When your body becomes dehydrated, it begins to retain water. This can lead to puffy eyes. Ensure that you consume enough fluids – aim for 8 to 10 glasses a day and
try to pay attention so that when you’re thirsty you remember to drink.
Sleep with your head elevated
Sleeping flat and on your front results in poorer circulation and allows fluid to
collect around your eyes. Sleep on your back instead and use a pillow that is
created to prevent wrinkles and slightly elevates your head. In some individuals,
not getting enough sleep may cause puffy eyes.
Always remove your make-up
Not removing cosmetics, especially if around the eye may cause irritation of this
area. Also watch for old make-up, especially eye products, which may build up
bacteria that can potentially irritate the eye and eye area.
Limit alcohol and salt
Alcoholic beverages and salty foods may increase fluid retention which ultimately can
lead to puffy eyes. Try to limit intake of alcohol and salty foods.
Work with a qualified healthcare professional to correct an underlying hormonal imbalance if you suspect you may
have one. Certain conditions including high blood pressure, dermatitis,
blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid), orbital cellulites (an infection of
the orbital tissue), chalazion (small benign tumors on the eyelids), kidney
infections and thyroid disorders may all result in puffy eyes. Seek treatment.
Treat with cold
Cold works wonders to relieve puffy eyes and you may want to try cold compresses comprised of the following:
a. Cold water/gel masks – Cotton wool pads soaked in cold water or cold milk
and applied for 10 to 15 minutes
b. Black or chamomile teabags soaked in cold water and applied for 5 to 10
c. Slices of cucumber, potato or apple