Hi! Welcome to my first ever blog post. If you are here, then that means you either have puffy eyes you want to get rid of, or you're looking to keep your eyes looking as youthful as possible (prevention is better than cure, right?). In this article, I'm going to give you a few tips and tricks to help relieve the puffiness and brighten up dark circles, as well as the reasons why we get them in the first place.
First of all, let's just establish that there is no magical cure. The only instant results you would get would either be from surgery or having a dermal filler applied underneath the eye bags. Both of these are valid options, but I see them more as a last resort.
So, we need to talk about why eyes get puffy. It's a question I get asked a lot as a beauty therapist, and honestly there's so many different reasons. Let's have a look at the scientific reasons for puffy eyes.
As you age, the muscles and structures around the eyes begin to weaken, causing the eyes to begin sagging. Fat that is normally spread around the whole eye area can move down into the space below, and then lymphatic fluid (our body's waste disposal system) will also start to fill the bags too. Gross. So, in a nutshell, the bags under your eyes are made up of a combination of fat and toxins, due to the natural ageing process. But if you're still young, or if you've suddenly noticed that your eyes have more baggage than your ex, what's going on? Below are a few examples of what might speed up the puffy process:
A common cause for puffy eyes is eating too much salt. Having a high sodium diet can make your body retain water, causing swelling and puffiness all over the body. It is very common to see puffy eyes the morning after a salty meal.
Lack of Sleep
Not only is is clinically proven that not enough sleep gives you puffy eyes, but it can also cause dark circles, droopiness and weakens the muscles under the eyes much faster.
You might just be unlucky enough that puffy eyes run in your family.
Having an allergy to something such as pollen, dust, animal fur, perfume etc can cause fluid to build up around the eyes and sinuses. This can also make eyes itchy, red and watery.
You Wear Glasses
Unfortunately, while glasses do help us to see, they also block the lymph flow under the eyes, causing puffiness.
So, now we've established the reason behind our tired eyes, what can we do to get rid of them?
As I mentioned earlier, there is no instant cure that doesn't involve surgery or needles.
However, there are some easy and cheap things we can do ourselves to reduce the swelling!
So, we just realised that all those Chinese takeaways and bags of crisps have not been kind to our under eyes (or our stomachs). How can we turn our past mistakes around?! Well, we can start by eating foods which counteract the salt- foods high in potassium. Bananas, apricots, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes... basically a lot of fruits and veggies. Also, drink a lot of water. This will help to flush away those toxins.
This trick is so easy and you do see a difference quickly. It's a great way to make the eyes look a lot brighter if you have an event or something you need to look your best for. Chill a spoon in the fridge for a few hours and, when its cool, massage the eye area using the back of the spoon for a few minutes. The best massage to do is circular- follow the direction of the brow over and sweep back under the eye. The circles should be opposite directions for each eye.
As Brits, we love our tea. But next time you make yourself a brew, save the bag! Tea bags contain caffeine, which is amazing for reducing swelling. Keep your old tea bags in the fridge (probably best not to leave them in there for more than a couple of days) and place them over the eyes for 10 minutes. You can even put a face mask on at the same time to make it extra special!
When it comes to choosing your eye cream, aim for something very light, such as a gel. If you chose something thick and creamy, you could actually be adding to the puffiness, which is the last thing you want. Use your ring finger to apply the product because it has the lightest touch, and your eye cream should be applied in the same massage technique as the cold compress. Circular motions over the brow and sweep back under the eye- 8 to 10 times, ideally. Then, right at the end, apply a pressure on each tear duct- this is where the lymph node is, and by pressing lightly on it, you will force the toxins to go though. By doing this every day at least once, you will start to see the bags go down. This process is more of a maintenance technique than a quick solution. I could go on and on about skin care routines and products, but I'll talk about this another day.
So, there we have it. My tips on how to reduce puffy, tired eyes. I hope that you can take something away from this post, and if you have any more questions please feel free to message me.
Stay safe everyone!