When your eyes are constantly puffy or swollen, it can be downright frustrating trying to figure out why it keeps happening to you. The good news (and bad news) is that there are quite a few underlying causes for puffiness that range from something as simple as not getting enough sleep to eating the wrong types of foods. While trying to decipher what caused them might be a pain, finding the best eye creams for puffy eyes is a lot easier.
At Kiehl’s, our multi-functional eye creams are made to address not just puffiness, but some of the other contributing effects and issues that can go along with them, like dark circles or loss of firmness.
In general, puffiness happens when excess fluid builds up in the undereye area and creates swelling. The cause of this build-up is typically a direct result of not getting enough sleep, but they can also be a result of things like too much salt in your diet to environmental allergies. Some people are more genetically predisposed to them. Many times, bags under eyes are accompanied by dark circles.
There is one additional form of swollen under eyes that aren’t linked to fluid retention — aging. Puffiness caused by skin aging has to do with the structure of the skin. As you get older, your skin becomes weaker. The muscles around the eyelid may begin to lose their firmness, causing the fat that is around your eye area to sag, moving down to your undereye area. There’s no specific timeline for when that could happen — and usually depends on things like if you smoke, how much sun damage you have, and if you have a regular anti-aging skin regimen.
Despite what’s causing your puffiness, there are some easy ways to help diminish the appearance of it. Here, we’ve rounded up our four favorite de-puffing eye creams. Keep reading to learn what they can do for your eyes.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Our best selling eye cream, Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, improves puffiness that can be caused by digital fatigue. Digital fatigue can occur from consistent screen exposure to blue light tech devices, which is becoming more and more of a problem as our world becomes more digital. Formulated with Avocado Oil, Beta Carotene, and Shea Butter, this eye cream is clinically demonstrated to de-puff by 32 percent* while providing all-day hydration.
Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer
We love this innovative stick for its immediate cooling benefit s. Run our Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer gently underneath the eyes in an outward motion for a shot of cooling relief. Its Caffeine, Honey, Glycerin, and Hibiscus Flower Extract formula provides a much-needed hit of hydration to visibly refresh tired-looking eyes.
Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum
Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum is a lightweight eye serum that really lives up to its name, working as a 5-in-1 anti-aging treatment. The formula features Sodium Hyaluronate, Botanical Extracts, and Illuminating Minerals to visibly lift, firm, and restore a youthful-looking shape to eyes. It’s a great pick for those dealing with age-related eye puff.
Midnight Recovery Eye
Another solid de-puffing product for those suffering from age-related swelling is our Midnight Recovery Eye. This eye cream has a restorative concentrate of plant essential oils, plus Squalane and Butcher’s Broom Extract to provide fresher, younger-looking eyes by morning. We gently massage it into our skin with an eye-roller at bedtime to help release built-up fluid underneath the eyes.
*Results based upon expert grading evaluated with product in a 4-week clinical test.