Are your eyes puffy? The good news is that chances are it isn’t anything serious. The bad news is that it can make you feel down about yourself. Here are some common reasons for eye puffiness and how to calm it down so your eyes look and feel normal again:
- As the weather cools down outside, you might find yourself cranking up the heat indoors. Indoor heat can cause your eyes to become drier, more sensitive and irritated and this can lead to puffiness. This is because heat can actually dehydrate the mucous membranes in your eyeball and cause the tissues in your eye to become more thick and irritated.
- If you didn’t sleep well last night, for whatever reason, your eyes might become puffy in the morning. If you are stressed and had a bad night’s sleep, your eyes will likely look swollen in the morning. We all know stress is bad for our health and when you’re under stress, cortisol is released from your adrenal glands and this unbalanced salt content in your body. If your salt balance is off, this will lead to swelling.
- If it is allergy season or you are prone to allergies, this might be the cause of your puffy eyes. Puffy eyes can happen when you get a cold too. When you have allergies, your body releases histamine into your system to fight off your allergens. Sometimes it gets released into your skin and can cause puffiness around the eyes.
- If you’re PMSing, this can be just another symptom of your dreaded time of the month. Similar to how you might be feeling bloated when you get PMS, your eyes can become “bloated” as well. Any eye puffiness should go away after a few days.
- If you were crying, your eyes will likely get puffy after you’re done crying. Your eye’s lacrimal glands work overtime to produce tears and this causes your eyes to become puffy after.
- If you drank too much alcohol the night before, your eyes might be puffy in the morning. This is from dehydration and could also be caused by eating extra salty foods when you’re drunk.
- Eating too much salt in your diet can definitely cause eye puffiness and bloat in the body.
- If you have a thyroid disease, your eyes might be chronically puffy. Puffy eyelids can also be seen if you have lupus or dermatomyositis.
So what do you do if you have puffy eyes? Now that you know the underlying cause (if you aren’t sure, ask your dermatologist or rule out serious health conditions like thyroid problems.) Here are some tips on reducing puffiness:
- Take a nap! Getting more sleep can help them go away quickly.
- Use eye drops, especially if they are caused by allergies.
- Try applying iced compresses, a cold spoon, cucumber slices or chilled tea bags over closed eyes. Then relax!
- Drink more water to prevent and reverse dehydration.
- Reduce salt in your diet for a few days.
- Try a cream or product shown to reduce eye puffiness.
- Eat potassium-rich foods, like bananas to get rid of excess fluids in your body that can lead to eye puffiness.
- Simply splash cold water on your face.
Do you ever get puffy eyes? What is the most common cause for you? What is your favorite remedy to get rid of puffy eyes?