Skin Concerns

How to Minimize the Look of Puffy Eyes

Close up of woman applying eye cream in order to get rid of puffy eyes

Smooth and bright under eyes make us appear well-rested and youthful looking. Whether it’s a one-time occurence or an ongoing concern, eye puffiness is something we all have to deal with at one time or another.

If you find yourself asking ‘why are my eyes so puffy?’, read on to discover what causes puffy eyes and how to reduce puffy eyes with lifestyle tips, skincare for bags under the eyes and products for puffy eyes.

What causes puffy eyes?

Puffy eyes are caused by an accumulation of fluid in the skin tissue around the eye area. As the skin in this area is thin and delicate, this fluid can cause irritation, making the eye area swell and become discolored.

It can also be triggered by genetic and lifestyle factors:


Consuming foods that are high in salt, caffeine or alcohol can lead to dehydration and water retention around the eyes.

Dry skin

Dry skin types may find that they have particularly puffy eyes in the morning. If skin isn’t hydrated, the eye area may become even more dry and sensitive, encouraging signs of aging – including under eye puffiness.

Sleeping in makeup

Failing to remove makeup from the eye area can lead to irritation and blocked glands around the eyes that can swell overnight and cause puffy eyes in the morning.

Harsh products

Applying products that contain harsh chemicals or alcohols can make the already-delicate area more sensitive, causing redness, swelling and puffiness. If you think your products may be irritating your eyes, stop using them immediately.

How to help get rid of puffy eyes

To help combat the look of puffy under eyes, try the below advice.

1. Get enough sleep

Tiredness affects the health of skin – including emphasizing the appearance of dark circles and under eye bags. Getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night helps to maintain healthier looking under eyes.

2. Hydrate the eye area

The skin under the eye loses moisture 50% faster than the rest of the face. Dehydrated skin is not only prone to puffiness but fine lines and wrinkles. To tackle these skin concerns effectively, it’s important to infuse moisture and hydration into the skin with eye creams designed for dark circles and under-eye bags, supporting a plump and healthy appearance.

No7 Youthful Eye Serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin A and peptides to help visibly depuff the appearance of eyes, wrinkles and under eye bags while improving firmness.

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3. Introduce retinol into your eye care routine

Retinol supports the skin’s natural renewal process, helping to improve the appearance of dark circles and puffy under eyes.

A great eye cream for puffy eyes, No7 Pure Retinol Eye Cream is specifically formulated to be gentle to the eye area. Its lightweight formula combines .05% pure retinol with soothing shea butter, bisabolol and No7’s famous Matrixyl 3000+™ collagen peptide technology to help reduce the appearance of under eye puffiness. With continued use, skin looks firmer, brighter and more hydrated.

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 4. Use a cooling tri-ball applicator

Applying a cold compress for 10 minutes also helps to relieve tired, puffy under eyes. Alternatively, keep your eye cream in the fridge or use a cooling tri-ball applicator to help the skin feel soothed and cooled.

No7 Radiance+ Roll & Glow Eye Cream has a cooling tri-ball applicator and is enriched with Vitamin C, color-correcting pigments and caffeine to help reduce the look of puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. With continued use, skin appears refreshed, rested and radiant.

5. Apply an anti-aging eye cream for bags

Anti-aging eye creams are designed to address the key signs of aging around the eyes: dark circles, under eye bags and eye puffiness.

One of the best eye creams for puffy eyes, No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Eye Cream is formulated with a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide formula and No7’s firming complex of hyaluronic acid and hibiscus to help minimize the appearance of puffy under eyes.

6. Relax with a cooling eye mask

By creating a cooling, airless layer on the skin, eye masks effectively deliver ingredients to the eye area, targeting puffiness and dark circles.

An effective puffy eye treatment, No7 Instant Results Eye Masks are designed to adhere seamlessly to the undereye contour. They’re infused with a brightening Vitamin C and E to reduce the appearance of puffiness. Eyes feel instantly refreshed and under eye bags appear reduced.

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