What Are The Causes Of Puffy Eyes?

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In terms of skin complaints, puffy eyes and under eye bags are amongst the most common. We’ve all experienced it at some point in our lives, but why do we get puffy eye bags and why are some people’s more prominent?


Unfortunately DNA plays a big part in deciding whether you’re blessed with eye bags or not. If your parents and grandparents have eye bags, the chances are you will too. There isn’t much you can do about this, but if you see eye bags starting to develop at a young age you can always invest in a nourishing eye serum to help reduce the signs.

Lack of sleep

It doesn’t take a scientist to work out that a consistent lack of sleep will lead to more pronounced eye bags and dark circles. Poor sleep results in paler skin and a decrease in blood circulation which will ultimately accentuate dark circles under the eyes as well as making them puffy. Even the position you sleep in can bring out your eye bags as sleeping on your stomach can lead to an increase of fluids around your eyes. A good night’s sleep, with an extra pillow to elevate your head, is a good way to reduce eye puffiness.


You may have noticed that if you’ve ever indulged in a salt-heavy meal before bed you’ve woken up with bags under your eyes. This is because salt causes your body to retain water. When you ingest too much salt it tends to dehydrate you, and therefore your body naturally holds on to excess fluid to avoid further dehydration. This excess fluid gathers within the skin under your eyes and leads to eye bags. So in short, reduce your salt intake to improve your eye bags and overall health!

Dehydration and Alcohol Consumption

I mentioned above that consuming products high in salt can lead to water retention thus increasing the puffiness of your eyes. The same thing happens when you're dehydrated. Make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day and don’t go on crazy pub crawls every weekend, as we all know that alcohol also dehydrates the body and skin.

Sleeping in your make-up

We’ve all done it, and anyone who says they haven’t is lying! After a long, busy day the last thing you want to do is spend precious minutes taking off your makeup when you could be slobbing in front of the TV, browsing Instagram or sleeping. However keeping your makeup on all night will have many negative effects on your skin and eyes. You may experience skin irritation around the eye area causing you to rub them in your sleep, and your skin’s ageing process will be accelerated, leading to wrinkles and dark circles. However, when you do remove your eye makeup you should take extra care to do this gently, ensuring you’re not pulling at your delicate under-eye skin too harshly.

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