Puffy eyes can be caused by many factors. These include fluid retention, stress, allergies, hormone changes, and other factors as well. When we cry, it is often accompanied by swollen eyes. The body reacts to emotions and causes more blood to flow through the eyes. This leads to swelling. Also the production of too many emotional tears can strain the eyes. Also, we get puffy eyes after sleeping. This can be caused by different factors such as too much sodium in a diet causing water retention, tossing and turning and not getting enough sleep, excessive drinking of alcohol, and others as well.
We have the thinnest skin around our eyes. It’s the area that’s most influenced by the flow of fluids. A dinner heavy with salty food or a night of crying while watching a tearjerker movie can also cause morning-after puffiness. The reason is osmosis. Water always travels from areas in the body where there’s low salt concentration to tissues where there’s more salt. That principle holds true whether the salt comes from tears or from soy sauce.
Puffy Eyes—Treatments and Home Remedies
For normal puffy eyes that are not caused by other eye conditions, there are many ways to get rid of puffy eyes. The following is a list of what to do for treating puffy eyes:
- Wash face with ice cold water
- Limit sodium intake (processed foods have too much)
- Drink plenty of water to clean out your system
- Place two slices of cool cucumber or cold spoons on the eyes for several minutes
- Moisten two tea bags in cold water, chill in frig. Place them over closed eyelids for several minutes
- For allergies and puffy eyes, find out the item causing the allergic reaction and minimize its use.
- Healing-Scents has two different types of allergy relief:
- Allergy Relief Oil
- Respiratory Ailments Herbal Vitamins
Be wary of over-the-counter and prescription products. Our body can get dependent on those chemicals. Many allergies can be caused by the chemicals in commercial products.
- Cream for puffy eyes – Try our soothing Forever Young Face Cream, which can be applied to the eyes
- Try a neti pot.
Irrigating the nasal cavity with a neti pot—a device that looks like a small teapot—can help relieve fluid buildup caused by allergies, sinus congestion, or a cold.
- Switch your sleep position.
Your sleep position may be contributing to under-eye bags. Thanks to gravity, sleeping on your side or stomach can encourage fluids to collect under your eyes. If you’re a side sleeper, you may notice a heavier bag on the side you sleep on. Patients who wake up with puffy eyes to sleep on their back and add an extra pillow under their head. Changing your sleep position takes some getting used to. The earlier you start changing your sleep position, the better, because after a few years under-eye bags can became permanent.
- Other everyday bad habits.
Rubbing your eyes frequently, going to bed with makeup on, and excessive drinking, can contribute to under-eye bags, too. Sleeping in eye makeup can irritate your eyes, causing fluids to pool. Heavy alcohol drinking causes dehydration. That weakens the delicate skin around the eyes, making it more likely to sink into a pouch.
- Stop using commercial products.
Getting away from the toxic chemicals will help your body become healthier and less toxic.
Eye bags are very common, and are usually not related to your health. But if your bags appear suddenly and you’re not suffering from allergies, a sinus infection, or a cold —and they don’t ease up when you try the lifestyle steps mentioned above start a whole-body cleanse and consider going to a naturopath.
When dark shadows or bags linger, the cause typically is not something temporary, like a few too many cocktails. It might be something you’ve inherited. Pigmentary issues that cause under-eye discoloration are common among people of Asian or African descent. Age also contributes to dark circles. With age, the skin around the eye thins, exposing the tiny blood vessels that lie just below.
If you pull the skin sideways and the darkness turns blotchy, that’s evidence the problem is caused by excess pigment in the area, says Joseph Eviatar, MD, a New York ophthalmic plastic surgeon.
Most often, dark circles aren’t about changes in the color of the skin at all. Instead, they’re created by a loss of volume in the area around the eye. That exposes the orbital bone, creating a hollow trough that shows up as a dark circle. With the delicate eye area one of the first spots to reveal signs of aging, this can happen as early as the late 30s or 40s.
Four things you can do, without surgery, to help keep your eyes looking youthful.
- Switch to our toxin-free products to give your skin new life. Your skin will start to respond very quickly and you will be amazed at how wonderful your skin will be in just a couple weeks.
- Stop using chemically-based products on your hair and skin. Use Healing-Scents’ Forever Young Face Oil on your skin. With damaged already done, we recommend using the 50’s or the Mature Face Oil. The special blend of cold-pressed carrier oils and the essential oils help repair the damage in your skin.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking weakens collagen and causes premature wrinkling and sagging.
- Use Healing-Scents Concealer to help conceal dark circles. Hiding dark circles with concealer is simpler than you may think. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone, a cream or cake concealer covers best. Lightly pat the concealer on from the inner corner of your eye to just past the outer corner. Here at Healing-Scents we have a great cream concealer that includes essential oils that help reduce dark circles.
Other, more expensive options, including treatment with IPL or intense pulse light, can help by destroying those pigment cells and smoothing the skin. A series of four IPL treatments, at about $200 each, is typically needed to see improvement.
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Many customers have asked me about how I live—So I have written this
I have no health issues since I changed my life starting in 2008. Depression and dementia run in my family’s gene structure. I take our herbs everyday—Mental Alertness, Nervous Tension, Thyroid Regulation, Super Iron Tincture. I take a sublingual B-complex. I take Vitamin D in winter. In summer I get out in the sun and absorb the vitamin D the best way possible. I use our products only. My wear cotton clothing; (has to have less than 30% polyester. Most of my clothing is 100% cotton). I use my 20% in my diet. I eat a high protein, real food diet. I try to eat 3 whole vegetables and 3 whole fruits servings daily—It helps to think smoothies instead of juicing. Apple is good—has lots of fiber to keep the sugar from spiking blood sugar. Apple juice is just the sugar—goes straight to the blood sugar.
I do some yoga-like stretches and poses several times a day. I go to a yoga class two or three times per week. I have a “whole body vibration” machine that I use at least 20 minutes a day about 5 times per week. I am working diligently on my posture. It was terrible before. Rounding the shoulders prepares one for the walker you will need soon. I, like many, never wanted to listen about the necessity for good posture. But it is vital! Without good posture, soon there are back problems, balance issues, digestive problems, heart disease, and/or cancer. I have none of these. I am 60 years old. I take no pharmaceuticals. I take after my mom’s side of the family—have a “peasant” body style. Large bone structure and extra padding. I have a very muscle-dense body style.
29 out of 30 mornings; I eat low-fat yogurt; blueberries or strawberries and about 2 Tbls. of granola. I do not eat as many vegetables as I should; but I try to get 2 servings of “green” and 3 fruits. At least twice a week I make a veggie dense meal. I often eat a 100% whole wheat tortilla chicken-cheese quesadilla for lunch . I make veggie soups and eat lots of the leftovers. I barely saute veggies in my cast-iron skillet with a little coconut oil/olive oil/butter (depending on veggies) and the Savory Herb blend. We keep some Pink Himalayan Salt and the Elite 4-pepper blend.. I have a large salad at least two times a week using loose-leaf lettuces and/or spinach.
I do not buy organic and consume about 3 servings of dairy every day. Our beef is grown by a friend of my daughter’s in central Ill. I purchase most of my fresh veggies and dairy from a store we have called “Aldi’s”. The dairy cooperative pledged not to use hormones or antibiotic. Plus they are a “bare bones” type of store and offers better prices on the products they offer. Most of what they have is processed. But I make sure I buy what is not—maybe eventually more people will care about real.
When I eat out, I consciously make the better choices. Regardless of what anyone else does. If I have a salad and it turns out to be iceberg lettuce; I only eat the darker green parts and other veggies on it. I try not to “splurge” more than once a week. I found I can get in the “habit of splurging”. Very bad for a long-term healthy diet.
I use my Lower Bowel Cleanse and Parasite Cleanse and do the 3-day Juice Cleanse at least one time per year. I use peppermint essential oil daily on the back of my tongue. I use the Cold/Flu/Sinus oil, Easy Breezy, Whipped Body Butter; other stuff daily. I only use soap on my body about every 2 days. If I need to shower on the other day it is just a vinegar-type shower.
As I have indicated it is a whole-lifestyle change. I’ve only been to a doctor 3 times in the last 3 years. My blood work is great. I donate both white blood cells and whole blood regularly. I have always said I have “peasant genes”—strong as a horse type. I get out and breath fresh air 10-15 minutes a day. We do not have carpet. I walk barefoot on wood, tile, dirt almost all the time in Spring, Summer, Fall. I do it less in Winter. I wear white cotton socks because the darker dyes break out my toes. (Mostly I wear them under the black ones in winter. I wear UGGs barefoot in the winter. I have leather sandals I wear almost all the rest of the year. I like my feet to “breathe.” I do eat some sugar every day. My favorite is Strawberry sweet tart candies. I don’t need much because the sugar hits fast. I guess I could switch to small amounts of honey, but, I keep some 85% chocolate or Hershey Special Dark. These kill the chocolate craving quickly without eating too much.
This is probably a lot more info than you ever wanted; but I wanted to tell everyone as honestly as I could. I did not grow up this way. We lived on a farm; drank cow’s milk (I milked) ate white bread, potatoes and gravy almost every day. Worked hard. Played hard. My teeth are permanently yellowed from tetracycline that I had regularly growing up. I weighed 375 pounds in 2000. I had gastric bypass surgery and lost much weight. I realize a few years later that I had to change my lifestyle to keep from gaining the weight back.
I saw the way my mom and dad deteriorated when they started eating unhealthy foods all the time and stopped moving around much. I determined I did not want to end up like that. I asked God for 120 years and He told me what I need to do. I had to change everything to be healthy. Will I live that long? God knows. I’ve made the changes and am healthier, happier, more joyful, and more giving. Life is great—not perfect—this world is corrupt. We each do the best we can with what we are given. And trust Him for the rest.