Monday, 30 July 2012

How to Reduce Under-Eye Puffiness

A late girls' night out? Have a new infant to care for? Your eyes will show it.

Lack of sleep can lead to under-eye puffiness. If you can't lie down and catch up on a few extra hours of sleep… let me indulge you with some remedies to reduce eye bags and puffiness.

Apply a cool compress to your skin. Wrap a gel-filled ice pack with a soft cloth and hold the compress under each eye for two to three minutes per eye.

Dehydration also can cause puffiness. Skip the coffee, black tea, and soda. Caffeinated beverages cause the skin to dry out and wrinkle. Sodium in soda causes water retention and puffiness. Instead, sip on ice water flavoured with lemon or lime for a refreshing and hydrating change. Then plan on getting a good night's rest to allow your body to heal naturally.

Once you've treated your under-eye puffiness, hide the resulting dark circles with makeup. A concealer stick or liquid foundation that matches your skin tone works best. Finish your look with a light dusting of facial powder to set the makeup and reduce any shine. Tuck the makeup in your day bag for an afternoon touch-up if needed.

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