chemistry affects our kidneys, which in turn affect our water balance and can cause puffy eyes.
As we age, our eyes also have a harder time adapting to all these conditions, which means we may notice puffy eyes more often than usual. On top of that, our skin around the eyes starts to weaken and thin, and puffiness becomes much more visible.
If you experience puffy eyes regularly, you may want to take a trip to the doctor, just to make sure the rest of your health is ship-shape.
Here are our top tips for reducing the appearance of puffy eyes so you look more awake and ready to go.
Try lemon water first thing in the morning and throughout the day. It’s refreshing and will help hydrate you. Dehydration is one of the main causes of puffy eyes, and is especially common first thing in the morning.
You must limit your salt intake and also have caffeine and alcohol in moderation. These tend to hold on to water in the body which can lead to puffy eyes.
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2. Rose Water
Rose is naturally soothing. We love it so much we use it in a lot of our products. For puffy eyes, soak two cotton balls in the rose water, then wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes or so, until chilled. Then remove the plastic and place the cotton balls over your eyes for 5-10 minutes. You can also simply dip two cotton balls in chilled rose water. You can also try our Rosewater Toner.
3. Cucumber Slices
These really do work! A combination of the coolness, along with the vitamin C helps soothe skin and reduce the appearance of puffiness. Simply slice the cucumber and place the slices over your eyes for 5-10 minutes. Think outside the box and try CHILLED STRAWBERRIES—they have natural alpha-hydroxy acids that help smooth the look of your skin while reducing the appearance of puffiness.
4. GreenTea Bags
Tea contains tannin which acts as a mild diuretic and helps to get rid of puffy eyes. This has been used as a natural remedy for years by our grandmothers and mothers. Soak two teabags in warm water and then chill them for few minutes before applying them on your eyes.
Not just for garnish anymore. If you get puffy eyes quite frequently, eat more parsley. Parsley helps in supporting your kidneys flush out excess fluids from your body. Throw them in your salads and soup and enjoy the refreshing flavor.
6. Light Massage
Eye puffiness is usually caused by excess fluids trapped in your eye area. By lightly massaging both your upper and lower eyelids, you shove all those excess fluids away from your eyes. This is actually a basic touch therapy that many people are not aware of, but dermatologists and other skin experts have used this technique to improve the appearance of their client's eyes.
Rubbing your eyes is not good for them, gentle patting or dabbing should be the motion used at all times. The skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive, and repeated touching of the skin enveloping the eyes can worsen allergies, making them more irritable, red and itchy thus leading to puffy eyes. If you wear contact lenses then remove them before going to bed to avoid irritation and eye dryness.
7. Artificial Sweetners
Sweeteners like aspartame and saccharin have been implicated in some studies as potentially causing fluid retention. Artificial sweeteners have also been linked to body bloating, which will have an effect on your eyes as well. Go easy on the diet sodas and other products containing fake sugar substitutes, or give them up completely. You can also try easing the eye puff caused by this fake sugars by consuming more inflammation-fighting foods like berries, tomatoes, and ginger.
Not only do they protect your eyes from UV damage, but they can shield your eyes from the glare of the sun, wind, dust, and other environmental conditions that can encourage puffy eyes.
9. Hormone Issues
Sometimes, eye puffiness can be caused by factors other than fluid circulation in the face. For instance, if you are having your menstruation, your body may retain more fluids at the onset of your period; hence, our eyes may become puffy. If this is the case, take over-the-counter diuretic medications to help flush out excess fluids in your system. Some people with consistently puffy eyes may have thyroids that aren’t performing as they should. Check with your doctor—a simple blood test can tell you.
10. Iron Deficiency
Iron deficiency anemia is another cause of fluid retention—check your iron levels. Most post-menopausal women don’t need extra iron, but if you’re pre-menopausal, an iron shortage may be a factor in puffy eyes.
11. Egg Whites
Stiffly beat a few egg whites and apply it around your eyes with a brush. It will result in making the area around and under the eye feel tighter and look less puffy. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse your face in cold water.
12. Say NO To Salt
For the most part, the puffiness is a result of your activities during the previous day; for example, if you ate a lot of salty food or you bent your head down for too long, there is a good chance that your eyes will be puffy the next day. Sodium encourages water retention, so if you notice your eyes getting puffy and baggy after lunch, rethink that bag of potato chips.
People who consume foods containing MSG can also find themselves dealing with fluid retention. MSG is a flavor enhancer added to some products, and though it doesn't have as much sodium as table salt, sodium is a main ingredient of MSG that can increase water retention and puffiness around the eyes.
Allergens / Cosmetics
Swelling around the eye area can also be caused by an allergic reaction if the puffiness is accompanied by itchiness and redness around the eye area. If you find the reason for your puffy eyes happening is due to an allergic reaction then discontinue using whatever it is that is causing your eyes to swell. Particular beauty products can be responsible for eye irritations. No matter how much you love a particular product you have to discard and banish it from your make-up bag. What is more important, the blue eye shadow, the trendy two tone mascara you adore, or your eyesight? If something is not agreeable to your eye skin then cease using it immediately.
What’s your favorite remedy for puffy eyes? Share with us in the comments.
This concludes another installment of The Crunchy Corner. We hope you have found the information as useful as we did. Again, we are not making any medical claims and urge everyone to Think For Yourself when making any decisions about your health and well-being.
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