Puffy eyes can be caused by several factors – lack of sleep, excessive sodium/alcohol consumption, allergies, hormones, and even the weather. Not even makeup can truly cover under-eye puffiness, and a layer of foundation can actually make things worse.
There are countless ways to keep your eyes looking energised and lively, but here are just a few things to keep in mind when faced with that pesky under-eye baggage.
Watch Your Diet and Exercise!
Whenever possible, avoid processed or canned food. Keep to a diet of fresh food and you might notice a difference in not only your eyes, but your skin as well. When it comes to liquids, soda and alcohol are okay in moderation, but and replace these with water, tea, and juice are what you should go for. Of course, exercising regularly is also a must. When you sweat, excess sodium is expelled from your body through sweat, decreasing fluid retention.
When the body is dehydrated, it tries to store up water, resulting in puffy eyes due to fluid retention. On a normal day, you should be drinking at least eight glasses of water. Apart from being a basic necessity, water also helps to flush the body of sodium, toxins and everything else that leads to poor skin. If regular water is too boring, just add a wedge of fresh lemon for a zesty twist.
Make sure you switch to hypoallergenic beauty products and laundry detergents if you have any allergies. Allergic reactions can cause puffiness in your under-eyes more easily than you might think. Even bedsheets and pillowcases should be taken into consideration – you should wash them at least once a week to get rid of bacteria and dead skin cells.
The simplest, yet one of the best ways to prevent puffy eyes is to get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Sure, it might one of the oldest tricks in the book, you know what they say – don’t fix what isn’t broken.