July 19, 2014 / by Sarah Partink / 12 Comments

Our eyes say a lot about us. They can express what we're really thinking, or simply reveal that we're short on the shut-eye. Likewise, our puffy eyes convey many things. Puffy eyes can be a sign of aging, or simply a side-effect from watching "The Notebook" again (sob).

With that, getting rid of puffy eyes can be surprisingly simple (for example, an antihistamine and cold compress can cure puffy eyes from allergies), or it can be nearly impossible -- like when it comes to getting rid of under-eye bags that you inherited.

"The good news is that all puffy eyes can be treated and minimized in some way," says Doris Day, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center and the author of "Forget the Facelift." "It's just that before you can treat them, you have to understand why you have them. And sometimes it could be more than one thing," she says. "In that case, you have to address the issue from all different angles."

When treating puffy eyes, the general rule is to keep it simple. After all, many of the most effective puffy eye cures stem from common sense: Eat right, get lots of sleep, keep hydrated. And today there are all kinds of high-tech eye creams containing active ingredients that actually help reduce puffy eye inflammation, and others that can even render them invisible.

Here, we've rounded up some of the best ways to get rid of puffy eyes -- whether you're dealing with aging-related under-eye bags or post-tear jerker swelling.