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How to get rid of swollen eyes?
How to get rid of swollen eyes?See what works
Did you know the skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body? Meaning it can often be the starting point for any sensitivity and reactions. The result could be swollen, puffy eyes. Late nights or seasonal allergies can be root causes for that puffy look as well. So what to do? Instead of resorting to home remedies for a short-term fix, finding the right soothing and gentle skincare with active ingredients to reduce puffiness could give you the long-term solution you have been craving for. For more information on sensitive skin, watch our videos on why your skin itches and how to get rid of red skin.
What causes puffy eyes?
Swollen, puffy eyes can be caused by many different things. When you wake up to puffy eyes after a sleepless night, it could simply be a sign of fatigue. Sometimes, a sodium heavy diet could lead to swelling around the eyes from the fluid retention that can occur. A common culprit during changing seasons is seasonal allergies, which can result in puffy and even itchy eyes. Not fun! If you find that from time to time your eyes are feeling sensitive as well as inflamed, it could be a good idea to check out the products that you are using in your skincare routine, to ensure you are not using anything that could be causing an irritation on the skin and thus puffy eyes.
Do home remedies for puffy eyes work?
There are many home remedies out there that people often resort to for swollen, puffy eyes. Although cucumbers or teabags on the eyes are common go-to options for reducing puffiness, they have little long-term benefit. The cold texture of cucumber could help to reduce temporarily the look of inflammation, and the caffeine in teabags could help reduce the puffiness as well, but the important thing to remember here is that these are short-lived, quick fix solutions. When looking for a daily care regimen to help reduce the swelling and puffiness of your eyes in the long-term, it is key to look to other options, particularly within your skincare.
How to get rid of swollen eyes?
Step 1: Gently cleansing your face+
To not further aggravate swelling and puffiness around the eyes, especially when the cause is sensitive, reactive skin, use a gentle cleanser. Stick to a cleanser that is minimal in ingredients and won't strip the skin further, ideally non-foaming. Look for formulas that are soap-free, alcohol-free and fragrance-free to make sure you're giving your skin the special care it needs. Our Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser is a cleansing and makeup removing milk that was formulated without fragrance or preservatives.
Step 2: Safe and gentle facial hydration+
Even though you may be experiencing signs of puffiness and sensitivity only around the eye area, it's important to pay attention to what you are using on the rest of your face as well. Products can travel on the surface of the skin when you simply rub or touch different parts of your face, and a simple rub of the eyes is enough to create a reaction. Using a moisturizer specifically formulated for sensitive skin is a safer choice. Try to look for products that are alcohol-free, fragrance-free and have soothing active ingredients, such as Toleriane Ultra, an intense soothing moisturizer that repairs and protect your skin.
Step 3: Intense soothing for the sensitive eye area+
Being the most sensitive and fragile skin area on your face, the eye area requires special attention, especially when you have sensitive eyes. Opt for an eye moisturizer that is ultra-minimalist, with the fewest ingredients that could potentially irritate your eye area further. An eye cream that contains niacinamide as an active ingredient can help sooth and reduce the inflammation and puffiness you are experiecing. Again here, avoid formulas that contain strong fragrances and alcohols. Try La Roche Posay's anti-discomfort, anti-puffiness soothing eye moisturizer, Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour.