What causes puffy eyes?
Actually, there could be quite a few different causes behind under-eye puffiness. For example:
Taking certain medications
Allergies (especially if accompanied by itching or redness)
Fluid retention that could be caused by hormone level changes or the weather
Lack of sleep
Easy things you can do now to reduce them quickly:
Cold Slices. Apply cool cucumber, apple or potato slices on top of your closed eyelids for a few minutes until the slices warm up.
Chilled Teabags. Cover your closed eyes with damp, chilled teabags. The tannic acid in the tea bags helps sooth the entire eye area. (This also works for red eyes if you do not have drops available.) Simply dampen two teabags and chill them in the refrigerator for a few moments. Lay them over your closed eyelids putting very light pressure on them for 3 to 4 minutes.
Cold Spoons. Stick two teaspoons in the refrigerator or freezer, and gently lay them over your eyes until the spoons warm up.
Masks. Wear a cold gel or water mask for a few moments. It not only reduces puffiness but can be very soothing as well.
Ice. Simply wrap some pieces of ice in a soft paper towel or washcloth and gently apply to your eyelids and the puffy area.
Chill Your Eye Cream. Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator. The coolness will instantly help reduce puffiness when you apply it. Be sure to apply it gently with your ring finger and tap gently when applying.
Hemorrhoid cream. This used to be an old models trick for the instant reduction of puffiness. From what I understand however, some of the creams in the United States no longer have the ingredient that made this work so well. Be sure to find a cream that has shark’s liver oil and yeast in it. (Also, be very careful to not get cream in eyes.)
Cold Milk. Dip some cotton pads in ice cold milk and then squeeze excess milk out. Apply on lids until pads warm up. You may do this a few times until swelling is gone.
Witch Hazel. Soak a cotton ball in chilled Witch Hazel, squeeze out excess then place on closed eyes.
Easy things you can do to help avoid puffiness in the future:
Get more sleep. Usually seven to eight hours a night is what is recommended for most adults.
Sleep with your head elevated at night. Put an extra pillow under your head or if possible, elevate the top of your mattress. This helps prevent fluid retention around your eye area.
Sleep on your back so that gravity does not direct fluid to your eyes.
Drink more water. Quite often it is simply fluid retention that is causing the puffiness. Drinking extra water will help your body flush out your system.
Reduce your salt intake.
Avoid alcohol before going to sleep.
Always take off makeup before going to sleep.
If puffiness is due to crying, try to wait awhile before going to sleep, otherwise the puffiness will remain the same in the morning as it was the night before.