The second worst thing about waking up in the morning is looking at your reflection in the mirror and seeing those puffy eyes staring back at you. The first being waking up, especially for those who are not morning people! Well, we are all for jest, but we understand how annoying it is to lose your beautiful eyes somewhere under those stubborn bags! Which is why this article aims at giving you all the tips and tricks to get rid of those seemingly eternal puffy eyes!
Puffy eyes are usually a temporary problem that can be solved without any cosmetic surgery or medical care but if a person needs urgent and upfront results that they are not able to achieve through lifestyle changes and natural remedies, then are many treatments available for that as well! We will explain all the methods from the simplest to the most sophisticated ones to aid you in your journey. Read on to get learned!
Common causes of puffy eyes
There are many underlying reasons for puffy eyes and dark circles. Medications, unhealthy life choices, dehydration and likeness, are all causes of puffy eyes. Some of the common causes which when prevented can stop you from getting puffy eyes
- Snooze the booze
Alcohol causes skin dehydration and weakens the sensitive area under the eyes. A weakened delicate area around the eyes can make it sink into a pouch, making it appear puffy. Make sure to drink enough water if you are consuming alcohol.
- Lungs are not the only body part that smoking kills
Smoking can cause skin dryness and weaken the delicate area around the eyes. This can cause dark circles, puffy eyes and wrinkles.
- Don’t be salty
This is something that you need to tell your food as it can make the water migrate to the area around your eyes because of the high sodium content in salt. So take it easy on the salt, especially during the night.
- Sleeping position matters
Sleeping on your side can cause body fluids to collect under your eyes because of gravity. This can be avoided by sleeping on your back and elevating your head with extra pillows while sleeping
Symptoms of an allergy also include watery and puffy eyes. There are many over-the-counter medicines available that can reduce the symptoms if you cannot avoid the allergens.
Some more causes of puffy eyes include eczema, chronic fatigue, hyperpigmentation, too much sun exposure, ageing and other health conditions.
What can you do to get rid of puffy eyes?
- Try to get that beauty sleep!
It is vital to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day to avoid and reduce puffy eyes. Both oversleeping and undersleeping can cause puffy eyes, so it is advisable to create a regular sleep schedule that you can stick to.
Some of the things to follow for maintaining a healthy sleep schedule include:
- Stray away from drinking coffee or any substance that contains caffeine at least 6 hours before your bedtime unless you really want to stay awake at night.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before your bedtime as it can interrupt peaceful sleep by causing dehydration.
- Have dinner at least 3-4 hours before bedtime. Eating anything close to your bedtime can not only cause puffy eyes but can also slow down the metabolism and lead to weight gain.
- Try not stressing out your muscles with exercise before bedtime.
- This one can be hard but try not to use electronics at least an hour or two before bedtime.
- Water- more like a solution to most of the skin problems!
Most of the causes of puffy eyes are based around dehydration which makes it clear that staying hydrated is key to keeping the skin around your eyes happy! Water is an elixir for the skin, and health experts recommend that we should drink at least 8-ounce glasses of water every day.
Many people set reminders and alerts to remind them to drink enough water every day. There are many apps and products available as well that can help you stay hydrated. The world understands how important it is to give your body enough water and if you don’t already, it is high time you do it too!
- Make more use out of your cup of tea!
If caffeine can cause puffy eyes by keeping you awake at night, it can get rid of them as well! You can apply caffeinated tea bags under your eyes and let its antioxidants increase blood flow under your eyes. Increased blood flow under the eyes can protect the area from harm caused by UV rays and ageing.
Soak tea bags in water for a few minutes, take them out and refrigerate them for 20 to 25 minutes. Leave these cold tea bags on your eyes for 15 to 30 minutes. Cold tea bags act as cold compress, which is another effective method to get rid of puffy eyes.
You can also try making a cold compress with a wet washcloth, cold cucumber, chilled teaspoon, a bag of frozen veggies or just buy a ready-made one from a store!
Also read- Benefits and uses of tea bags for eyes
- Neti pot is analogous to a gold pot
In case you do not know, a neti pot is a tea-kettle-like vessel that you fill up with a normal saline solution and place its spout in your nose. The water goes in from one nostril and comes out from the other and brings mucus and debris with it.
It is recommended that you learn how to use a neti pot before going ahead with this method, although it is not very complicated. This technique is extensively used by people to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes.
- Mind your diet!
Include a lot of collagen-rich foods like citrus fruits and green vegetables as well as iron-rich foods like poultry, red meat, seafood, dry fruits, and peas in your diet. These foods not only enhance the beauty of your skin but also aim at improving your overall health.
Other sophisticated methods like micro-needling, skin whitening creams and products that include retinol can also help to get rid of puffy eyes. We gave you all the intel that we had, and now we leave it up to you to choose your warrior! Remember, wise decisions lead to wonderful results!
Also read- Ultimate guide to get rid of dark circles!