Let's Get Rid Of Eye Puffiness

Treatment of puffy eyes depends entirely on the underlying cause. Speak with a doctor to determine if you have underlying hay fever, food allergies, or a contact allergy to any cosmetics you are using, as allergies are a common cause of under eye puffiness.

PMS water retention can lead to puffy eyes. If this appears to be the problem, eat less salty foods one week prior to your period and use green tea, which a natural diuretic. These measures can help with hormonal induced dark circles and puffiness associated with PMS. It has been reported that evening primrose oil and vitamin B6 is helpful in supported a woman’s hormonal balance.

Our culture is chronically stressed and overtired! You would be amazed at how a good nap, a long run, or relaxation and meditation techniques can improve the appearance of eye bags, and improve your quality of life as well! Also important is eating a well-balanced diet, using appropriate nutritional supplements and staying well-hydrated.

If you notice the puffiness first thing in the morning, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce it.

  1. Splash with cold water to get circulation going.
  2. Gently tap your upper and lower lids to help nudge away the fluids that have accumulated overnight.
  3. Moisten two tea bags with cold water and rest them on your closed eyes for 15 minutes. The coolness and the tannins in the tea may help pull the skin taut and reduce the puffiness. Ice cold cucumber slices also work wonders as well.
  4. To minimize upper lid puffiness, apply a darker shade of makeup on your upper lid, from just below the brow to the crease. Then apply a lighter shade on the lid from the crease to the lashes. For under-eye bags, use a slightly darker shade over your regular foundation.

Other tips to keep the bags away:

  1. Elevate your head while sleeping; this will keep the fluids from pooling under your eyes. Six-inch wooden blocks placed under the mattress would do the trick.
  2. Avoid salty foods at dinner.
  3. Avoid putting wrinkle creams on your bags – these products may be doing their job too well and plump up the skin under your eyes, increasing the appearance of puffiness.
  4. Use water-based makeup vs. oil-based. These products are lighter and less likely to irritate delicate under-eye skin.
Consult with a physician or qualified professional before you consider expensive treatments for your eye bags, because not all under eye puffiness is created equal. Understanding the root cause is imperative in considering treatment.