Avoid Puffy Eyes When The Party’s Over

Long nights partying, lovesickness, or spending a day in front of a computer screen – there are many causes for having puffy eyes the next morning.

Puffy eyes?

The day after: why do eyes become puffy?

The eye lids are made of very thin skin, and the tissue beneath is loose and soft. It does not contain much oil but has many blood vessels and lymph vessels. A lot of liquid moves around here in a very small space. After a wild party, the body not only suffers from a lack of sleep but also a lack of liquid, oxygen and minerals. As a result, lymphatic fluids collect in the tissue and can cause puffy eyes. In addition, a lack of permeability in the vessel walls, genetic predisposition and ageing skin are reasons for regularly developing puffy eyes, and also for tear sacs.

Preparing well for the party

We cannot do much about lack of sleep but, by preparing well, you can quickly manage to look fresh and perky again the morning after the night before. 

  • To keep the body well supplied with sufficient fluids, make sure that you drink at least one glass of water with every cocktail or glass of wine. 
  • It is also just as important to drink a lot of water or fresh juice the morning after a party to keep the body well hydrated. 
  • Having a nap in advance to balance out the effects of a late night is sadly a myth. The body cannot store up rest and it will be just as tired as it would be without extra sleep.

Eye openers for late-night party people

The result of an insufficient night’s sleep is puffy eyes and dark circles. Don’t worry, we have tips for rapid recovery and long-term care.


Cooling is the quick solution for puffy eyes. The cold is pleasant and reduces puffiness. Pamper your eyes with a cool cucumber mask. It not only reduces puffiness but also releases moisture at the same time. If you have to be quick in the morning, place cool dessert spoons on your eyes for a few minutes. For best results, put the spoons in the freezer the night before.


A little massage works wonders. Massage the eye area gently with NIVEA Q10 plus Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Apply it with circling movements from the outside in and pat it in lightly, if necessary. It not only cools and freshens the skin but also allows the lymphatic fluids to drain away slowly. Don't press too hard!

Drink a lot

Nibbled on too many crisps or nuts and partied hard? Drink at least two litres of water, preferably at intervals throughout the day. And after a party, before you go to bed, drink another large glass of water. This not only flushes out your kidneys but also prevents your head from aching the next morning.


A good dose of sleep helps in lots of situations in life because your body regenerates itself while it is resting. An ideal length of time is seven hours, so that puffy eyes have a chance to disappear. Ensuring the room is at the right temperature and that your sleeping position is comfortable is also crucial. The temperature in your bedroom should not be higher than 18 degrees Celsius. Treat your eyes to little rests during the day, too. Spending a few minutes with your eyes closed is sufficient.

Go to sleep with a clean conscience

Removing make-up makes you beautiful

So after partying, you don’t feel like removing your make-up? We sympathise, but not removing your make-up before going to bed is the biggest beauty sin of all. Make-up clogs the pores and can cause pimples. With ready-to-use make-up removal products such as make-up removal wipes, removing eye make-up is quick and easy. NIVEA Sensitive Cleansing Wipes have a fragrance-free formula to cleanse sensitive skin particularly gently and thoroughly. They not only remove make-up but also waterproof mascara.

Makeup Tips for Puffy Eyes

  • Don’t try and cover any puffiness with concealer as this will only emphasise the area.
  • Don’t use a brightly coloured eye shadow, this will also emphasise puffy eyelids.
  • Apply a small amount of mascara to the edges of your lashes and use a dark eyeliner to draw an upwardly slanting line - this will help make eyes look bigger.
  • Draw the attention away from your eyes by applying lipstick.
  • To disguise a pale face, you can also use a light blush to give you a fresher look.
  • Use an eye cream to reduce puffy eyes where necessary.

Eye wrinkles

If you continually get puffy eyes and don't address them you could end up with wrinkles and older looking skin

Avoid eye wrinkles

Eye Creams

Use eye creams regularly, products such as NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Anti-Age Eye Cream firm skin, reducing puffy or wrinkled eyes with a combination of Hyaluron and Magnolia extract. 

The skin around the eyes is very thin and sensitive, placing cucumber slices over your eyes and lying down to rest can also help reduce puffy eyes.


How to prevent eye wrinkles

  1. Wear sunglasses to avoid squinting when you’re outside – this can cause wrinkles under your eyes.
  2. Sleep on your back – sleeping on your stomach or side can put pressure on your face and help encourage eye wrinkles.
  3. Resist the urge to rub your eyes throughout the day, even if you are tired.
  4. Avoid pulling your eyelid taut when you apply eyeliner.
  5. Get regular eye tests to avoid squinting unnecessarily
  6. Give yourself time to recover, once you've partied it can be tempted to go again. Give your body time to recover to reduce puffy eyes, dark circles and eye wrinkles.