8 Ways to Reduce Puffiness and Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Hey guys,

I know I am not the only one who struggles with dark circles and puffiness under their eyes. Here are 8 thing’s that I do to keep the puffiness and dark circles at bay while chasing little kids and staying up late writing these blog posts!

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Eye cream: Getting the right eye cream or eye serum is important if you are trying to lessen your dark circles and puffiness. Make sure that you find one that is not only going to have anti-aging benefits, but also help to brighten your under eyes as well like the Obagi Professional-C Eye Brightening Serum.
Lymphatic Drainage: One of the best ways to reduce under mild-morning eye puffiness and dark circles is giving yourself a lymphatic facial massage. It’s not only free and something you can do at home, but it’s relaxing as well. Basically what happens is excess fluid gets trapped between your skin and muscle  and you want to lightly move it into your lymph system so that the subtle and sometimes not so subtle post-sleep bags go away.

Sleep: Getting a good night of sleep not only will not only rejuvenate your skin cells, but it helps to keep your under eyes looking awake and fresh. Unfortunately if you are like me with two small kids…sleep is simply a luxury that happens once in a while.

Less Salt-More Water: When you eat a lot of salt (I am a salty chip-a-holic) it can cause your body to hold onto water and make you appear puffy under your eyes. So make sure to back off of the salt and add a whole lot more water into your daily life to pure out extra toxins.

Sleeping Properly: When you sleep on your sides, under-eye fluid can pool together causing you to have puffy eyes. Instead, sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated so under eye fluid drains properly.

 Reduce Nasal Congestion: Your nasal cavity is close to your eyes and when your nose is congested, it makes it pretty difficult for your eyes to drain extra moisture properly, which can create dark circles and puffiness. Try using a neti-pot to help clear out your congestion and if it’s allergy related, get some allergy relief.

Concealer and Corrector: While using a concealer won’t help much if you have under eye puffiness, it will help tremendously with dark circles. Make sure to use a concealer that is a half shade lighter than your foundation and has light reflecting particles in it to deflect the appearance of dark circles. If your dark circles are still peaking through, use an under eye color corrector that has a tint of pink to cut out the blue, then go over it with your normal concealer. My personal Favorites are the Jour Cosmetics Age Repairing Brightener for concealing and brightening, and then the Face Stockholm Corrective Concealer in the Blue Corrector.

Cucumbers: Well, it’s not really cucumbers, put it’s the fact that they then they are sliced and cold from refrigeration, it can significantly take down the inflammation associated with puffy eyes. So, try it out because it’s a super cheap way of doing it.


Have a great Day!



note* Some of these products were given to me from a PR company. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

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  • BeautyJudy

    Wow, what great tips. I am such a side sleeper too, bummer 🙁

  • Norah Salazar

    Awesome tips and my answer to dark circles is concealer, lol. How do you like the Obagi??? I have lots of people swear by it, you should review it!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Great tips! I’ve always been curious about Obagi products. Review please!!

  • Perfect tips and tricks. I am so a side sleeper :/ eeek… I may need to try on my back. Love this!!!

  • Amber

    I’ve always wanted to try the Obagi. I have heard great things about it. I swear by facial massages. Caroline Hirons blog is my skincare bible! lol
    These are great tips. Thanks for sharing!! Side note, but I love your nails! <3

  • Aleya Bamdad

    Great tips! Sleep is a definite must.

  • Anastasia

    Great tips! I have a “beauty pillow” that keeps my head elevated and prevents me from rolling around in my sleep.

  • Awesome tip about sleeping position! Good thing I’m a back sleeper!!

  • Angela Sherman

    great tips!

  • Great tips! I wish I could sleep on my back. I sleep on my side and roll in my sleep.

  • Great tips! I have dark circles. I have heard about Obagi, but hadn’t tried it yet.

  • Justina

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Great tips! I always have puffiness!

  • Great tipes! Never heard of Obagi before.

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I agree w/ all your tips. I try my best to sleep on my back but thing is, I always get nightmares and weird dreams when I’m on that sleeping position. Just last night, hub said I was making noises. Ga! must be so dead tired! I’ve tried Obagi several years ago and had good experience.

  • erikatheicyone

    Dark circles are the bane of my existence. Heredity, allergies and my not so stellar sleep patterns all add up to some epic dark circles. My life’s mission is to ban those suckers. Or at lease effectively camouflage them! LOL

  • I’m a side sleeper =

  • love your tips! I need to do some of these SO BAD!

  • Pretty great tips!

  • I have not used this particular product but I do LOVE Obagi products!!

  • Reviva Labs Vitamin K cream helped a bit with my undereye circles, too. I have one of those cool rollerballs from Simple that always feels refreshing when I roll it under my eyes. I don’t know how it always feels cool!

  • Betzy Carmona

    I’m loving your tips

  • Some great tips! I have a post coming up about what I do when I get bags.

  • Wonderful tips. Gosh, I haven’t used Obagi since I left the Plastic Surgeons office almost 10 years ago. It’s great to know that the brand is still producing wonderful products 😉

  • Noelle

    Great tips! I’m a salty-chip lover as well!

  • so helpful! I’m on the hunt for an eye cream at the moment, will have to stick with cucumbers til I find one! 🙂

  • BTBAshley

    Great tips! I myself am also a salty chip junkie… I am a salt junkie period actually.

  • These are great tips! I had to cut way back on salt – it’s a bummer because I love salty foods!

  • allisonsmith

    Excellent! This is really fruitful tips to remove dark circles under eyes. I am suffering this problem ,but now i am very happy for getting beautiful tips from you.i will sure use this obagi Professional-C Eye Brightening Tomorrow i will go to buy this obagi product from healthyglowskinstore , i heard it is a best retailer for obagi product from my friend.
    Thank you very much for giving us such a kind of tips.