My under eyes are so puffy.
Puffy eyes are hardly what I need.
WHY SO PUFFY? Here is a checklist.
Not getting enough sleep is the most obvious but there’s a multitude of causes and I need to reflect and remind myself of these.
Too much salt in the diet is a big contender. Similar to how your eyes tend to swell after crying; tears contain salt and have the same effect. Guilty.
The tissues around your eyes also weaken over time including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids. That’s definitely happening.
Fluid retention could be to blame. This usually occurs when we wake up and that is why bags are at their worst first thing. I have always suffered from that.
Eye bags could be hereditary. If our parents or their parents suffered with them then it is possible they have passed down the gene. Not likely in my case.
The skin around our eyes is fragile; it is the finest so bound to be sensitive.
How to say BYE BYE PUFFY
Changes to diet and lifestyle can have a profound effect with a little help from an eye mask or two. I absolutely love the stick-on variety and once upon a time I would apply them regularly, even minutes before I was leaving the house. I seem to have forgotten all that.
Cut down on salty snacks and hold back on adding too much salt into meals. The salt will only increase the chances of under-eye puffiness the next morning.
Stay hydrated. Try to drink at least two litres of water a day, or eight glasses. When we are dehydrated, our bodies respond by retaining as much water as they can, therefore, causing bags.
Get more Vitamin C into your diet; it helps your body to produce collagen, a protein your body makes to help to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Foods such as oranges, strawberries and tomatoes are full of it.
More restful and longer sleep is what I need. Too much screen time before hitting the pillow. Apparently phone and laptop screens have a blue light that mimics the daytime, making it hard for our sleep hormone to kick in and do its job.
Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evenings. Herbal teas help with hydration and many of them are booming with benefits.
Can I fake a full eight hours? That’s what I’m going for. x
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