When I wake up, you could easily mistake my eye area as your purse. In other words: My a.m. eye puffiness-slash-bag situation is real. And I know I’m not alone, considering that all of my friends are always discussing their respective methods for getting rid of the situation, combined with the fact that during my morning commute I feel like I’m joined with an army of tired compatriots also donning under-eye bags.
So when I heard that Clarisonic, the OG facial cleansing device, just launched a head for the handheld tool meant specifically for combatting eye puffiness, my beauty-obsessed ears perked up. Dubbed the Sonic Awakening Eye Massager (which retails for $59), the product—which looks like a purple disc with two silver balls on it—emits vibrations through the metal tips. You’re meant to massage it around the eye area, and it claims it’ll cool your skin by up to six degrees F, and I do notice that it cools the area. It’s also supposed to, besides squelching the puffiness, firm the skin and reduce fine lines.
The next morning, I gaze into the mirror at my bloated eyes, armed with the Clarisonic. As I start massaging it onto my face, it does feel like it’s reducing my skin’s temperature—it’s really cold, like as if you kept spoons in the refrigerator. The vibrating is subtle, but feels really soothing around my eyes. The sensation reminds me of a jade roller, but with the added bonus of massage and micro-vibration. After it does its thing for its timed 60 seconds, it feels like I’m hallucinating but my eye area seems to have shrunk in size. I look like I’m more awake and I haven’t even had my coffee yet.
“The area around your eyes is the most delicate skin on your face and needs special care to look its best,” says Doris Day, MD, a New York-based dermatologist. “[The Clarisonic Eye Massager] could be easily incorporated into your existing skincare routine, and in fact, makes your skin-care products even more efficacious. I tell my patients to use it every day.”
I’m not usually one to go the extra step and use anything besides my hands in my beauty regimen, but the Clarisonic’s eye massager only takes a minute and makes me look like I’m actually awake—I’m sold.
Here’s your full guide to beauty devices for your skin. And you can also de-puff your eyes with this (gorgeous) jade eye mask.
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