You may have puffy eyes due to crying at night, or because you have an allergic reaction to skincare/makeup products OR it could be because you have too much salt in your diet.
High intake of salt will cause your body to retain water as an effort to dilute the excess sodium in your body. The skin around our eyes are very delicate and those that have loose skin around this area will find it even more difficult to reduce the puffiness around the eyes. According to the World Health Organization (2013) recommendations, adults should consume less than 2,000mg of sodium which is the equivalent to 5g of salt.
There are many suggestions of how to reduce puffy eyes on the internet such as:
- Use of teabags: Tea contains a substance called Tannic which can help reduce puffiness. However there is a chance that it may irritate the skin around your eyes, which could worsen the situation.
- Drink black coffee: there are some that claim drinking black coffee have a diuretic effect, thus getting rid of the water being retained in the body. However, if you have a healthy kidney, extra water in the body will naturally be discharged, so drinking coffee is unnecessary.
- Use of baking soda: helps whiten the skin and also reduce puffiness. Baking soda is alkaline, when applied to the skin it will affect the skin’s pH, also it may cause irritation if it gets into your eyes.
Miss Wai Ting suggests that you can place a hot towel over your eyes for 3 minutes, then use a cold towel and place it over your eyes for another 3 minutes, repeat this for 2 or 3 times to reduce the puffiness around the eyes.
If you already have a healthy lifestyle and you still get puffy/irritated eyes for a long period of time, then it is best to seek medical advice from a doctor.
Do you know any other safe methods to reduce the puffiness of your eyes? Share your thoughts by commenting below!
Miss Wai Ting