8 Products to Help You De-Puff After a Holiday Party
Whether it’s swollen eyes or chipmunk cheeks, these skin savers will help you combat the inevitable puffiness that comes with attending so many seasonal soirées.
Published Dec 9, 2016 7:00 AM
There are so many things to love about a good holiday party: the endless passed hors d’oeuvres, festive cocktails, staying out late to catch up with family and friends, and so on. What’s not so enjoyable is waking up looking swollen and puffy thanks to the salt, alcohol, and lack of sleep from the night before. Happily, these eight products will help you de-puff, fast … so you can get ready for the next fabulous fête on your calendar.
BBs always score big points for their multi-tasking abilities, and this one is no different. Cornflower water soothes and decongests skin, while caffeine stimulates drainage and reduces puffiness. A cooling, stainless steel roller ball applicator (use it to massage the area under each eye), and a hint of tint to help conceal tell-tale dark circles make this is a one-stop-shop for tired eyes.
Cool as a Cucumber
It’s not just a beauty myth: Placing cucumber slices on your eyes actually does help with puffiness. But, if you don’t have the time to sit perfectly still so that the slices don’t fall off your face (and really, who does?), these stick-on patches are a much easier alternative. Infused with cucumber extract to detox and de-puff, these also tout soothing aloe and chamomile, hydrating glycerin, and brightening arnica, leaving your eyes looking and feeling refreshed in just 10 to 15 minutes.
They may look like a children’s musical instrument, but these small glass globes are the secret to puff-free peepers. Use them to gently massage your under-eye area to stimulate lymphatic drainage (translation: less swelling). When paired with your favorite eye cream, the massage also helps the product work better. But, most importantly, it just feels darn good. Stash them in the fridge to keep them cold and it will feel even better.
BSB Beauty Globes, $75
You’ll likely need an extra-large coffee the morning after a holiday party, and your skin will need a jolt, too. Ginseng boosts skin’s energy while caffeine stimulates circulation to reduce puffiness and increase radiance. Plus, since you can spray this on over makeup (it won’t mess it up), it’s also a great afternoon pick-me-up.
Tiny but mighty, this pocket-sized wonder revives tired eyes, fast. A blend of peptides combats puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles; a menthol derivative (don’t worry, it’s safe for the sensitive skin around your eyes) makes it feel cooling and refreshing. Extra points for the hydrating formula that glides on smoothly, without ever tugging or pulling.
Whether it’s a greasy breakfast sandwich or a big bottle of coconut water, everyone has their own remedy for dealing with the effects of a late night out. Consider this your skin’s solution. Targeting all of the complexion concerns that can crop up after one too many glasses of bubbly—dehydration, puffiness, lines, wrinkles, dullness—this improves the look of skin in just five minutes. Apply first thing—then, order that breakfast sandwich.
Sheet masks are all the rage for their easy, mess-free application, and this targeted version for eyes offers all that and more. Infused with a laundry list of good-for-your skin ingredients (think peptides, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid) this de-puffs while also delivering a hefty dose of hydration, which your skin will need after a late night out. Stash it in the fridge to even further boost its invigorating effects.
Karuna Renewal+ Eye Mask, $36 for 4
Cream of the Crop
Light as, well, a cloud, this moisturizer quickly and intensely hydrates and soothes skin that’s in need of a little extra TLC. Not only is it choice post-party, it’s also ideal for combating the irritating effects of the cold winter weather, so keep it on hand all season long.