Since time immemorial, much ado has been made about The Fresh Look. It’s all in the eyes: sparkling-clear, wide-awake, untouched by anxiety or fatigue. Many times, it’s about getting enough sleep, water, and exercise. Other times, if you’re lucky, it’s genetic. But for those of us who enjoy neither the luxury of the former nor the blessedness of the latter, there’s always skincare! Below, discover practical solutions for dark circles and puffy eyebags—all road-tested by our regulars.

Skinlite Collagen Eye Zone Mask, P100
Belle, 23, Combination Skin: “Was hesitant to buy this at first but after reading positive reviews, I decided to try it. It’s only 100php for 30 sheets anyway. I just put them on while I watch tv or read before turning in for the night. I normally have puffy, dark undereyes but after using this every other day for a week, they aren’t as bad anymore. You’ll see improvement after a couple of uses. I like this eye mask because you can still move around and stay upright, it won’t fall off.”

Mores 2 Eyes Sleeping Eye Mask, P1,495
Dianne, 35: “My eyes looked brighter and moisturized the morning after. I love that you just have to twist the cap to reveal the spout. Twist, pump and apply. I have been using this product for more than a week now and the dark circles and puffiness have lessened. I’m definitely satisfied!”

Pond’s Gold Radiance Eye Cream, P699
EmEm, 37, Normal Skin: “This is my Mom’s trusted brand when it comes to eye creams. And I thought it’s time for me to use it as well, so I tried to apply a little amount of it and purchased my own. Gold Radiance Youth Reviving Eye Cream is light on skin and I like it because it’s scentless. It gently reduces puffiness and dark circles around my eyes. Highly recommended product.”

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Eye Cream, P995
Deborah, 23, Combination Skin: “This product makes under-eye puffiness disappear with continuous use. I also have noticeable dark circles because I sleep late at night so I tried it for months and I really saw the effect. I just hope that L’Oreal make the packaging a bit bigger. I would love to repurchase this product.”

Céleteque Brightening Eye Tuck Plus Dark Circles Lightener, P299
Jaycelle, 19, Combination Skin: “As a VetMed student, an eye cream is a MUST! Normally, I already have panda eyes because of my allergies but [they get] darker and darker because of sleeplessness! So I badly needed an eye cream to balance my undereye. I’ve been using this for a month and a half now and I can say that I can see some difference; no puffy eyes for me.”

My Prime Weightless Eye Cream, on sale at P1,320
Ren, 29, Oily Skin: “The lightest and most gentle eye cream I ever tried; great as an eye primer, too! Most of the eye creams I’ve used before sting and resulted [in] irritations; sadly expensive, too. My Prime eye cream is unique because it is lightweight, effective, but still gentle, too. The hollows, fine lines, and dark circles on my eye area have lessened in just a few weeks! It is also suitable under my makeup because it keeps my eye area smooth and hydrated!”

Leaders InSolution Hydrogel Eye Therapy Patch, P498
Gabriella, 29, Combination Skin: “I use this every month (for the past 3 months) and my eyes have definitely been thanking me. Usually [I] rub my eyes a lot when I get allergies and am also the type to get really puffy around the eye area after crying. I’ve used these eye masks for both those instances and boy, were they relieved and de-puffed! Love how the masks are clear, soft yet still adhere to the skin, so you can totally sleep or do house chores and forget that you have ‘em on. I’m down to 2 pairs left so definitely due to order another 5-pack soon!”

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