Almost all types of imperfections on your face can be covered with appropriate makeup. Discoloration, dark circles under the eyes or spots are not a problem anymore.
What to do, however, if you wake up with puffy eyes? They make you look tired and ill and among all possible defects you would like to camouflage, they are probably the most troublesome one to deal with.
In order to handle the problem of puffy eyes effectively, you need to know the underlying cause of your eyes bad condition. Once you determine the reason, you will be able to apply one of the quick and easy home remedies we describe below.
Why do I get puffy eyes?
In general, the eyelids become puffy due to an accumulation of fluids in the skin tissue. Although this problem may affect any area of the skin, it becomes much more prominent in the case of your eyes because the skin is thinner and the swelling gets much more visible.
Fluid accumulation may be caused by various factors, like excessive crying, eating too much salt, dehydration, lack of sleep, allergy or sinus problems, hormonal changes, stress, bad diet or hangover. Some people’s puffy eyes are simply an inherited facial feature, in which case basic home remedies may slightly reduce the symptoms, but will not solve the problem entirely.
How to avoid puffy eyes
Sleep deprivation is one of the most common causes of puffy eyes. If you don’t get enough sleep and are constantly tired, it will definitely show on your face. Even though some people feel well rested after just 4-5 hours of sleep, most of us need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep in order to properly recharge the batteries.
Remember that it is not only about the length but also the quality of the sleep that you get. If possible, isolate yourself from any factors that might disturb you at night and try to go to bed before midnight. Research shows that our body clock is adjusted to mother nature and begins to set itself for some rest straight after the sunset by starting to produce melatonin.
Try not to stay up late watching TV and more than anything avoid blue light from your laptop or smartphone as this kind of light blocks the production of the ‘sleep hormone’. If you feel the urge to check the social media updates in bed, download an app that will change the light on your screen from blue to red. It will let you fall asleep faster and won’t hurt your eyes.
If you notice that swollen eyes are a recurring problem only in certain seasons or after you eat some specific foods, you should get tested for allergies. Once you know what you are allergic to, you will be able to avoid the allergens and reduce the possibility of puffy eyes occurrence.
Handle Your Face With Care
Your facial care routine and the type of cosmetics you use have a great influence on the condition of your eyes. First and foremost, handle your face and eyes with a lot of care. Don’t rub your eyes and don’t touch your face with dirty hands as you may transmit bacteria that will affect the skin and the eyes.
Choose beauty products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Whenever you decide to use a new product, test it for an allergic reaction in a less visible area, like your wrist or back of your neck. Also, remember to always thoroughly remove make-up at the end of the day. Your eyes need a break from all the chemicals they have to handle for the whole day.
Contact Lenses Hygiene
If you wear contact lenses, it’s very easy for you to get an eye infection, unless you follow a proper contact lens hygiene routine. Make sure you always wash your hands in warm, soapy water before you apply the lenses. Change your lenses frequently and remember to either change or disinfect the contact lens case.
Home remedies for puffy eyes
Whether puffy eyes are a recurring problem or take you by surprise before a big event, there are many simple home remedies that will help you reduce the symptoms and look fresher.
Before you try anything else, drink 2-3 glasses of water. Puffy eyes are often the result of dehydration and catching up on liquid intake may help you solve the problem. In order to avoid puffy eyes, as well as many other health conditions, make sure you drink 1,5-2 litres of water every day.
Also, reduce the amount of salt in your diet since excess intake of salt causes fluid retention in your body and causes swelling. Other substances that cause dehydration are caffeine and alcohol, so remember that drinking a lot of coffee, wine or beer does not mean that your body is already well hydrated. You have to replenish fluids by drinking water.
Applying cold on your puffy eyes reduces the swelling immediately since it relaxes the blood vessels, improves the circulation and tightens up the skin around your eyes.