If eyes are the windows to the soul (and an excellent indicator of overall health) there’s good reason to make sure they’re looking vibrant and healthy this season. And with abundant holiday stressors—plus potentially scant shut-eye—it’s even more important than ever to care for your peepers. Luckily, DIY tricks and natural ingredients can smooth out lines, calm puffiness and tackle the dreaded dark circles, according to Sunny Subramanian, coauthor of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty  (Robert Rose, 2016). Take a peek.  

Puffiness, redness  

The cause:

There is a range of reasons you may experience unsightly red or swollen areas around the eyes, one of which is simply the natural aging process that can lead to weakening and sagging of this sensitive skin. Other possible reasons for undesirable puffiness or redness: water retention, sodium overload, makeup residue, allergies or lack of sleep.

The fix:

Caffeine: No longer just used for an energy jolt, caffeine is increasingly used topically for its soothing and antioxidant properties, making it a go-to ingredient in under-eye products.

Cucumber: “I like to use the timeless cucumber trick,” says Subramanian. “Cukes contain antioxidants, which can reduce irritation, and the cooling effect can help reduce swelling. Simply cut a few slices of a chilled cucumber, and place them over the eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.”  

Witch hazel: This multipurpose can manage inflammation. When applied to the eye area, it may reduce puffiness and redness.

Quick tip: If allergies are the culprit, it’s time to break out the neti pot. 


MyChelle Dermaceuticals Magnolia Fresh Eyes

A mix of caffeine and daisy flower extract, Magnolia Fresh Eyes aims to brighten, tighten and reduce signs of fine lines.


Eminence Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream

Hydrating hibiscus joins forces with caffeine and algae to offer a skin care triple-threat.