Eye bags are not the most flattering look and even less so if they come with dark circles under the eyes. Waking up with puffy eyes can make you look tired no matter how hard you try to hide them with makeup, we’ve all been there. Since the skin around our eyes is super thin, when fluid accumulates there it becomes very noticeable. Although this can be due to multiple factors, some reasons are more common than others. Interested in learning more? You’ve reached the right spot! In today’s article, we are going to give you 6 common reasons that may be the cause of your puffy eyes. So grab a pen and a piece of paper and take note.
Too Little Sleep
Not getting your 7-8 hours of sleep can cause you to wake up with puffy eyes, especially when you are stressed. This is because while you sleep your body releases the hormone cortisol. Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep increases the levels of this hormone which directly influences fluid retention which causes swelling of the tissues around the eyes.
Tip: try to avoid rubbing your eyes when you wake up! This rubbing causes blood vessels to rupture causing dark circles and puffiness.
It’s That Time of the Month
Yes, you’ve read that right! The hormonal changes of estrogen and progesterone cause fluid retention in the body (including the eye area) so it’s normal to feel puffier than usual during these days.
You Kept Your Contact Lenses in for Too Long
The contact lens is like a barrier for the eye that does not allow oxygen to reach the eye. This can cause stress on the corneas which results in pronounced swelling. So don’t forget to remove your lenses before bedtime to keep your corneas happy and calm.
You Had Too Much to Drink
Did you overdo it with the drinks? We almost never get the deep rest we need after drinking because our sleep is disturbed as our body metabolizes the alcohol. In addition, drinking too much alcohol dehydrates your body, this makes the skin under your eyes look even thinner which accentuates the puffiness.
Some of us are genetically more prone to puffy eyes as we age. Why? Because as we age, the tissue around our eyes becomes weaker and the fat that is in the upper eyelid moves to the lower eyelid.
Too Much of Artificial Colorings
Like regular sugar, artificial sweeteners promote inflammation throughout the body, including the eye area.
Tip: try to eat more foods with anti-inflammatory properties such as berries (strawberries, blueberries, grapes), tomatoes and ginger.
But don’t worry! There are many types of products to relieve eye puffiness. One of the most popular and best selling products are these hydrogel eye masks that contain ingredients like Green Tea, Wormwood and Mandarin Extract that provide a high level of amino acids and minerals to hydrate and increase circulation, leaving the skin around your eyes refreshed and radiant. In general, the cold helps to decrease inflammation so we recommend leaving them in the refrigerator for a while before applying them to the area.
Puffy eyes are a problem for everyone! There can be several reasons why they appear, however modifying some habits such as taking care of what we eat, getting enough sleep, and applying the right beauty products can help us avoid this problem. For instance you can buy patches in beauty stores to ease those swollen eyes.
There you are! You now know the 6 most common reasons of getting puffy eyes. Do you know any other? Leave a comment below to share them with us and the other tips you have to get rid of them.