The Best Eye Creams For Puffiness


Do you have puffy under-eyes? Even if you feel you’re young and vibrant, if you have eye puffiness, you can look older than you really are. 

You’ve tried everything to manage your puffy eyes—from using cool cucumber slices to freezing tea bags—but nothing seems to have long-term results, if you see any results at all. A late night or a hard day can leave you waking up with bags and sad eyes that you really have a hard time covering up.

Eye puffiness is a common ailment, but can be challenging to treat. Whether you have swollen under-eyes due to genetics, age, or other reasons, the right eye cream is what you need to get real results. It all comes down to diligently using the right product for your face to help hydrate and nourish under your eyes, and this is no easy feat. 

This is why we’ve compiled a list of eye creams that can help make your eyes feel better and look tighter and brighter. Your dermatologist can help you select the best eye creams for puffiness based on your age, skin, goals for skin care, and other factors. But the products on this list are a great option to try before resorting to the expense of a trip to the dermatologist. 

Whether you were partying all night or just pulling a late one in the office, these eye creams will have your back and help you put your best face forward. 

1. Blu Atlas Restorative Eye Stick 


Number one on our list of eye creams is Blu Atlas Restorative Eye Stick. We like the way it’s applied: simply roll the eye stick over the areas of concern, including wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and puffiness, for easy spot treatment. Use a circular motion for the best effects and allow it to dry completely before putting on a moisturizing agent or lotion. 

What we like about this product is that it nearly entirely comprises natural ingredients. Rose flower water works on reducing the swelling and puffiness of your eyes caused by water retention, gravity, and other factors. Ascorbic acids detoxify the skin and encourage collagen growth. Finally, caffeine works to brighten the skin under the eyes to make them really pop.

We make this product our number one choice for eye creams because of how effective the ingredients are and the ease of use. Place this eye stick in the fridge for a few minutes prior to application for even more soothing relief for your tired, puffy eyes.

Use this eye cream if you need all-around maintenance and care of the skin around your eyes and want to use a skincare product that’s mostly natural. A major bonus to this product that makes it the top contender on our list is that it’s both cruelty-free and vegan. That’s not a common thing in anti-aging care and we love that we found a product that is both!

2. The Ordinary Caffeine Depuffing Eye Cream


We chose this eye cream for our list because it uses caffeine as a primary ingredient for battling under-eye swelling and it’s not too complicated to use for the beginning user who wants some noticeable results. Caffeine wakes up your brain, so it should do the same for your skin, right? The serum is super lightweight and water-based, so it’s easy to use and apply. 

Just be careful when putting this eye cream on; a little bit goes a long way and it’s easy to smear on too much at once. If you use it properly, you’ll have this depuffing eye cream for a while and it’s affordable as well.

Add this eye cream to your arsenal of anti-aging agents or use it as a stand-alone eye treatment for when you have a late night and need some eye recovery. 

Use this eye cream if you want a solution that is water-based and lightweight and can be layered on. The caffeine will give your eyes a boost!

3. Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Eye Cream


If you have seriously baggy and puffy eyes, you need a serum that means business. We like this eye cream and put it on our list because it not only works fast to remove the swelling and puffiness in the eyes, it lifts the under-eye for a firmer, more awake look. 

It’s got a silky smooth finish that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, and the finish won’t rub away or pile up if you apply sunscreen (ideal for anti-aging and sun damage protection) or any other lotion on top of it. What we like most is how soon you can expect to see results—by the end of one week of use, you may not recognize your own eyes. 

Use this eye cream if you want a serum that isn’t greasy and won’t feel too thick around your eyes. 

4. Dior Hydra Life Cooling Hydration Sorbet Eye Gel


The reason you see so much aging under your eyes is because under-eye skin is super thin and becomes crepey easily. Hydration, hormones, genetics, gravity, lifestyle, and age all factor in to affect the health of your eyes. 

Soothing the swelling you’ve got not only feels great, it gives great results. We chose this eye cream for our list because of the ceramic applicator that feels just like a cool cube of ice as it applies hydration and revitalization to the eyes. Cornflower water perks up the eyes for a wide awake look to give your eyes a recharge after staring at a computer screen all day, late-night TV binging, or even just surviving a busy day with the family. 

Use this eye cream if you want to hydrate your eyes and soothe them with a cooling feature—but don’t want to keep your skincare products in the fridge.

5. The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream 


You’re going to see caffeine as a leading ingredient in lots of eye creams on our list—because it works. This product is no exception, but let’s explain a bit more what caffeine actually does under the eye: It increases circulation in the blood while simultaneously constricting blood vessels. The result is less pronounced dark circles under the eye and an almost instant depuffing effect.

Don’t rely on just caffeine to wake up your eyes like it wakes up your senses, though—your eye cream also has to be hydrating and soothing. Peptides in this lightweight eye cream work to hydrate and smooth the under-eye for glorious effects. 

What we love most about this eye cream though is that it’s strong enough to be used on its own but light enough to be paired with other lotions, creams, sunscreens, and even makeup products. But best of all is that it’s lightweight on the wallet as well. So if you’re looking for skin care on a budget, this may be the eye-opener you need.

Use this eye cream if you want to improve the look of the skin around your eyes but you aren’t ready to commit to a more expensive cream. You can switch up your eyecare routine later.

6. Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask


Most of the eye creams on our list are intended to be worn either during the day or night (or both, if you want constant under-eye support). But this one is on our list because it works its superpowers while you do nothing but sleep. 

A deluxe combination of retinol, avocado, and coffeeberry work together to recharge your eyes while you catch your zzz’s and you can wake up with more vibrant, smooth eyes. What we love most about this eye cream is that it’s vegan, which is not a super common occurrence in anti-aging products. Slather this eye cream under your eyes as you prep for bed and wake up recharged and bright eyed and bushy tailed for the morning!

Use this eye cream if you want to recharge your eyes while you’re sleeping. You can use this same cream—or another from our list—during the daytime for constant eye care. 

7. Juara Miracle Tea Eye Cream


Why did this eye cream make it onto our list? Because of what it doesn’t have: caffeine or retinol. Since these are two very common eye cream ingredients, we were curious what this product had to make it able to tackle wrinkles, fine lines, dry and sagging skin, and puffiness.

We weren’t disappointed. This eye cream contains kombucha, of all things, to tackle the under-eye issues we all have. In addition to this unique ingredient, this product has an interesting combination of turmeric, gooseberry, and clove flower. And it’s great to use both in the morning and in the evening. It’s got a non-greasy finish, so wear it alone or under other products.

Use this eye cream if you want an alternative to typical eye cream ingredients for tackling common skin issues around the eyes. 

8. Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream 


It’s not a list of the best eye creams for puffiness without this big name in beauty and anti-aging in the mix. Where do we even start? This eye cream not only moisturizes the tender and thin under-eye area, it uses gamma proteins and a collection of peptides to tackle fine lines, wrinkles, and other issues with your skin.

If you want to make your eyes look brighter and less irritated, the cactus in this formula helps to keep the tender area both moisturized and elastic for all-day comfort and youthful appeal. Add this peptide-rich eye cream to your arsenal of anti-aging products for great results that last with continued use. 

Use this eye cream if tackling aging eyes is your main goal. The many peptides and other ingredients can help reverse the signs of aging around your eyes. 

9. First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream


Want to give your eyes a boost all day long? You apply first aid to your body when you need it, and now you have the same for your poor tired under-eyes! What makes this product a must-have is the all-important caffeine it contains, along with its tripeptide blend for combatting stubborn fine lines and wrinkles. 

Light enough to wear all day, you can use this product alone or under makeup, sunscreen, or powder for a finished look. As a bonus, you can apply this eye cream on both your upper and lower eyelids for a complete hydrating, cooling treatment that will make even the most tired eyes feel pampered. 

Keep this eye cream on you at all times because it can be applied as often as you need the pick-me-up for your eyes. The better you stay on top of your aging eyes, the better your results will be over time. 

Use this eye cream if you want to tackle both the uneven swelling and puffiness of your eyes, and wrinkles and fine lines. 

10. Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream


We all need a little pick-me-up sometimes, and if you just want to make your dry and tired eyes look more alive like you actually got a full night’s rest, this is an eye cream worth keeping in your bathroom (or refrigerator if you like a cooler application). The vitamin C, caffeine, and ginseng in this cream work their magic to make eyes nearly instantly brighter, so even if you pulled an all-nighter, who’s going to know? 

We like that this non-greasy formula can be used in the morning for all-day relief of tired eyes. But what we like most is that this eye-brightening cream also has a mild pearlized sheen, available in two different tones. The pearlized effect won’t add color or tint to your eye area, but will instead make your eyes look more bright and youthful. 

Use this eye cream if you have dark circles along with puffiness under your eyes. If your eye issues are mainly caused by lack of sleep and hydration with aging being less of a worry, this is a great product to try. 

11. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream


We love seeing products that can improve and repair skin while we’re sleeping, so it’s no wonder we’ve added this eye cream to our list. What we love even more is that this treatment uses lots of natural ingredients to treat wrinkles and fine lines, skin swelling, uneven skin tone, and more. 

Smelling lightly of lavender, this cream contains sunflower seed oil and jojoba oil to both moisturize and hydrate the skin. Rejuvenation is the goal of this powerful cream, which can be achieved while you snooze away. If you want to wake up every morning with more youthful looking eyes, give this eye cream a shot. 

Use this eye cream if you want a nightly treatment that contains lots of natural ingredients. You can switch to a lighter-weight formula for day use. 

12. SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair


You can’t stop your eyes from aging any more than you can stop the rest of your body from aging. If your sagging eyelids, increasing crow’s feet, and growing puffiness around your eyes is caused more by Father Time than your own lack of sleep, hydration, and regular skin care, then you need to bring in something strong to give your eyes relief. 

Imagine an anti-aging eye cream that contains literally everything you’ve ever researched for eye health, all in one convenient bottle. Well, we found it, and that’s why this cream is on our list. This product contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, peptides, retinol, and a combination of other impressive ingredients to tackle even the most stubborn aging eyes. 

Wear this cream as a nightly treat for your eyes to turn back the hands of time on your face, or double down on this product and use it in the daytime too. Just make sure to wear sunscreen with this product to really protect your eyes against the sun so you can get the best benefits out of it. 

Use this eye cream if you really want to tackle aging eye skin. Your diligence using this product can really pay off in more youthful eyes. 

13. Fresh Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream


If you love a good Earl Grey first thing in the morning to get you ready for your day, then this is the eye cream for you. It takes de-puffing to a new level to wake up the most tired and woebegone eyes for a refreshed appearance that would fool anyone into believing you sleep like an angel each night. 

Black tea works to de-puff eyes and delay the aging of the thin and delicate skin around the eyes—a clear win in our own eyes and a reason this eye cream makes it onto our list in the first place. It’s the antioxidants we’re really excited about, as they help halt the free radicals that harm your skin in the first place. 

Use this eye cream if you want a gentle approach to anti-aging before lots of wrinkles have set in. This is also a great eye cream if tackling poofy eyes is your main agenda. 

14. NourishMax Diamond Extract Eye Cream


Wait, diamonds? With an ingredient like this, we had to look into this eye cream a little more. We’re glad we did, too. This under-eye treatment is another vegan and cruelty-free addition to our list (Yay!). This product is also free of parabens, gluten, and sulfate and dermatologist-approved, so we love it already. 

But it’s what this gentle and effective eye cream has in it that most caught our eye, including copper ferment, hyaluronic acid, arnica extract, and more to kiss those dark circles goodbye and make puffy eyes less swollen and more awake and healthy looking. Did you know that arnica is commonly used to treat bruises? That’s what makes this cream so effective on those raccoon eyes you’re trying to get rid of! 

Use this eye cream if you have deep and dark under-eye issues you want to tackle along with puffy eyes. Your eyes will look more evenly toned and vibrant. 

15. RoC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream


If you’re familiar with beauty products and anti-aging creams, then you’re familiar with this brand already, and it makes sense we’d find this affordable gem on our list. What we like about this eye cream is how it’s an all-around great healing agent to keep the skin around the eyes hydrated and healthy. 

Tackle your noticeable lines and wrinkles around and under your eyes as well as the dark circles and puffed areas that plague you with this lightweight and effective cream. Gentle enough to use on both the lower and upper eyelid, this eye cream also comes in special aluminum tubes to block out sunlight and excess oxygen so the product inside is well-protected. 

Use this eye cream if you want an all-around anti-aging product for your eyes. It’s best to start using an anti-aging eye cream to combat puffiness and more at the first signs of aging, so don’t let age be a determination as to when you start. 

16. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream 


Looking for something tried and true to tackle the puffy under-eyes and wrinkles you don’t like? Look no further than this pick for our list that gives reliable results without breaking the bank. While it’s mainly a wrinkle cream for the eyes, it’s got what it takes to make our list as an anti-puffing cream as well. 

You know this brand and have likely seen this eye cream on the shelves before, and we’re going to tell you it’s worth picking up next time you go shopping. It smoothes crepey and uneven skin that’s hard to cover otherwise, and even has what it takes to tackle deeper crow’s feet. Retinol and a glucose complex take charge and help reinvigorate your tired and aging skin so you can feel great about your eyes. 

Use this eye cream if you’re new to wearing anything under your eyes and want to use a product that’s easy to find and apply. Progress to another product on our list as you see fit. 

17. Alphyn Beauty Plant Genius Line-Filling Eye Balm 


Do you want to try something that can primarily take on your wrinkled under-eyes while having the bonus of de-puffing them as well? You can have both with this plant-based under-eye cream that’s gentle enough to hydrate and reduce wrinkles and swelling, but potent enough to actually make a real and lasting difference in your skin. 

If you keep this cream in the refrigerator, it can have an even better effect on tackling swelling skin under your eyes and can help wake up tired, dull eyes as well. What put this product on our list is its thick consistency and vitamin C, all great for soothing irritated eyes and making the skin more elastic, bouncy, and less puffy. 

Use this eye cream if you have sensitive skin that usually reacts to any kind of treatment. This eye cream is gentle and a safe bet for sensitive skin. 

18. Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream


De-puffing is what this eye cream does best, which is why it’s landed a coveted spot on our list of the best eye creams for puffiness. We love an eye cream that’s been tested by ophthalmologists to ensure it’s not going to irritate sensitive eyes, and this cream passes with flying colors. It’s got green tea, caffeine, and both vitamins A and E to combat your puffy, thirsty eyes so they look brighter and more refreshed every day. 

It’s ideal for all kinds of skin types and won’t be overly drying or too greasy. So feel free to wear this product alone or under makeup or sunscreen. Use twice a day for the best results, and always make sure the eye cream has had time to set before applying other products. 

Use this eye cream if puffiness is your primary concern with your eyes and you want a product that’s free of added colors and other ingredients you don’t want. 

19. Petitfee Pep Tightening Cream


When it comes to brightening and tightening the skin, peptides come to the rescue. We’ve added this eye cream to our list because who doesn’t want their eyes to look more refreshed, tighter, and smoother? We know that’s exactly what we want in healthy eyes! 

Coffee bean extract rounds out this handy eye de-puffer for all day control of the under-eyes. Pair this eye cream with your favorite anti-aging cream or wear it as a standalone product for healthy eyes. 

Use this eye cream if you want all-round hydration and anti-inflammatory protection against free radicals for your eyes. 

When using any new products around your eyes, proceed with caution. Less is more when applying any eye cream; if it’s taking too long to set and dry or is rubbing off, you may be using too much.

If you really want to get your puffy eye condition under control, make sure you use a product both day and night. A lightweight formula with caffeine and retinol gets you through the day, while a heavier and more hydrating formula helps your eyes rest up for the day ahead. Finish with sunscreen and enjoy brighter, more youthful eyes all day long.

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