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December 29, 2005

Puffy Eyes: The Basic Facts

The skin under the eyes is the thinnest anywhere on the body and is prone to dryness due to having fewer oil glands than the rest of facial skin. Fat pads surround the eyes, and the muscles that encase the upper and lower eyelids hold the fat (and skin) in place. There are plenty of blood vessels around the eyes, which can show through the thin skin, contributing in some cases to dark under-eye circles. Fluids that get trapped in eye tissue can trigger puffiness, while excess fat in the area can produce a permanent puffy look.
Puffy eyes aren't hard to spot--but can go hand-in-hand with a variety of causes:
* Allergies
Sneezing and watery eyes can accompany under-eye swelling; antihistamines can help.
* High blood pressure
This condition can push fluids into the tissue surrounding your eyes.
* Bloating
Too much alcohol and/or salt can make you store water everywhere, including around the eyes.
* Heredity
Sometimes, the only cause is genetics.
There are options for treating puffiness.
1. Limit your intake of alcohol and salty foods and drink plenty of water. Proper hydration is key to helping your body and skin look and feel their best.
2. Revive tired-looking appearance and puffy eyes with this cool, soothing gel. This is indeed a FAV of mine! Try putting it in the frig for an extra cool sensation! Indulge Soothing Eye Gel contains botanical extracts reported to help reduce the appearance of puffiness and improve skin's elasticity and firmness in the eye area. Can be used as a mask or a leave-on product.

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