For the past few weeks, I’ve been waking up with puffy eyes. I’m lucky the puffiness tends to subside pretty soon, but I’m very impatient, and would love to have it disappear immediately. Or, better yet, figure out what causes it so I can fix the problem at the root and never have it happen again.
I’m pretty sure my insomnia has something to do with the puffiness, but there are so many other things that can cause it. We should know them all, so we can prevent and treat those unsightly puffy eyes, don’t you agree?
What causes puffy eyes?
Ooh, so many things:
1. Lymph Buildup
Lymph is a fluid that circulates through our body’s lymphatic system, picking up all kinds of unwanted stuff, like bacteria and fats. Then, it gets rid of them, so they won’t cause infections and other nasty problems. But, sometimes, this lymph gets stuck and starts to build up. Hello, puffiness!
Usually, gently massaging the eye area is enough to get the circulation going again. I pick up a bit of eye cream (because, why not go the extra mile and hydrate skin, too, while you’re at it?), and start from the outer corner, moving inwards. This movement follows the natural direction of the lymph flow. Doing the opposite, from the inner to the outer corner, just doesn’t work as well.
2. Bad Sleeping Position
Puffiness is often blamed on lack of sleep. That’s definitely a contributing factor, but a very small one. What really causes puffiness is the position you sleep in. Sleeping flat or on your belly can cause lymph buildup, and we all know by now where that leads, right?
If you like to sleep on your back or tummy, don’t worry. You won’t need to change your habit. Just get an extra pillow. Sleeping with your head up will help the lymph flow as it should.
3. Too Much Salt (And Alcohol)
Salt is awesome. It instantly gives flavour even to the blandest of foods, and I can’t imagine every going without. But, too much salt can make your eyes all puffy. And, too much alcohol has the same effect.
Use salt in moderation, and drink as little alcohol as you can. I know, boring. But, it works.
If you’re prone to allergies, you know this all too well. They can make your eyes swell up like crazy (among so many other unpleasant things.)
Avoid the trigger, and see a doctor to get the appropriate meds, if needed.
Sometimes, your eyes are simply naturally puffy. Or, they become so as we age. That’s natural, my friend.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but, if your eyes are naturally puffy, there really isn’t anything you can do to make the puffiness disappear.
In the meantime, fix them up
Ok, so if you’ve figured out what’s the cause of your puffy eyes, you can now prevent them. Yay!
But, what if your eyes are already puffy? How can you reduce the puffiness? There are a couple of ways:
1. Tea Bags, Cucumbers, & Compresses
Turns out, our grannies knew a thing or two about getting rid of puffy eyes. Their trusted old remedies, like tea bags and cucumber slices, can really help reduce the puffiness fairly quickly.
If you prefer a more modern version, buy some gel pads, keep them in the fridge, and apply them whenever you need them. It’s more expensive, but, it works, too.
2. Thick Cat Eyes
This is a trick I’ve recently picked up from one of my fave bloggers, Karen of Makeup And Beauty Blog. When your eyes are puffy and you don’t have time to put anything on them to take down the swelling, draw a thick cat line on the upper lash line. This dramatic look helps draw attention away from the puffiness. Thanks, Karen!
Do you suffer from puffy eyes, too? How do you prevent and treat them?