Tips for Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

Causes of Puffy Eyes

Puffiness around the eyes is typically due to excess fluid accumulation in the surrounding skin tissue, known as oedema. The thin skin around the eyes makes swelling and discoloration more noticeable. Common causes include:

  • Ageing: Fluid retention increases with age, causing puffiness. Additionally, weakening tissue structures and muscles around the eyes can lead to sagging skin and displaced fat.
  • Allergies: Allergic reactions release histamines, leading to inflammation and puffiness around the eyes.
  • Harsh Chemicals: Ingredients like drying agents and citrus extracts can irritate the eye area, causing inflammation.
  • Stress and Fatigue: Lack of sleep and emotional stress contribute to puffiness. Crying and dehydration exacerbate the issue.
  • Diet: High salt intake leads to fluid retention and puffiness.
  • Genetics: Your genetic makeup plays a significant role in the likelihood of developing puffy eyes.

Causes of Dark Circles

Dark circles under the eyes can be attributed to several factors, including:

  • Hyperpigmentation: Caused by environmental factors or genetics, leading to darker skin under the eyes.
  • Allergies and Nasal Congestion: Poor circulation due to allergies can dilate veins under the eyes, making them appear darker.
  • Loss of Collagen: Age-related collagen loss results in thinner skin and a sunken appearance, magnifying dark circles.
  • Dehydration, Stress, and Fatigue: These factors increase dullness and darkness under the eyes.

Identifying Hyperpigmentation

To check if dark circles are caused by hyperpigmentation, try the pinch test. Lift the skin under the eye; if it remains brown, it’s hyperpigmentation. If it changes color, the cause is likely dilated capillaries or age-related factors.

Skincare Recommendations for Puffy Eyes

  • Gentle Cleansing: Use a mild cleanser, such as our Almond Cleansing Milk, which contains hydrating and soothing ingredients.
  • Hydrating Eye Cream: For dehydration, choose products with Hyaluronic Acid, Pro-Vitamin B5, Aloe Leaf Juice, Cucumber, Green Tea extracts, and Caffeine. Our Olive Eye Cream is clinically proven to improve hydration and reduce puffiness with its unique blend of ingredients.
  • Sunscreen: Protect the delicate eye area from sun exposure to prevent collagen breakdown.
  • Extra Hydration: Use our Triple Level Hyaluronic Serum under the eye cream for added hydration and wrinkle reduction.

At-Home Tips for Reducing Puffiness and Dark Circles

  • Cold Compresses: Use chilled spoons, tea bags, or cucumber slices to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Massage: Gently massage the eye area when applying eye cream to improve circulation and reduce puffiness and dark circles.

Diet and Lifestyle Tips

  • Reduce Salt Intake: Prevent fluid buildup by consuming less salt.
  • Adequate Sleep: Ensure you get enough rest and consider elevating your head while sleeping.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain skin hydration.
  • Nutrient-Rich Foods: Increase intake of foods rich in collagen, iron, and potassium.