Before & after undereye bags
Celebrities... they're just like us. Your eye area is just like a Facebook status update; it tells the world everything about your life. If you stayed up too late, worked too hard, partied even harder, slacked on sunscreen. You name it, you're eyes show it. Pillowy under- eyes are complicated, anybody that has any kind of stress level knows that the "no sleep" situation is just called life at this point. Truth is, your eye puffiness and darkness could be inherited *cough, thanks Dad, cough*. Below are ways to minimize the appearance of those circles that won't cost you an arm or a leg. 
  • Cream Application - Find one that contains caffeine because caffeine is knows to tighten up the skin. Be careful how you apply it; gently pat. If you're nervous or are a first timer, you can also achieve this by applying cool, moist black-tea bags. First soak the tea bags in warm water, then chill the bags for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Place on your eyes for five minutes, and your eyes will feel fresh and look brighter. 
    • Try this: Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (Shop Now)
  • Hydration Patches - You know, those half-moon patches you put under your eyes? They're rich in antioxidants and will help plump up the skin while reducing inflammation.
    • Try this: Guerlain Super Aqua-Eye Anti-Puffiness Smoothing Eye Patch (Shop Now)
  • Roll it Out - All I have to say is centuries-old-Chinese-beauty! Rolling up and down your face with a jade or rose quartz face roller helps with lymphatic drainage, revs up blood circulation which will then de-puff the eye area. Plus, it feels. SO. GOOD.
    • Try this: Shiffa Jade Facial Roller (Shop Now)
  • Preparation H - You read that correctly. The same cream you use to help heal hemorrhoids is actually amazing for puffiness. It causes the muscles on blood vessel walls to constrict and reduce puffiness. 
  • Cold Spoons, Potatoes, Cucumbers - You name it, we've tried it. Using sliced cucumbers from your freezer are great! Keep them on until the slices start to melt. Same with spoons, stick two clean teaspoons in the freezer and simply press them against your eyes for a few minutes. (Just make sure to rinse them in cold water first, queue Dumb & Dumber moment.) Slice up a few refrigerated potatoes, soak them in water for a minute or two and then place over your eyelids for 15 minutes. 
  • Stay Hydrated & Watch Your Diet - We know you don't want to hear this but alcohol contributes to dehydration, swelling and puffiness. Drink water before and after you go out to minimize any visible damage. Try limiting your sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams a day. Salty food lead to swelling and bloating which in-turn cause puffiness. 
  • Sleep more - The cheapest way to reduce that extra baggage is to get on a regular sleep routine which consists of seven to eight hours a night. Take Magnesium supplements if you're an insomniac like myself. You'll thank me later! Make sure not to drink alcohol within a few hours of bedtime or you will get a restless sleep. 

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