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Puffy eyes... what to do?

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When I asked what you wanted me to write about in my blog, one customer asked for tips for bags under the eyes.

Your wish is my command, Deborah.  I hope this post helps.

puffy eyes



Did you know that dermatologists and plastic surgeons get asked about dark circles and bags under the eyes, all the time?

It seems that everyone is troubled by them so if you're wondering why you have puffy bags under your eyes and how to get rid of that puffiness, then you are certainly not alone.



So how do you get rid of bags?

Well before I can suggest some treatments, we first need to understand why you may have puffy eyes.



Why do I have puffy eyes?

Puffy eyes are a condition where the eyes begin swelling due to different factors. The skin around the eyes is very thin and is full of blood vessels which make it very sensitive.

According to dermatologist, Valerie Goldburt, MD, PhD, of NYU Langone Medical Center, "We have the thinnest skin around our eyes, so it's the area that's most influenced by the in-and-out flow of fluids....Water always travels from areas in the body where there's low salt concentration to tissues where there's more salt"  This is referred to as osmosis.  So, for example, a dinner heavy with salty food or a night of crying while watching a teary film can cause morning-after puffiness.

Even a few too many glasses of wine may result in puffy eyes.

But you may also have puffiness as a result of a sinus infection, seasonal allergies or even a cold as these can all lead to water build-up under the eye.



So.... How do I reduce puffy eyes?




If you suffer from seasonal allergies such as hayfever, then the first thing you will want to do is to treat that condition.




But if you have puffy eyes because of last night's salty dinner, last night's bottle of Pinot Noir, or last night's tear-jerker movie, then there are a few ingredients that you can get from your very own kitchen which may help ease the puffiness and help remedy the situation.





If puffy eyes seem to be a regular thing with you that you simply cannot attribute to anything in particular, then it may be as a result of your sleeping positionThanks to gravity, sleeping on your side or stomach can encourage fluids to collect under your eyes. So try sleeping on your back and even adding an extra pillow under your head to help counteract the effect of gravity.  Changing your sleep position takes some getting used to but the earlier you start changing your sleep position, the better it will be, because after a few years under-eye bags can become permanent.




What kitchen ingredients can I use?

Because the skin round our eyes is so thin, so sensitive and so delicate, I have been reluctant to make an under-eye skin product.  My decision may change through time with a growing wealth of experience and knowledge but, for now, I would recommend using freshly prepared ingredients taken directly from your kitchen. 

Additionally, most of you know that I am not an advocate for cosmetic surgery, preferring the adage: grow old with beauty and grace.  So I do not encourage fillers and botox in a quest to stay young and beautiful. 

So below are a few of my natural, fresh suggestions for fighting under-eye puffiness.


cold spoons


Take a glass of ice water and four stainless steel spoons. Chill the spoons in the water and apply two spoons, one over each eye.  Keep the other two spoons in the cold water and switch with the spoons which have been placed on your eyes when they start to lose their chill.  Keep switching the spoons until you see/feel an improvement.


sliced potatoes


Slice a raw potato thinly. Place a thin slice of chilled raw potato on each eye for about 10 minutes. The cool potato slices will help reduce swelling under your eyes. You can replace the thin slice of potato with a fresh raw potato slice if you want more swelling to go down.

milk in a bowl


If you have extremely puffy eyes, here is a regular regime that may help: dip two cotton pads in chilled milk and place one on each eyelid.  Relax for 20-30 minutes. This may help reduce water retention around your eyes and it should also cool them off.


sliced cucumber


Cucumbers are a considered to be a fantastic natural remedy for under-eye puffiness.  Take 2 slices of fresh refrigerated cucumber and place it on your eyes for 25 minutes and relax.




If you are in a hurry and do not want to go out with droopy eyes then teabags are the way to go.  Moisten two tea bags in cold water and then refrigerate. Place them over your eyes for 25-30 minutes.



Do you have other remedies for reducing under-eye puffiness?

Feel free to share them in the comments box below.


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