How To Get Rid Of Under Eye Puffiness

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| LAST UPDATE 03/23/2022

By Zoe Browning
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Unfortunately, those late nights scrolling through TikTok or that salty Chinese food you had last night are just amongst the few things that can cause the under-eye area to swell up. This delicate section is susceptible to puffiness because it bloats! Yes, you read that right -- our stomachs aren't the only area that expands thanks to water retention. The under-eye holds on tightly to any fluid or liquid, especially after drinking too much wine or crying! And after all, concealer is meant for dark circles... not puffiness. But luckily, there are some things that can help reduce this unwanted look. Here are the best tips and tricks.

As previously mentioned, the swell is caused by a lack of hydration which is why our bodies hold on to any water so tightly. So obviously, it's time to quench that thirst! First things first, chug your water and make a green smoothie. It's time to get in as many nutrients as possible. For even better results, try a squeeze of lemon in warm water to really flush out that fluid.

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A second great way to get this fluid moving is by activating the lymphatic drainage system. The circulation in the body may be stuck thanks to last night's activities, so to get it started up again, you need to move your body! Any movement will get the job done, whether it be an intense HIIT workout or a light yoga session - any type of activity will be beneficial in getting the drainage system back to work. Now that you have been building up a sweat, it's time to jump into the shower. But instead of turning on the hot water, try to go a bit colder. A shock of at least 60-90 seconds of cold water to the body will definitely get the lymphatic drainage going. We have no doubt this will immensely help reduce some of that annoying swelling!

But if these steps don't work, there are still many more you can try. Grab your gua sha and get things moving proactively! Bonus tip: put it in the freezer for 20 minutes (you'll thank us later). And lastly, of course, get yourself some eye masks to get that extra boost of vitamins and minerals to reveal a brighter, smoother under-eye area.

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