In the article, Dr. Purvisha Patel shares her expert commentary on the importance of choosing caffeine-infused products to deflate under-eye bags.
So, you finally clocked in eight hours of sleep—but the first comment you hear at work the next morning would make everyone think otherwise: “You look so tired.”
Everyone gets puffy, dark bags under their eyes once in a while, but what do you do when you look perpetually exhausted? Here’s everything you need to know about why your eyes get so swollen, and how to de-puff fast.
What causes puffy eyes?
Sometimes, dark circles and puffy eyes are simply out of your control. Having naturally poor circulation in your under-eye area (thanks, genetics!) allows blood and fluid to easily pool there. But there are many day-to-day habits and irritants that could be making that area look more inflated than it needs to be, including:
- Lack of sleep
- Loose skin
- Contact lenses
- Certain medications
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Eating excess salt
- Underlying medical conditions
If you don’t typically suffer from puffy eyes, monitor the swelling closely. If it’s coming on in tandem with redness or irritation, you might be dealing with a scratch, stye, or even an infection like pink eye. If you notice any vision changes or discharge, that’s your cue to head to the eye doctor ASAP.
Choose the right gel
Caffeine-infused products work to deflate eye bags by constricting your blood vessels, says board-certified dermatologist Purvisha Patel, MD, owner of Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates in Tennessee and Mississippi.