April 18, 2008, Newsletter Issue #263: Puffy Eyes

Tip of the Week

Some of the causes of puffy eyes are: lack of sleep, alcohol, allergies, aging, stress, poor diet and genetics.

To decrease the appearance of puffy eyes use a thinly sliced cold cucumber or a slice of raw potato and place a slice on each eye. Use any cold compress on your eyes for a few minutes, but do not place ice cubes directly on your skin. Cotton wool pads soaked in witch hazel (which reduces swelling) or iced water should also do the trick.

Do you know that salty foods cause water retention which can accumulate in the eye area? Sodas and alcohol drinks are high in sodium (salt). Drink water instead.
Do you drink enough water? Remember you should drink 8 glasses of water per day.
Exercise will help your overall circulation, including your renal circulation and will aid in the elimination of water.

A concealer or highlighter can do wonders to hide puffiness under your eyes. Pat your concealer on first and blend it in so it looks natural. Then apply your foundation and set it with a light dusting of loose powder.

There are many eye treatment creams on the market today that are formulated specifically to reduce bags underneath your eyes. Try finding a gel and leave in the fridge. Dab a little on in the morning and the coolness of the eyegel will reduce swelling.

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