Want to get rid of puffy eyes? We don’t blame you. Having puffy eyes ringed with dark circles is the quickest way to add five years to your face.
So, it seems unfair that most of us, through not fault of our own, regularly wake up with them. Commonly associated with a late night, puffy eyes symbolise excessive tiredness and fatigue, but they can also be caused by allergies, stress, dehydration and natural ageing.
As we age the membrane or ‘septum’ that normally holds fat in place in the upper and lower lid starts to thin and the fatty tissue falls forward, causing a bulge or ‘bags’ as we all know them.
So, how to get rid of puffy eyes? Well for starters you could pop two thin slices of cucumber over your eyes but this can take time and the results rarely last. Or you could invest in one our favourite de-puffing products which will slip effortlessly into your daily routine.
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New studies have revealed a surprise ingredient that de-puffs eyes: barley. Celebrity dermatologist Dr Ronald Moy claims that derivatives from the grain are something of a wonder-cure for banishing that tired under-eye look.
“They stimulate the stem cells in the thin under-eye skin to grow thicker collagen, which then leads to tighter skin,” he explained. In fact, it’s more sustainable long-term than the similarly tightening effect of Botox.
To get the most out of your de-puffing products consider a quick daily under-eye massage. ‘Massage helps de-puff and get circulation moving,’ says Sally Penford, education manager at the International Dermal Institute.
Hydration is everything, so combine both when you apply eye products. You will notice an instant lift, and over time, a longer lasting difference, says the brains behind the mini massage and international facialist, Nathalie Eleni.
Here are her top three tips for how to get rid of puffy eyes at home:
- Apply some eye gel or cream, then place your ring finger (has the least amount of pressure) just under the tear duct of each eye. Using medium pressure with a pumping movement, slowly press along the under-eye area in about 10 gradual moves until you reach your temples.
- Now massage the temples, which is a lymph node, using small circular, anti-clockwise movements to help drain toxins and fluids from the face. Continue this technique along you eye sockets, round towards your temples again. Slowly repeat three times.
- Finally, place the index finger on the bridge of your nose just under the brow. Pushup and under the muscle, so that you are lifting it and hold for the count of ten. Work your way along the whole brow with this technique and repeat three times.
Or get rid of puffy eyes with these bright beauty buys…
The cooling and refreshing roll-on applicator of the Body Shop Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On, R230, glides easily over the eye contour, without leaving any sticky residue. The gel is soothing, hydrating and nourishing.
The eye contour area is 3-5 times finer than the rest of the face, meaning that it is usually the first to show visible signs of ageing. To preserve radiant, youthful-looking eyes, smooth fine lines, minimise signs of fatigue and brighten the eye area, try Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash, R475.
The lightweight formula in Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment, R635, works wonders for puffy eyes, and we find it irresistible! It helps to brighten dark circles, firm, plump and reduce fine lines and wrinkles too.
The potent retinol formulation in Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex, R990, contains a blend of vitamin C and powerful peptides which work fast to smooth out puffiness, and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
This richly hydrating cream is packed with tried and proven ingredients to replace lost moisture and replenish the delicate eye area. Apply Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Moisturizing Cream, R355, over your moisturiser morning and night for best results.
If your eyes are in serious need of some TLC, the soothing Skin Republic Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Patch, R53 is just what your eyes need. each sachet is packed with a blend of soothing, plumping ingredients such as Aloe Vera, vitamins A and E, plus green tea to reduce puffiness and dark circles. You’ll notice a change almost immediately.
A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!