These Are the Best Eye Creams for Puffiness, According to Skincare Experts

Let's get one thing straight: Dark circles and under-eye bags can be mutually exclusive. To clarify, dark circles are the result of discoloration, which can be caused by a number of factors such as buildup of oxygenated blood underneath the skin, thin, translucent skin under the eyes making blood vessels in the area more apparent, and (those damn) genetics. 

Bags, on the other hand, are physical swelling under the eyes that can be caused by fluid buildup from things like allergies, crying, a high-salt diet, and sleeping on your face. Aging is another culprit for baggage: Normal fat that helps support the eyes can move into the under-eye area over time, thus leading to puffiness. In a pinch, concealer can hide dark circles, but no amount of makeup can cover puffiness. That's where eye creams come in: Sadly, they won't rid the area of fat, but if fluid buildup is the cause of your bags, certain blends will help constrict tissue and reduce inflammation, no needles involved.

Barring in mind the no-needles treatments we're speaking of, it may seem counterintuitive to ask a plastic surgeon for their non-invasive recommendations. We know their expertise lies in nipping and tucking the skin to make 60-year-old under-eyes look like that of a 35-year-old's, but we'd argue their expansive range of knowledge for under-eye treatments means their eye cream recommendations would be anything but fluff—only the heavy-hitting, hard-working formulas. As such, we asked some top surgeons for their thoughts. Below, take a look at their favorite eye creams for puffiness.

Opening image: Imaxtree and Urban Outfitters Blog

Which eye cream have you found de-puffs the best? Please let us know in the comments!