No amount of concealer in the world can hide puffy eyes. You can cover up dark circles and fine lines, but puffiness is not as easy to hide. It can be caused by a number of things from stress to allergies to, commonly, fatigue. The easiest way to reduce puff? Get a good night’s rest…but I know that’s easier said than done. Thankfully, there are many products, tips and remedies to de-puff and ensure your eyes look fresh and well-rested. So whether you’ve had ten hours of sleep or pulled an all-nighter, no one will be the wiser!
Tea Bags: Bags can help you get rid of bags: this old remedy truly works. Steep two tea bags in hot water, then allow them to cool off for a few minutes (you can place them in the fridge). Place the chilled tea bags over your eyelids for five to ten minutes to refresh your eyes. Go with black or green tea bags — the caffeine and antioxidants in those types of tea can rejuvenate and revive your tired eye area. When you apply caffeine topically, it constricts blood vessels which reduces the look of puffiness.
Spoons: Keep two metal teaspoons in your freezer and save them for a rainy day…or when you wake up with extremely puffy eyes. Place the spoons over your eyelids for about a minute. The intense cold will give a boost of energy to your tired eye area.
Cucumbers: It might seem like a cliché from a movie, but placing slices of cucumber on your eyes can actually help reduce puffiness! Cucumbers have natural astrigent properties in them that constrict blood vessels. Place two cool slices over your eyes for thirty minutes – your eyes will be visibly brighter and less puffy.
On-the-Go Eye Roller: I always like to keep an eye roller in my bag. It’s a quick fix to de-puff when you’re already out. I love the Tony Moly Panda So Cool Eye Stick. The adorable panda packaging is discreet (it looks like a thick lip balm) and it honestly works. I apply a few cooling swipes under my eyes, and it helps to get rid of any major puff. It also smoothes the appearance of fine lines. Another popular option is Garnier’s Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller. It’s packed with caffeine and mint extract, which both stimulate circulation and reduce the appearance of tired eyes. For a more luxurious roller, try Babor’s Ultimate Perfecting Eye Cream. The cooling stainless steel roller dispenses an intense cream that reduces bags, dark circles and fine lines.
Diet Changes: What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on the outside. Try to limit your sodium intake and the amount of soda you drink – both make you dehydrated, which increases eye puffiness. Drink as much water as you can. It’s good for your eye area…and pretty much everywhere else, too!
Add a Pillow: Not only is it more comfortable (in my opinion), but adding an extra pillow while you sleep can help with lymphatic drainage. That’s essentially a fancy way of saying it can help reduce puffiness. It’s also a good idea to sleep on your back, rather than your side or stomach. I know this can be difficult for some, but once you get used to it, your body will thank you! Try it for a few weeks and be amazed by how much better your skin and eyes look.
Ice Cold Water: You know how a cold shower can really wake you up in the morning? Same goes for splashing some ice cold water on your face. The rush of that chill can stimulate the circulation around your eyes, which means your eyes will appear to be more alert and awake.
Eye Cream…Keep it Cool: While there are plenty of hacks to reduce bags, you can also invest in a good eye cream. There are tons that are specifically formulated to keep puffiness at bay. Some of my favorites include Origins GinZing, Clinique All About Eyes and Clarins Total Eye Concentrate. The Origins is full of caffeine, so eyes immediately look less tired. I wouldn’t recommend it for people with sensitive eyes, as it can irritate, but it really works wonders. The Clinique is perfect for sensitive eyes. It’s extremely gentle and lightweight. In addition to reducing puffiness, it can also help with darkness and fine lines. The Clarins one is fantastic, though it’s super pricey. If you’re willing to spend, you’ll be amazed by this fast-acting and nourishing eye cream. As you’ve noticed, most of the remedies mentioned involve using the products cold or chilled…same goes for eye creams. Keep them in the fridge for maximum effectiveness.
Eye Masks: Sheet masks are one of the most buzzed about skincare products right now, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that eye masks are becoming more and more popular as well. Invest in some eye masks or patches, and use them when you have a big event coming up and your eyes need to look as fresh as possible. Like a sheet mask, eye masks are saturated with ingredients that will drastically reduce puffiness. Let the mask rest under your eyes for fifteen minutes (or however long the packaging recommends), and be amazed by the immediate boost of hydration. Some of the best masks out there include Talika Eye Therapy Patch, Tatcha Revitalizing Eye Mask and Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patch. While the Talika is definitely pricey, you will truly see results quickly and it’s reusable!
What’s your favorite method for dealing with puffy, tired eyes? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR.COM!
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