One of the easiest fixes for puffy eyes is to ensure that you are getting enough sleep. A lack of sleep isn't the cause of puffy eyelids and dark circles, but fatigue can make your skin appear paler, which will amplify the darkness and puffiness around your eyes. A cold compress or cucumbers will also help reduce puffiness. The cold compress can relieve swelling and reduce dilated or discolored blood vessels. Cucumber contains vitamins A and C, which can reduce and prevent water retention.
Nutrition plays an important role in the well-being of your body, so it makes sense that a diet full of fruits and vegetables can support healthy tissue surrounding your eyes. Limit your intake of salt, which can increase water retention and swelling. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends consuming only 2,400 mg of sodium per day, which is about a teaspoon of salt. Cut back by eating more fresh foods and fewer processed, pre-packaged products, which can be laden with sodium.
Some cosmetic products can help with eye puffiness. Choose products according to your skin tone, budget, and the severity of the puffiness and circles. Choose a concealer slightly lighter than your skin, for example, and gently pat it under the eye with your ring finger to blend it in evenly.
Invest in an illuminating concealer pen, which is what professional makeup artists use. When applied to your daily under-eye concealer, the sheer, light-reflective layer helps bring light to the shadowy area under your eye, reducing the circles and puffiness.
Facial creams can also help reduce puffiness, especially if they contain vitamins K, C, E and A, as they help relieve dark circles. Sunscreen is also key, as repeat exposure to the sun can enhance the darkness under your eyes.
Puffy eyes and bags are hereditary, and can even appear in very young women. The only way to correct the condition is through surgery. If eye puffiness is causing vision problems for you, or you are very uncomfortable with the puffiness, talk it over with your doctor and see what your options are.