Whether you loaded up on salt, were up until the wee hours of the morning or had a rough night, chances are you’re going to wake up looking less bright-eyed than normal. If swollen, puffy-looking eyes are staring back at you, we’ve got some quick fixes to help you out in a pinch.
Do The Cold Spoon Trick
This is an oldie but a goodie. Place two spoons in the freezer for about 20 minutes (until they get really cold and develop a light frost on them) and place them over your eyes until they’ve fully warmed up. “Using cold spoons may help tighten the skin around the eyes by increasing circulation,” says celebrity aesthetician Tracie Martyn. For even better results, Martyn says to then pour her LotuSculpt Activator ($45) over wet eye pads and place those in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before placing them underneath your eyes. “The herbs in the product and the cold stimulus will help drain any extra fluid in the area.”
Load On A Caffeine-Packed Eye Cream
Caffeine is one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to fighting under-eye puffiness. It has a tightening effect to take down puffiness. Some products that contain caffeine come with a rollerball or metal applicator, which can help shrink puffy under-eyes, too, because they provide a cooling effect.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Up your water intake to help flush out any toxins that may be accumulating under your eyes. This is especially helpful when you’ve had a lot of salt. Even if you’re tired, try to steer clear of coffee and caffeine, which can dehydrate the area.
Reach For A Good Concealer
Makeup can do wonders for the eyes, especially a good concealer, which can temporarily hide the look of puffiness. Look for one that’s loaded with good-for-your-skin ingredients like vitamins and antioxidants, which will help the area. Go with something in a neutral tone so you don’t call attention to the area. Our Pick: Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift, $38.