The holiday season is coming soon, here are some beauty tips to help prevent puffy eyes so you can look good while having a great time at different parties and social events.
There are many causes of puffy eyes such as fluid retention, stress, allergies, lack of sleep and fluctuated hormones. You may not be aware that hormone imbalance can lead to fluid retention. A typical example is estrogen dominance and excessive cortisol due to stress. Low thyroid hormone can also cause puffy eyes. According to Dr. John Lowe, who is a thyroid disease expert, when too little thyroid hormones fail to suppress the cells of connective tissues, these cells release excessive water-binding molecules and cause excessive water expanding into the tissues around the eyes and lead to puffy eyes. Another common cause of puffy eyes is tiredness of the eyes due to not enough sleep, or prolonged reading, especially on the computer screen.
You can read Why Are You Suffering from PMS and Sugar Cravings and 23 Tips to Fix It to find out why hormone imbalance can cause water retention and how to resolve the issue.
The skin around your eyes is very delicate and requires extra care. Here are a few quick fix and beauty tips to keep puffy eyes at bay.
Cucumber and potato slices : Cucumbers and potatoes have astringent properties that cause the blood vessel to constrict, and help sooth eyes due to their smooth texture. To achieve the best result, keep the slices in a refrigerator and place freshly cut slices on your closed eyes while resting, 5-10 minutes to reduce puffiness.
Egg whites: Similar to potatoes and cucumbers, egg whites also have astringent chemicals that help the skin. Apply a thin layer of fresh egg white with a brush or soft wet towel underneath your eyes. Leave for 10 minutes and wash away the residue of egg white with cold water.
Cold water : Wash your face with cold water. Cold water helps constrict blood vessels and reduces puffiness.
Diet and nutrition tips
Follow a low-salt diet: salt holds water in the body and causes water retention. Limit processed foods as they are normally loaded with the salt such as pizza and potato chips. Use spices to enhance the flavor of your dishes instead of salt. Enjoy fresh food as much as possible. You can also drain canned food to reduce the salt content before using, such as canned beans and vegetables.
Drink plenty of water : Dehydration is another cause of puffy eyes, make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and reduce water intake late at night.
Limit caffeine and alcohol: both of caffeine and alcohol cause dehydration. Alcohol also leads to water retention in your face, and too much caffeine can affect your sleep.
Load your plate with dark leafy vegetables : Dark green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and lettuce contain lutein and zeaxanthin. They are two important nutrients that have antioxidant effects to prevent the aging process of eyes.
Have fatty fish twice a week : Omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna have potent anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties that protect and nourish your eyes.
Enjoy bright color vegetables and fruits more often: Bright orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots and oranges contain beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Beta-carotene is the precursor of Vitamin A. They help improve an appearance of your eyes by thickening the eyelid dermis. Vitamin C also helps strengthen blood vessel walls.
Don’t forget to add Vitamin K into your diet : Vitamin K helps blood coagulation and circulation. Poor blood circulation can contribute to puffy eyes. Make sure you add Vitamin K rich food into your diet such as spinach, broccoli, asparagus, herbs and other dark green vegetables.
Include the adequate amount of protein in your diet: Protein promotes the growth of muscle cells and collagen. It helps reduce wrinkles around your eyes and increases the elasticity of the skin. Chicken, beef, seafood and lentils are good sources of protein. Lentils also contain zinc, which helps release Vitamin A from the liver to benefit your eye tissue.
Vitamin E and the beauty of your eyes: Vitamin E works as an antioxidant and helps protect your eyes from free radicals damages. Wheat germ is a good source of vitamin E, you can add it to hot cereals or smoothies. Other vitamin rich foods are nuts, seeds, avocado and shellfish.
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Other cool tips
Have plenty of sleep: It may help to elevate your head with extra pillows while you sleep to help reduce excess water building up around your eyes. A good night’s sleep is the best treatment for your eye issues. Many people suffer from insomnia or poor quality of sleep due to stress and busy lifestyles.
You can read How to Overcome Insomnia for some easy and natural solutions for insomnia treatment.
Give your eyes a light massage: Close your eyes and gently massage your eyes with your ring finger in a circle from inside corner toward the outside corner, and give extra massage under both of your eyes in an arc shape. This only takes a few minutes every day. The best time to treat your eyes is after you wash your face in the morning. Before you go to bed, apply a good eye cream and gently massage your eyes to enhance the result. It is a good idea to remove makeup around your eyes at night as it can fill the pores and cause puffiness. Avoid rubbing your eyes roughly.
Check your thyroid function: Puffy eyes may relate to your low thyroid hormone levels. The thyroid gland is an important organ that regulates metabolism. It affects both energy level and body weight. If you are suffering from fatigue, low energy, and unexplained weight gain, you may have low thyroid hormone level. The condition is called hypothyroidism. Check with your health care professional.
Rest your eyes from time to time: Take a break every 30 minutes when you are reading or on the computer. Close your eyes to rest for a few minutes and look out of the window if possible.
Use proper light: Many people find “full spectrum” fluorescent lighting that is close to the light spectrum of sunlight can be more comforting for computer work and reduce eye strain than regular light bulbs. But if the light is too bright, it can cause discomfort. Overhead lighting can be uncomfortable for many computer users. Floor lamps that provide indirect lighting may help.
Minimize glare: Glare on the walls and the reflections on your computer screen can also cause stress for your eyes. You can use an anti-glare screen on your monitor and cover the glare on the walls or window where possible. Adjusting the brightness and contrast of your computer screen can also help.
Eye relaxing exercises
Here are a few simple eye exercises to practice on a daily basis.
- Blink your eyes for a few seconds.
- Make different eye movements such as up and down, left to right and make a circle both clockwise and counterclockwise to help reduce eye strain.
- Change your focus and look far away at the sky or a distant object outside for 10 seconds. Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscles inside the eyes and this reduces eye fatigue.
- Switch the distance, look far away at an object for 10 seconds and then gaze at something close for another 10 seconds. Practice this switch a few times, as it helps relax different muscle groups around your eyes.
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