deflate the puffs
Anything from lack of sleep, allergies, and water retention to genetics can cause puffy eyes. “Plus, as we age, the support of collagen and elastic properties of elastin lessen; this allows the fat pads under the eyes to pop out, causing bags,” says Hirsch.
WHAT TO DO
• “Anything cool will constrict blood vessels to reduce puffiness,” says Fusco. Put slices of chilled cucumber over closed eyes for 10 to 15 minutes or use a product with a cooling ingredient like mint.
• Eye creams with caffeine may help. “The diuretic pulls the water away from the skin into the vessels to be naturally eliminated by the body,” says Fusco.
• Place cool, wet, caffeinated tea bags on eyes for 10 minutes. “In addition to the caffeine, the tannins in tea reduce swelling,” says Downie.
• Sleep on your back and elevate your head with two pillows to keep fluids from pooling around the eyes.
• Use an eye cream that contains hyaluronic acid or retinol. “This will help firm delicate skin,” says Downie.
• Limit your sodium intake; salt can cause water retention.
CLEAN UP YOUR ACT
The first defense against aging is a good cleansing routine. Start with a gentle cleanser and be sure to use a mild exfoliator to rid the skin of dead cells so all products will penetrate more easily.