There are many ways to help reduce puffiness around your eyes. Some remedies are simple, like drinking more water. Others are more involved, like getting cosmetic surgery. Here are some tips and tricks to try to get rid of puffy eyes.
1. Get enough sleep
Logging a good night’s sleep regularly will help you reduce puffy eyes. Adults need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. To ensure you’re sleeping enough, create a bedtime routine and stick to it.
It’s important to remember that your bedtime routine starts long before you lie down to sleep. To get a good night’s rest:
- Stick to a sleep schedule.
- Stop drinking caffeine at least 6 hours before bedtime.
- Stop drinking alcohol close to bedtime.
- Finish eating dinner about 3 hours before bedtime.
- Finish exercising several hours before bedtime.
- Turn off electronics 1 to 2 hours before bedtime.
2. Prop yourself up
Sleep with a few pillows under your head to avoid fluid settling around your eyes. If you’re unable to sleep at an angle on a wedge pillow or a stack of pillows, try raising the head of your bed a bit for the same effect.
3. Address your allergies
Talk with your doctor if you have year-round or seasonal allergies. Allergies can cause your eyes to redden, swell, and puff up. This may prompt you to rub your eyes more, resulting in further puffiness.
4. Drink enough water
Eye puffiness can be the result of dehydration. Make sure you drink plenty of water every day to keep your skin healthy. The general rule of thumb is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.
To stay on track, consider setting an hourly reminder on your phone. You can also use a refillable water bottle marked with specific times to help you drink enough water throughout the day.
5. Avoid alcohol
Try to limit or avoid alcohol and other drinks that can make you dehydrated. Dehydration can result in puffy eyes, so it may be best to have a glass of water instead.
If you’re tired of plain water, infusing it with fresh fruit is a great way to stay hydrated and refreshed. Try adding your fruit of choice to a water bottle for infused water that lasts all day long.
6. Pass on the salt
Eating too much salt can cause additional fluid retention in your body. It can also lead to other health issues, such as a greater risk of heart problems and stroke.
More than 70 per cent trusted source of sodium found in diets comes from processed or restaurant foods. To reduce your salt intake, steer clear of cured meats, cheese, breads, and other processed foods.
Instead, eat more whole foods like fresh vegetables and fruits.
7. Eat more potassium
Potassium can help reduce excess fluids in your body, so you may want to ramp up your potassium intake. You can do this by adding bananas, beans, yogurt, and leafy greens to your diet.
8. Use a cool compress
You can reduce eye puffiness by resting a cool washcloth on your eyelids for about 10 minutes. This can help drain excess fluid from under your eyes.
A compress of green or black tea bags may also do the trick. The tea contains antioxidants and caffeine that can reduce inflammation and constrict blood vessels.
9. Eye cream
Try an eye cream (the Fairy eye-bag cream is ace!)
10. Cosmetic treatments
If your eye puffiness is severe, and if lifestyle changes or other remedies don’t work, you may want to consider cosmetic treatments, such as chemical
peels, microneedling, plasma.
One of the great things THF can do is help with a health and lifestyle plan to ensure the treatments work. They may not work as well if your lifestyle choices are not in balance. The benefits and longevity of the treatment would lead to:
- Healthier lifestyle
- High water intake
- Support with addictions
- Anxiety plays a huge role in making eye bags more puffy, so we make sure you have support and care in place, if you need it.
There are so many ways to reduce eye bags and puffiness. We have to work together to find solutions and perhaps make some changes that are needed.