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How To Reduce Under-Eye Puffiness

author image Blair Foy
Blair Foy began writing in 2006. She has been published in the "Rochester Post-Bulletin," "Pierce County Herald," "St. Charles Press," "Red Wing Republican Eagle" and "UW-RF Student Voice." Foy earned a Master of Arts in mass communication from North Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Science in journalism from University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
How To Reduce Under-Eye Puffiness
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Nothing tires your appearance quicker than waking up in the morning to puffy bags under your eyes. Luckily, under-eye water retention is typically a very treatable condition. Bring some life back into your face and wake up renewed by using some at-home remedies to stop under-eye puffiness.

Identify the Cause

When you wake up to swollen, puffy bags under your eyes, the first step is determining the cause of your symptoms. Health issues such as sinus infections, seasonal allergies or a cold can lead to water retention under the eyes. Other causes include crying before bedtime or a salt-rich dinner -- the excess of salt production leads to osmosis in the delicate skin under the eye. Whether from tears or a sodium-heavy dinner, water will then fill those areas overnight to replenish the fluid in those tissues.

Lifestyle Habits

The quickest way to fix under-eye puffiness is to make a few simple lifestyle changes. Most importantly, get enough sleep. Being well-rested allows your body the time it needs to refuel all systems, including fluids. Practicing good hygiene is also key. Sleeping in eye cosmetics can cause a buildup of dirt and grime around the optical area and increase fluids in the eye area. Be sure to remove all eye makeup and apply an under-eye cream before going to bed. Also avoid excessive alcohol consumption, which leads to dehydration -- the skin under the eye is one of the first areas where tissue suffers from a lack of fluid. This leads to water retention as your body works to replenish the area.

At-Home Remedies

While under-eye puffiness is unsightly, it can be treated with an at-home remedy. If the cause is due to a sinus infection, allergies or a cold, use a netti pot to rinse your nasal passages with a saline solution. Another option is look at how you sleep. People who sleep on their stomachs are more likely to retain water in the eye area as their faces are in a downward position overnight. Side-sleepers may find that the eye on the side they sleep on is puffy in the morning. Sleep on your back, with your head propped up with an additional pillow and place cool cucumber slices or cold spoons over the eyes to reduce swelling.

Professional Fixes

If you are looking for a more permanent fix to under-eye puffiness, plastic surgery can offer you promising solutions. With the guidance of a medical professional, you can determine if under-eye fillers are a good option for you. Fillers inject fat or hyaluronic acid into the under-eye area to add volume. Laser therapy is also used for people who want to firm up the skin around their eyes. Eyelid lifts can restore a youthful appearance by tightening and lifting skin around the entire eye area. These procedures all require the attention and assistance of a medical professional.

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