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Putting De-Puffing Products to the Face Test

Maybe it’s the frenzied start of a new year or my husband’s foray into snoring (seriously?!), but I haven’t been getting nearly enough sleep lately. There is one advantage to this: I can finally put all of those cooling, soothing, de-puffing eye treatments to the test—the real test.  Here’s how they stack up:
 
Cucumbers
Pros: Easy, all-natural
Cons: Do you have cucumbers in your fridge? And fifteen minutes to lay around doing nothing?
Cost: Pennies per slice
The Verdict: The coolness soothes and de-puffs, the water content hydrates
 
Clinique All About Eyes De-Puffing Eye Massage
Pros: Quick, portable, fast-acting
Cons: Your husband will steal it.
Cost: $26
The Verdict: With a name that long, this rollerball should do it all, plus your laundry. It sort of does—the caffeine in this fragrance-free serum, along with its chilly metal applicator, start to banish puffiness almost immediately, while fancy plant extracts soothe irritation.
 
EmerginC Revital-Eyes
Pros: Spa-like, powerful pick-me-up
Cons: Cost, time commitment (ten to fifteen minutes)
Cost: $38 for 5 sets of masks
The Verdict: Individually wrapped, pre-soaked eye masks are like cucumber on steroids. I didn’t believe they would actually improve my dark circles, but they did, and they plumped up my crow’s feet, too.
 
Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System
Pros: Fun to use, works immediately
Cons: Expensive
Cost: $185
The Verdict: Despite my dedication to the company’s skin cleansing brushes, I was wary about this gimmicky-sounding gadget, but the gentle pressure along the orbital bone (think DIY lymphatic drainage massage) combined with your favorite eye serum is a game-changer. Use it in the morning and your eyes will instantly look and feel more awake, hydrated and line-free.
Bonus: For a limited time, the Black Opal comes with a complimentary full-sized Arcona Eye Dew—a moisturizing de-puffing eye potion. 

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