Most would say motherhood is totally worth being among the most sleep-deprived creatures on the planet, and it really is — but we don’t necessarily like looking that way. We’ve put together a hot list of eye creams with de-puffing properties that promise to help you look more awake than you actually are.
Peter Thomas Roth Instant FIRMx Eye 2 of 11
The Spanx of eye-creams, this innovative does-it-all under-eye formula works fast to shrink puffy eye bags and lighten cavernous dark circles. It also treats crow’s feet, fine lines, and deep wrinkles. This a godsend on those mornings when you just don’t have time to apply concealer.
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CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream 3 of 11
Formulated with Peptide P-199, this concentrated treatment reactivates dormant stem cells to hydrate under-eye skin and smooth fine lines. The moisturizing properties really last, and after a 4-week clinical study, 64% of users reported their dark circles seemed significantly lighter and brighter.
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Olay Regenerist Eye Cream 4 of 11
What’s that? An amino-peptide and B3 formula combined with concealer to banish under-eye bags in a seconds-saving single application? What mom doesn’t want more bang for her buck?
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Boots No. 7 Eye Reviving Gel 5 of 11
Fortified with natural ingredients such as witch hazel, horse chestnut extract and pro-vitamin B5, this lightweight gel soothes sags and lightens those deep dark circles earned by many late night feedings.
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Mally Perfect Prep Soothing Eye Gel 6 of 11
Celebrity makeup artist and skincare entrepreneur Mally infused her eye gel with caffeine, red algae, colorless quartz and rhodochrosite extract to improve circulation. A single swipe with the soothing metal applicator wand definitely diminished the bags under this tired mom’s eyes!
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AHAVA Age Control Eye Cream 7 of 11
Right after applying this lightweight gel, you can literally feel the osmoter – a proprietary blend of Dead Sea minerals — at work, plus hypophea, chamomile and aloe vera, which help to deflate those puffy exhaustion bags. What’s more, it offers 12 long hours of intense hydration to help mask any telltale signs of fatigue.
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LOral Paris Youth Code Eye Cream 8 of 11
Designed to repair gene expression (aka accelerate the way skin reacts to stress, which slows as we age), L’Oreal’s Youth Code GenActiv TECHNOLOGY™ is richly infused with honey and caffeine, and has a metal tip applicator that cools, and thus deflates, the under-eye area on contact. What’s more, the formula contains light diffusing micro-pearls to help mask dark circles caused by a lack of z’s.
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SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex 9 of 11
This deeply hydrating treatment calms the biggest bags instantly as it works both on the surface and below the skin. Optical diffusers mask dark circles and broken capillaries, while ingredients like haloxyl and flavagrum work to drain toxic buildup stored in the under-eye lymph nodes that cause puffiness and dark circles. Visit Skinceuticals.com to find a professional skincare provider near you.
Neutrogena Ageless Restoratives Instant Eye Reviver 10 of 11
Containing an Active Protein Complex that deflates under-eye puffiness and conceals dark circles, this formula comes with a cooling roller ball applicator to massage relief onto the delicate area surrounding your sleepless orbs.
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MD Skincare Lift and Lighten Eye Cream 11 of 11
Get the moisture your snooze-less eyes sorely need with a cream that promises to visibly diminish dark circles and fine lines, while removing the skin-drying calcium residue that tap water can leave on skin.
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