After a long night, the mirror may greet you with puffy eyes. This is often due to a buildup of fluids in the surface of your skin. Several over-the-counter eye creams are designed to target puffiness while conditioning your skin. Regular use of such creams can help keep puffy bags at bay for a smoother, wide-awake appearance.
Clarins Advanced Extra-Firming Eye Contour Cream
Clarins' eye contouring cream was a runner-up in "Consumer Reports" magazine's tests, performing better than several other eye creams. Clarins adds various herbal extracts, including ginkgo, to help nourish and firm up the undereye area for less puffiness and wrinkles. Basic emollients also help moisturize dehydrated skin while vitamin E reduces the risk of developing fine lines in the eye area.
Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Roller
Olay's Regenerist anti-aging and anti-puffiness treatment comes in a pen-like wand with a roller tip that's designed to be massaged over the eye area. Skincare expert Paula Begoun notes that the product contains peptides and silicone, which can help superficially fill in fine lines and wrinkles, and it doesn't have any fragrance, which is ideal for the sensitive eye region. Olay claims its "precision micro-rollers" can help reduce puffiness. For the best results, refrigerate the cream before applying it. "Elle" magazine says that nothing combats puffiness better than a combination of cool temperatures and pressure.
Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Cream
Garnier's eye cream performed better than many other eye treatments in "Consumer Reports" magazine's trials. It uses various natural ingredients, such as rice protein and wrinkle-combating vitamin A, to help lift and firm up the undereye area for a less puffy, less saggy look. It's also formulated without fragrances. Its lightweight nature can be worn day or night on both the upper and lower eyelids.
ROC Multi-Correxion Eye Treatment
As its name suggests, ROC's eye treatment is designed to correct multiple skin problems, including puffiness and dark undereye circles. Begoun rates the product as "very good," saying there's a "lot to like" about it. This includes antioxidants such as moisturizing vitamin E and skin-brightening vitamin C, soy protein and numerous emollients. The only major problem she had with it was its inclusion of fragrances, which may be unsuitable if you have sensitive skin.
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
- "Consumer Reports"; Do Eye Creams Make a Visible Difference?; Editors of Consumer Reports; October 2009
- Olay: Eye Roller