Last week I covered the issue of dark undereye circles in my blog so I thought it was a good idea to now address puffy eyes.
Puffy eyes are caused by a build-up of lymph under the eyes (or poor lymph flow in the same area), alcohol, salty foods, allergies, crying, and aging.
If your puffy eyes are caused by poor lymph flow or a build up of lymph giving yourself a gentle massage in that area should help the problem. As you apply your eye cream (or any cream under the eyes) gently move your fingers from the outer corner of your eye to the inner corner. Also exercise can help decrease puffy eyes. If you continually wake-up in the morning with puffy eyes, fluid build-up is probably to blame. Sleep with an extra pillow under your head in order to prevent fluid build-up.
Look for eye cream products with chamomile, cucumber, or caffeine in them. Cucumber and chamomile are anti-inflammatory, and caffeine constricts blood vessels and drains fluid. Putting wet chamomile tea bags or cold slices of cucumber on your eyes should help reduce puffiness.
If your puffiness is caused by aging see a cosmetic dermatologist or a plastic surgeon to hear about solutions. Fillers can be used in that area to reduce puffiness, and of course there are always surgical procedures as well.
If salty foods and alcohol are to blame for your puffy eyes than be sure to drink plenty of water to flush out your system.
Puffy eyes caused by allergies can be treated with an antihistamine.
And please don’t use Preparation H under your eyes. You can have an allergic reaction. Stick to tea bags instead.
Sources and Further Reading
911 for Puffy Eyes The Skin Guru Dr. Leslie Baumann July 26, 2007
Say Goodbye to Puffy Eyes The Skin Guru Dr. Leslie Baumann October 27, 2009
Allure‘s 9 Simple Steps to Younger-Looking Eyes – see slides 4, 5, and 9
- Banish the Bags Under Your Eyes – WebMD
- What Benefit Does Drinking Water Have on Your Skin? – Renee Rouleau
- My Favorite Tricks for Reducing Face and Under Eye Puffiness – Renee Rouleau