No matter how healthy or committed to self care we are, most of us have had to deal with a set of seriously puffy eyes from time to time.
It’s hard to avoid the occasional bout of insomnia, indulgence in salty snacks, or bawl-your-eyes-out movies — all of which can leave your eyes looking swollen and tired.
So if you’re wondering how to get rid of puffy eyes — keep reading. We’ve got the tips and tricks you need to beat this annoying skincare issue.
Knowledge Drop: What Causes Puffy Eyes?
Putting aside any medical issues or specific allergies (always check with your doc first!) — temporarily puffy eyes can be caused by an array of different factors, most of which involve lifestyle choices.
Fluid retention is usually the number one issue. This happens when excess fluid builds up inside different areas of the body.
It’s extremely common, and when it’s not related to a medical condition, it typically stems from one of the following causes:
- A lack of exercise. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of higher intensity.
- Too much salt. Check your labels and steer clear of processed foods! According to dietary guidelines, we should limit intake to about a teaspoon per day.
- A lack of sleep. Adults need seven to nine hours per night, so get those z’s people!
- Smoking. Skip the tobacco altogether.
Luckily temporary puffiness is generally related to lifestyle, which means you can do your best to avoid it! And when that puffiness does pop up — you’ll have a toolkit to work with.
How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes: 5 Techniques to Try at Home
As we’ve established, certain behaviors can really help keep puffy eyes at bay. Healthy habits, people!
And while you can do your best to avoid them, once the puffiness is there — well, then it’s time to do damage control.
To get your eyes back to normal, the key is about cooling the skin and reducing the fluid.
Here’s how to get rid of puffy eyes — from au natural DIY tricks to our personal favorite eye cream.
- Cold cucumber slices or tea bags. Undoubtedly you’ve heard that cucumber slices can soothe the delicate eye area. But why? Well, they’re made mostly of water, which helps to moisturize. Plus, they’re rich in vitamin C and folic acid, which can help fight environmental toxins. Then there are tea bags. Chamomile is your best bet, thanks to the herb’s soothing properties. Green tea is also a great option, as the caffeine can constrict blood vessels. Steep two tea bags of your choice in boiling water, then squeeze out the extra water and stick them in the fridge for 20 minutes or so. When they’re ready, put them on your closed eyes for 15 minutes to a half hour.
- Up your H20 intake. Water seems like the answer to everything, isn’t it? Considering it’s up to 60% of the contents of your body, we’d have to suggest that it’s pretty important. And drinking more of it will help you with all aspects of your skin. It’s the key ingredient for retaining moisture which leads to your skin looking youthful, smooth, and refreshed long-term. Since the cause of puffy eyes is typically fluid retention, it may seem counterintuitive to drink more water — but it flushes out your system in all the best ways!
- Eyes Eyes Baby. Fleur & Bee’s all natural vegan eye cream was specially formulated to replenish and soothe the thin, delicate skin beneath your eyes. That skin sector needs extra care, so Eyes Eyes Baby was a necessary addition to our vegan skincare line. Ingredients include caffeine, squalene (a moisturizer derived from olive oil), and nutrient-rich aloe vera, among other botanically-sourced plants, herbs and minerals targeted to nourish and hydrate.
- Cut back on sugar and salt. While sugar is amazingly tasty (all things in moderation!), it can also cause inflammation. And inflammation leads directly to puffiness — plus a whole host of other unpleasant issues with your bod. Then there’s salt, which (when consumed excessively) makes you retain fluid. So both of these flavorings, while delicious, are best minimized if you’re dealing with a temporary puffy eye situation.
- Prop up your peepers. Keeping your eyes elevated can be a great way to avoid fluid filling up the area. At night, make sure you have a couple of pillows beneath your head and neck. It’ll keep you comfy and make sure the skin on your face stays protected and smooth. You could also consider a special pillow, gentle eye mask, and/or essential oils designed to help you sleep better and stay still.
Goodbye Dry, Tired-Looking Eyes
There you have it, lovelies! Puffy eyes are an annoyance, but they can be avoided (and relieved) with some simple lifestyle and self-care solutions.
So next time you stay up too late watching your fave sob story, you’ll have the tools to look your best the morning after.
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