How to Prevent Puffy Eyes

With the start of holiday season comes a few of our favorite things: mulled wine, gingerbread cookies, statement coats. And some of our least favorite: feeling bloated, puffy, hungover. We’re feeling a little less than healthy, already, particularly in our under-eye region. We need to perk up our under eye bags and reduce puffiness stat, which is why we’ve asked some of our favorite beauty insiders for advice. Read their #1 tips below, because the party never stops this time of year, but puffy eyes can…


From Jean Godfrey-June, Beauty Director, GOOP:

My all time favorite serum is Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum, which is actually an oil, and works beautifully. Spend the days post-Thanksgiving doing as many yoga (or whatever workout you prefer) classes as you can jam in. If you do the workout, the diet will follow, at least to some degree. Do all your Black Friday shopping online, in between workouts and vegetable-steaming sessions. (I forgot to mention: freeze all Thanksgiving leftovers.) Take 1,000 baths as a reward. Rituals Eucalyptus bath oil is truly the greatest, calming, clean scent, and it leaves your skin soft and ultra-moisturized.

Streamlined and healthy: That’s my plan! Let’s see if I live up to it!


From Bobbi Brown, Founder, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics:

1. Use a cold wash cloth and gently press on eyes for about 3-5 minutes.

2. Hydrate with an eye cream.

3. Layer an eye balm on top, a thicker cream like Extra Eye Repair.

4. Line your eyes on top and apply mascara.

5. Choose a matte nude shade of eye shadow, nothing shimmery or metallic.

6. Divert attention away from your eyes: Apply a bright or deep lip color to draw attention to your smile!


From Jamie Rosen, Beauty Director, Town & Country:

This idea is old as dirt, but putting tea bags on your eyes for a few minutes does work, along with drinking tons of water to flush out the excess sodium. Eye serums and creams with a metal rollerball (like this one from Clinique) can help a little bit, too.


From Hannah Bronfman, HBFit 

Drink a ton of water on Thursday and Friday so that when you do you eat, it’ll help flush everything out. Also try to work out on Thursday so that you deserve all the turkey you can eat for your muscles. On Friday, take a bath with Epsom salt. It’ll help with the puffiness and take out the excess water weight.

Also check out our ultimate DIY face mask guide

*Image from Madame Germany Magazine, March 2013 by Jamie Nelson.