Do You Wake Up With Puffy Eyes? This Is What You Can Do

So do you wake up with puffy eyes? And look remarkably awkward sitting in your social circle? You might not like to answer people asking if you consumed excessive alcohol or you have depression or you cried last night. But how to avoid it? How to prevent puffiness? To answer these questions you must know the exact reason behind it before selecting the appropriate treatment.

Causes of eye puffiness

Eyes might swell because of multiple reasons as it varies individually. “People wake up looking puffy for many different reasons,” states Margarita Lolis, MD, a dermatologist in Hackensack, New Jersey. Some of these symptoms might be dehydration, over-consumption of alcohol or salt or some seasonal allergies.

Dr Lolis further narrates bacterial skin infection called cellulitis that is fatal and causes swelling and redness. If not treated on time, cellulitis can take you to the emergency room. If your skin swelling or puffiness is causing redness, you must visit your doctor as soon as possible.

Quick Solution to Morning Puffiness

Fresh and lovely woman washing her face

When you see your puffy face in the morning, the first thing you should do is to wash your face gently with cool water, according to a New York-based dermatologist, Sejal Shah. Staying hydrated is also a plus suggestion but potential exercise will take all the tiredness and puffiness off your face. Just make it sure your body has enough slats and water before you leave for your office or other chores.

Another tip is applying tea bags to your puffy eyes. The super caffeine in the tea helps your blood vessels and shrinks and reduces the swelling. There are certain eye gels available on the market that you can use to avoid puffiness as well.


There are people who develop unusual sensitivity to salts and they are more likely to wake up with puffy faces. Dr Waldorf suggests taking a lot of water in routine to avoid effects of these sensitivities. More of, it’s better if you take two pillows while sleeping and keep your head high. And if this sensitivity and swelling is your seasonal episode, take the antihistamine or consult your doctor.

Makeup can seal the deal

If you know the right tricks, makeup can provide you with best professional look even after waking up with the puffy face and swollen eyes. A makeup artist David Scott highly recommends concealing the puffiness and contouring. Specifically, you can apply a matte bronze with an angled brush from ear to ear along your jawline to create the illusion of a thin face.

Secret Shared by Scott: Do not use a concealer which is way lighter than your skin tone because that’s what you need for brightness. For this very reason, using light color can cast opposite effects and your puffiness can grab more attention in public.

All of these tips are what you do on your own but if your puffiness is persistent for a long time, the best way is to give your doctor a chance to examine you.