September 29, 2017
Tips to End Puffy Eye Woes
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 ten tips for reducing the appearance of puffy eyes so you look more awake and ready to go.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Try lemon water first thing in the morning and throughout the day. It's refreshing and will help hydrate you. Dehydration os one of the main causes of puffy eyes, and is especially common first thing in the morning.
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.
These really do work! A combination of the coolness, along with the vitamin C and caffeic acid in the vegetable, helps soothe skin and reduce the appearance of puffiness. Simply slice the cucumber and place the slices over your eyes for 5-10 minutes. You can also try chilled tea bags, as these will help to tighten and firm skin around to corners of your eyes. Another great one is sliced, chilled strawberries - they have natural alpha-hydroxy acids that help smooth the look of your skin while reducing the appearance of puffiness.
ANTI-AGING EYE CREAM
Use this product regularly and you're likely to see a reduction in the appearance of puffy eyes. We use green tea for antioxidant protection as well as gotu kola to tighen and firm. Use it on all the skin around your eyes, morning and night, to lessen the look of dark circles and puffiness.
AVOID ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
Sweeteners like aspartame and saccharin have been implicated in some studies as potentially causing fluid retention. If you regularly have puffy eyes, try cutting back on diet soda drinks and see if it helps.
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.
CHECK YOUR THYROID
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.
GETTING ENOUGH IRON?
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.
Beat a couple egg whites stiffly, and a drop or two of witch hazel, and apply around the eyes with a brush. Leave on 5-10 minutes. You should feel a tightening sensation, and when you rinse off, your eyes may look much better.
AVOID SALTY SNACKS
Sodium encourages water retention, so if you notice your eyes getting puffy and baggy after lunch, rethink that bag of potato chips.