Student at Farleigh Dickinson University
Being a cosmetic chemist, I have become something like a “beauty advisor” to all my friends looking for advice on what products to buy. One of the questions I am asked the most is how to get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles.
So what can you do to improve it?
1. Aim to keep your skin hydrated with a good fragrance-free moisturizer with SPF or serum. Moderate alcohol and salt consumption and drink plenty of water.
With all of the eye creams on the market claiming to do wonderful things, I would love to be able to suggest a skincare product or tip to help out my friends. However, I cannot prevent myself from being conflicted with the entire “eye cream” market. There are no studies that have demonstrated that different ingredients are effective for the eyes more so than the skin on the rest of your body. In fact, by analyzing the list of ingredients in eye creams, I do not see any significant differences compared to a normal face cream. They are based on the same ingredients! It seems to me that you could be using your eye cream all over your face and interchangeably use facial moisturizer for your eyes as well.
It is true that the eye area is sensitive and so is the rest of your skin. It is a myth that if something stings or irritates, then it must be better. A product that does not feel good on your skin is probably not good for your skin and is most likely causing inflammation. Inflammation can lead to cell death and premature aging. A good moisturizer should not bother your eyes (this does not include skincare products with actives such as Vitamin C and retinoids.
2. Also, aim to reduce inflammation by avoiding ingredients that cause skin inflammation such as menthol, camphor, alcohol, essential oils, and fragrant plant extracts. Many products are marketed as “fragrance free” since they do not contain any synthetic fragrances. However, they can be loaded with fragrance oils that can be very irritating to your skin. Synthetic ingredients can be good and bad for your skin, but the same also applies for organic and natural ingredients as well. It is fundamental to remove your make-up before going to bed.
These tips should improve not only the eye area, but also the overall health of your skin. However, if you still cannot get rid of puffy eyes (it can be genetic), you can try cool compresses and apply it while sitting up using mild pressure. Sleep with your head slightly raised to prevent fluids from accumulating around your eyes or use 3M tape under your eyes to apply some mechanical pressure to the area.
Hope that helps!