You know you're truly tired when your eyes start to feel heavy. And while the best solution is undoubtedly a nap, sometimes you need an on-the-go refresh. To perk up your eyes in a way that will make you look—and feel—more awake, turn to cooling eye serums. You can use them in your regular routine but also keep one in your purse or your glove compartment for a pick-me-up whenever you need it.
When shopping for cooling skin care, you'll see nourishing ingredients like aloe and cucumber that have a cooling effect, but also ingredients like menthyl lactate are in the formula just to provide that chilly feeling. Additionally, many of these serums have metal or ceramic applicators that have an instant chilly sensation—kind of like an instant (and mess-free) ice-cube facial for your under eyes.
While putting something cool under your eyes gives you a little energy boost, it also helps to constrict the blood vessels, decreasing any puffiness. And the swiping motion used to apply these products can help stimulate lymphatic drainage, removing fluid buildup that also contributes to puffiness.
To find the perfect cooling eye serum for you, browse seven options below.
7 cooling eye serums to keep on hand
This eye-balm stick cools the skin around the eyes while hydrating with hyaluronic acid, smoothing texture while soothing irritation with probiotic extracts, and firming and tightening with caffeine.
This lightweight gel-cream eye serum cools upon contact and comes with a metal rolling tool that lets you bring that cooling sensation to the next level. Plus, it includes horse chestnut, a flowering tree that reduces the look of puffiness, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump, and green tea to provide antioxidant protection from environmental stressors.
Get an icy, revitalized feeling the second you apply this eye balm. What’s more, the formula includes aloe leaf juice to soften and nourish and caffeine to reduce puffiness.
Rapidly cool and de-puff your eyes with this Charlotte Tillbury serum. It features a metal applicator that will feel cool as soon as the brand’s proprietary Iceawake ingredient blend visibly refreshes skin by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improving radiance. It also includes caffeine to reduce puffiness and Swiss ice wine essence to tighten, blur, and firm the skin around the eyes.
This cooling, metal applicator soothes puffiness on contact and will make you feel more awake. The gel itself is light and refreshing and contains peptides, hyaluronic acid, and licorice to hydrate, minimize fine lines, and brighten skin to eliminate signs of fatigue.
A ceramic applicator paired with a moisturizing eye gel allows the skin around your eyes to feel instantly revitalized. It contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like glycerin, and hyaluronic acid to awaken the eyes, reducing puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
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