Puffy eyes are usually an unwelcome sight! Lots of factors can cause the arrival of swelling around the eye, and if they have not been caused by illness or injury, there are a few tricks you can try to send puffy eyes packing.

Woman applying cream under eyes in bathroom while looking in mirror

What causes puffy eyes?

Swelling around the eye is ordinarily caused by a build-up of fluid in the skin tissue.  As you may know, the skin around the eye is really thin and very delicate, so discolouration or swelling can be really visible here.

Build up of fluid, or puffy eyes, are usually caused by one of these factors:

  • You inherited the facial feature from your parents (cheers, mum!)
  • Over doing it on the salt (salt can cause fluid retention)
  • Allergies
  • Crying
  • Stress
  • Sinus issues
  • Dehydration
  • Ageing
  • Lack of sleep

So, just a few things to keep in mind! Luckily, asides from ensuring you’re drinking lots of water, cutting back on the salt and getting enough sleep there are a few ways which you can reduce the appearance of puffy eyes.

1. Aloe, Aloe!

Aloe Vera is one of the beauty world’s little wonders! It’s rich in vitamins and packed with anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce puffiness or swelling around the eyes. Not to mention it feels really refreshing on the skin, perfect for the sensitive eye area.

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2. Little Spoon

If waking up with puffy eyes is more than a one-time occurrence for you, be prepared for their arrival by keeping two metal spoons in the fridge. When you wake, hold the cold spoons over closed eyes for a few minutes to constrict the blood vessels and reduce the swelling. Alternatively, if you’re not that prepared, you can run the spoons under a cold tap too for the same effect.

3. Tea O’Clock!

If, like us, you love nothing more than a brew to pick you up throughout the day; then you’ll have plenty of tea bags to try out with this trick! Once you have made your tea, pop the used tea bags (black or green) into the fridge to start chilling. Once they’re nice and cold, apply them to your closed eyes and the antioxidant and caffeine content will help increase circulation and encourage the removal of fluids.

4. Eye, Eye Cream!

If you are not already using an eye cream, first thing is first - add one to your skin care routine! Olay’s Eye Ultimate Eye Cream gets to work immediately by soothing and hydrating the delicate eye area, reducing not just puffiness but dark circles too!

Top tip: put your eye cream into the fridge so it is extra refreshing when you apply it your skin.

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5. Massage Miracle

Get the fluid around your eyes moving again with a gentle massage. When applying your eye cream, gentle tap around the swollen areas and gently push the skin upwards to improve the circulation. As well as targeting under your eyes, massage pressure points at your brow and on your sinuses to help too.