Feeling wistful about the days when a late night didn’t lead to puffy eyes? Us too. Add to that a litany of other offenders like allergies, a good crying jag (we all have them), old-fashioned exhaustion, eye strain from tech gazing and aging, and you have a recipe for eye swelling that’s beyond what anyone would deem tolerable. The good news: A glut of products promise to help remedy unwanted eye inflammation.
We sought the advice of women with skin in the game — our friends — and asked which depuffers truly deliver on tightening up their peepers. Here, they share what works for them, from drugstore buys to pricey potions.
Shiseido Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Eye Treatment
This silky, lightweight formula provides a constant stream of hydration to the delicate eye area. After one week of daily use, swelling deflates, taking with it any signs of fatigue. Available at shiseido.com, $72.
Olay Eyes Eye Lifting Serum
For a drugstore buy, this velvety serum delivers the sag-and-puff-proof goods in spades. An amino-peptide and vitamin complex encourages surface cell turnover, revealing more youthful skin. Available at olay.com, $27.
Kiehl’s Eye Alert
Caffeine, a known stimulant for your brain and your skin, encourages microcirculation to cut down eye puffiness. Vitamin C aids in brightening skin and improving texture. Another perk: The feather-light treatment instantly cools and refreshes. Available at kiehls.com, $22.50.
StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles
The brand best known for its cellulite-tightening creams has a formula that tightens sagging eye skin while deflating puffiness. Our friend suggests purchasing the travel size to keep the cost manageable. Available at macys.com, $15 for .25 oz.
Patchology FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels
When eyes blow up like balloons, try these squishy eye gels. They fit snuggly under lower eyelids and deliver skin-stimulating caffeine, toning hydrolyzed collagen, and inflammation-combating centella asiatica, among a host of other de-puffing goodies. Available at patchology.com, $50 for 30 pairs.
Trish McEvoy Instant Solutions Triangle of Light Eye Mask
Have five minutes to spare? Affix these presoaked pads under your eyes, pointing the triangle tip down, to firm, hydrate, brighten, and banish bags. Available at trishmcevoy.com, $68.
Planted in Beauty Depuff + Illuminate Eye Firming Complex
Though the texture of this ophthalmologist-tested eye cream is beyond rich, it absorbs like a dream, leaving skin smoother, brighter and — yes — less puffy, thanks to organic plant extract beech tree bud and apricot and sunflower seed oils. Available at wellwithinbeauty.com, $148.