Are you waking up each morning to see swollen, puffy eyes staring back at you in the mirror? If puffy eyes are making you look tired and aged, you’ll need to identify the cause and find a solution FAST. Thankfully, there are simple ways to reduce puffy eyes, and the reason for your puffiness might be more obvious than you think…
Here’s a simple truth – when you’re asleep, you’re not blinking (obvious we know, but stick with us on this one).
Although sleep is great for your body and mind (there’s nothing quite like a good night’s sleep after a long day), it’s not always so helpful for your eyelids if your lifestyle is causing puffy eyes.
Remember, blinking helps your eyes in the same way walking helps your legs. If you don’t walk around all day, your legs will start to ache and cramp through lack of movement. The same thing happens to your eyes while you sleep. And waking up to puffy eyes means there’s a problem in your body or a lifestyle choice that needs to be addressed (or else you’ll keep waking up to puffy eyes that don’t seem to ever go away).
While there are many temporary measures to help reduce the appearance of puffy eyes (e.g. cold compress, eye drops, splashing icy cold water on your face), the following 4 causes of puffy eyes can all be solved – and we’ll show you how easy it is.
Puffy Eye Cause #1 – Allergies Are Inflaming Your Eyes
Not every cause of puffy eyes in the morning comes from your diet or lifestyle, allergies are a common and natural challenge for millions of women around the world. When you have an allergy, your body goes into attack mode and mistakenly releases histamine into your system.
This can have the effect of a hive-like reaction, often swelling your eyes and leading to puffiness. If you’re dealing with allergies you likely won’t wake up with one puffy eye in the morning, but two.
How to stop having puffy eyes every morning: You can’t magically stop having allergies, but you can be aware of your triggers and manage them. For example, you may be allergic to dust, dander, or pollen which you’ve inhaled during your sleep (leading to pussy eyes when you wake up each morning).
Puffy Eye Cause #2 – Too Much Salt Is Causing Fluid Retention
There’s nothing wrong with adding a little extra salt to your favorite meal or enjoying a little takeaway from time to time.
But too much salt in your diet can contribute to puffy eyes after waking up and no amount of exercise or skincare can help until you find the right balance of sodium.
Although salt may seem like a minor contributing factor in the grand scheme of things, waking up with puffy eyes can happen because salt leads your body to hold onto excess water.
How to stop having puffy eyes every morning: Decrease your salt intake and try other herbs and spices to flavor your favorite food. Drinking more water can help flush salt from your system, so stay focused on how much salt you’re eating and how hydrated you’re keeping your body.
Puffy Eye Cause #3 – Alcohol Is Diluting Your Blood Vessels
In the same way, too much salt can lead to puffy eyes, too much alcohol can also have a negative effect.
If you’ve gone out with your friends or celebrated at home, only to wake up with swollen and tired eyes or puffy upper eyelids in the morning, then the booze may be to blame.
Alcohol dehydrates your body, with the lack of water causing the thin skin surrounding your eyes to appear sunken, gaunt, and saggy. In contrast, fully hydrated skin appears more radiant and smoother with an even tone.
Drinking too much alcohol also leads to a dilution of blood vessels around your eyes, and where dilution occurs, fluid retention follows. The more you drink, the more fluid your face holds and the more likely you are to see puffy eyes in the mirror each morning.
How to stop having puffy eyes every morning: There’s no need to cut out your favorite drinks entirely (you deserve to celebrate the special moments in your life), but make sure you go to bed fully hydrated to help your skin and reduce puffiness. Applying an eye cream that helps firm and hydrate can also counter the effects of alcohol.
Puffy Eye Cause #4 – The Natural Ageing Process
OK, you’re not going to enjoy hearing this one at first because age feels inevitable…but it’s not.
Before we tell you how to help reverse the signs of aging, it’s important to understand what’s happening to your skin with each passing year.
For a start, the skin around your eyes is extremely delicate (up to 10x thinner than the skin on the rest of your face). As such a delicate canvas, the connective tissue around your eyes weakens over time which contributes to a loss of structure.
If you’ve ever seen a picture of yourself from 10 years ago and wondered why your face has changed shape, it’s the loss of muscle strength that leads to shifting facial features and healthy fat deposits moving lower down your face (hence why you have jowls, double chins, and sagging cheeks).
As the fat from your upper eyelids drops to your lower eyelids, it may appear as puffy cheeks which aren’t swollen or irritated but bloated due to the changing muscular integrity of your face.
Enough time in biology class, read on to discover how to stop waking up to puffy eyes in the morning by targeting the weakened muscles around your eyes.
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Eyes are one of the most common problem areas that women are concerned with. And while waking up with puffy eyes maybe your daily ritual, it doesn’t have to be.
Although lifestyle tweaks may introduce small changes, it’s by targeting the muscles around your eyes that can improve the structure and help firm up sagging skin and puffy eyelids. Of course, it’s always easiest to see results when you’re working on a set program…and we’re sharing our best Face Yoga exercises with you!
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