Stopping Puffy Eyes At The Cause
The best way to fix something is to stop it from happening in the first place. While puffy eyes and eye bags seem to be inevitable as we age, there are actually quite a few ways you can slow down the process and take care of your under-eyes.
Something we should all be doing, despite the puffy eyes, is staying hydrated. Since we humans are made up of 60% agua, it’s not surprising that dehydration can be a puffiness trigger. When we are dehydrated, our body tries to hold onto as much fluid as possible.
It is recommended that males drink around 13 cups a day, and females drink 9. Of course, if you’re not a fan of water, you can also try herbal teas, flavored or sparkling waters.
Being sleep-deprived makes puffiness worse, so it’s ideal if you can get 7 - 9 hours of sleep a night.
Another little life hack to apply to your sleeping habits is to prop yourself up slightly as you sleep. Place a few pillows under your head to help elevate and avoid the fluid settling under your eyes.
Protecting your skin from the sun rays not only helps with discoloration, premature aging, and skin cancer, but it may also help to reduce eye bags and puffiness. It is recommended to get yourself a formula that is SPF 30 or higher, as well as water-resistant.
As we know, sunshine helps both our insides and outsides feel happy - we just have to soak it up in moderation!
Salt is great, salt is good - but too much can be the root cause of your puffy eyes!
Salt contributes to fluid retention inside the body, causing us to puff up in all places; especially the eyes. Ideally, it is recommended that adults consume no more than 6g of salt each day, which is about one teaspoon.
So, next time you reach for your next snack, check how much salt it contains for the sake of your under-eyes. Another good way to avoid puffy eyes is to eat foods that are rich in both collagen and iron.
Adding some extra vitamin C into your diet can help your body absorb hyaluronic acid, which is an important essential acid that provides the skin with lots of moisture. Hyaluronic acid also helps increase collagen production.
Foods rich in vitamin C include:
- Citrus (orange, kiwi, grapefruit, lemon)
- White potatoes
- Red peppers
When it comes to iron, a deficiency can cause dark circles, puffiness, and pale skin. If you’re searching for a way to bring a youthful glow back to your appearance, try eating more:
- Red meat
- Dried fruits (raisins, apricots)
- Wholemeal pasta and bread
Do you remember all that vitamin C we said was good for you? Well, smoking quickly depletes that! Wrinkles, under-eye bags, dark circles, and discoloration are all more likely to happen to a smoker.
Quitting smoking is not only great for your overall health, but your skin will thank you too.