It’s no fun waking up with eyes that look like someone ran over you. Puffy eyes have many causes, among them allergies and sinus infections. If you notice that your eyes appear puffy upon waking, check with your doctor for medication.
Once allergies and infections have been ruled out or treated, you can reduce your chances of puffy eyes by following these good practices:
Be fastidious: Remove all eye makeup before going to bed and keep your bedroom as free of dust and pollen as possible.
Use salt sparingly: A dinner heavy with salt can cause swollen eyes in the morning
Limit alcohol consumption: Wine, beer and spirits all dehydrate your system, especially when consumed in excessive amounts.
Don’t rub your eyes: If your eyes feel irritated, use a sterile eyewash to wash away irritants.
Shift your sleep position: Add an extra pillow to elevate your head more and keep retained eye area fluids draining downward.
Check your cosmetics: Many cosmetics, including eye shadows, liners and mascara, contain allergens; if you suspect your makeup may be a culprit, switch to a hypoallergenic variety.
Rest your eyes throughout the day: Look away from your computer screen every few minutes and take a break from work altogether for at least five minutes an hour.
Seek purity: Use hypoallergenic soaps and fragrance-and color-free detergents.
Finally, if your eyes appear puffy suddenly and you’re not suffering from allergies, a sinus infection, or a cold—and the puffiness remains after you make the changes noted above—see your physician again to determine if an underlying medical condition such as a thyroid or kidney problem is to blame.