If you always wake up with this problem, good news: there are remedies that really work. By Krista Bennett DeMaio, REDBOOK.
The facialist says:
"At the spa, we calm puffy eyes with a treatment that uses tea, which is a great anti-inflammatory--and you can do the same at home. First, steep two chamomile or marigold tea bags, then let them cool to room temperature. Next, lie back with your head propped up on pillows. Place a tea bag over each eye for 10 minutes, then rinse your face with cool water." Follow with this five-second massage: Holding two fingers together, pat a dot of eye cream under each eye, working from the inner corner out. With each pat, gently push the skin toward your temple, "which helps move the excess fluid out from under your eyes. Repeat this before bed and you'll be golden the next morning!"
- Robin Berger, lead therapist at Cornelia Spa at the Surrey Hotel in New York City
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The dermatologist says:
"There can be a few different causes for puffiness: allergies, something you ate or drank the night before--salty foods and alcohol are the worst culprits--or even staring at your computer screen for hours on end. They can all lead to excess fluid pooling around your eyes while you sleep. You can't always avoid the triggers, but you can take steps to prevent swelling." For one thing, consider switching out your wine, which is loaded with skin-bloating sulfates, for a vodka cranberry. "It's low in sulfates, plus cranberry helps prevent water retention." At night, sleep with two pillows under your head so any fluid around your eyes can drain. And if you still wake up puffy, "pat an eye gel or cream that contains caffeine around your eyes to quickly tighten the skin." Try Origins GinZing eye cream, $30; macy.com.
- Shirley Chi, M.D., director of dermatology resident education at the Olive View--UCLA Medical Center and consulting dermatologist for La Roche-Posay Skincare
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The makeup artist says:
"Don't try to cover puffy eyes with concealer: It makes them look worse. So will nude and brown makeup shades, which emphasize any redness in your eyes and skin. Stick with eyeshadows or liners that are gray, if you have fair or medium skin, or navy, for dark skin." Try Maybelline New York Eye Studio Master Drama Cream Pencil in Sapphire Strength (pictured) or Made of Steel, $7.99 each; ulta.com. "Next, curl your lashes and put on mascara to help hide swollen top lids," then dab a liquid highlighter, such as Lancôme Teint Miracle Instant Retouch Pen, $29.50; macys.com, right where the puffiness meets the top of your cheek. "This makes the skin appear smoother."
- Jordy Poon, celebrity makeup artist who has worked with Katy Perry and Molly Sims
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