How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes
Most of us have had puffy eyes at some time in our lives. Late nights might cause some people’s eyes to puff up on occasion, but for others, puffiness might be something they have to deal with on a daily basis. Puffiness, sagging, wrinkles and dark circles are every woman’s nightmare. Whether it’s an early morning business meeting or an evening out, we all want to look bright, rested and lively. Puffiness and other under-eye problems can not only make you look less attractive, they can also diminish your confidence.
What causes under-eye problems?
Lack of sleep, poor diet, stress and an erratic lifestyle are the most common causes of puffiness and other under-eye problems. Poor sleep habits and stress are directly related to puffiness and dark circles. An unbalanced diet, dehydration and excessive consumption of alcohol are also known to cause puffy eyes.
So how do you combat these problems?
There are three ways to deal with puffiness: natural remedies, makeup tricks and lifestyle changes. Each of these will help you counter puffiness and other problems, but a combination of the three will ensure that puffiness is reduced to just a distant, faintly unpleasant memory.
Commercially available eye-patches and eye-masks can do wonders for puffy eyes – they hydrate the eye area and give you a radiant appearance. Antioxidant-rich creams are ideal to battle fine lines and sagginess. They stimulate the production of collagen and help the skin retain it. Keep an eye out for products containing extracts of chamomile, green tea and emblica, as well as those containing vitamins A, C and E.
For those of you who’d rather deal with puffiness the natural way, chilled cucumber or potato slices placed over the eyes can help lessen puffiness. Chilled tea-bags will also do the trick. Cucumber has anti-inflammatory properties, while tea-bags, especially green and chamomile tea, have antioxidants and caffeine that will soothe your eyes and reduce the inflammation. Used regularly, these remedies can make you look (and feel) brighter and fresher.
Steps in making puffiness vanish with makeup
1. Under-eye cream: Apply a light cream and let the skin absorb it before you apply anything else. You might want to try an under-eye moisturizer with almond oil – it is light and keeps the skin supple, reducing the appearance of fine lines. It also helps to lighten skin color and is ideal for those with dark circles, especially if used on a regular basis.
2. Concealer: Use a concealer with a light-weight formulation to camouflage the area under the eyes. It’s important to use a shade that’s as close to your natural skin color as possible. A motley of different concealers are available, including waterproof variants and palettes, which let you mix different shades until you find one that’s perfect. Use a small brush to apply and blend in the concealer – avoid using your fingers. Our pro makeup kits also include a Color Corrector Quad. The yellow color minimizes dark circles.
3. Bronzer: Experts recommend using a bronzer to minimize the appearance of puffiness. Use a matte finish bronzer on your cheeks and sweep it upwards with a brush onto the under-eye area to make the bags disappear. Make sure you don’t use a shimmery bronzer – it will only accentuate the puffiness.
4. Translucent powder: Dust the under-eye area with translucent powder, using a wide, feathery brush. A wide brush will give a light, even coverage that’s imperceptible.
5. Mascara: Use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes and apply a couple of coats of your favourite mascara. Eyes lined with thick lashes will draw attention away from any puffiness underneath.
Changing your lifestyle makes a huge difference
Get a good night’s rest. Adequate sleep is vital to looking fresh and well-rested. Fatigue, lack of sleep and stress can all result in puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.
Drink plenty of water. If your body isn’t hydrated, it’s bound to show somewhere. Skin appears dull and dark circles and puffiness raise their ugly heads. Make it a point to drink a glass of water every couple of hours so that you can track your intake. And no, juices and other fluids aren’t a substitute.
Have a balanced diet. Food rich in salt might cause under-eye puffiness, since salt tends to make the body disperse water. If you’re going to eat a lot of salty food, it would be a good idea to drink lots of water to flush out your system. Sipping green tea after a meal can also help achieve similar results.
If you’re inclined to retain fluids, use an extra pillow to elevate your head at night. This will make the fluids drain downwards, away from your face.
If you’re suffering from dark circles without the puffiness, try dusting your concealer with a soft powder highlighter; this will conceal the dark circles, as well as brighten the under-eye area. Avoid using a powder with too much shine – it might give the term “starry-eyed” a whole new meaning.
Raw egg whites are an excellent way to smooth the area under the eyes. Separate the white from the yolk and apply a little under the eyes. Wash off with cold water and pat dry. As it dries, the egg-white will tighten your skin, giving it a smooth appearance. Using egg-whites can help you reduce fine lines and increase circulation in the under-eye area.
Puffiness that refuses to go away might be caused by allergies, high blood pressure and even too much sleep. If you’re not sleeping too much, it might be a good idea to consult a doctor to identify the cause.
If puffy eyes prove to be a bad start to your day and you dread looking at yourself in the mirror, then follow these tips and you’ll soon find yourself looking bright and healthy. The makeup tips will help you cover up unsightly bags and dark circles temporarily; however, the key to looking good is to treat your body well – make sure you get enough sleep, water and nutrition, and you will reap the benefits for years to come.