How can I get rid of my puffy eyes?

As a new Mum, I’ve learnt to spot the signs of a sleepless night a mile off.

During those first few months I was constantly fighting puffy eyes – so whether it’s stress, insomnia or a new baby that’s starving you of sleep, here are my top tips for eliminating eye-bags.

Why are my eyes puffy?

The skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the face and full of blood vessels, which make it particularly sensitive.

A lack of sleep causes fluid retention underneath this delicate skin, so eyes appear puffy and swollen.

This should subside an hour or two after waking, but if you need a little helping hand then remember…

The fridge is your friend!

This might sound crazy but Chamomile teabags work a treat for de-puffing tired eyes. 

Moisten two unbleached teabags, pop them in the fridge (or freezer if you’re in a hurry) then lie back and place over your eyes for as long as you can.

The cooling effect will ease water retention while the Chamomile will help reduce redness or irritation.

I’m also a big believer in keeping my Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream in the fridge for the same reason as it makes it all the more soothing.

Pat half a pump of cool cream around both eyes with your ring finger for instant relief.

Facial Massage

Incorporating some simple facial massage techniques into your everyday routine can make a huge difference.

Try any of these movements to drain way excess fluid and firm up the outer eye area.

Drink more water

Puffy eyes can sometimes be a sign of dehydration or over-consumption of salt,  both of which cause water retention.

Try and drink between 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day to keep your hydration levels up and your toxin levels down.

If that sounds like a lot, remember herbal teas can count towards your water intake too.

If you have any alternative tips please leave them as a comment – the weirder the better!

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