Monday, November 8, 2010

Makeover Monday! 1-2-3 Go! Puff Busters

After 6 children and being the age of 34, I have definitely noticed my fair share of puffiness beneath my eyes. What can you do? I found this article under the mom "beauty" section of Parenting magazine that can give you some ideas to think about.

1-2-3 Go!

Puff Busters

Celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau, of Renee Rouleau Skin Care Spas in Dallas and Plano, TX, shares her best advice on beating that bane of tired moms: puffy eyes.

Step 1: Keep your cool. But don't bother slicing up cucumbers. They don't have any miraculous puff-reducing properties. What they do have is a gel-like consistency (from the seeds) that retains cold--and that's what reduces puffiness. So you can use anything you have on hand (even a bag of frozen peas) for just two or three minutes and it will do the trick.

Step 2: Watch the salt. Sodium contributes to water retention, so ditching the salt shaker (especially at night) can help prevent under-eye puffiness in the morning. Which type of food hits you hardest? Chinese. It's really salty, and the MSG contributes to water retention, too. If you've got a special event coming up avoid salty foods and drink lots of water (it actually combats bloating) for a few days before.

Step 3: Rethink your eye cream. Many are formulated with rich oils, which can migrate into the eyes while you sleep and cause puffiness. Another problem with heavy eye creams is that they can weigh down delicate skin, weakening elastin fibers and eventually causing premature wrinkles. The bottom line: Steer clear of greasy eye cream, especially those containing mineral oil or petroleum. And don't apply any eye cream to close to the lower lash line.

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