Dr. Engelman likes Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum ($100), which uses a mix of peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid to reduce puffiness and plump skin away from pooled blood. Another option is Lavido Alert Eye Cream ($49) with plant-based hyaluronic acid and natural oils like rosehip. Dr. Engleman recommends dotting products from the inner corner of the eye moving outwards toward the temple with your ring finger, which is weaker than your other fingers, and so will be more gentle on the delicate area.

The classic home remedy of tea bags has been used to treat under-eye bags for years. The caffeine provided by the tea constricts the blood vessels around the eye, reducing puffiness, while the tannins help to decrease swelling and discolouration. Good for removing dark shadows, this treatment is best used when you’re out of product and need a quick fix. Just place two used tea bags in the refrigerator for half an hour before applying to closed eyes for 10 minutes.


Consider retinol the gold standard in skincare. Lasers aside, it's the most-trusted ingredient that derms turn to to trigger skin regeneration. Specifically, it helps speed cell turnover and boost collagen and elastin production (two proteins responsible for skin firmness) to keep you fine line-free. Smooth on this gentle, effective cream nightly after you cleanse your face.
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You deserve a pat on the back if you’re already using eye cream, but that brings us to our next question—are you using the right eye cream? It’s important to make sure that in addition to providing hydration, your product pick is helps to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream which can help minimize the appearance of puffiness.
If you're looking for a non-retinol option, RoC Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity Day Moisturizer SPF 30 fills the bill. Lab analysis showed it was tops at improving texture and one of the best at diminishing spots. Women found it matched the gold winner at reducing fine lines. "I feel like the fine lines around my eyes have diminished a little," said one. "I have noticed a glow about my face. My husband has even complimented me," weighed in another. To boost the benefit, apply your moisturizer with sunscreen all the way down to the collarbone or chest.
We've raved about Mad Hippie's budget-friendly vitamin C serum in the past, but their Antioxidant Facial Oil shouldn't be overlooked either. Powerful ingredients like organic argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, and sea buckthorn berry extract are packed in the vegan formula. Apply a few drops with the vitamin C serum (followed by sunscreen, of course) for a moisture-rich combo that will leave skin silky smooth.
If your eyes are swollen and puffy, try a cold compress. Not only can this help reduce puffy eyes, it can be very relaxing which adds to a youthful appearance. You can achieve this by using chilled spoons on top of your eyes, slices of cucumbers, or even chilled, dampened tea bags with a drop of lavender essential oil added. The cool temperature is what makes this home remedy effective.
If you don't sleep much during the night, try taking about 45 minute naps once or twice, depending on how much sleep you lose each night. Water, as said in the article above, also helps a lot. If you cannot seem to fall asleep easily during the day (or not at all), try exercising. It tires the body (obviously) and makes your muscles 'long' for rest to strengthen.
Eat your beauty nutrients. For under-eyes, make sure you’re getting enough Vitamins C (brightening and collagen-boosting) & E (works with C, and moisturizing), Omega-3 (for repairing damage), and silica (basis of collagen). Vitamin K is a blood clotter, and can help reduce darkness by controlling seepage. This means tons of fruits and vegetables, hemp seeds, hemp milk, walnuts, and leafy greens.
The least expensive of the top trio of eye creams, Eau Thermale Avène Rétrinal Eyes Eye Contour Care was just as moisturizing as our gold winner and earned kudos from satisfied testers for its nongreasy, fast-absorbing formula. However, dermatologists recommend that if dark circles are your primary concern, invest in a good concealer. Topical lotions are ineffective at treating them.
Bags under the eyes are a common development of age and a frequent complaint among patients who no longer feel as youthful as they once did. To describe what happens a bit more, normal fat that helps support the eye sometimes moves into the lower eyelid, which causes the lid to appear puffy. Additionally, fluid may accumulate in the area below your eyes, which adds to the swelling.
As you can see, my under-eye bags and darknesses (“Hello darkness my old friend….”) haven’t completely disappeared. Instead of obsessing over getting them perfect, I’m going to embrace this quirk. If every weirdness was wiped out of one’s face, one would look so robotic and character-less, right? I’m okay with my under-eyes giving me some personality–as long as they don’t rise up in mutiny again, haha.
Testers rated Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum best for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Said one, "I had a very deep wrinkle between my eyes, and it's really starting to go away." Lab tests didn't show stellar wrinkle reduction with any of the serums, but the Estée Lauder proved itself a top-notch skin smoother. Echoed a panelist, "My face feels smoother, and my skin tone looks brighter. I have been wearing less blush!" If you want to spend smarter, go for the large size of our winners (the 3.3-oz. Lancôme, $150; the 3.4-oz. Estée Lauder, $160) and you'll slash the price per ounce by $44 and $18, respectively.
There are different kinds of retinoids, and they vary in strength. As cosmetic chemist Kevin Gallagher explained, this strength comes with a trade-off: the stronger the retinoid, the faster it works — and the harsher it is on skin. The strongest retinoids are only available with a prescription. But that’s not to say over-the-counter formulations are ineffective. A three-month, double-blind, randomized study of 34 women showed there was no significant difference in efficacy between an over-the-counter 1.1 percent retinol cream and 0.025 percent prescription tretinoin. In short: Retinoids work.
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