Puff out puffy eyes

puffy eyesA lot of people get puffy eyes during different phases of their lives. A teenager can wake up with puffy eyes after strenuous hours of studying overnight, an adult due to water retention, too much salt in the diet, improper sleep, consumption of excess liquor, certain medications or improper ventilation. Allergies, skin disorders like dermatitis are also common causes of puffy eyes.

Other causes include Blepharitis, eyelid edema, swollen eyelid, glaucoma, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers and sinusitis. Dust or other irritants could also cause flare-ups that swell the eyes. Stress can also cause problems with your eyes. Physical manifestations are common among individuals experiencing high levels of stress in their lives. Crying is a cause of puffy eye syndrome, too. You can also get bags from genetics or heredity as well. Age is no barrier, so don’t lose heart over this; there are cures and remedies. Whatever be the reason for puffiness, first identify the cause and then take remedial measures.

The skin around our eyes is thin, loosely attached and devoid of any sebaceous glands. Sometimes you notice when you get up in the morning that your eyes appear puffy but the puffiness diminishes during daytime. This happens because when you sleep, the distribution of body fluid is partly interrupted because you are lying horizontally and no longer have gravity working with you to drain blood from your head. Also your circulation may be impaired from a pillow or mattress. If you want an immediate remedy then prop a second pillow while you sleep to help the fluids accumulating in the eye tissues to flow downward

However, there are other factors to consider for instance you may find your eyes seem to be puffy during pregnancy and hormonal changes to do with menstruation can also lead to the retention of fluid. These conditions can cause swelling around the eyes to be more prominent. Over indulging in alcohol and tobacco is seen to cause a build up of toxins in your body that result in fluid retention.

In many cases the natural aging process takes its toll resulting in bags under the eyes. With age the pockets of fat beneath and supporting the eyes start to bulge as muscle that holds them in place begins to weaken. Collagen the protein that helps make our skin appear firm and taut begins to break down with age and our skin starts to lose its firmness. These are factors that begin the overall aging process that we notice in the form of lines and wrinkles but they can also be a cause of what are known as baggy or puffy eyes. That loss of muscle support is going to accentuate bagginess as the pockets of fat known as orbital fat pads drop and begin to overhang slightly. To delay under eye sagging, you can take on a daily massage technique with a good eye cream or moisturizer to help your eyes appear younger and also to get rid of the bags under them. You will want to massage from under your eyes out to your temples for about five minutes daily. With tender and regular care of your eyes, like even massaging them with any pure vegetable oil once a week, you can present a great visual effect. (See Home remedies for crow's feet also.)

Also have your eyes examined, because uncorrected vision problems may cause you to strain, squint which can lead to fine lines and cavities around the eyes. As you exercise your body, you need to exercise your eye muscles because they too are always working for you and need to be toned up. Simply rolling your eyes is enough to strengthen the eyelid muscles. First open your eyes wide, roll them slowly in a large circle, first to the left, then to the right. Close your eyes for a moment to relax them, then begin to roll them again. You can do this a number of times, as long as you like. After this practise the relaxation technique. Focus on any object which is 30 cm away from where you are sitting. Shift suddenly to a faraway object. Focus again on the nearby object, then on the distant one. This kind of muscle stretching relaxes your eyes and eliminates puffiness by helping the fluids to drain out. (Read the posts: Eye yoga, Simhamudra (lion-pose) eye exercise, Keep your eyes in a good condition with these habits and Eye care for computer users also.)

Some of these lifestyle habits can go a long way in preventing puffy eyes.
  • - Cut down on alcohol
  • - Cut the salt out of your diet
  • - Try and get enough sleep and sleep in a properly ventilated room.
  • - Drink more water.
  • - Stop eating junk foods.
  • - Keep your stress level under control. Regular exercise and practice of Pranayamas may help.
  • - Eat more natural foods, especially more of green vegetables and fruits. (See Foody tips as well.)
There are simple home-remedies which you can try to prevent puffing of eyes but if your puffiness is severe and persistent or you notice swelling (edema) in other parts of your body, you need to see your doctor says Mayo Clinic dermatologist Lawrence Gibson, especially to rule out other possible causes of swelling, such as kidney malfunctioning, thyroid problems, sinus or a side effect of medications. Many cosmetic creams can cause an allergy, so do a 48-hour patch test first. Dr. Gibson further mentions that though there is some anecdotal evidence that hemorrhoid cream applied under the eyes can reduce puffiness, no clinical trials have evaluated its effectiveness for this use and as ingredients in hemorrhoid cream may be irritating to the skin around the eyes, resulting in dryness and inflammation, you shouldn’t try these creams on your delicate under eye skin without a doctor’s prescription.

If you get up with puffy eyes, the first thing in the morning you should do is splash your eyes with cold water. It helps in keeping the under-eye skin firm and relaxed. For tired eyes compresses of iced water, milk or diluted eau-de-cologne kept on closed eyelids for 20 minutes can work wonders. You should lie back awhile to relax while the healing works. (See Honey as an eye nourisher, Tulsi for inflammation and itching of the eyelids also.)

Steep 2 bags of teas in hot water for 4-5 minutes. Caffeine is a natural diuretic, meaning that it pulls fluid out of your system. Caffeinated tea bags can be used to help alleviate the puffy eye syndrome; it helps by constricting blood vessels to reduce swelling. It’s great if your use herbal teas such as chamomile, hibiscus as well. Herbal teas contain important anti-irritants that soothe and reduce eye puffiness. Now lie down, close your eyes, and place a tea bag over each eye; then cover with a soft cloth. Relax for about five to ten minutes. Remove the tea bags and examine your eyes. The puffiness should diminish. If the result is not to your liking, re-cool the tea bags and apply to your eyes again.

puffy eyes-use cucumber slicesUsing cucumber slices is perhaps the best and oldest known remedy, often used by supermodels and pros as a sure-fire and super-quick way to reduce puffiness or diminish dark-circles. Cucumbers indeed make good cold compresses for the eyes. Take a chilled cucumber from the fridge and slice it into thin circles. Let the cool slices rest on your eyes for about five minutes. Re-apply new slices as needed.
The cucumber's contracting qualities cause your blood vessels to constrict, quickly and dramatically reducing puffy eyes.

Would you believe that the lowly spoon from your kitchen can reduce puffy eyes in minutes? Place 4 to 6 spoons in the fridge. Lie down, close those eyes with the bowl of a spoon over each eye for five minutes; put one tea spoon on each eye. As the spoons warm, replace them with cold ones from the refrigerator (or if more convenient, keep them wrapped in an ice-pack).

Try a depuffing eye mask such as Bindi Mint Eye Mask to relieve puffiness or undereye masks infused with gels and plant extracts like Chamomile, cucumber, mint, and aloe. Chill in the fridge overnight, and apply for ten minutes in the morning. 

Always make sure that you remove eye makeup before going to bed, otherwise you may be prone to any serious eye-infection. Eye makeup can be removed gently with a home-made remover. Mix 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tsp almond oil and 1 tsp Castor oil. Use this mixture to remove the make-up like eye-liner, mascara and eye-shadow evenly. Splash cold water and dry. 

There are times when you have puffy eyes and these home remedies don’t seem to work for you. You need not worry. With certain makeup tips you can conceal them. Use a darker shade of foundation on the puffy spot, then highlight the circle below the eyes to create an overall illusion of flatness. Never use any light shade on the puffy area because you will be only accentuating it. Use plenty of mascara on your lashes only.  

A magic trick to tighten up saggy undereye tissue can be done like this: rub a very thin coat of egg white with a paint brush on the under-eye area. Allow to dry and apply make-up foundation very carefully over it. When you clean the undereye area, be sure to apply your regular moisturizer liberally to counter the drying effects of the egg white. 

An eyelid reduction (blepharoplasty) removes the surplus skin and fat to produce a more alert appearance and reduces morning swelling; however, do not take this drastic step without weighing up the pros and cons.

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  1. Anonymous9:16 AM

    The cheapest most effective solution is Preparation H gel. I know it sounds crazy... but, a friend of mine swore by it so I gave it a try. It really works! Obviously you want to use an unused tube- only on and for your eyes. Apply around your eyes (be careful not to get it in your eyes) and leave on for as long as you like-until puffiness subsides. Then wash it off with soap and water and that's it; it works like a charm! F.Y.I. the cream does sometimes sting a little but, that is only temporary. I'm guessing the same ingredients used to shrink hemorrhoids puffiness is what makes it work to shrink eye puffiness.

  2. Anonymous9:19 AM

    Puffy Eyes are most commonly caused by lack of sleep, but in addition, ageing, heredity, fatigue, allergies (like eczema and asthma), sun exposure and stress can darken the pigment around the eyes as well. Many studies have shown that smoking or drinking too much alcohol, coffee, soda and other highly-caffeinated beverages will only worsen the condition.

    Eye creams are the most popular cosmetic used to reduce dark circles. They provide moisturize and nutrients to the delicate skin around eyes. Because this skin is so thin it absorbs eye creams rapidly, stimulating blood circulation underneath the skin's surface. You may be tempted to experiment with different products until you find one that works. But this approach may be expensive. More importantly, not all products contain the quality and quantity of necessary ingredients to positively effects on dark eye circles. That's why you'll need to do a little bit of research to find the best, most potent brand for your needs

  3. Anonymous9:20 AM

    To look fresher put ice cubes or an ice pack across your eyes for 5 minutes. This will get the puffiness down

  4. Anonymous10:17 AM

    This topic is really close to my heart. Thank you for your informative post.

  5. Anonymous5:48 PM

    Good article I enjoyed it Thanks

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  7. Anonymous4:05 PM

    There is some good advice here…Thanks.

  8. Anonymous8:49 AM

    hi there :) It's my first time commenting on your blog even though I've checked it out a couple of times.

    Thanks for such an informative post!

  9. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Airbrush Refining Eye Cream by Dremu is an effective, super quick way to get instant results which gets rid of puffiness almost immediately

  10. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Thanks for post. Nice to see such good TIPS

  11. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Sometimes puffy eyes are simply a physical, genetic trait. If puffy eyes run in your family you may not be able to get rif of your puffy eyes. If this is the case, you can use methods of concealing and covering your puffy eyes with makeup and other facial creams.

  12. Anonymous8:53 AM

    For swollen puffy eyes, mix Witch-Hazel 5 drops, 1 drop Fennel, 1 drop Cypress(Vaso constrictive) & 5 drops Jojoba oil. Apply gently to puffy area UNDER the eyes NOT on the eyelid.

  13. Anonymous5:00 PM

    Stay hydratedAlways make sure you take in water or juice as much as possible. Not only is it good for puffy eyes, it is good for the whole body as well. Watch your sleeping positionWith your neck well supported, sleep with your head elevated slightly with a pillow to avoid fluid to settle around your eyes. Get enough rest and sleepInsufficient sleep is one of the principal causes of both puffy eyes and dark eye circles. Give yourself at least eight hours sleep and enough rest so as to avoid getting puffy eyes.
    Listen to your eyesWhen working in front of the computer, watching television or reading a book, be certain that you are listening to what your eyes are trying to tell you. If you feel that your eyes are getting tired, don't push it. Give it a rest. Lie down awhile, close your eyes for a minute or two and pat it with warm cloth to soothe it. Watch what you eatToo much caffeine and salt encourages water retention. Taking multivitamin with large doses of vitamin C and Iron supplements, eating more vegetables and fruits can help your problem of water retention as well give your body other benefits such as a steady blood pressure and lesser body fat. Cold compressUse cooled teabags, cucumber, or potato slices over your eyes for at least fifteen minutes and relax. Concealer helps
    Concealers can very well hide the puffiness or dark circles around your eyes. Make sure though, that you choose a color that is just slightly lighter than your skin tone. Choosing a very light shade may even draw more attention to the puffiness. Blend the concealer well on your skin before you apply foundation, and then dust it with a little powder. Be very certain that the concealer, foundation and powder that you will use do not contain any chemicals that can cause allergic reactions. Eye creamsThe market if filled with eye creams that offer promises of a cure for dark under eye circles and puffy eyes. Test some; chances are the very first cream that you apply will greatly improve your eyes condition.Eye exercises:While seated, relax, breathe and look at a certain figure or spot that is lined above your nose's bridge
    Look at the spot for five seconds, and then relax your eyes Look at the tip of your nose for a count of five seconds and relax. This will help lessen the tension in your eyes

    - While seated, looking straight in front, inhale and look to the right as far as possible, not turning your head
    Repeat the exercise for the left side of the eye
    Doing this three times will relive tired eyes
    While seated, look down and roll your eyes to the right, to the top, in a circular motion
    - Repeat three times

  14. Anonymous3:34 PM

    In most cases under eye dark circles and puffiness are caused by an internal problem. So, if you try to get rid of them by using cucumbers, or cosmetics, you will have only moderate temporary success.
    What’s more important is that you find out what internal problem causes your dark circles and/or puffiness and eliminate this problem for good. So, take a look at these 4 most common problems that cause dark under eye circles and puffiness and see which one causes yours

  15. Anand4:18 PM

    I feel its a fabulous tips ….I really appreciate

  16. Bipasha9:56 AM

    I just turned 35 and have always had problems with dark circles and puffiness under my eyes. Cucumber does seem to help but it always manages to seep into my eyes and it stings really bad for about half an hour and makes my eyes water so bad my husband thinks I’ve been crying. I’ve been using the Rodan and Fields eye cream for about a month now and that seems to help with the bags and puffiness

  17. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Nothing makes the face look aged more than dark circles, puffy eyes and under-eye bags. Dark circles and wrinkles become more prominent as fluid is retained in the eyelids and underneath the eye. The natural loss of elasticity in this most fragile part of our faces ages the eye area, making you appear tired and run-down.

  18. Madhavi10:24 AM

    Put two spoons in the freezer until they're really cold, then put them under your eyes. Instant bag removed. (:

  19. Very informative article! Thanks, it very useful for me.

  20. Padmaja5:11 PM

    Leave a spoon in ice cold water for a couple of minutes, then put the spoon to your eye and leave for about a minute. It should get rid of puffy, purple eyes. Also it brightness up your eyes too ^_

  21. Pallavi5:14 PM

    The spoon trick works pretty good. If youve got major puffiness and discoloration, it might not completely do the job, but it does work. And OMG don't put limes on your eyes. Youll get more than puffy, you'll get swelling from the stinging!

  22. Madhukar8:49 AM

    thank you for all the suggestions!!

  23. Yogini8:32 AM

    Thanks, they are really some useful tips here, some of them I already knew, but others are interesting to try it out.

  24. Shreeya8:22 AM

    informative for me.

  25. Sharat5:38 PM

    Thanks! Great info!

  26. unknown8:58 AM

    I'm always impressed by the magic parsley can do for bruising. I also use it to lower swelling and puffiness, like when a tear duct gets blocked and your eye starts puffing up. Parsley does an awesome job of getting your blood flowing again, which in turn accelerates healing.
    To use it topically, crush a few fresh leaves until you get enough green juice to cover the desired area. It leaves a light green tint on your skin though, so I usually apply it at night and wash it off in the morning.

  27. Anonymous4:43 AM

    i have been waking up to puffy eyes. They swell only on the top and it creates more creases than i usually have.
    I thought it was because of some vitamins I had been taking but I have stopped these and I still wake up to my horrible eyes.
    I went to an ophthalmologists. He did not prescribe anything. He just told me to be careful of what I put on my eyes. and I do not put anything on them which frustrated me.

  28. @Anonymous comment 28:You may want to check this article from Total Beauty, where dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf and New York City-based makeup artist Tina Turnbow provide some incredible tips.

  29. Jalaja6:13 PM

    Very helpful, thank you for posting this article

  30. Nirmala8:57 AM

    I'll definitely have to try that trick.

  31. Unknown9:01 AM

    Cucumber TherapyApply cool tea bags, an ice cube wrapped in soft cloth, or cucumber slices to your eyes daily. The tannin in tea bags has been shown to reduce swelling and discoloration, and cucumber slices have long been used to reduce puffiness and refresh the appearance of skin around the eyes. Lie down, preferably in the morning, and leave fresh cucumber slices or cool, damp caffeinated tea bags (you can refrigerate them overnight so they’ll be ready) over your eyes for about 10-15 minutes. Keep your eyes closed.
    Try to relax the space. You can do this by wetting a cotton swab and then freezing it for a little whil

  32. Wear a mask that is filled with cold water or gel for a few minutes when you wake up in the morning.

  33. Thanks for this excellent info!!! I get puffiness just prior to my menstrual cycle. I have tried so many things but happy to have come across this piece of info.

  34. @Jayashree, Glad to know that you found the info useful. Keep visiting!!

  35. Anonymous10:16 AM

    Great ideas!

  36. unknown9:26 AM

    Witch hazel and Rose water have also been known to reduce puffy eyes. Cotton make-up remover pads can be purchased at most drug stores or grocery stores. Take two cotton pads and soak with witch hazel or rose water. Lay a pad on each eye for 15 to 20 minutes. Again, remember to wash you face when you are finished treating you eyes.

  37. Reena9:28 AM

    A cold compress is your next best thing to reduce puffiness. A frozen eye mask can be purchased for around $3 or $4 and can be applied at night while you are sleeping.

  38. Sunayana8:14 AM

    cold spoons

  39. Anti-inflammatory characteristics of whole milk are exploited for deflating puffy eyes. Simply dip cotton pads into whole milk and keep them on swollen eyes for three minutes.

  40. Anonymous9:33 AM

    The cheapest most effective solution is Preparation H gel. I know it sounds crazy... but, a friend of mine swore by it so I gave it a try. It really works! Obviously you want to use an unused tube- only on and for your eyes. Apply around your eyes (be careful not to get it in your eyes) and leave on for as long as you like-until puffiness subsides. Then wash it off with soap and water and that's it; it works like a charm! F.Y.I. the cream does sometimes sting a little but, that is only temporary. I'm guessing the same ingredients used to shrink hemorrhoids puffiness is what makes it work to shrink eye puffiness

  41. Reema8:21 AM

    If you put a slice of cold cucumber on your eyes for about 10 - 15 minutes it should help reduce puffiness, It's a great home treatment without having to buy expensive products.

  42. Anonymous9:48 AM

    Common Causes of Puffy Eyes:
    Dehydration. When the body gets dehydrated it begins storing up water, which can cause puffy eyes.
    Diet. Drinking alcohol or eating salty foods before going to sleep. Alcohol can cause puffy eyes because it lowers anti-diuretic hormones (ADH) in the body, but the levels will normalize and the puffiness will usually subside at about the same time your hangover subsides.
    Insufficient sleep.
    Allergies. If your puffy eyes are accompanied by redness and itching, the cause may be associated with an allergy. Possible contributing factors include feather pillows, linen fabric, face-creams, dust, pollen, or food.
    Aging. As you get older the skin begins to loose elasticity, causing swollen eyes.
    Hormonal changes. The days just before and during menstruation cause hormone levels to fluctuate, this can result in water retention around the eyelids.
    High blood pressure, which pushes fluids into the tissue around the eyes, can result in swelling.
    Eyelid dermatitis, a rash on the skin which just affects the eyelids, that is usually caused by an allergic reaction to make-up or skin-care products.
    Possible diseases.
    Blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelid
    Orbital cellulitis, an infection of the orbital tissue
    Chalazions, small tumors on the eyelid that are benign
    Kidney infections
    Thyroid problems
    Drugs. Drugs such as lithium that cause the thyroid to become less productive can also result in swollen eyes.
    2. Preventing Puffy Eyes:
    Stay hydrated!!! If you are thirsty, you are dehydrated. When properly hydrated, your urine will be nearly clear. (Note that some drugs and foods can alter the color of your urine.)
    Lower your salt intake. The body can only store salt in fluid suspension - which will gather in the skin around your eyes. (Bonus: Lowering your salt consumption can improve your overall health.)
    Never sleep wearing eye make-up. Regardless of how tired you may be, always use an eye make-up remover and continue until the cotton ball or pad shows no signs of make-up. Use a cotton pad rather than a tissue because it is less irritating. Removing eye make-up will prevent it from entering the eyelid and causing irritation.
    Beware of bacteria. Speaking of eye make-up…Do not use mascara or any other eye product that is older than a few months. Bacteria that have grown in the make-up would love a new home in your eyes, and will cause your eyelids to swell. On this note it is probably a good idea not to share your eye products with anyone else either.
    Be sure you get enough quality, regular sleep.
    Sleep with your head elevated to allow better circulation and prevent fluid from collecting around your eyes.
    Sleep on your back so that gravity does not route fluid directly to your eyes.

  43. make sure you are washing your makeup off each night to reduce puffiness apply cucumber slices for about 20 minutes daily

  44. Shanta9:41 AM

    put cold pack on them in the morning. don't drink water 3 hours before bed. sleep with high pillows.

  45. unknown9:41 AM

    Just need to say, DO drink lots of water. Water retention around eyes (and body in general) is not because of drinking lots of it. Instead reduce your sodium intake (salty foods and sodas). Dehydrating yourself will not help your eyes de-puff. Drink fresh lemon juice with warm water for potassium-kick, that helps against sodium overload that might cause puffiness (along crying:() And of course, cold compresses, as suggested by others.

  46. Sanket8:53 AM

    less alcohol and more sleep.

  47. David8:54 AM

    Probably no cure but you can help the situation by putting something cool on them for 10 to 15 minutes in the morning. Don't know that eye drops would help but they might if the situation is caused by irritation instead of fluid retention.
    My advice though (it is your eyesight), if it happens a lot and there's any sort of discomfort, make an appointment with an eye doctor to be sure it's not a sign of a medical situation.

  48. unknown9:00 AM

    Settle down for two to five minutes with a chilled, steeped chamomile or green tea bag over each eye. The natural properties of these herbal teas helps to bring puffy eyes back down to size.

  49. Anonymous9:02 AM

    No cure accept plastic surgery,ie;they go in and pull the tissue /fat out...but you can reduce the appearance/swelling...1,sleep...2,I use one of those gel eye mask and I keep it in the freezer...if im really sleepy or If I was crying or something,I go straight for the ice cubes!!! and rub around eyes...cucumbers ok,but its the cold of the cucumber thats it...however internally,celery and cucumbers reduce water ie'fluid retention so eat the,I actually juice them with carrots...and it REALLY works...good luck get some sleep,if your a girl a lil concealer helps too...

  50. Shubha9:57 AM

    Lie back and place two cold used tea bags over the eyes, after twenty minutes you’ll look bright eyed again.

  51. Sujata9:23 AM

    To alleviate puffy, swollen eyes place bags of frozen peas under the eyes.

  52. Komal8:43 AM

    To calm puffy eyes keep your eye cream in the refrigerator.

  53. Mithun3:47 PM

    If you put a slice of cold cucumber on your eyes for about 10 - 15 minutes it should help reduce puffiness, It's a great home treatment without having to buy expensive products.

  54. Joseph3:48 PM

    You simply soak tea bags in hot water,rinse in cool water,to create an eye pack that really does wonders!Then apply for 20 minutes or so,and this will immediately reduce puffiness

  55. I didn’t know that glaucoma can make our eyes puffy. Now I know what to tell my cousin who really hates her puffy eyes.

  56. Zetta Evans10:20 PM

    Dermalmd under eye serum is working for me, Bags under the eyes are disappearing in just weeks , but started to work almost immediately , and the best at all is not causing me any allergic problems.


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