They say the eyes are the window to your soul and what if those eyes look puffy? This is not to say that this is a reflection on your soul but your eyes are a tell-tale sign of how you look and feel, especially being 40% thinner and more porous than the rest of the face, time and specialised products are needed to be implemented in order to keep the under eyes looking and feeling hydrated. The under eyes are more prominent due to the constricted blood vessels causing hyper-pigmentation or the thinning of the skin around the eyes, depending on skin tone, can
Puffy under eyes can be caused by genetics, your lifestyle, ageing or allergy factors. These include tiredness and fatigue to smoking and overexposure to sunlight. Whilst there is no set formula for eradicating them completely, there are ingredients and formulas that can work to drastically improve the look of dark under eyes.
Ingredients to look out for when wanting to focus on improving bags are retinol and peptides. Apart from smoothing and improving the look of deeper set wrinkles, retinol stimulates collagen production, which plumps skin thickness. Similarly, vitamin C, with its brightening properties, makes the under eyes look brighter and feel hydrated as the ingredient reflects light. Although retinol and vitamin C are great ingredients, it is important to keep the under eyes hydrated for optimal complexion health and infusing hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to battle against dehydration.
It is important to note that when applying your eye products, you have to be extra sensitive to the eye area. Because the skin is naturally thinner there, you want to take your time when implementing an eye cream into your routine. That being said, using your ring finger lightly, pat the product into your eyes and don’t pull on the skin. Starting from the inner tear duct outwards, lightly press the product in until it is completely absorbed.
However, whilst products can help with the under-eye appearance, natural remedies such as drinking plenty of water and getting a sufficient amount of sleep will help the appearance overall. So whether you prefer a gel- or cream-based formula, this edit is curated for those that are wanting to improve the look of their under-eye bags.
As part of the Intensive Range that focuses on targeting more advanced signs of ageing, the Celestial Black Diamond Eye Cream focuses on treating under eyes with an impressive delivery system that uniquely uses black diamond particles. It stimulates collagen production and plumps the skin and so for the under eyes this is a treat in ensuring the under eyes are revived and full of life. In addition, liquorice root reduces pigmentation, discolouration and darkness revealing a brighter and illuminating the under eyes.
Known for their targeted and powerful ingredients, Dr Dennis Gross knows treats the skin with targeted skincare solutions. The eye cream, in particular, is rich and nourishing in texture. Applied both morning and evening, the eye treatment is formulated with ferulic acid, which has anti-ageing benefits.
While it is pricier than most, this eye cream is both powerfully hydrating and reduces the appearance of bags ensuring the under eyes appear brighter and healthy-looking. Formulated with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides, it is designed to deliver a focus of rejuvenating ingredients that will leave the eyes looking fresher in moments.
This lightweight and gel-based formula is spongey on the finger and even more bouncy when pressed lightly into the under eye. Containing vitamin C as its key ingredient, this helps to revive and illuminate the entire eye area.
All-natural, lightweight and grounded in raw superfruit extracts, the eye cream is nutrient-rich in avocado oil, vitamin c and antioxidants. Avocado oil is famous for deep-set hydration, a great way to tackle puffiness.
Ultrasun has formulated a lightweight, hydrating and enriching eye cream that shields the UVA & UVB rays in addition to protection against photo-ageing.
A more budget-friendly option that doesn’t scrimp on quality, the fast-absorbing but non-greasy formula targets dark circles and puffiness all at once. Locked in with ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid and a marine and botanical complex, the eye cream reduces the look of bags and leaves your eyes looking brighter too.
A part of the award-winning Advanced Night Repair Range, the supercharged eye complex is like cushioning your eyes in silk. As your skin repairs at night, this complex eye cream works specifically at recharging and rejuvenating your under eyes. Not only reducing the look of puffiness and dryness, but the ingredients also include hyaluronic acid, caffeine and fruit extract. These will leave eyes illuminated, revived and brighter by morning.
This restorative eye treatment repairs damaged under eyes and simultaneously brightens the skin under and around the eyes. Infused with cucumber extract for cooling and de-puffing qualities, vitamin c for brightening and a powerful blend of eight peptides to support and fortify the under eyes.
Alcohol-free, oil-free, gluten-free and cruelty-free, The Ordinary know to create quality products for a fraction of the price. The light texture serum is expertly formulated with 5% concentrated caffeine supplemented with EGCG from green tea leaves. Applied topically on the skin, caffeine can help to alleviate puffiness.