Smooth and bright under eyes make us appear well-rested and youthful looking. Whether it’s a one-time occurence or an ongoing concern, eye puffiness is something we all have to deal with at one time or another.
If you find yourself asking ‘why are my eyes so puffy?’, read on to discover what causes puffy eyes and how to reduce puffy eyes with lifestyle tips, skincare for bags under the eyes and products for puffy eyes.
What causes puffy eyes?
Puffy eyes are caused by an accumulation of fluid in the skin tissue around the eye area. As the skin in this area is thin and delicate, this fluid can cause irritation, making the eye area swell and become discolored.
It can also be triggered by genetic and lifestyle factors:
Consuming foods that are high in salt, caffeine or alcohol can lead to dehydration and water retention around the eyes.
Dry skin types may find that they have particularly puffy eyes in the morning. If skin isn’t hydrated, the eye area may become even more dry and sensitive, encouraging signs of aging – including under eye puffiness.
Sleeping in makeup
Failing to remove makeup from the eye area can lead to irritation and blocked glands around the eyes that can swell overnight and cause puffy eyes in the morning.
Applying products that contain harsh chemicals or alcohols can make the already-delicate area more sensitive, causing redness, swelling and puffiness. If you think your products may be irritating your eyes, stop using them immediately.
How to help get rid of puffy eyes
To help combat the look of puffy under eyes, try the below advice.
1. Get enough sleep
Tiredness affects the health of skin – including emphasizing the appearance of dark circles and under eye bags. Getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night helps to maintain healthier looking under eyes.
2. Hydrate the eye area
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 support a plump and healthy-looking appearance.
No7 Youthful Eye Serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin A and peptides to help visibly depuff the appearance of eyes, wrinkles and under eye bags while improving firmness.