Thursday, October 11, 2012

I Don't See No Stinkin' Fat Lady Singing

I may not be as young as I used to be, but I know I'm not as old as I sometimes think I am.
So, I now wake up with a few new aches and pains that may not have been there last month. So what? The laugh and expression lines that once formed and then disappeared, now have become a permanent part of my face, forever. Should I not laugh or smile? These only serve to remind me that I chose to live a life to the fullest.

To my BFF Danny, I say, we are closer to the middle than we are to the end, so let's rejoice in that.

In answer to your question: NO, puffiness around the eye area does NOT mean you are getting old and losing your youth. Unless you think you are getting old and losing your youth, then I can't help you. But I think I know you a bit better than that, and I think I need to break this issue down for you so you can see for yourself.


Puffiness around the eye area is the presence of excess fluid (edema). The contributing factors are numerous, but the most common are here:

  • Diet-caffeine and sodium are killers. Too much caffeine and foods high in sodium can all make your eyes look even PUFFIER. Alcohol can cause fluid to pool under the eye, and foods like canned veggies and canned soups, high in sodium can be the culprit.
  • Sleep Habits: Sleeping flat on your back, without a pillow, can cause fluid to build under the eye area. Try elevating your head by adding another pillow to your head at night.
  • Medical condition: It's quite possible there is something else going on here. Abnormally low levels of protein in the blood, a kidney condition or too little thyroid hormone are mentioned as possibilities for periorbital oedema. Talk to your doctor, have your blood pressure checked, your urine and your blood tested to determine any of these things. 
  • Allergies: Most certainly the most common in all the research I read. And here's the thing you can have allergies and not even know it. When you react to allergens, histamines are released.  They can cause swelling in the face, especially around the eyes. An antihistamine may help with swelling, but you would be better served knowing exactly what you are allergic to and avoiding it. 
  • Yes, AGE: Heredity and age can be contributing factors to puffiness in the eye area. When the skin under the eye becomes thin, it begins to sag and eyes look more puffy and tired. But I don't think that's the culprit here. 

Bottom line, you are not old, so stop thinking you are old because then you will become old. Good thing you have me to remind you, because I'm just a few paces behind you in this marathon we call life. 

And we ain't goin' anywhere. 

You can best believe that when we get there we will be fabulous. 

This is the way I plan on being when I get there...


Anonymous said...

Let's just hope that through the years that all that puffiness around the bresticles area doesn't disappear. The lines can be dealt with. XO

Heff said...

I personally, smear Preparation H on my face nightly before beddie-bye time as part of my regular beauty regimen. It shrinks swelling and....oh, nevermind.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Bama and Heff!! I am so proud of you both...offering up such great advice to my friend.

Bama-you are so right! Lines can be dealt with.

Heff-you're brilliant! I completely forgot that Prep H has been used by models and beauty pageant contestants as a temporary solution for under eye puffiness for years...

Bravo boys! you both get Daily Dandy Gold Stars!!

Heff said...

Aw, shucks.... The credit's ALL Donna's, actually. She says I'm an asshole, so I'm simply using my prescribed meds.

Anonymous said...

I guess I get a gold and Heff gets a "Blue Star" for his needs. Using Heff's logic wouldn't that mean that Donna needs a flower "pot" to stand in???

Slyde said...

i can attest to the fact that Heff puts Prep H on his face every night.

Sometimes he gets it on my pillow and i get quite miffed....

Dr Zibbs said...

I like my crows feet. Or as I call them: Eagles Talons. Cause I'm a bad ass.

Heff said...

Goddamn it, Slyde !!


Can't you keep your orange ass quiet ?!?!?

Scope said...

No eye bags on "old bags"!

And we'll not talk about other saggy bags.