There’s nothing worse than waking up after a long and relaxing night’s sleep, only to be met with puffy eyes that make you look like you’ve had none at all. Whether it’s a one-off or a regular occurrence, puffy eyes are something we’ve all had to deal with at one time or another. But what causes them and what can you do to combat their appearance?
What causes puffy eyes?
Puffy eyes are caused by an accumulation of fluids in the skin tissue around your eye area. As the skin in this area is so thin and delicate, particularly underneath your eye, this fluid causes irritation which then makes the skin swell and sometimes become discolored. The reason this fluid builds up differs considerably from person to person and can vary from simple genetics to stress or even eating too much salt.
Forgetting to remove your makeup before bed is another reason you might have puffy under eyes. We know we should always wash and cleanse our face but that doesn’t mean that we don’t sometimes forget. However, failing to remove your makeup, especially from the eye area, can cause irritation and block the glands around your eyes, causing them to become swollen during the night. While it can sometimes seem like a lot of effort, it’s always worth taking a few minutes to make sure your skin is free of makeup before bed.
If you’re using products around the eye area that contain harsh chemicals or alcohols that don’t agree with your skin type, you could be doing more harm than good. This damage can make the already-delicate area even more sensitive, which can lead to redness, swelling, and puffiness. If you think your products may be irritating your eyes, try to work out which one it is and stop using it immediately.
Dry skin types may find that the eyes are particularly parched first thing in the morning. If you aren’t providing your skin with enough hydration and nourishment, your eye area may become even more dry and sensitive, encouraging signs of aging as well as puffiness.
How to get rid of puffy eyes
To help combat the look of puffy eyes for good, it’s important to understand what your eye area needs so you know which ingredients to look out for.
Did you know that the skin under your eye loses moisture 50% faster than the rest of your face? Dehydrated skin is not only prone to puffiness but also fine lines and wrinkles. To tackle these issues effectively, it’s important to look for skincare products that have water as a primary ingredient. This will infuse some natural moisture and hydration into your skin to help it look plump and healthy.
For those with sensitive skin, our Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream is an ideal choice. Designed to reduce the appearance of dark shadows and puffiness, this cream uses No7’s Double Defense Technology for visibly smoother, younger-looking skin. With its moisturizing ingredients, our Youthful Eye Serum is also a great product because it adds hydration and improves firmness.