Here we are with one of the most common concern of women (and men) – puffy eyes and dark circles. Some of us have had this problem since… always, others start complaining when they become older. Minor puffiness under your eyes is normal and it’s nothing to worry about. We often wake up with swollen eyes in the morning. This is usually caused by gravity and the redistribution of fluid in the horizontal position. You might try putting an extra pillow under your head in such case.
If the problem increases though it might cause concern so let’s try to find out why it happens and how to deal with it.
There is many factors which may cause puffiness around your eyes, such as:
- ageing – as we grow older the skin around our eyes becomes thinner, its muscles weaken and it loses its elasticity; as a result it may become swollen or start drooping
- water accumulation (edema) – can be caused by poor lymphatic circulation and increased capillary permeability
- diet – salt encourages fluid retention and may cause swelling, so avoid too salty food and do exercises which helps to remove salt through sweat
- oversleeping / sleep deprivation – too much sleep or disturbed, irregular sleep; first is related to fluid retention, the second to tiredness; also remember – never sleep with your make-up on as it irritates the delicate skin around your eyes
- alcohol and tobacco use – they contain toxins which may lead to stress, fatigue and hormonal changes, which also affect the condition of our skin
- allergies – cause leaks in the subcutaneous capillary beds which gives us red and swollen eyes in return
- crying and rubbing your eyes too often
- thyroid or kidney problems – which should always be examined by a specialist and would require medical treatments
Dark circles are often caused by capillaries or pigmentation in the skin. It might be something you’ve inherited or they’ve been created by a loss of volume in the area around the eye (with age the skin is thinning and exposing the the tiny blood vessels that lie just below).
What to do?
Most of the time it’s enough to keep a good diet, avoid drinking and smoking, do exercises, avoid stress and have a regular sleep routine. Just be good to yourself. To bring your skin back to its normal condition, it might also help to use good cosmetics or try some natural treatments (cucumber slices, chamomile or green tea bags, halves of raw potato or iced water… – you can find more here: 10 tips to get rid of under eye puffiness). Make sure you keep your delicate skin moisturised and apply sunscreen when you go out.
If you’re looking for a good eye cream, probably one of the best cosmetic ingredient which fights this problem is Eyeseryl®. It is a bioactive tetrapeptide which has strong anti-swelling properties and reduces dark circles and puffiness of your eyes area by 95% (according to American tests). According to some sources it can reduce puffy eyes in as little as 15 days. It also supports microcirculation, lightens dark circles, smooths eye wrinkles and rejuvenates the look.
- Eye Contour Collagen Elixir (Colway) – rich also in natural fish collagen, Pepha-Tight, Moist 24, Aloe, vit E and Borage Oil.
- Eye Tuck (Skin Doctors)
- Eye Serum (Restylane)
- Eye Cream (Dermatopin)
- Olive Eyeseryl Face & Eye Cream (Skin by Ann Webb)
- and more…