They say our eyes are the windows to our souls. But we say our eyes give away our deepest, darkest secrets, like late nights out or inadequate eye care. Whether you’ve been neglecting proper skincare for the delicate skin around your eyes or simply staying up too often to binge-watch Netflix and scroll through your Instagram feed, the signs of ageing show up first around the eyes. This is because the skin around our eyes are up to six times thinner than the skin on our face. Plus, there are a lot less sebum glands in this area so it is unable to moisturise itself as well as the rest of our face. As a result, any visible signs like wrinkles, poor circulation and puffiness become most obvious around the eyes.
While we know that dehydration and repeated expressions can cause wrinkles to appear and deepen, what exactly causes puffiness? Allergies aside, there are several other lifestyle factors that can lead to puffy eyes. For example, you might notice puffiness the morning after you’ve had a salt-laden meal. This is because when your body’s salt level rises, it reacts by retaining more water, which can be seen as puffiness. Similarly, if you’ve had a bad night’s rest, your body essentially goes through the thing as if it were under stress. This means that a hormone called cortisol is elevated in your body, which disrupts the way your body balances salt levels, and in turn, affects the way your body retains water.