Tips to Reduce Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
We've all experienced it from time to time: Staying up too late and waking up to dark circles and puffy eyes. No matter how much concealer and foundation we cake on, they just won't go away. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to prevent them (or treat them if it's too late for prevention!).
Tip 1: Prioritize Sleep
This can be the hardest thing for most of us, even though it is the most obvious way to wake up looking and feeling refreshed. Our days are packed and our to-do lists often seem never ending, but without sleep we simply can't perform at our best.
Tip 2: Cool Off
Using ice cubes or a frozen spoon as cold compresses can help reduce puffiness or bags under the eyes. Hold them against your closed eyes for about 10 to 15 minutes, taking breaks if needed. Then pat your eyes dry gently with a towel.
Tip 3: It's All About the Food
Your diet can play a huge role in your health - and your appearance. Try eating less sodium to reduce water retention and eat more fruits and vegetables to help keep you looking and feeling good.
Interested in a less obvious food solution? Some people swear by placing foods like cucumbers, avocado slices, potatoes and even milk under the eyes to improve dark circles and puffiness.
Tip 4: Check for Allergies
Do you have seasonal allergies? You may have them and not even realize it. Puffy eyes are one of the tell-tale signs of allergies. You may want to talk to your doctor about it, just in case allergies are the culprit behind your dark circles and puffy eyes.
Tip 5: Stop Drinking and Smoking
This isn't the first time you've heard this when it comes to ways to look and feel better, but that's because it's scientifically proven that those who drink a lot or smoke look and feel worse than those who don't. Both vices dry out the skin and dehydrate you, which causes the body to age much more rapidly than normal.
For some people, no lifestyle changes will help with the bags or puffiness around the eyes. Genetics, aging and other factors can cause the area under the eyes to appear swollen no matter what you try to do to prevent it. Dr. Davis helps patients who struggle with this by performing a simple lower-eyelid surgery called blepharoplasty.
For more information, call the Advance Eyelid Surgery Center today at 817-778-4444.