You can learn a lot about a person by examining their eyes. They express love, joy, excitement. But at the same time, more than anywhere else on the body, the eyes show early signs of sun damage, stress, and illness.
The skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest you have. Pair that fragility with a small pad of underlying fat that all but vanishes with age, and you're left with little to guard against wrinkles or disguise veins. As a result, the slightest damage readily becomes visible.
Restorative ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants, and essential oils extracted from herbs, teas, and other plants can help mend this vulnerable area.
In this blog, I'm offering simple lifestyle changes, quick fixes, and product suggestions to tackle those puffy eyes.
This is where fluid pools around the eyes while you sleep. However it should drain during the day. Persistent swelling may result from dilated blood vessels, allergies, or a diet that promotes water retention.
Avoid heavy creams as they trap moisture. Also drink plenty of water and limit salty foods and alcohol to reduce water retention.
One of my favourite makeup artists, Lisa Eldridge (check out her Youtube channel - its fab) suggests freezing green tea in an ice cube tray, then using the cubes to press along the under-eye. You’ll help to cool, soothe and de-puff in one go, the green tea is loaded with antioxidants and plenty of tannins, which will shrink swelling and reduce the fluids around the eyes. Then apply a lightweight eye gel (store products in the fridge to enhance calming action).
Ingredients to Look For
- Cucumber extract and witch hazel to tighten skin and absorb excess fluid
- Caffeine, cat's claw, coffee extract, grape-seed extract, tannins, or tea for mild blood-vessel constriction
- Allantoin, alpha-lipoic acid, calendula, chamomile, comfrey, liquorice, milk thistle, and vitamin B to reduce swelling
- Calm Soothing Eye Gel by Arbonne, £26
- The Ordinary Caffeine Solution by Deciem - £5.90
What are your favourite tips and tricks and products for tackling puffy eyes ?