Hi there! I’m Jenny Kay Provance. Welcome to Live Gorgeous! It’s so annoying to wake up with puffy eyes, right?
Well, did you know that lack of sleep is NOT necessarily the cause of puffiness?
SO WHAT IS?
The skin around the eyes is thin and delicate, and it swells up when fluid pools in the cells and tissues. Here are some common causes of puffy eyes.
CAUSES OF PUFFY EYES
1. Water retention
We retain water for reasons like consuming too much sodium, lack of hydration, menstruation, and stress.
2. Poor Diet
I find that every time I eat pizza or salty popcorn, I wake up the next day with a puffy face! Salt makes the cells in your body hold on to water. As you’ll see in my remedies below, drinking lots of water and eating your fruits and veggies help to counter water retention.
5. Sleep issues
I struggled with puffy-eye mornings for years! So after lots of research and testing, I finally feel like I’ve figured out how to keep them away.
Here are my top 8 Puffy Eye Remedies:
1. Drink tons of water
Water flushes your body clean! When you’re system is short on fluids, it holds on to the water it already has, and makes you puffy. It sounds strange, but the best way to get RID of the excess water in your body is to drink lots of water.
I use a Brita Filtered Water Bottle like this one, and fill it up at least 5 times a day.
2. Cold compress
Cold can help reduce swelling. Try placing chilled slices of cucumber on your eyes for a few minutes. I’ve even heard of people putting a metal spoon in the fridge for a little while, and then using it around the eyes.
This is the cold mask I wear to reduce puffiness:
And believe it or not, the concealer I’ve been wearing lately has a cold roller ball in it, so when I apply it in the morning it helps my puffiness go down a little bit! I had no idea when I bought it, so that was a pleasant surprise!
3. Place a humidifier in the room where you sleep
Lack of moisture leads to water retention, dry skin, etc. I have two humidifiers – one for summer and one for winter.
This is my humidifier for the warm months of the year (it blows cool air)
This is the humidifier I use in the cold months: (warm air)
4. Natural Astringents
The cucumber thing really works! Place slices of cucumbers, or even place slices of POTATOES on the eyes to alleviate the puffiness. Cucumbers and potatoes are natural astringents.
I’ve heard of people using astringents like Witch Hazel and egg whites too, but I haven’t tried them, have you?
5. Elevate your head slightly while sleeping
Gravity helps keep the water from pooling around your eyes.
Not sure if this is just me, but when I have puffy eyes, and then go running in the morning, my eyes flush out! I have tears rolling down my cheeks, and by the end of my run, the puffiness is gone. Is that normal? Well, exercise is all around healthy and effective for managing stress, improving sleep, strengthening the immune system, enhancing metabolism, etc. My current favorite workout video is Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I love it!
8. Splash your face with warm water, then cold water.
The warm water causes your skin to expand to clean out your pores, and then the cold water makes it tighten and constrict. A great way to wake up your skin and reduce puffiness!
+9. Get rid of the allergens in the air.
My husband Adam gets really bad allergies, and I was paranoid about the pollution in the air. So I finally got us an air purifier for our home. It’s made a big difference.
Stress causes puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. Take a chill pill. Let me know if you know where to buy chill pills — ’cause I definitely need some!
I hope these tips help you have a puffy-free day!
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