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10 Tips on How to Prevent Puffy Eyes

Your eye area is like an InstaStories update—it reveals a whole lot about what’s been going on in your life, whether you’ve been staying up all night partying, going through a heartbreak and bawling your eyes out, or working long hours in front of a computer screen. There is scientific proof that people with fresh and youthful-looking eyes are deemed more attractive by anyone looking at them. If your peepers have too much baggage, or are looking tired and lifeless, here are some tips and tricks to bring back those bright eyes:

1. Cool it with cold spoons.

Calyxta Recommends: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser (P399)

Conceal tired-looking eyes and prevent fine lines from forming at the same time with this multi-purpose, cult-status concealer from Maybelline.

Nothing feels more refreshing than pressing two cold, refrigerated spoons over your eye area. Doing this helps tighten the skin, thus making your eye area the perfect canvas to apply concealers and foundations.

2. Chill it with cucumbers.

Calyxta Recommends: Pink Sugar Our Lil’ Secret Concealer (P349)

Infused with cucumber extract, Pink Sugar’s Our Lil’ Secret Concealer helps de-puff your eyes while hiding those unwanted discolorations!

Every spa poster we know has an image of a smiling girl in a towel looking very relaxed and pampered, with two cucumber slices on each of her eyes. She’s smiling for a reason because aside from the fact that this is highly relaxing, the astringent properties of cucumber actually de-puff and tighten skin.

3. Soak up your peepers with caffeinated tea bags.

Calyxta Recommends: Pixi Colour Correcting Powder Foundation (P995)

Formulated with coffee extract, this powder foundation is perfect forsetting the concealer under your eyes and waking them up at the same time.

Just as drinking a cup of coffee or caffeinated tea in the morning instantly perks up your mood and body, soaking your eyes with caffeinated tea bags will instantly wake them up. Caffeine helps shrink blood vessels and thus reduce puffiness, making you look wide awake.

4. Feed it egg whites.

Egg whites contain anti-inflammatory compounds like riboflavin that reduce swelling and fight free radicals, helping to prevent wrinkles from forming. Pat them on your eye area (or why not put it on your whole face?), and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash it off with water to reveal younger and de-puffed eyes.

5. Take it easy on the sodium.

Calyxta Recommends: Missha Time Revolution White Cure Science Blanc Tone-Up Serum (P1,500)

This intensive whitening serum is rich in Vitamin B, which can help lighten your undereye area and nourish your skin.

Eating too much salty food can lead to bloating or swelling everywhere, including your eye area. Limit your salty food intake and opt for healthier options like spinach, which is rich in Vitamin B and actually reduces puffiness!

6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Calyxta Recommends: Pixi H2O Skindrink (P1,180)

Hydrate yourself with this best-selling moisture gel that refreshes, plumps, and cools thirsty skin.

Keeping the body hydrated decreases the chances of water retention, thus reducing puffiness. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

7. Amp up the highlights.

Calyxta Recommends: Ofra x
NikkieTutorials Everglow Highlighter (Php1,390.00)

For a wide-awake effect.

Applying a dot of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes gives them an instant glow, making them look bright and refreshed.

8. Line your waterline with a nude eyeliner.

Calyxta Recommends: Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil in Sahara Nude (P990)

This pencil is made with natural ingredients like carnauba, candelila, and beeswax—all of which make the formulation long-lasting and ideal even for sensitive eyes!

This is especially helpful for people who stay up late and wake up with tired, red eyes. Lining your waterline with a nude eyeliner hides the redness and instantly gives a fresh look.

 9. Make eye cream a regular habit.

Undereye skin is thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face, and thus require extra TLC—which is why it is advisable to use eye creams that were specifically formulated to care for your delicate eye area.

10. SPF all day everyday!

Calyxta Recommends: Aesthetique Revitalize Sunblock Gel (P400)

Protect your skin from the sun with a cooling sunblock gel that offers a gentle formula and contains SPF 50++.

We cannot stress this enough! Sun protection prevents skin discoloration and crow’s feet from forming, and as we all know, prevention is always better than having to address a skin care concern when it’s too late.

Text by: Yasha Barretto

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