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How to Use Retinol for Puffiness Under Eyes
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How to Use Retinol for Puffiness Under Eyes

It may be normal for you to wake up with puffy eyes, puffiness under eyes can begin to become more noticeable due to factors like aging and the breakdown of collagen. One common remedy is retinol, which assists in cell turnover and collagen synthesis. It is expected to help restore and revive skin around eyes, which is why it is commonly added in eye creams.

Here are steps to address puffiness under eyes using retinol:

  1. Choose a retinol cream that is specially formulated for the delicate area under eyes. This will help prevent reactions to normal retinol face creams. The specially made cream for eyes can be used at daytime or night, and slowly releases retinol to prevent redness or inflammation. These over-the-counter products may contain up to 2 percent retinol, the highest allowed percentage, but can also be much less or around .5 percent. Other common ingredients are caffeine, which can reduce puffiness and dark circles, and vitamin C, popular for firming and brightening skin.
  2. Cleanse and dry your face during your normal routine. Afterwards, apply a small amount of retinol cream to the area under eyes. Apply every other night, and then start to use every day in a couple of weeks if there is no redness or dry skin as a side effect.
  3. Moisturize your skin. Use an eye cream every day, particularly in the first few weeks that your skin is acclimating to retinol. Apply the eye cream on top of retinol cream to fight any dryness. Use ultraviolet (UV) protection daily, as the skin surrounding eyes is thin and prone to sun damage.

There are a couple of warnings with retinol use, such as it potential to aggravate skin conditions such as rosacea, sensitive skin, or excess dryness. Work with your dermatologist to prevent and treat these skin issues, and for proper use of retinol and other skin remedies.

Note, too, that your skin may be more sensitive to retinol in the sun or during cold winter months when skin is dry. Reduce the number of days of retinol use if your skin is red, dry, flaky, or peeling.

Keep posted for more tips to fight dark circles and puffiness under eyes, as well as related beauty emergencies!

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