As if the common symptoms of menopause are not enough, some of us also get puffy, swollen eyes. It's no fun looking at yourself in the mirror and wondering, what is happening!
You live your life the same way you always have but suddenly new things happen to your body. But the good thing is, you can do something to prevent puffy eyes! Let's talk about it here and some reasons why it happens.
How to Get Rid of Swollen Eyes
There are many ways you can manage puffy eyes. What's important is to use the most natural ways first. Here are some tricks on how to get rid of swollen eyes.
- Avoid too much intake of sodium or salt and alcohol (especially before sleep) to prevent water retention.
- Avoid eating salty snacks. If possible, cut down on processed foods, as they are often filled with salt.
- Eat food rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Omega 3 to improve production.
- Drink more water. This balances the level of salt in our body and prevents water retention.
- Get enough sleep and rest! Be good to your eyes, let them rest too!
- Sleep with your head elevated in a high pillow to help drain the fluids around the eyes.
- Try to detox a few times every year. Get rid of toxins from your body and decrease the risks for infection and inflammation that may trigger swollen eyelids.
- Use minimal to no make up if possible. If you can't totally live without it, then choose products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.
- If you are using contact lenses, observe proper hygiene. Change contact lenses regularly and make sure your containers are clean.
- Exercise to drain the lymphatic fluids. Jump rope and rebounding are simple forms of exercise that help prevent swelling.
- Decrease puffy eyes and face with a lymphatic drainage massage. Watch Melinda Lee's sexy over 50 massage to get rid of baggy eyes.
Vitamin E and Water
Vitamin E is known to help with collagen production. With swollen eyes, this can help you get the tightness of your skin back to avoid sagging and swelling. To prepare, get a small bowl of chilled water then add a few drops of vitamin E oil and mix well. To reduce puffy eyes, dip cotton pads into the mixture and place on your eyes for 20 minutes.
Aside from using cucumber to get rid of swollen eyelids, you can also use milk, some tea bags and cold packs.The Caffeine and Tannin contents in teas, especially black teas, help in reducing puffiness. For the milk, it helps calm skin puffiness with the help of its natural proteins, lactic acid and vitamins A and D. Cold packs on the other hand help in draining the fluids more effectively, thus preventing retention and swelling.
When choosing for eye creams, make sure you pick those that are made from natural ingredients. We advocate the reduction of toxicity in our bodies so we recommend choosing the right ones to use too. We know that it's quite impossible to find a fountain of youth in jars, but you just have to see which ones work best for your skin type.
Skin Tightening Serum
You may also face serums that helps tighten the skin! These products are often filled with Argan oil. Argan oil is said to be rich in essential fatty acids that tightens and rejuvenates the skin.
If all else fails and the swelling still exist despite simple measures, you may need to visit your doctor for professional help. Usually, the puffy eyes associated with menopause do not pose danger and do not appear to have severe symptoms. However, if you think that your case is extreme, then it is best to consult with a health practitioner.
Why Puffy Eyes Happen in Menopause
The major cause of puffy eyes in menopause would be hormonal change, but there are also other reasons why it happens.
Salt and Water Imbalance
Imbalances in salt and water levels in the body may cause water retention. When water pools, it can affect the eyelids, making it look swollen. Here are some instances that aggravate water retention and eye puffiness.
Too Much Salt. Salt absorbs water in the tissues, causing the swelling.
Dehydration. Not enough water imbalances the salt level in the body.
Alcohol Consumption. It affects the hormone that controls the body’s ability to absorb water.
Kidney Problem. When the kidneys are not working properly, the body is not able to excrete water and salt well.
As we age, our body produces less collagen. Collagen is responsible for the natural tightness and elasticity of the skin. With natural aging, exposure to environmental issues and the ‘unhealthy' kind of food we eat, it could cause us to have dry, saggy skin. When your skin sags, it may look like your eyelids are puffy.
The hormonal imbalances in menopause can affect various organs in the body as well and this could affect the function of thyroid. Nearly all types of thyroid issues cause swollen eyelids. The imbalanced production of thyroid hormones could cause the muscles and tissues around the eyes to swell and appear puffy. Also, a thyroid problem could have the same symptoms like menopause. To make sure to check whether the problem is because of menopause or an underlying thyroid issue, you may need to check with a thyroid test. Learn more about it from our post Thyroid Problem Symptoms and Alternative Treatment.
Our menopause could cause us to sleep less for various reasons. It could be that we are suffering from hot flashes and night sweats that keep us up all night. Or it could be that we are stressed from everything that is happening. If we are anxious or depressed, we tend to sleep less. Not having enough sleep and rest could dilate the blood vessels under the eyes, making the eyelids look puffy.
What are your experiences with puffy eyelids? Do you have more tips on how to get rid of bags under your eyes? Share your recipe with us in the comment box below!