The Eye Cream That Eliminated My Post-Cry Puff

This cream did more for me than traditional swollen-eye remedies like frozen spoons or chilled damp tea bags could ever do.
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This cream did more for me than traditional swollen-eye remedies like frozen spoons or chilled damp tea bags could ever do.

It's been a rough couple of weeks for me, y’all. Fortunately, nothing serious has actually threatened my health, safety, or immediate wellbeing, but between my full-time job, my part-time job, my creative hobbies, and sharing all my weird skincare hacks with you lovelies, I am burnt out. 

The trouble is, I love all these things that demand my time way too much to give any of them up. So instead, I’ve been skipping sleep and my morning runs to make everything work.

Which, oops, is a recipe for mad anxiety; and by consequence, stress-crying myself to sleep on a more-than-occasional basis. I swear, I haven’t evolved much from that toddler who loses it because she’s just tired.

My dumb sob-story aside, I get the worst giant puff eyes from crying. I wake up looking like I’ve had a bad allergic reaction, and it lasts all day. Cry two nights in a row, and I can expect to look like a bee-stung marshmallow for nearly a week. So basically, I’ve been a puffy-ass mess.

Everybody hurts, sometimes. Photography shot with the Canon SL1.

Everybody hurts, sometimes. Photography shot with the Canon SL1.

In fact, this is what I looked like last week after I woke up from crying through the second night in a row.

Note also the stress zits, and slept-in makeup. Sorry Alle, it was just this once.

Note also the stress zits, and slept-in makeup. Sorry Alle, it was just this once.

And so, here is where I join the illustrious xoVain tradition of testing eye creams after an all-night crying jag. Fortunately, I remembered a purchase I had scooped up in a French pharmacy on vacation last summer, but never got around to using: Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue.

The product (which, don’t fret, is also readily available in other countries, including the US) claims to “depuff, soothe, and brighten tired eyes, leaving eye contours looking rested, fresh, and naturally glowing.” So basically, everything the opposite of how I was feeling.

It contains antioxidants like white tea and grape polyphenols that I can imagine help with the brightening, as well as glycerin and hyaluronic acid to moisturize. Looking at the ingredient list, though, I couldn’t recognize anything that would definitely provide de-puffing benefits, like the caffeine that is present in many puff-busting formulas, so I really didn’t expect much from this eye cream.

I tapped some on after a quick shower and went on getting ready for my day. Twenty minutes later, before I headed out the door for work, I snapped this pic:

Oh also, the sun decided to finally rise. Hello, natural light.

Oh also, the sun decided to finally rise. Hello, natural light.

I was pretty impressed. This cream (well, it's really more of a thin, almost mousse-like texture) did more for me than traditional swollen-eye remedies like frozen spoons or chilled damp tea bags could ever do. Let’s look at the side-by-side, shall we?

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That’s a big enough difference to keep my coworkers from asking me what happened to my face, so that’s a win. I’d say S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue lives up to its name.

On the plus side, taking those before photos motivated me to carve out more time to take care of myself so that I can function like a normal human. But even though I’m doing a lot better in terms of stress and volume of tears shed, I know this product will have my back next time I’m feeling overwhelmed.