Puffy eyes are a cosmetic ailment a girl faces at least once in her life. Differing from under-eye bags, your eyes can get puffy if the eyelids or corners of the eyes are swollen, fluid retention or if your eyes are dry or itchy. There are several factors that can lead to puffy eyes, including allergies, crying, too much salt in your diet, stress, eye irritation, lack of sleep and sinus problems.
How to Prevent Puffy Eyes
Stay away from known allergens.
Never use expired makeup or creams on your eyes.
Drink plenty of water.
Limit the amount of salt you eat.
Prop yourself up when you sleep if you’ve been crying or have sinus problems so fluid doesn’t build around your eyes.
Get plenty of sleep.
How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes
The best to way treat eye puffiness is to prevent it. However, if you do find yourself with puffy eyes, try these techniques:
Place a cold compress over your eyes. (A baggie full of ice or frozen veggies work well, too.) If a cold compress feels too cold, use cucumber or potato slices, or cotton balls soaked in witch hazel or rose water.
Sleep in an elevated position – especially if you’ve been crying or have sinus problems.
Use a firming eye cream that helps calm puffiness. The Erno Laszlo BLUE Firmarine Eye Therapy serum works miracles!
Use eye creams that tone, refresh and moisturize the skin around your eyes. Celebrities since the iconic days of Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly swear by the Erno Laszlo Hollywood Collection.
Gently firm up the skin around your eyes with the Opal Clarisonic Infusion System, which uses sonic technology to give you a more youthful, less puffy-eyed appearance. (The Opal is also great at preventing puffy eyes.)
If you’ve tried these tips with no luck, talk to your doctor about additional options or treatments to try.