Have you ever looked in the mirror only to see a pair of tired and puffy eyes staring back at you? Though very common, we all get a bit of a shock when we notice the bags underneath our eyes. The area around the eyes are sensitive, and there are a variety of causes — from environmental factors to underlying health problems, and the problem gets worse with age.
Here are 4 common causes of puffy eyes:
One of the primary causes of eye bags happening early on is because their parents have them. It’s hereditary and unfortunately there’s not a whole lot that can be done about it.
BAD DIET & LIFESTYLE:
Lack of sleep, infrequent exercise and a poor diet can increase the chances of getting bags underneath the eyes. Too much salt in your diet can cause the skin under your eyes to swell. Cut back on salted foods, including those that contribute to fluid retention such as pre-packaged, frozen and canned foods. Sodium is typically added to these types of foods. Add potassium containing food in your diet. Bananas, beans, yogurt and leafy greens all contain potassium, which can help reduce excess fluids. Alcohol can also contribute to puffy eyes. An overconsumption of alcohol can lead to dehydration, which can lead to eye bags. When the body gets dehydrated, it desperately tries to retain water, causing the swelling of the areas underneath the eyes. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day can help to flush out the toxins.
Smoking habits can be a detriment to your beauty regiment. Smoking can dry and weaken the skin on your face.
Thyroid eye disease — also known as Graves disease — is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation of your eye, and puffy eyes can be the result of an overactive thyroid. Early symptoms are itching, watery or dry eyes and a feeling of grittiness of the eyes. Some people may notice a swelling around the eyelids and sometimes the front of the eye becomes swollen.
As we grow old, the connective tissues and muscles in the face loses strength. As a result, the skin sags and makes the fat more noticeable. Collagen levels also drop as we get older, which makes the skin lose its flexibility. With age, eye bags unfortunately become a permanent feature.
1. Take your makeup off before bed time: Sleeping with makeup on can make your eyes water and cause morning bags. Wash off the makeup with soap and water, or use a gentle remover.
2. Tea bags can help soothe irritated and puffy eyes. They contain anti-irritant properties that can help reduce swelling while relieving redness and irritation. Put two used tea bags in the fridge till they get chill — about 30 minutes — and then place them against your eyes for about 15 minutes.
3. Treat your allergies: Allergies can cause your eyes to get watery and puffy. Use over-the-counter medicines can help to keep puffy eyes at bay.
4. Try a compress of chilled cucumbers. Cucumbers contain enzymes that help reduce inflammation and tighten the skin around the eyes. Put a cucumber in the fridge to get it chilled. Then cut it into slices and apply to your eyes for about 15 minutes.
5. Massage: Gently tap or massage the area around the eyes to stimulate blood flow. Gently massage your brow for a few seconds before sweeping your fingers from the inside corner of your eye outward. This helps drain that area that’s inflamed. Then tap at your sinuses using two fingers on each hand, starting on either side of your nose and working outward. It’s all about moving fluid, so gently massage the lymph nodes in your neck as well. Work in a downward motion, away from your face.
6. Use SilcSkin Eye Pads: SilcSkin has a very effective treatment for puffy eyes and bags underneath the eyes. The treatment is non-invasive and quite inexpensive. They use medical grade silicone in sheet form that is directly applied on top of the puffy area. This type of silicone is also used by doctors to treat keloid scarring, and has been proven effective against wrinkles of the face, chest, neck and almost anywhere else wrinkles occur.
SilcSkin silicone eye pads are manufactured using a platinum curing process that results in the cleanest, purest form of silicone. The pads are applied to the skin, where they work to rebuild the collagen in the skin by encouraging hydration. Wearing them for an extended period allows the pads to work to their maximum capability, and results in smooth, plump skin that reduces the effect of the wrinkles.