Home Remedy for Puffy Eyes
Is this a familiar scenario? You wake up in the morning to find your eyes hidden beneath puffy lids? Don't worry, puffy eyes are just a common problem. Minor puffiness - the kind that goes away by mid-morning - is usually caused by body fluids combining in the eye area while you asleep. But once you're up and about, gravity works its magic and drains this fluid from your face.
Causes of Puffy Eyes
1. Puffiness is caused by the changes in body fluid balance due to some whether conditions.
2. Puffy swollen eyes can also be initiated by an allergic reaction to food, dust or pollen, or due to an allergic skin rash elsewhere on your face.
3. High blood pressure This condition can push fluids into the tissue surrounding your eyes.
4. Another possible cause for puffy eyes could be eyelid dermatitis - a skin rash that irritates just the eyelids. It affects more often to people with sensitive skin. .
Eyelid dermatitis is often caused by an allergy to a cosmetic or skin care product and, if the allergies keep recurring, it can result in eye bags. Stop using any skin care product on your face as soon as you see a sign of eye irritation.
5. Puffy eyes may also result if you touch your eyelids after handling substances which you are allergic to, like formaldehyde in paper.
If your eyelids swell frequently from an allergic reaction, the connective tissue fibres in your lids can get damaged. The greater the number of times of allergy and swelling, the looser and more puffy your lids get. So if you suspect allergies to be the culprit, take steps to control the problem immediately.
Home Remedies and tips to help you get rid of puffy swollen eyes
1. Keep your chin up in bed. To prevent fluid from spreading around your eyes, raise your head high with two or even three pillows below your head.
2. Sleep on your back. Snoozing on your stomach can make body fluid head straight on your eyes leading to puffy eyes. So try to sleep face-up.
3. Cut down taking salt. Eating too much salt can cause your body to retain water, which shows up in the thin skin around your eyes. Consider taking a low salt diet to get rid od puffiness. This will have positive effects on your general health as well.
4. Dip a cotton ball or pad in a cup of ice water, squeeze it out and apply it to your lids for five to ten minutes to reduce puffiness.
5. Never sleep with eye make-up applied. No matter how tired you are, make sure that you remove all your make-up and especially the eye makeup thoroughly before going to sleep.
6. Apply makeup remover until the cotton ball shows no traces of make-up. This will keep the oil glands in your eyelids clean and protect your eyes from flecks of mascara or eye shadow that can be potentially irritating for your eyes while you sleep.
If your eyes are constantly puffy, they are in danger of becoming unsightly pouches. Pouches resist home treatment, when compared to normal puffiness. This could be because the normal fat around the eyes has bulged out. Occasionally, the condition may be inherited and could show up in your teens. It could also be a sign of increasing age or a hormonal imbalance or even a thyroid problem. Then again, it could be the cumulative result of repeated allergic reactions. If it is too unsightly, you can think about a relatively minor cosmetic surgical procedure called 'blepharoplasty'. In this procedure, a very thin excision is placed right below the lower eyelid and excess eyelid skin is removed so that the skin gets stretched and the pouches disappear.
Do Eye Gels Really Work?
You've seen the ads and read the hype. And like all sufferers of puffy eyes, you've probably wondered if a certain over-thecounter eye fix - the eye gel - is worth trying. The answer is maybe. Some eye gels do help reduce puffiness. Many of these products contain plant extracts like witch hazel or chamomile, herbs long used for reducing puffiness.
Eye gels can also offer other benefits. Used under make-up, eye gels are great primers which help make-up glide on better and stop it from flaking or settling into grooves. That's because most eye gels are water based. They contain humectants like glycerine to keep the skin moist, which makes lines less noticeable. However, they are less greasy than oil-based eye creams, which could be a problem for any make-up. Eye gels can also soothe tired eyes. They're cool and refreshing, and if your eyes are fatigued, applying on some eye gel may refresh them.
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