With all the stress, travel, partying and lack of sleep during the holidays, your eyes are crying for some remedial help. De-puff your eyes to start the New Year off right with our round-up of products that soothe, tone and smooth.
Send puffy eyes packing with Clinique All About Eyes Rich ($30). A moisturizing eye treatment, this brightening cream will minimize the look of dark circles, shadows, and puffiness, as well as fine lines and shadows. Formulated with botanical ingredients, the cream boosts natural collagen production while also strengthening your skin’s moisture barrier against common winter irritants like harsh winds and sunlight. Ophthalmologist-tested and safe for all skin types—dab it on mornings and nights for best results.
Go heavy duty with Dr. Brandt flaws no more r3p eye ($80), a triple-peptide treatment for the eyes. Rich in peptides, hydrating ingredients, and caffeine, this cream reduces puffiness while replenishing the moisture of the skin around your eyes. If you prefer a serum, check out Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacing Eye Serum ($58), which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. The serum is touted to give laser-like results to dramatically decrease the signs of aging, in addition to UV and environmental damage upon first application. It also features ingredients like Dragon’s Blood (a red resin derived from an Amazonian tree that helps reduce the appearance of inflammation and accelerate skin repair), DRC Qusome (which naturally increases collagen and elastin production to diminish the appearance of wrinkles), Vitamin B3 (an anti-aging ingredient, which aids your skin’s ability to retain moisture), and Cytobiol Lumin-Eye (which minimizes the appearance of puffiness and bags under the eyes).
Another product that claims to produce professional results without surgery is Givenchy No Surgetics Plasti Sculpt Eye Lifting Gel ($81). An anti-aging concentrate that targets puffy and tired-looking eyes, this gel’s easy metallic roll-on applicator gently glides around your eyes to lift and decongest tired eyes. Formulated with green tea polyphenols that work to firm, as well as caffeine and micro-peptides that drain bags and circles under the eyes, the No Surgetics Plastic Sculpt was inspired by three key steps in a surgery-free facelift. The first is to minimize the appearance of aging in skin; second, to keep facial harmony (softening of contours, hollowing of cheekbones, among other things); and lastly, to smooth and tone out skin.
Want the spa feel without spending the cash? We recommend Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes ($23), an eye mask that de-puffs while lightening dark circles at the same time. The skin around your eyes is delicate so this refreshing, icy remedy is just the answer! Yeast extract de-poufs the skin while promoting cell turnover and decreasing hyperpigmentation for even skin tone. The mask is also formulated with hoelen mushroom extract, which calms and eliminates redness, and aloe, which hydrates and nourishes your delicate skin so it becomes soft and smooth to the touch. And for those who are on the go but still want a spa-like experience, look no further than Boscia Super Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm ($26). Formulated with a seven-peptide complex, the super-cooling, light hydration balm blends under or over makeup to give you a natural look while diminishing the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. The licorice root extract works as a soothing antioxidant to nourish and protect the delicate under-eye area and the blend of botanical oils provides sheer hydration.
Of course it’s important to have a good night’s sleep to help alleviate the dreaded puffy-eye syndrome. Let sleep be a multi-tasker with Orlane Extreme Anti-Wrinkle Regenerating Night Eye Contour ($150). A nighttime care specially dedicated to the eye contour for moisture loss during the night, it is formulated to repair and reduce lines around your eyes. When you’re lying down, toxins and water tend to stagnate, causing your face and eye contours to look puffy. This product uses escin and caffeine to tone, drain, detoxify, and firm. While the serum purifies and eliminates the toxin that causes that puffy look, it also intensifies nighttime regeneration and repairs wrinkles. ZO Skin Health Olluminate® Intense Eye Repair ($130) with potent retinol and vitamin E targets crow’s feet, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and firms up slack skin so eye makeup glides on again.
And don’t forget that your makeup can help give you a refreshed look! Benefit Cosmetics Eye Bright ($20) is a pink perk-me-up stick to brighten the eyes instantly. We recommend you apply a stroke to the inner and outer corners of each eye and blend for an instant pop. To even out tone and restore a youthful look to your eye area, we love Murad Hybrids Eye Lift Perfector ($35). It features “5x Firming Technology” to visibly lift, “Smart Moisture System” to hydrate and de-puff, and “Re-Luminate Complex” for long-term dark circle reduction. This dermatologist-developed and patented formula is safe for all skin types. Pat gently beneath the eye for a natural look to alleviate dark under circles and tired eyes.
More tips for soothing tired, puffy eyes, decrease your salt and spicy foods intake, lay off the alcohol, alternate your caffeine obsession to include green tea, and cut down on carbs. Treat yourself to a refresh with sliced cucumbers, chilled tea bags, and cool gel-filled masks that can be instant pick-me-ups when you’re tired or stressed, or jet-lagged.