Puffy eyes can wreak havoc on your appearance, causing you to look like you haven’t slept in days and are longing for cup of coffee to perk you up. Don’t let puffy eyes put a damper on your morning. Whether you spent the night caring for a fussy baby or enjoyed a night out on the town with your girlfriends, several beauty tips can help reduce your puffy eyes.
Puffy eyes are common and can occur for many reasons from sleep patterns and allergies to diet and aging. The best way to determine how to remedy your puffy eyes is to first identify the cause.
Raise Your Head
Stop puffy eyes before they start by elevating your head at bedtime. Sleeping with at least two pillows under your head can help encourage sinus drainage and reduce the amount of puffiness you experience in the morning.
Cool as a Cucumber
Cucumbers are tasty in salads, refreshing in water and even useful for reducing the appearance of puffy eyes. Best of all, you don’t have to go to the spa to enjoy the benefits of a cucumber. Purchase cucumbers, chill them and slice them at home. Place a slice on each eye and relax.
Tea for Two
If you start your morning with a cup of tea, save your tea bag. Placing tea bags on your eyes could help reduce swollen, puffy eyes. Place your used tea bag inside a plastic snack bag and place it in the refrigerator to chill. The “Glamour Magazine” website suggests that placing herbal tea bags on the eyes is especially helpful in soothing puffiness.
A Kick of Caffeine
Caffeine is known to help give you a jump-start your morning, but it can also perk up your eyes. Beauty companies, like MD Skincare and Garnier Nutritioniste, offer eye creams that contain caffeine as an ingredient. “CBS News” reports that when applied to the skin, caffeine has a tightening effect. The “Good Housekeeping Magazine” website suggests applying eye cream around the eyes, using a bit of pressure to promote proper circulation and reduce puffiness.
For constant puffy eyes, injectable wrinkle fillers offer promising solutions. Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane and Cosmoderm are a few U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved wrinkle fillers on the market. Costs for these procedures varies, but it can cost more than $1,000 per treatment. WebMD reports that injectable wrinkle fillers can last for up to nine months before the mini-procedure needs to be repeated. Contact a specialist in your area to discuss risks before scheduling an appointment.