Monday 19 February 2018

Beauty Dilemma: Puffy Eyes

Clinique's All About Eyes Serum.
Clinique's All About Eyes Serum.

Sinead Van Kampen

I nearly always wake up with puffy eyes that lasts for most of the day. Is there anything I can do to calm things down? I've tried teabags and cucumber but I don't have much time in the morning for lengthy treatments.

The two most common causes for puffy eyes are a lack of sleep and poor hydration. Before looking for a treatment per se, it may best to treat the root causes first. Getting your full eight hours will go a long way to improving the situation and drinking two litres of water daily will help not only to minimise puffiness but also the itchy symptoms that can come with it.

If the puffy eyes have happened more recently you may be experiencing a reaction to one of your skincare products. Generally speaking new products might be the ones to look out for and due to the skin around the eyes being thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the face a change in cleansers, eye make- up or even moisturiser has been known to cause irritation.

The flare ups may be an intolerance to something you're eating and wheat, gluten and dairy products have been known to cause allergies in this way. As diet can be difficult to monitor the best solution would be to seek help from your doctor if you feel this may be the case.

When it comes to treating the effects there are a wealth of options available. Before you do anything too drastic try the the age old beauty trick of rubbing an ice-cube along the lower eye to bring down the swelling. Keeping the eyes cool in this way will avoid irritation and prevent the skin under your eye becoming abrasive and causing further swelling.

If you would prefer something with a little less mess or need a top up once your make-up is on Clinques All About Eyes Serum is a handy product that should have much the same effect. Packaged in a tube and applied with a cooling roller ball the All About Eyes works by massaging away bags and adding a hydrating agent to skin.

Another more intensive treatment is the Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask by Bliss which works by delivering oxygen and moisture to the affected areas. As this de-puffs and hydrates it may be that fifteen minutes twice weekly will help control the situation for the days on which you have less time.

Finally, if the problems do persist I would recommend you consult your doctor or dermatologist.

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