We’re in the thick of holiday merriment, which – while a welcome reprieve from the last languid few years – likely means a lack of sleep. From long end-of-year lunches to late-night work break-ups, the onslaught of festive soirees in a concentrated period can result in your skin being collateral damage.
But puffy eyes and dark circles don’t have to dampen your party season. Just ask Gemma Chan, who swears by a caffeine-infused eye cream to fake awake after long days on set.
“My secret weapon is a caffeine eye cream,” she explained in a recent video. “I just very, very gently dot under my eyes [to] hopefully encourage a bit of drainage of the puffiness.”
Keen to try the eye-opening magic for yourself? Read on for GRAZIA‘s edit of the best caffeine eye creams on the market.
Clarins Total Eye Lift, $100 SHOP NOW
This instant eye lift in a bottle is so good, it sold out not long after its launch. It’s a lightweight serum rather than a cream, which means it’s easy to wear under makeup and doesn’t feel too heavy on balmy summer evenings.
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, $12.70 SHOP NOW
A cult serum that definitely lives up to the hype, The Ordinary’s top-selling eye product comes in the form of a fluid. Dot a few drops around your eye area and marvel at the difference it makes to dark circles and (over time) pigmentation.
The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream, $15 SHOP NOW
Chan names this caffeine eye cream as her favourite, and it’s not hard to see why. With a hydrating texture, this eye cream harnesses the diuretic benefits of caffeine to relieve water retention, which is what causes puffiness.
100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream, $24.95 SHOP NOW
Need a natural option? This formula from 100% Pure is a nourishing alternative, with a blend of organic coffee beans, green tea, rosehip oil and aloe vera. Kate Hudson also crowned it one of her number one beauty products, so really – what else is there to say?
SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel, $148 SHOP NOW
Shift external signs of fatigue with this powerful eye gel, which contains a whole host on antioxidants to treat photoageing (read: pigmentation) and reduce puffiness at the same time.
Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate, $105 SHOP NOW
Brighten bleary peepers with this all-rounder, which is powerful enough to address fine lines, while also hydrating the delicate under-eye area and working to minimise dark circles.