3 Easy Ways to Reduce Eye Puffiness
Whether they’re the cause of a late night, allergies or genetics, puffy eyes can be hard to hide. To see if there was anything that could save our swollen under-eyes, we asked board-certified dermatologist, Skincare.com consultant and Clarisonic ambassador Dr. Doris Day for some advice. It turns out that there are a few hacks that can minimize the appearance of under-eye puffiness. Read on and give them a try.
Massage Your Eye Contour
The Clarisonic Sonic Awakening Eye Massager is going to be your puffy eyes’ new BFF. When paired with the brand’s Mia Smart device, it can help reduce the appearance of puffiness after one week of use and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area after eight weeks of use, says Dr. Day. (Note: Hurry up and get yours now because Clarisonic is shutting down at the end of September. The good news? All products are currently 50% off.)
Start by applying your favorite eye cream or serum to your eye contour, then attach the eye massager to your Mia Smart. (Pro tip: You can store the massager in your fridge for amplified cooling benefits.) Start massaging underneath the eye and near the nose, then move the applicator outward, following the guided timer. Repeat the same steps on the opposite eye area. Don’t forget to wash the massaging brush head with liquid soap and water after each use.
Remove Your Makeup Before Bed and Apply an Eye Cream
Neglecting to remove your mascara, eyeshadow and winged eyeliner can cause the skin around your eyes to look puffy and irritated come morning. Before going to bed, take an extra minute or two to remove your eye makeup and apply an eye cream.
While you may not see any immediate benefits from eye creams or serums, continued use over time can help improve the look of your eye contour. Be choosy when picking your formula. “Ingredients like niacinamide, caffeine and vitamin C can be helpful,” says Dr. Day. We recommend the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Eye Cream or Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. Both products, which are owned by our parent company L’Oréal, are refreshing, hydrating and will leave you with a super smooth finish.
Protect Your Eyes Against the Sun
Not only can UV rays harm your skin and cause signs of premature aging, but they can also cause you to squint, which can accelerate the formation of fine lines and irritation around the eye. Dr. Day recommends wearing sunglasses outdoors, even when the sun’s not out, along with broad-spectrum sunscreen like the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Sunscreen, also from L’Oréal. “If you’re squinting, get your eyes checked out and change your glasses, so you don’t squint,” she says. “Wearing a hat can help give you that protection as well.” You should also pay attention to whether you’re straining to see your computer screen or phone as the same rules regarding squinting apply.
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