10 of the best eye creams for puffy eyes


Late nights. Unhealthy food. Too much alcohol. Sound like your weekend? We hear ya.

While we’ll never regret going for karaoke with the girls (even if it was at 2am), it’s true that said wild nights always take their toll on our skin. And come Monday, some of us can suffer from a pretty bad case of the puffy eyes.

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If your peepers are starting to show the telltale signs of your lack of shuteye, we highly recommend using one of these 10 eye creams. They’re all wonderfully good at combatting puffiness around the eyes, making them your best friend in the am. Caffeine and  skin soothers like aloe vera and cucumber are key ingredients to look out for, or if you’re after hydration, you can’t beat hyalruonic acid and squalane

But don’t worry, we’ve done the research for you. Take your pick…

#1 Kiehl’s Eye Alert

You know cucumbers are king when it comes to combatting swelling, and this goodie is enriched with not only cucumber, but alfalfa extracts too, to help cool the eye area, reducing puffiness as a result. But that’s not all! A blend of caffeine and vitamin E also acts like a boost of energy to fight off puffiness and fatigue while moisturising the under-eye area.

Read reviews for Kiehl’s Eye Alert >

#2 Uriage Aquaprecis Relaxing Eye Gel

Providing an instant cooling sensation upon application, this soothing gel instantly decongests bags under the eyes. It continues to hydrate the area for 24 hours, too, helping to leave you looking fresh and wide-awake.

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#3 Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Power Firm

Skin-rebuilding antioxidant vitamins, protective organic silicones and seaweed extract come together in this eye cream to improve smoothness while also increasing firmness and skin elasticity. Rated four stars from 56 beautyheaven member reviews, you know this cream can deliver!

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#4. Planet Eve Organics Super 5 Eye Firming Gel

A powerhouse when it comes to hard-working botanical ingredients, this gel contains acai berry, acacia, ginkgo biloba, aloe vera and Bulgarian rose to help fight puffy eyes. It also helps hydrate, cool and stimulate the eye area to prevent further puffiness from occurring.

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#5 Natio Eye Contour Treatment Gel

Chamomile, cucumber, cornflower and calendula extracts are the reason behind this eye treatment’s ability to calm the skin and help reduce puffiness. The extracts also work to soften and moisturise the skin, which is key to a youthful eye area.

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#6 Trilogy Eye Contour Cream

It’s the aloe vera in this fragrance-free formula that combats not only the appearance of puffiness, but fine lines and dehydration as well. This product also harnesses the power of gentle plant proteins and powerful botanicals to help encourage a smooth and soothe the eye area with continued use.

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#7 ORIGINS GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Like a double-shot espresso for your eyes, this cream will perk your puffy peepers right back up after a big night. The formula contains caffeine, ginseng and magnolia extract to not only reduce swelling and puffiness and increase the flow of circulation, it will also brighten up your whole eye area. You’ll be looking fresh as a daisy!

$45. mecca.com.au

#8. Botáni Rescue Eye Treatment

You can thank the arnica in this soothing and calming gel for its ability to reduce swelling around the eyes. Along with liquorice root extract, it’s the ingredient that’ll leave your eye area free of puffiness and dark circles.

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#9 Dr. LeWinn’s Firming Eye Cream

The key to eliminating puffy eyes is a lightweight gel, and this eye product is just that. Its hydrating formula helps to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes and fine lines while aloe vera works to soothes tired eyes, leaving the skin looking and feeling refreshed and well rested.

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#10 Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Firming Eye Cream

Tackling all the signs of ageing around the eyes, this cream will take on puffiness as well as fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, dullness

Read reviews for Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Firming Eye Cream >

Do you suffer from puffy eyes? What do you do to help combat swelling around the eye area?

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  4. Only thing I need to take care with the eye area skin is to slow down wrinkling and boost collagen (retinol, acids and fruity mostly raw diet high in nutrients and hydration that help with having good bouncy skin). Puffy thing is just diet related with me ( when having salt and cooked food) and happens very very rarely but also goes away very quickly as the day goes by.

  5. I haven’t tried any of these. I’m on an eye cream pause for the moment as I have had an ?allergic reaction to something and have got swollen eyelids, so the only thing I’m putting on them at the moment is hydrocortisone cream.

  6. Eye cream/serums take me so long to use up that I am rarely in the market for new products in this category. I do tend to prefer ones with a little bit of caffeine for daytime use to freshen up my eyes.

  7. I always have puffy eye bags, have tried so many eye creams and other things, cucumber slices, tea bags etc. Nothing helps unfortunately, I think it’s mainly hereditary. Mum has always had really puffy under eye bags. I would love to have surgery as it really bothers me but I’m not game enough to.

  8. I always have puffy eyes and a bit of dark circles these days. It takes me so long to get through my eye creams too, I am trying to get through all my products during lockdown, whilst I’m not hitting the shops. It will be a while before I buy any new products.

  9. I like using the old fashion way for under eye swelling, cold rose water from the fridge on a eye pad and just placing it under my eyes.. it really helps and works for me- my mum taught me this.

  10. I don’t have puffiness under my eyes, but I’ve experienced puffiness after using an eye cream several times. The worst one was when I tried a sample pot of Benefit Cosmetics It’s Potent! Eye Cream.

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