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Causes and solutions for puffy eyes

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If you’ve had a heavy party season you might have noticed that your eyes seem puffy,or more swollen than usual. But what causes puffy eyes? And what are the most effective solutions?

What are the causes of puffy eyes?

There are a number of issues that can cause puffy eyes, and these include:

  • Dehydration
  • Lack of sleep
  • Ageing

How does dehydration cause puffy eyes?

Every part of the body needs to be fully hydrated for optimum cell health. This includes the facial skin. A lack of hydration results in a number of negative effects for the skin and your appearance overall. One of these is a higher concentration of sodium, which causes a build up of fluid to accumulate, especially under or around the eyes.

Drinking plenty of water can help combat skin dehydration, while topical moisturizing treatments can also have a small impact. You could also consider mesotherapy, which involves using a super fine needle to inject hydrating nourishment directly into the deeper layer of skin tissue, boosting skin health immediately.

How does a lack of sleep cause puffy eyes?

Sleep is an essential part of health and a lack of sleep can cause a range of issues and problems. In terms of the skin around the eyes, a lack of sleep causes blood vessels here to dilate, and as such, they can leak fluid. This causes a build up of fluid under the skin. The widened blood vessels also help contribute to the puffy appearance of the skin here. This is all exacerbated by the fact that the skin around the eyes is very thin, which can have a more dramatic effect on the appearance.

The simple solution to this is to try to get more sleep, with around 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Of course, this isn’t always possible or even achievable, so what can you do? Well, sleeping with the head elevated can help to reduce the dilating of the blood vessels under the eyes, and applying a cold compress each morning can help to reduce any swelling that may have appeared.

How does ageing cause puffy eyes?

As a natural part of the ageing process, a number of things can happen that particularly influence the skin under and around the eyes.This can include:

  • A reduction in the production of collagen and elastin- collagen and elastin are proteins found throughout the body that are responsible for the firmness and volume of the skin. As we age, the body produces less of these, which results in thinner skin that can begin to sag, particularly under the eyes.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles- the reduction in collagen and elastin also leads to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the corner of the eyes. These are caused by frequent expressions, and the lack of elastin restricting the movement of the skin. When this occurs, eye puffiness can appear more intense.

Dermal fillers can be a very effective solution for puffy eyes that are a result of the ageing process. These are injections of hyaluronic acid that can replace lost volume and help to reshape the facial skin tissue.

Here at the Skin and Wellbeing Clinic we can offer a range of aesthetic procedures, including dermal fillers and mesotherapy. As Preston’s leading aesthetic practitioners we offer top quality, professional treatments, delivered by qualified, registered professionals. Why not get in touch today to find out more?

The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic is proud to provide professional aesthetics treatments for clients in Preston, Blackpool, Leyland, Chorley, Kirkham, Blackburn and the North West of England.