The 16 Best Eye Creams for Puffy, Tired Eyes

Eye bags? Never heard of 'em.

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Ever woken up in the morning and realized that your eyes look kind of puffy? Same. And while you can dunk your entire face in an ice bath to remedy it (seriously—the technique is all over TikTok), I'm always going to prefer a practice that won't leave me sopping wet mere minutes after I've woken up. Plus, those jade rollers and facial de-puffing tools that you see all of your favorite beauty gurus using can get pretty expensive, and require you to perform an entire face massage on top of the rest of your regular morning routine. Oh, and they sometimes take months to show results. Which is why eye creams can be your best bet to fight off unwanted puffiness around your eyes. 

Before we get into all of the reasons to run to the store to grab one for yourself, here's an eye cream PSA: Many of the eye creams and tools that promise to de-puff your eyes in seconds are...kind of bullshit. Beauty marketing talk is real, but thanks to the consumer demand for more transparency, it's getting easier to weed out the eye creams that are all talk, no action.

What causes my eyes to look puffy? 

Eye puffiness is actually just fluid retention in your eye area. It's most often caused by lack of sleep, allergies, excess salt, or the four margaritas you downed last night, which means you’re kind of stuck waiting around until your body naturally breaks up and drains the fluid on its own, thus de-puffing your eyes and under-eye area.

Do eye creams really work on puffiness?

Yes. That's because certain ingredients can help speed up the de-puffing process, like caffeine (which constricts and tightens skin) and certain antioxidants (like aloe and green tea), which help reduce swelling after you massage them on. There are also eye-soothing products that promise to de-puff and actually over-deliver—you just have to know what's out there. 

But rather than have you read every single ingredient label on every single product in the drugstore, we dug up the absolute best de-puffing eye creams and serums that will shrink those bags down ASAP. Check them out, ahead and get to slathering. 

Julia Marzovilla is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire covering all things fashion, beauty, and entertainment. Offline, she’s most likely browsing the web for another pair of black boots or listening to music too loudly—often at the same time.