If year-end fatigue is getting too real, consider this a daily reminder to go easy on yourself. Around this time of year, puffy eyes and dark circles become far too regular. Whether induced by a lack of sleep or a work-related cry sesh (we’ve been there ), these SOS remedies are amazing for de-puffing eyes in an instant!
1. A cold compression
This is the quickest way to zap away puffy under eyes. All you need to do is soak a clean face cloth in cold water, then fold it into a square and press it against the eye area for a couple of minutes.
FYI: A cold compress works wonders for puffiness as cool objects instantly constrict blood vessels, which, in turn, reduces inflammation and tightens the area, leaving the eyes looking refreshed and more awake.
2. Cool spoons or tea bags
Another alternative is to freeze two teaspoons in your freezer overnight and apply them to the under eyes. And if you want to energise the area further, opt for cold tea bags. Green, black and white teas contain high amounts of caffeine, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and reduce swelling and dark circles.
3. Caffeinated eye treatments
Look for eye gels or creams infused with caffeine or black and green tea, like this L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renew Illuminating Eye Cream. Not only does caffeine deliver incredible antioxidant and anti-inflammatory perks, but it’s also a vasoconstrictor, so it helps shrink blood vessels and lessen the look of “bags.”
4. Lymphatic drainage
You can’t go wrong with a little under-eye massage to drain any built-up fluid in the eye area. We love to incorporate a jade roller or eye roller into our routine every other day (like this My Clarins Re-Fresh Roll-On Eye De-Puffer), but make sure not to tug, pull or rub your skin while doing so, as this can catalyse wrinkling and discolouration, which we don’t want!
5. Stay hydrated and catch those zzzs
Lack of hydration and beauty sleep are common culprits behind skin puffiness, so make sure you’re consuming at least two litres of water per day and sleeping at least 6-8 hours every night.
6. A good-quality eye cream
Invest in a supreme eye cream. Depending on your skin needs, look out for any that contain the following star ingredients:
Niacinamide and vitamin C
To brighten dark circles.
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream To Brighten And De-Puff
Bobbi Brown Vitamin-Enriched Eye Base
To hydrate the eye area.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Creme
To flush away water retention under the eyes.
Fenty Skin Flash Nap Instant Revival Eye Gel-Cream
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renew Illuminating Eye Cream
To rev up collagen and elastin.
Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream
To treat fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet.
Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Line Erasing Eye Cream
Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Treatment