Broken capillaries leak small amounts of blood that pool under your eyes almost like little bruises, says Paul Frank, a New York City–based dermatologist. The inflammation from these tiny bruises also explains the I-stayed-up-all-night puffiness. Besides catching up on your z’s, these four tricks can help you get rid of those raccoon eyes:
Frozen peas. Lie back and plop a small zip-close bag of frozen peas underneath your eyes (just on the puffy part). The icy temperature slows blood flow and reduces swelling.
Cranberry Juice. Enjoy two or three glasses a day. This diuretic should help get rid of the under-eye puffiness, a result of water retention. Drink plenty of water, too, because ironically, the more dehydrated you are, the more water you retain.
Green tea extract. Brew a cup of green tea, and place the warm (not hot) tea bags over your eyes to decrease puffiness. Be patient with this one—it could take a couple months before the tea’s polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins (all powerful antioxidants) get rid of the inflammation once and for all.