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Puffy Eyes: 3 Surprising Causes (& Fixes)

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Regardless of how skilled you are at applying makeup, puffy eyes are near impossible to hide. Read on to discover surprising causes of the eye bag monsters and quick fixes you can do yourself at home. Hint: alcohol, caffeine, and lack of sleep are not the only puffiness-causing culprits.

1. Food Allergies

It's not just pollen that causes unsightly eye bags. Food allergies are a lesser-known yet frequent cause of puffiness. The only quick fix here is to visit a reputable professional for an allergy and food intolerance test. Keeping a food diary and marking dates where your eyes are noticeably puffier can help you identify which foods your body is reacting to so that you can cut them out of your diet. The most common culprits are gluten, dairy, peanuts, eggs, and sugar. An increasing number of people are suffering from mild to severe allergic reactions to wine. If you think you may be allergic to tannin or other ingredients in wine, try switching to an organic or biodynamic wine. A common allergen found in wine is tannin. Opt for a read wine instead, like Pinot Noir.

2. Salt

I salt-heavy diet can trigger fluid retention causing inflated eyes. Cut out processed foods. They are bursting with salt and preservatives, which can cause major fluid retention problems. Make 2020 the year you get into the habit of cooking meals from scratch to eliminate all of the nasty side effects of processed foods, which cause various undesirable side effects from bloating to weight gain.

3. Dehydration

Excessive caffeine or alcohol and not drinking enough water are prevalent instigators of puffy eyes. Add cucumber and lemon to your water to increase hydration. Drink at least 2 liters of water a day; more if you drink caffeinated drinks to get going every morning.

Quick Fixes

Take a non-drowsy anti-histamine and wait thirty minutes to see if your undereye swelling improves. If it does, you can start testing and eliminating foods from your diet. Visit a food allergy specialist for quicker results.

One of the most dependable, affordable, and quickest ways to reduce eye puffiness is to apply ice to the eye are for ten to twenty minutes. Freeze your eye mask so that you can wear it while you're working. You can even keep a spoon in the freezer and use it to depute one eye at a time. Alternatives include black or green tea bags, stewed, and cooled. Follow with a slice of cucumber over each eye to hydrate and soothe.

Eating a banana every morning may help counteract the excess salt in your system that results in fluid retention.

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