Woke up with puffy eyes again? Us too. And whether you know the cause or not (crying, perhaps, or maybe not getting enough sleep), they can be pretty frustrating. What you'd love is for a magic skin-friendly iron to wave over the area and dissipate all signs of congestion, right? While that doesn't exactly exist, there is a near-exact alternative: eye cream. Now, if you're over there rolling your (puffy) eyes at the idea that an eye cream can help, hear us out.
We've already explained the merits of eye creams and how to use them, but when it comes to puffiness, the reason your under eyes look as bouncy as a White Company pillow is likely to be because the skin around them is dehydrated and a little inflamed. A peptide-packed, soothing eye cream is the perfect thing to cool and settle the skin and leave eyes looking smooth and bright almost instantly. We've already provided a full rundown of our favourite eye creams, but if you're looking for the best eye cream for puffiness in particular, the below selected few should set you right.
There are a few things at play here: first, a concoction of peptides that deflate the offending skin cells. Then, there's the iron-shaped metal tip that cools the skin on contact and the fact that the formula is infused with light-reflecting particles that make skin look perkier and deflect all attention from any residual darkness. (Think of it as a strobe cream for the under-eye area.)
It's so lightweight you'd be forgiven for thinking Elemis's eye serum wasn't really doing anything it all. But it is. It contains plenty of plant actives that gently massages the eye area back to luminosity, as well as rosewood oil, which is particularly talented at boosting cell turnover and minimising the look of fine lines.
A hangover's best friend, Clinique's eye cream contains a range of plant-sourced antioxidants and peptides that soothe delicate under-eye skin as well as moisture-retaining glycerin and squalene. It's super light, so it's best suited to anyone with combination or oily skin.
We don't mind waiting around for certain products to kick in, but the transformation Trish McEvoy's eye serum induces is so instantaneous you'll wonder why you ever used anything else. It's pretty watery, so be careful when you drop it from the pipette, but its hydration is so powerful (thanks to hyaluronic acid and vitamins) it automatically erases dark circles and gets rid of puffiness. A good option for all ages.
If you suffer from sore eyes, there's nothing more soothing than Skyn Iceland's eye cream. It contains glacial flower extract and rice peptides that seem to knead the skin back to its soft, smooth beginnings. Top tip: Keep it in the fridge for extra refreshment.
Collagen is brilliant at plumping up and smoothing out under-eye congestion, and there are plenty of collagen amino acids within this formula. Plus vitamin C, a known skin-brightener, works like a Berocca for the eyes, making you look more awake even if you don't feel it.
Again, this eye cream has the metal tip that works to eke out large areas of puffiness, but inside the formula lie ingredients that break down the fat deposits that form under our eyes (thus causing that long-term puffiness) as well as enzymes that shrink the capillaries underneath the skin, banishing that blueish-grey tone of dark circles.