Like dark circles, puffy eyes can be caused by a number of things, including water retention, allergies and genetics. Experts say most cases can be treated with a few simple at-home remedies such as elevating your head while sleeping, and reducing salt and alcohol consumption. Cold compresses can also offer relief, since they constrict inflamed blood vessels.
For more persistent problems, some skin-care professionals suggest using eye creams that contain caffeine, a vasoconstrictor that helps blood vessels to contract and expel excess liquid. The question is, does it perform this way when used on the skin? That's still up in the air, says WebMD's Sonya Collins. "Some studies show that caffeine can help circulation, which could reduce puffiness," she says. But Collins adds that other studies show that cold temperatures are just as effective, which is why some people refrigerate their eye creams.
Editors at Cosmopolitan.com recommend Philosophy Uplifting Miracle Worker Eye Cream (Est. $45 for 0.5 oz.), in part due to its cooling effect. "Gone are the days of putting spoons in the fridge to help minimize puffiness around your eyes," editors say. "This (literally) cool applicator is made out of ceramic, so it calms any inflammation as the brightening Persian silk tree-infused cream helps brighten and firm your skin."
While it doesn't have the same number of reviews compared to other eye creams on sites like Ulta.com, Sephora.com, and Amazon.com, the few dozen reviews it does receive are mostly positive. Users say it's lightweight and absorbs quickly, with some saying they notice decreased puffiness within just a few days of use. Several reviewers say they've received compliments after using this product, and some have been asked if they've had cosmetic procedures done. Even users who say they didn't notice much difference in the appearance of the skin around their eyes agree that it does have a cooling effect.
If you're looking for a cheaper option, contributors to Walgreens.com say Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream for Dark Circles, Wrinkles and Puffiness (Est. $17 for 0.4 oz.) is a good choice for reducing puffiness. It contains vitamins and peptides as well as a touch of concealer to provide an instant lightening and brightening effect. More than 540 users contribute to a rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 at Walgreens.com, with most users saying that Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream applies smoothly and absorbs quickly, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also minimizing puffiness within minutes.
Men are just as susceptible to skin maladies as women are, but you wouldn't know it by the way skin-care products are typically marketed almost exclusively to women. Still, experts say that men can benefit from a good skin-care routine as much as women can, and their needs are relatively the same. Paula Begoun says, "Regardless of gender, skin is skin. In terms of what either gender needs to create and maintain healthy, protected skin, there is no fundamental difference."
Although there's a growing market of skin-care products designed for men, we find few reviews for men's eye cream products. However, products that are typically marketed to women are perfectly safe and effective for men. The healthy-skin ingredients that brighten the eyes, protect from signs of aging and improve skin over time are identical for men and women alike.
Experts say a gentle eye cream or facial moisturizer that's rich in antioxidants, moisturizers and other state-of-the-art ingredients is essential for healthy skin surrounding the eyes. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (Est. $35 for 0.5 oz.), RoC Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Eye Cream (Est. $15 for 0.5 oz.), Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate (Est. $60 for 0.5 oz.), Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum (Est. $70 for 0.5 oz.) and other formulas discussed in this report are good products to start with, no matter your gender.