Sorry to burst your bubble, but most eye creams 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. Eye puffiness is actually just fluid retention 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. Don't give up, though, this isn't your forever.
Do eye creams really work on puffiness?
Yes. That's because there are ingredients that 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, most effective de-puffing eye creams and serums that will shrink those bags down ASAP. Check them out, ahead and get to slathering.
Sometimes, puffy bags can feel more inflamed than usual. That's when you need a hydrating gel-cream for relief. Try sticking this drugstore gem in the fridge for an extra boost of cooling comfort.
Yes, it's a splurge, but all of our editors can't stop using it. It firms and tightens so effectively that we've starting thinking of it as an eye lift in a bottle. Its dual formulas—one the brand's iconic caviar beads, and the other a nourishing gel-cream— combine when you pump the tube for maximum impact.
There’s a reason you’ve seen this little stick everywhere for the last few years: It really, truly works, and it’s also surprisingly affordable. The cool-tip rollerball helps break up fluid beneath the skin as you roll it across your bags, and the brightening vitamin C and tightening caffeine in the formula help reduce puffiness and illuminate your under-eyes.
Here's the perfect wake-up call for your exhausted eyes: This caffeine and ginseng-packed contour cream. It works wonders to diminish puffiness for bright and energized under eyes. Only a few swipes are needed for this effective cream to breathe life back into your tired eyes.
Annoyingly enough, puffiness and dark circles usually go hand-in-hand. This sunny and bright orange bottle will add some light and life back into your eyes using lots and lots of vitamin C, one of the best skin-brightening ingredients of all time, along with collagen, the secret to youth. Slather this all over and notice how your eyes' puffiness subsides.
If you haven't caught on by now, let me make it plain and clear: The key to a bright and youthful under eye is hydration. Squalane, peptides, and hyaluronic acid is the nourishing triple threat in this ultra-clean cream, which your dehydrated puffy under eyes are so desperately craving. Dab a bit of this gel-based cream underneath your eyes for a seamlessly smooth appearance.
Dry-skinned fine-line haters, please meet your new best friend. This caffeine-spiked eye serum is loaded with glycerin and sodium hyaluronate (two jargon-y ingredients that pull water into your skin to plump your itty-bitty eye creases), plus a plentiful mix of brightening and calming antioxidants. To amp up its cooling effects—and, therefore, its de-puffing effects—keep this stick in the fridge between uses.
If your concealer just isn't doing the work, your eye cream can actually help brighten up your undereye. Pearl powder, coffee seed, and botanical extracts help hide dark circles and make the underlies look smoother.
You read the name right: "No More Baggage"—a 2020 mood. You're looking at a solution with all of the good stuff: caffeine to decrease puffiness, peptides for added elasticity and firmness, and a "Filmatrix technology," which bases applies a second veil of film under your eye area that tightens and flattens puffiness. It's essentially a non-invasive eye lift. Oh, and all for just $42.
Korean skincare often has the most innovative textures on the market, and this cream is a prime example. It glides on so your makeup lays on the skin flawlessly, and it contains honey to hydrate and Korean red ginseng saponin to minimize the appearance of fine lines.
The topical ingredient believed to best help reduce under-eye puff is caffeine, which temporarily constricts blood vessels to tighten skin. So, naturally, the best option for ultra-puffed eyes is a formula that's filled with multiple coffee and green tea extracts (like this lightweight and fully organic cream) that work to deflate and tighten your eye bags as soon as you massage it on.
Dry skin and fine lines around the orbital area won't stand a chance once this extra-hydrating eye cream is in the picture. This anti-aging formula is full of feel-good, botanical ingredients: Aloe, daffodil, and buckwheat wax de-puff the under-eye area, treat dark circles, and smooth out rough textures. Consider this the fountain of youth within a bottle.
Drunk Elephant has a reputation for loading its products with clean and effective ingredients, and the Shaba Complex Firming Eye Serum is no different. This rich serum is made of black tea ferment to smooth over rough patches, niacinamide to calm inflammation, and edelweiss stem cells to reverse signs of aging. Trust, your under-eye bags won't hold up against this super-firming formula.
Erase the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles with 111Skin's holy grail eye cream. This luxurious eye cream is best known for its cell regeneration powers, which rapidly restore the skin for a tight and lifted appearance. The price tag may be a bit much, but the results are worth it.
You know the famous phrase "time is money"? Well, the same applies to skin. Your eyes probably widened from this hefty price tag, but they surely will be overly satisfied with the results. This prestige eye product comes with a concentrated amount of caviar premiere, a La Prairie staple, which uses scientific technology to combat fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin. Use the silver spatula glide it over your eye area and feel it penetrate and instantly smooth your bags. Then, thank the skin gawds above.
Those with sensitive skin will appreciate this thoughtful, bioadaptive botanical blend of earth-friendly ingredients like marine Fennel, seaweed, and more to feed your tired, puffy eyes with the nutrients it needs. Things like pollution and free radicals only increase puffiness, and this acts as a balancing act to douse your skin in moisture and a protective barrier for a smooth and happy eye area.
Replace that ice cube you've been rolling around on your eyes with this refreshing upgrade. The circular ceramic applicator has an ice-cube-effect that will coat your eye contour area with more than just H2O. The silky, sorbet texture contains cornflower water, which instantly wakes up tired eyes and deflates puffiness. Bonus: there's also a bit of abyssinica oil, which clinically strengthens your brows and lashes overtime—so have at it!
Fact: Just because a product is "natural" doesn't mean it's somehow better. Because, sadly, most natural formulas actually contain ingredients known to irritate your skin. Thankfully, this eye cream isn't one of those. The all-natural formula is packed with legitimate swell-reducing powerhouses, like antioxidant green tea and anti-inflammatory marigold extract, along with the a hefty dose of caffeine. So you can look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, without compromising your clean routine.