I suffer from under eye puffiness. My eyes are very sensitive and it doesn't take much for my eyes to swell up.
Even allergy safe eye makeup can cause those bags to bulge!
It's been that way since high school and I've probably spent thousands of dollars on eye cosmetics, creams, serums and even surgery to help reduce the bags and smooth out that under eye skin.
But I found an eye treatment serum that has provided some relief and helped smooth out the under eye skin.
And, now that I'm older I also have tiny wrinkles under my eyes too! Part of this is due to the constant skin stretching from eye swelling.
So, below are my reviews and results testing some of the popular under eye serums designed to reduce puffy, wrinkled eyes.
Here are my results using a few popular under eye treatments:
Preparation-H Hemorrhoid Ointment
This cream/ointment is supposed to help shrink swollen tissues and reduce their size. But, it did nothing to reduce my eye bags. In fact, it caused my eyes to swell up a bit due to the heavy greasy consistency of the product, as you can see from the picture.
I read that the original product formula changed and the American version didn’t contain the special “live yeast cell” that it once did.
You can learn more about that here if you’re interested - Preparation H for Puffy Eyes
Peter Thomas Roth Instant FIRMx Eye Gel
One thing I can say about this eye firming gel is it works! It will tuck away those puffy eyes……………………..but maybe it works a little too well?
It was a bit too drying for my delicate under eye skin. Plus, it left a crusty, powdery white film on the skin.
Read more about my experience and see pictures here - Under Eye Lines and Bags.
Even though there are several YouTube videos showing how well it worked for others - I had a very hard applying it. I think because it's so dry and pasty.
The first few minutes after it dries, all looks good. Puffiness is gone and skin looks smooth and tight just like you see on the YouTube videos.
But, after a few hours, the skin under my eyes started to flake and peel........ It looked like I had eczema.
Also, I don’t like the consistency. It starts out chunky and pasty and you have to mix it with water to smooth it out so you can apply it evenly and smoothly.
I’ve also tried applying it with a makeup brush - as suggested by some sellers. But my results are always the same - dry, flaky, and peeling.
And, worst of all it can’t be applied on top of any creams, makeup or moisturizers.
I need to use a moisturizer under my eyes - everyday!
If you’re young, don’t have very dry skin or too many wrinkles – this product may work for you. Unfortunately, it was not good for me.
Easy Eye Solutions Instant Eye Tuck Serum
So far, the EES serum works the best for me. It’s soft, not too drying and does not crack or accentuate my fine lines when I smile.
In fact, it helps camouflage those tiny lines and crepe-like skin. I have still have lines when I smile, but when I’m not smiling my skin looks pretty smooth.
Does it completely get rid of under eye puffiness? No, but it helps reduce the appearance.
If you have very large eye bags it won't hide them complete, but will help lift, tuck and smooth the whole under eye area.
Also, unlike the others, I can apply this on top of moisturizers, makeup, and sunscreen ......as long as I let the creams soak in before applying the serum.
I like the consistency of this product too. As you can see from the picture above, It’s more fluid - like a thick liquid - than the others and much easier to apply. So you not stretching and pulling skin.
The only problem with that consistency is it's easy to apply too much. And if you do you will notice a whitish flaking residue at the outer corners of the application. If that happens I just wet my finger or a tissue and dab a little off.
My advice is to start out with a tiny drop - half the size of a pea - to see what works for you. If that's not enough, then next time add more until you find what amount works best for you.
Watch this video to see how it works
Sudden Change Under-Eye Gel
I don't have a picture of this one, because I tried this around 1998 when it first came out. I guess it was new back then and there weren’t many eye firming serums on the market.
Well it did reduce the appearance of my under eye puffiness, but not in a good way. I only tried it once and threw it away.
It was the equivalent to putting egg whites under my eyes. Just a big white, tight patch across my lower lids. And the skin underneath just puckered and wrinkled.
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