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, under eye puffiness is something we all have to deal with at one time or another – but what causes puffy eyes and how can you reduce their appearance?
What causes puffy eyes?
Puffy eyes are caused by an accumulation of fluids in the skin tissue around the eye area. As the skin in this area is so thin and delicate, this fluid can cause irritation, making the eye swell and become discolored. The fluid build-up can be triggered by genetic and lifestyle factors:
Dry skin types may find that they have particularly puffy eyes in the morning. If the skin isn’t receiving enough hydration and nourishment, the eye area may become even more dry and sensitive, encouraging signs of aging – including under eye puffiness.
Sleeping in makeup
Forgetting to remove your makeup before bed is another cause of puffy eyes. Failing to remove makeup from the eye area can lead to irritation and block the glands around the eyes, causing them to swell overnight.
Applying products around the eye area that contain harsh chemicals or alcohols can make the already-delicate area even more sensitive, causing redness, swelling and puffiness. If you think your products may be irritating your eyes, stop using them immediately.
How to get rid of puffy eyes
To help combat the look of puffy under eyes, try the below advice.
1. Get enough sleep
Tiredness can affect the health of skin in a number of ways – including emphasizing the appearance of dark circles and eye bags. Getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night will help to maintain healthier-looking under eyes.
2. Hydrate the eye area
Did you know that the skin under the eye loses moisture 50% faster than the rest of the face? Dehydrated skin is not only prone to puffiness but fine lines and wrinkles. To tackle these skin concerns effectively, it’s important to infuse moisture and hydration into the skin to help it look plump and healthy.
No7 Youthful Eye Serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid and other anti-aging, moisturizing ingredients to help visibly reduce the appearance of puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles, while improving firmness.