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7 instant wake-up calls for tired eyes

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By Naaila Khan  January 16th, 2020

We’ve all been there. Waking up from a long night with tired eyes that have bucket bags of their own or that show up with very telling rings around them. Some of us are there so often, we might as well tattoo ‘always tired’ around our peepers, à la Post Malone. 

The good news, is that there’s a bunch of things you can do to zap tired eyes. From good old (super effective) creams to jade rollers, it’s all about being prepped with the right products, some that you can adopt long-term and others that you can stick your hand out and reach for on mornings after wine nights. Read on ahead for the best of the lot.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff: This is one of the instant puffiness banishers that has proven its worth over time. It boasts of caffeine that comes from Ethiopian coffee beans, panax ginseng, and magnolia extract – making it an anti-inflammatory wake-up call for your eyes. It’s a light, non-greasy formula with a pale peach tint and the tiniest hint of shimmer that quickly sinks into the skin and immediately lights up your eyes for the day. 

KNC Beauty All Natural Retinol Infused Eye Mask: It wasn’t long after Kim Kardashian professed her love for the KNC lip mask, that the eye masks too became a rage in the beauty world, and rightly so – they're infused with retinol, collagen, aloe, and hyaluronic acid– basically a dream dark circles fighter. For an extra kick of moisture, feel free to layer it on with eye serum. Then, cue all the cute selfies with shooting stars under your eyes. 

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream: Now, here’s a cream we can get behind just for its straightforward simplicity. It promises to deliver a rush of hydration and instant brightening so you look awake ‘in as little as three seconds’. It does just that – nothing more, nothing less – thanks to a blend of peptides applied with a cooling orb dispenser. Save it for when you realize you look like a zombie on the way to work. 

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: These little patches are a part of many a celebrity beauty pre-game, and are super affordable – basically a winner. The gel-filled pads feel beautifully cool on skin, and are enriched with peptides and botanical extracts that visibly de-puff and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pop it into your carryall on long flights. 

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum: This baby is one for the long haul. It smoothens out any sagging around the eyes and crow’s feet with its sodium hyaluronate formula, along with minerals and botanical extracts. But, you’ll need to go through with it for at least four weeks to see the visible effects. And, since it runs a little viscous, you’re better off using it to bed.

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy: “If you get dark circles, it’s the sh*t,” says Selena Gomez about this magic-in-a-tube. And she’s right – it instantly hydrates fatigued eyes, smooths the appearance of lines and wrinkles with its blend of collagen-promoting tripeptides, and covers darkness with its sheer, light reflecting pigments. 

Herbivore Botanicals Jade Facial Roller: Still the skin-care tool du jour, the jade roller is birthed by Chinese alternative medicine and is popularly loved for its lymphatic drainage powers. This one from Herbivore Botanicals is made of aventurine jade (believed to attract luck, by the way), and is practical and durable. Use the littler side of the roller around your eyes, in upward motions, with the aid of an eye serum or facial oil to de-puff them.  

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