A swipe of a light-reflecting concealer might just do the trick on dark under-eye circles, but the same can’t be said for those eye bags. That’s a whole other beauty battle. And what’s to blame? Well, there’s the usual tired-eyes culprits—lack of sleep and stress—while allergies and crying can also inflame the skin and leave you with puffy eyes.
Diet can play a part too. If you’re chowing down on salty foods before bed (because what’s Sunday night without popcorn?), the thin skin around your eyes is more likely to retain water, resulting in swelling. The obvious solution would be to get more sleep, reduce your salt intake and skip the weepy movies, but life doesn’t always work that way, which is where de-puffing eye creams step in.
Thankfully, there’s a bevy of eye treatments that target puffiness, from weightless gels to cooling roll-ons to circulation-jolting creams. Click through our gallery of seven of the best under-eye de-puffers, and where to shop them. Your tired eyes will thank you.
How apt that the nib on this eye gel looks like the surface of an iron, as the cooling effect of the metal and an optical blurring formula smooths out puffy eyes a treat. Though it’s described as a gel, it looks like a peachy lotion with brightening benefits and feels ultra-satiny on skin so you can dab concealer straight on top.
Because the pores underneath your eyes are teeny-tiny—and clogging can lead to puffing—thin formulas like this liquid serum are best for delivering treatment in a lightweight fashion. There 28 (count ’em) different technologies in this serum that soothe both upper and lower lids, so you can glide it around the entire puffy eye area.
This little, lightweight gel takes a double-pronged approach to easing puffy, stuffy eyes, combining a cooling roll-on tip with calming yeast and mushroom extracts. Roll it in one direction, from the inner corner to the outer corner, to eke out fluid retention. Eyes will appear fresher and dewier in seconds flat.
Caffeine does it again. In this lovely, light balm, the stimulating stuff boosts circulation while cosseting emollients have a plumping effect on parched fine lines. Dab it on before bed to temper stagnant blood flow while you sleep, and you’re less likely to wake up with that stinging, swollen feeling.
If you suspect your puffy eyes are down to stress, turn to Skyn Iceland, as the brand’s whole range is designed to alleviate the impact that feeling burned out has on your skin. This treatment isn’t technically a cream, but the mini-masks are quick to use (they take just 10 minutes) and ply puffy skin with ginkgo biloba leaf extract, which kick-starts blood flow.
If there’s one way to target fluid retention it’s by giving blood circulation a nudge, and the ginseng in this cream is a revver-upper that will do just that. Keep the tub in the fridge to up the cooling factor of the gel, then tap it under eyes with your ring finger to ease bloating.
Another metal-tipped tube (because, seriously, the cooling effect works wonders on swelling), this is one for those mornings when lids feel stuffy, heavy, and in need of a little more shut-eye. It’s packed with moisturising goodies like argan oil and aloe vera, which will keep skin soft and supple so makeup is easier to apply.
Ready to bid farewell to puffy eyes? Let us know which eye cream you'll be trying in the comments below.
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