While you might be stuck at home for a while, it probably doesn’t feel like you’re getting any extra rest. If you feel like that tiredness is showing up on your face, you’re not alone. You don’t have to worry about looking like a zombie when you go back to work after this is all over; you can kiss those tired under-eye bags goodbye.
A variety of things cause under-eye bags. The puffiness or sunken look of bags can stem from sleep issues, anxiety, allergies & sinus problems, aging, too much sun, your diet, alcohol & drug consumption, and more. If you feel like your under-eye bags are coming from an underlying medical issue, talk to your doctor. If you think these bags are just from a little too much restlessness, you can try to get rid of them with at-home treatments, rather than getting a facial at a spa. You can combat under-eye bags with patches, creams, gels, rollers, and more.
Under-eye patches are a quick fix. They won’t solve the overall problem in five minutes, but they can help. They’re great to wear for 10-30 minutes while you’re getting ready for something. They feel soothing under your eyes, as they are typically made with a comforting gel.
Skyn Iceland Travel Size Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $14.50
When you have puffy under-eyes, almost nothing feels better than a cooling gel. These Skyn Iceland patches will get to work in just 10 minutes, using Icelandic glacial waters and concentrated doses of firming ingredients to de-puff and tone your under-eye. The patches are made with peptides and botanicals to improve blood flow, while also using antioxidants to help prevent future damage and fine lines.
BrightJungle 24K Gold Under Eye Collagen Patch, $17.99
If you want to feel fancy on a budget, you can get some 24k gold under-eye patches for under $20. These patches have hyaluronic acid to provide instant and long-lasting hydration to your skin. These are infused with collagen to help firm your skin and keep it firm after use.
Tarte SEA Pack Your Bags Under Eye Patches, $22
If you’re always trying to keep your beauty routine clean and cruelty free, these Tarte under-eye patches are vegan-friendly. They work on all skin types: oily, normal, dry, combination, and sensitive. The patches will soothe and smooth the appearance of fine lines and de-puff your skin. Using jellified algae and coconut oil, the patches will hydrate and illuminate your skin in just 15 minutes.
Patchology FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels, Starting at $35
Price: Starting out at $35
Another fast fix with strong powers is Patchology’s FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels. They have caffeine and hydrolyzed collagen to make it look like you got a full eight hours of sleep, but only after five minutes of wear. They will feel refreshing on your puffy under-eyes, as the patches are soothing and cooling.
And if you’re looking for something to use overnight, you can get the Patchology FlashPatch Restoring Night Eye Gels for $42. The night gels have cedrus Atlantica bark to brighten and reduce dark circles.
Under-eye Gels & Creams
Creams and gels are going to be your long time fix/preventative method for under-eye bags. If you have more baggage than an airplane cargo, a little patch isn’t the solution. You need a night cream! You can add one of these to your nighttime skincare routine. Some creams work in both a.m. and p.m. routines.
KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 Eye Fuel, $24
Looking for a boost of juice to your skin? This Kiehl’s Eye Fuel provides 24-hour hydration, thanks to the caffeine and B3 vitamins used to illuminate skin for increased radiance. It has been clinically demonstrated to reduce under-eye bags and puffiness after continued use.
Baebody Eye Gel for Under & Around Eyes, $24.95
If you’re looking for something lightweight that won’t weigh down on your skin, this gel is the perfect solution. It’s meant to be used twice daily, in the a.m. and p.m., to combat dark circles and puffiness. This Baebody eye gel has a peptide complex to help your skin collagen, Matrixyl 3000 to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, Vitamin E for moisture and elasticity, plus Jojoba oil and amino acid blend for smooth hydration.
Also, this product is often available as a Lightning Deal on Amazon for about half the price; if you have the time to monitor the price for the sale, keep an eye out.
First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Eye Cream Age Delay, $32
This 5-in-1 cream can be used twice a day to keep your eye area looking youthful and radiant. It has Homeostatine, which is a complex of two natural ingredients to help improve the appearance of fine lines. It has alpha-arbutin and niacinamide to protect and brighten the delicate skin that surrounds your eyes.
LANEIGE Eye Sleeping Mask, $34
If you want a cream that will do the work in your sleep, this Laneige sleep mask is right up your alley. It’s a leave-on eye mask that will deeply hydrate your skin through the night to sooth fatigued eyes. The mask uses an eye moisture wrap technology to maintain deep hydration while you sleep.
Similar to a cream, rollers are more of a long-term fix but often feel like instant relief. The rolling effect is soothing on puffy and swollen under-eyes.
Price: $8.59 (Normally $12.99)
Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller, $8.59 (Normally $12.99)
This Garnier Anti-Puff Eye Roller has an easy-apply gel texture cream that works on dark circles and puffiness. It has a cooling caffeine, mint, and Vitamin C combo that can help brighten your skin.
Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set, $19.98
This roller is good for your overall skincare routine. You can use this jade facial roller to help diminish wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness, and facial bloating. It will help improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. You can use this with or without any facial creams, gels, or patches.
Michael Todd Beauty Sonic Eraser Duo 3-in-1 Anti-Aging Eye Corrector, $89
This is a tool you can use for younger eyes and as a lip corrector. The Michael Todd Sonic Eraser will help improve the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles, while producing intense hydration. Users have reported a 97% increase in hydration and 86% firmness and elasticity in their under-eye skin.
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