Puffy eyes can be caused by a variety of things like allergies, crying, a cold, salty foods, fatigue, and a night of cocktails. Luckily, there are just as many ways to quickly remedy the inflammation that causes the fluid to accumulate. Click through our slideshow for the easiest ways to banish puffy eyes—in less than five minutes!
Leave two clean teaspoons in your freezer for puffy mornings: simply press them against your eyes for a few minutes. (Just make sure you rinse them in cold water first, to avoid a sticky Dumb & Dumber moment.) Celeb dermatologist Dr. Brandt has even confirmed it does work.
Drop two tea bags (unprocessed green or black tea is best) in a mug of hot water for a minute, let cool to a safe temperature, then apply to eyes for three minutes. The natural caffeine in the tea will immediately help constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling.
Gentle tapping can help reduce the accumulation of fluid under your eyes, too! Just follow this easy trick from celebrity esthetician Joanna Czech.
A good eye roller packs all the powerhouse components mentioned previously: an icy metal ball, caffeine-laced serum, and a pressing motion. Our editors put popular rollers to the test and found the best ones here.
We swear by Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage ($28).
From P Diddy to Michelle Monaghan, everyone is jumping on the eye mask bandwagon. Why? They pack a powerful lineup of ingredients to de-puff, soothe, and hydrate. We like Koh Gen Do’s Macro Vintage Stretch Eye Sheet ($60).
Cold aloe vera gel is another all-natural way to sooth and de-puff eyes, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Keep a bottle in your fridge, then apply it just like eye cream.
Try Aubrey’s Pure Aloe Vera ($8).
Placing cold, fresh-cut cucumbers on your eyes may seem like a chick flick cliché, but the practice does work! The vegetable has natural astringent properties that help to constrict blood vessels and the cooling sensation will help to de-puff.