They say the eyes are the window to the soul and I would say this this pretty true. You can tell so much from somebody just by looking at their eyes. Are they tired? Stressed? Unhappy? The eyes always give it away.
Puffy eyes though can tell many stories and they can be there most days for some of us.
There are so many causes of puffy eyes, in fact the list could go on and on. Here are some potential reasons...
lack of sleep
too much salt or poor diet
recent surgery to the area
...like I said, the list can go on and on. At the end of the day though, it tends to be some kind of swelling/oedema and so here are some different ways that you can reduce the puffiness.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE
So of course you could book in for a treatment, but if you wish to do it yourself, here is how I like to do it.
Remember that the lymphatic system is very close to the surface of the skin and so you only want to use very gentle pressure. Almost more of a stroking than massage.
Apply a couple of drops of oil to your fingers and gently massage it around the eye area. Then, using long, sweeping and gentle strokes, sweep your fingers from the inner corner of the eye out towards the temples. Repeat this, working very gently, around 10 times and then move up slightly to the eye lid. Continue around the eye area for a few minutes. Always sweeping outwards towards the hairline.
USE THE GUA SHA COLD
If you place your Gua Sha jade stone in a glass of ice water or in the fridge, you can gently press it onto the eye area and use it like a cold compress. The coldness of the stone should help to take out any inflammation.
USE EYE MASKS
I love to use collagen eye patches. You can place them in the fridge before you apply them to your face and they can help really cool and de-puff the eye area. I love the Forlle'd P-Effect Sheet Eye Masks as they are so hydrating and soothing.
A classic cold compress can be so comforting when your eyes feel hot and puffy. Simply rinse a face cloth in cold water and wring it out. Fold it into a rectangle and then gently press onto the eye area. When it feels warm, take the face cloth off, shake it and then re-apply.
I would just say that anything you apply to the area shouldn't be any colder than your fridge temperature. I don't recommend using ice cubes as you may find they cause an ice burn with will in turn cause further inflammation.
I hope you've found this useful,
Thank you so much for reading,