From time to time we all may suffer from puffy eyes to varying degrees, it may just be the odd occasion or a longer term problem, there are so many things that may or may not be a factor that may contribute to this condition.
It could simply be the fact that life is out of balance and you are just not getting enough sleep, we may be going through an emotional time and all that therapeutic letting go through crying is playing havoc with our delicate peepers. The changing season is sometimes enough for some of us to experience a little extra fluid around the eye area. It could very easily be an allergy to chemicals in our skincare products, cleanser, eye makeup remover, mascara, liner or shadow, check how old your products are, mascaras need replacing every three months and those eye shadows may last for ever but they can be an eyes worst nightmare. Hormone imbalances have a lot to answer for with our whole complexion, where are you in your cycle, are you dare we admit it pre, during post menopausal. There are a number of health issues that will contribute to a longer term problem such as a thyroid imbalance or kidney, urinary tract infection, are you taking any medication? do you have a sinus infection. Our diet is also worth looking at, an over load of salt, too much caffeine, in some people the smallest amount is enough to be a problem.
So how can we help, there are a few things to try, instead of lying flat in bed try raising your head with an extra pillow or two so that any excess fluids can drain more efficiently. Cooling the eye area is really helpful, try putting two teaspoons in the freezer to cool, remove and to prevent them from giving you a frost burn cover them in a thin layer of tissue then hold them on the eye area for a few minutes, this can be repeated. Very old fashioned but quite effective, cooled slices of cucumber or damp teabags, green or white tea are the best, you could do this while lying on the sofa or bed (obviously with your head raised) also a great excuse to put your feet up for 5 minutes a moments meditation, blissful, even damp cotton wool pads cooled in the fridge can help.
Most importantly avoid any eye products at night time, they will only overload the delicate eye area, only put your eye products on in the morning. You could try Dr. Hauschka eye solace, they come in small plastic ampules, break the seal and soak damp cotton pads with the liquid and place on your eyes for up to 20 mins.