Eye puffiness and swelling under the eyes is an indicator of an excessive accumulation of fluids in surrounding skin tissue. Due to the thinness of the skin under the eyes, this area is more sensitive than the skin on the rest of the body and is prone to swelling, dryness and discoloration. We all dread waking up with puffy eyes in the morning, but there are several remedies we can take advantage of to reduce puffy eyes. Read on to find out more about what causes puffy eyes and more importantly, how to treat them!
There are several factors that affect the delicate tissue under your eyes. This can include an overconsumption of salt, allergies and sinus problems, dehydration, fatigue or lack of sleep, crying and inevitable ageing. These factors lead to unhealthy fluid retention in the tissue surrounding your eyes, where the skin is thin and pliable.
Depending on the cause, you’ll find some methods are more effective than others. Reducing the amount of salt in your diet, drinking more water, and getting enough sleep are things we can all do to treat puffy eyes. However, if you are already incorporating these things into your daily routine and find they aren’t effectively reducing your undereye woes, there are a couple of things you can incorporate that might help! If you’re looking for some extra steps to take to rid your eyes of puffiness, dark circles and swelling, try the following methods:
Place a cold compress on the undereye area for a couple of minutes to restrict the flow of fluid into the soft tissue under the eyes and reduce swelling. If you don’t have a cold compress on hand, chilled spoons, cold green teabags, or cucumber slices are equally effective. If you don’t have much time to spare, try adding a splash of cold water to your morning and nighttime skincare routine.
Our bodies are made up off approximately 50-80% water as a result a big contributor to puffiness and under eye bags is dehydration as many other vital organs pull your water and fluid supply and leave your skin crying out for help. As you age, your skin naturally loses moisture, contributing further to your undereye problems. Tackle both swelling and dry skin by drinking plenty of water. This will help reduce the effects of salt overconsumption, which contributes to fluid retention in the undereye area.
For long-term effects, try using beauty products formulated to hydrate, depuff and brighten the undereye area. Continual and consistent use of effective products containing anti-ageing products can be incredibly effective at reversing the signs of ageing in this area, including puffiness, swelling, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, and prevent future damage taking hold on your skin!
If you are worried that the swelling under your eyes is caused by something more serious, seek help and advice from your doctor or a skin/health care professional.
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