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Use an eye gel rather than a cream, cream is too heavy on the eye area past some elusive age and will drag the skin down. An eye gel would be your friend, la Roche posay do a lovely light one that still moisturises really well.
I primarily use The Ordinary Caffeine, but find it quite drying. At night I'll top up with the LRP eye gel mentioned above! I've also the REN Beauty Shot Eye Lift, which has a great instant effect but doesn't last very long.
I don't think there is a cure as such, other than surgery, but whatever product you use needs to be well massaged. Some suggest that the massaging effect does more good than the product itself.
I've tried loads and loads of things with little result. Tell you what I did notice drinking lots of water, not reading in bed into the early hours and lymphatic drainage facials made a difference. But it's very hard to do all these.
But on a daily basis I find gentle but firm pressure around sinus areas helps them deflate. It's always a good sign if I need to blow my nose afterwards. A warm damp flannel on my eyes when I wake also clears to good from tear ducts and allows fluid to drain out. I also find using a neti pot to flush my sinuses helps the puffiness to go down.
@PeaPodPopper gels are moisturizers, just without the heavy elements of a cream which are too rich for the delicate under eye area. The only cream I suggest you use is the la Roche Posay retin A one, and only at night. Then use the gel in the morning. The LRP eye products are very good, as none are heavy, yet all provide really good results
Oh, and.. I don't work for LRP, promise. I'm just someone who had to go through a lot of products to find what didn't weigh down my skin, as people tend to think rich moisturiser = plump and smooth skin, it doesn't always work like that. I am also fair (alabaster) and freckly with inherited dark circles, and I couldn't cheerlead the LRP more. Boots have them almost permanently on 3 for 2.
Sprinkle, that's a great help and reassuring that we have the same type of skin (redhead here ), thank you . I'm in town tomorrow so will nip along to Boots and treat myself - will let you know how it goes.
sprinkle thanks for asking- I had to work for a couple of hours first yesterday morning and so had planned to go into town after that. Got to work and my phone buzzed with a message to say that a parcel I'd ordered was on its way and would be delivered at 12.00. I had to go straight back home after work with no visit to town, then spend the afternoon getting ready for an all-day event I had to do today, and which I didn't get home from until about an hour ago. .....but at least I got my parcel.
I could have cried - but my eyes would be even puffier then!!!!!
So am going to try again on Monday - fingers crossed.