Your eyes are the windows to your soul – they also offer a glimpse into your overall health. Bright, clear eyes can mean you are healthy and alert, for example. Puffy eyes can make you look tired and worn out. They can also be a sign of other health issues. In time, puffy eyes can lead to dark circles under your eyes, which can make you look unhealthy or older than you really are.
Puffy eyes can be difficult to treat, especially if they are the result of a health issue, such as dehydration or poor nutrition. Fortunately, scientists have discovered a number of remedies that reduce the appearance of puffy eyes from lack of sleep, salty food, and more.
A number of factors can contribute to the development of puffy eyes. Some of these factors, such as diet and lack of sleep, are controllable. Others, such as heredity and aging, are not controllable.
As we age, our bodies slow down the production of the collagen that gives skin its tightness and elasticity. Through the years, skin begins to sag all over the body, but the loss of elasticity is especially noticeable in the delicate skin around the eyes. Aging affects the muscles around your eyes too, causing tissues to droop. Sagging and lax tissues allow the fat layers beneath those tissues to bulge and create puffiness.
Lack of Sleep
Puffy eyes may be a sign that you are not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of cortisol, which is the body’s main stress hormone. High cortisol levels can prevent your kidneys from removing salt and water from your bloodstream; the excess salt and water causes puffiness of your face in general, and of your eyes in particular.
If you have allergies to pollen, dust, mold, pollution, smoke, animal fur or dander, chemicals, or perfume, puffy eyes may be a sign that your allergies are flaring up. In fact, allergies are a common cause of puffy eyes because they cause fluid to build up in your sinuses and around your eyes. This excess fluid can lead to swelling under your eyes.
Allergies are the result of an overactive immune system. Your body produces mast cells, which are special types of immune cells that defend your body against allergens, such as pollen and dust. Mast cells protect your eyes from allergens by giving off histamines, which are special immune proteins that cause blood vessels to leak fluids. This special action of histamines causes your eyes to tear up and wash the pollen or other allergens out of your eyes. Unfortunately, the excess fluids produced by histamines also stuffs up your sinuses and makes your eyes puffy.
Your puffy eyes may be genetic. We all inherit certain physical traits from our parents. You may have inherited your mother’s hair, for example, and your father’s height. You may have also inherited genes that make your eyes puffy, even when you get enough sleep, eat well, drink enough water, or do not suffer from allergies.
Many foods contain salt, which causes your body to retain enough fluid to make your eyes puffy. Canned foods, such as canned peas, ravioli, and chili, contain high levels of salt, also known as sodium. Any type of smoked, salted, cured, or canned meat, poultry or fish, such as bacon, cold cuts, ham, hot dogs, sausage, and sardines, contains high levels of sodium. Salt is obvious in some foods, such as salted nuts and pretzels, but sodium can hide in frozen foods too.
Dehydration happens when your body tissues do not get the fluid they need to function at their best. This lack of fluid affects your body in a wide variety of ways – dehydration can cause thirst, concentrated urine, dizziness, lightheadedness, and fatigue. Dehydration can also cause the skin around your eyes to look saggy, sunken in, and puffy.
Revinia®’s Products Can Help
While you can take certain steps to prevent puffy eyes, such as eating less salt and avoiding allergens, puffy eyes can be tough to treat once they appear. You can try applying a cold compress to your eyes or even putting cucumber slices on them, but these home remedies do not work well and the results fade away quickly.
Fortunately, scientists have discovered a handful of compounds that provide effective and long-lasting relief from puffy eyes, no matter what caused them. For example, they have learned that ac-11® is a natural product that supports the body’s natural ability to repair the DNA in skin cells. Special lifting agents reduce puffiness within 30 minutes of use, and hyaluronic acid (HA) fortifies and tightens the skin around the eyes to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes.
Revinia® has developed a line of products that offer a balanced blend of these compounds in a single formulation that anyone can use for a more vibrant, healthy, and alert appearance. Adding these products to your daily regimen can help you avoid the puffy eyes that make you look tired and worn out, no matter what caused your puffy eyes to begin with.
To get the most out of Revinia®’s Eye Repair Treatment, apply to the skin around your eyes twice each day, once in the morning and again in the evening. Start by washing and drying your skin thoroughly. Next, apply one pump of Revinia®’s Eye Repair Treatment below your eyes and along your cheekbones. For optimal results and to reduce the appearance of furrows and crow’s feet that often accompany puffy eyes, apply to the areas between your eyebrows and at the outside edges of your eyes. Gently massage into skin.
To learn more about puffy eyes and what they might be a sign of, consult with your dermatologist or cosmetic professional. You can also learn more information about Revinia®’s Eye Repair Treatment and how it can reduce the appearance of puffy eyes from almost any cause.