I don’t know about you but I get the worst seasonal allergies. Even if I sleep for eight hours, my eyes will get majorly puffy during allergy season. It’s been really windy in LA, which means my allergies have been off the charts. So I’ve been using every trick in the book to make my eyes less puffy. I learned some of these tips through my dermatologist, Dr. Jessica Wu. Others I’ve discovered through my own research over the years. I hope these beauty hacks help you in case you get puffy eyes, too!
1. Sleep at a diagonal
“Sleeping on a pillow at a diagonal helps drain the fluid that collects under and around your eyes overnight,” Dr. Wu explains. After she recommended this I simply put a second pillow under my Night pillow to create the diagonal shape. I wish I could sleep on my back, since that’s the best to decrease puffiness. But just switching the angle of my pillow while sleeping on my side majorly helped.
2. Try Allergy Meds
It seems like a no brainer, but I honestly didn’t think of taking allergy medications until Dr. Wu suggested trying Allegra. “Allergy medication helps shrink swollen tissues caused by allergies to pets, dust, pollen, pollution, or anything else floating around in the air,” she explained.
I also use an allergy pillow protector. I tried an allergy pillowcase before. But it was very rough and I prefer sleeping on my silk pillowcase (use SYDNE20 for 20% off). So I use a pillowcase protector as a barrier underneath my silk pillowcase. It zips up and you don’t even feel it’s there!
3. Keep it cold
Cold is key for decreasing puffiness. Dr. Wu recommends cold green tea bags. “They contain caffeine, which decongests, as well as antioxidants to strengthen delicate eyelid skin,” she says. I also like to keep my eye patches in the refrigerator. I’ve been doing this for years and it makes them work so much better when they’re cold! I especially love refrigerated Peter Thomas Roth cucumber gel patches when I’m targeting puffiness.
4. Roll it Out
I’ve talked about my ice roller before. It’s pure magic. It helps with my headaches and makes my skin look better. For puffiness specifically, rolling out your face is a lymphatic drainage technique that really works. Here’s a youtube tutorial that helped me learn how to do it. She uses a jade roller but the technique is the same. While a jade or crystal roller is great for drainage, I find an ice roller to be most effective with puffiness. I also leave the roller just under my eyes for a few seconds after rolling out my face.
Do you have any beauty hacks for decreasing puffy eyes? I’d love to hear them!