Even if you had a full night's sleep, no one will believe you with those two puffy inner tubes around your eyes. Instead of hiding behind a pair of dark sunglasses, apply an eye cream that will take puffiness away. Puffy eyes may be caused by a sleepless night, allergies or water retention from drinking alcohol or eating salty foods. Consult your doctor before using an over-the-counter cream to "de-puff" your eyes.
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Hemorrhoid Cream -- Yes, for Eyes
Although it may seem strange, the same cream that helps soothe swollen hemorrhoids may also reduce eye puffiness and tighten the skin around your eyes, says Dr. Marguerite McDonald, adjunct clinical professor of ophthalmology at Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Carefully dab the cream at least 1 mm away from your eyelashes and carefully pat your skin to blend it, McDonald says in the book "Cosmo's Sexiest Beauty Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Gorgeous." Don't rely on hemorrhoid cream as an everyday fix, but it may help reduce eye swelling if you're in a pinch.
Caffeine Perks Up Eyes
Under-eye creams that contain caffeine may be particularly effective in rejuvenating the skin underneath the eyes, says Dr. Jody A. Levine, a New York dermatologist, in the article "The No-Knife Eye Lift." Caffeine helps shrink the engorged blood vessels underneath your eyes that may be causing the puffiness. You can purchase eye creams that contain caffeine at drugstores or high-end makeup stores. Apply gentle pressure to the puffy eye area with your fingers to help drain the retained fluid that is trapped under your skin and improve your circulation, Levine advises.
Mint Refreshes Eye Area
Use an eye cream that contains mint to cool the skin and reduce swelling, suggests McDonald. Mint will help reduce blood vessels that have dilated. You can buy eye creams that contain mint at health food stores and drugstores.
Vitamin K Works Wonders
Eye creams that use vitamin K as an active ingredient may increase circulation around the eye area, deflate puffy eyes and make the eye area look brighter, says writer Emily Hebert in "Beauty Tip: Undereye Circles Cure" at Elle.com. You can purchase eye creams that contain vitamin K at drugstores or high-end makeup stores.