The best eye creams dermatologists actually recommend.
First, let’s get some kiiiiiinda annoying news out of the way: There could be, like, 100 different reasons why you have under eye bags, since puffy skin can be caused by something as minor as eating a salty meal or something as major as genetics. “Puffiness is often caused by poor lymphatic circulation or dietary factors—like high sodium—which draws water into your skin’s tissue,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC. “However, there are also genetic factors that can cause your skin to weaken and lead to eye baggage, which unfortunately worsens with age.”
But even though your journey to getting rid of under-eye bags for good should definitely start with a trip to the derm, there are a few things you can try at home to de-puff and smooth your skin in a pinch. Along with sleeping more, eating better, and maybe having a yoga session, try using an eye cream that’s filled with vitamin C to brighten, green tea and aloe to soothe, and caffeine to constrict and tighten your skin temporarily, says Shereene Idriss, MD, a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in NYC. And to save you from reading the itty-bitty fine print on the back of the bottles, I rounded up the 15 best eye creams, masks, and treatments to try the next time you’re looking a little swollen ahead.
Eye masks might not work actual miracles, but they do feel hella nice and cooling against tired, swollen skin. Infused with a blend of antioxidants, caffeine, and hyaluronic acid, these patches will make you feel like you got the best night’s sleep of your life. Stick on a couple of these guys while you get ready in the morning for brighter, more-awake look.