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Reader Q&A: "What's an Affordable Way to Get Rid of Under Eye Puffiness and Dark Circles?"

Posted 06/27/11 at 12:34PM by Audrey Fine

Reader Allie has a common concern; she's contending with under eye puffiness and dark circles and would really like to banish them forever -- without spending a lot of money. Dr. Ariel Ostad, a NYC-based dermatologist, suggests using products that contain any of the following ingredients:

  • Green Tea

  • Peptides

  • Kojic acid

  • Arbutin

  • Niacinamide

  • Doing a web search for products containing these ingredients is a smart (time-saving) way to figure out what you want to buy before heading to the store to read labels. And, checking Total Beauty's unbiased reader reviews of products you're considering is always a good idea. (Just type the product name into the search box on the homepage to see the reviews.)

    A few under eye creams to consider:

    Olay Total Effects Line & Dark Circle Minimizing Brush, $22.

    Peter Thomas Roth AHA/Kojic Under Eye Brightener, $52

    Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Lift & Lighten Eye Cream Advanced Technology (with Arbutin) , $60.

    Also, since eyes tend to get puffy when we eat too much salt, be aware of the sodium content in your food (it's not good for you anyway) and definitely avoid salty items for three to four days leading up to a major event. And, to prevent fluid from pooling beneath the eyes while sleeping, lie on your back propped up with several pillows.

    Want more skin tips? Read the answers to readers' most common queries.
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    • Posted by skyjones on 09/29/22 at 03:39am

      It's perfect for under-eye dark circles that combine well with makeup. I've been a longtime user of DERMAL MD skincare products company and I am always happy with my purchase. It was the only serum that I'd ever found effective enough not to dry out the under-eye area. I like that it's natural too.

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    • Posted by EricaC123 on 12/30/12 at 07:01am


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    • Posted by beautybody on 03/26/12 at 10:33am

      I only seem to get puffy eyes when I stay at my sisters house and get woken up early by my darling niece and nephew.

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    • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/13/12 at 05:35pm

      I'm beginning to believe that nothing will make my dark circles and puffiness go away. I have learned how to camoflauge the dark circles but the puffiness? I haven't found the answer for those yet!

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    • Posted by taryn.romero on 10/05/11 at 11:17am

      It seems like the all of the products from Peter Thomas Roth are pretty amazing.

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    • Posted by Tayy on 08/26/11 at 04:46pm

      Ive herd that black tea containing caffeine will help to. is that true?

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