Dark circles and puffy eyes are the most common areas for grooming concern among men, mainly because we all suffer from them and some stage in some guise, be it self inflicted, illness based or hereditary. The first thing to understand is that while Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes are two very different issues with differing causes, their methods and manner of treatments tend to overlap and hence their products are more often than not one and the same.

Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes stem from a variety of reasons, namely; stress, fluid retention, excessive drinking, allergies, or possibly be hereditary. With most gentlemen, puffy eyes often occur through the combination late nights (and early mornings) be it socialising or working.

Dark Circles

Dark circles are an altogether more complicated issue, and hence more tricky to resolve. Some gentlemen have thinner and lighter (or almost translucent skin) around their eyes, which makes circles more apparent. We may also notice this condition manifest (or perhaps worsen) as we get older – our skin tends to get thinner with age as it stretches and loses elasticity. With other gents, dark circles may be due to a lack of sleep which can cause your skin to become lighter and hence, more translucent.  A more infrequent occurring cause for dark circles among men is Anaemia. Due to a lack of haemoglobin (or a lower number of red blood cells) your blood struggles to maintain oxygen levels throughout your body. As well as dark circles, gents with Anaemia will exhibit other attributes such as shortness of breath, a pale complexion and generally feel fatigued.

Why Eye Rollers?

When compared to the other eye creams and gels, the eye roller is a product that aligns itself perfectly the current male psyche alluding to grooming, which is;

  • Product needs to be simple to use
  • The need to instantly feel or see an ‘effect’

The key to getting results in grooming is consistency and longevity of usage. Men are notoriously bad at keeping up regimes, because they either find the process too complicated to maintain, or they get tired of waiting to see results. The nature of the eye roller is that instantly, you feel the coolness of the ball on your under eye area, which provides a physical sensation to back up the further benefits of the product applied. The ball also facilitates drainage in the eye contour area to help eliminate puffiness. When it comes to grooming, gents are generally lazy and have a low attention span, so eye products that require finger-tip eye contour application risk discontinued usage.

The Products

Polaar Icy Magic £16.00


The most effective men’s eye roller that we have come across to date is French brand Polaar’s Icy Magic. Tests (in vivo tests) have shown Icy Magic to be effective from 15 days of use; 70% of men noted a significant reduction in puffiness after 28 days. Key ingredients Tetrapeptides and Siberian Ginseng offer an ice cold effect to lighten dark circles and visibly reduce puffiness.  Icy Magic’s effectiveness lies in the choice of highly effective active ingredients, which specifically target problems common to this very fragile area. By stimulating the enzyme that fights free radicals, Tetrapeptides significantly reduce oxidative stress suffered by the skin and maintain elasticity in the eye contour area. They also prevent the accumulation of water in skin tissues and the formation of puffiness.

Biotherm Homme High Recharge yeux Anti-fatigue cold eye-serum £28.60


The most expensive of the eye rollers for men, Biotherm Homme High Recharge yeux Anti-fatigue cold eye-serum uses a combination of their signature Thermal Plankton and Pure Ginseng to refreshes the eye contour. The anti-fatigue cold serum, is a cooling roll-on treatment for eyes, designed to improve skin’s lack of radiance.

L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Ice Cool eye roll on £11.25


This L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Ice Cool eye roll on has had mixed reviews as to its efficacy and results over the long term, but it certainly does represent a more affordable eye roller option. The under eye treatment on helps revive tired eyes with an ice-cool roll-on and refreshing formula designed to combat bags and dark circles.

How to use Eye Rollers

A core argument in the use of eye rollers for men lies in their ease of application:

Working from the inner to the outer corner of the eye, massage eye roller over the eye contour area, temples and the bridge of the nose. Advised useage is at least once daily, but you can use the eye roller as often as required for an instant ‘lift’.

Other ways of reducing Dark Circles & Puffy Eyes

As there are varying causes for dark circles & puffy eyes; if you have tried a multitude of products and none of them seem to work, it might well be worth considering a few of the options below. It may well be the case that

  • Limit sodium intake – too much sodium in your diet can lead to excessive water retention.
  • Drink plenty of water to clean out your system
  • Puffy eyes and dark circles could be caused by allergies, so see if you can track down the cause of the allergy, and minimise its use. It may be worth going to see a doctor, who may well suggest a form of medication in the form of shots or prescription drugs to reduce the allergen’s effect(s).
  • If Anaemia is a possibility, treatments range from iron supplements to blood transfusions. Again, in these cases it would be best to consult your doctor.

Natural Remedies

If you’ve run out of your favourite eye roller – or are on the move – here are some natural solutions that can tie you over.

  • Quite simply, submerge your face in ice cold water
  • Caffeine is renowned for its ability to reduce puffiness. Dampen two tea bags in cold water, squeeze gently to remove excess water and lay them over closed eyelids for a few minutes.
  • Place two thin slices of cool cucumber on your eyes, for several minutes, making sure they have contact with the eye contour.

Any further questions about eye rollers gentlemen, ask away in the comment section below.

Further reading: Ape to Gentleman’s Top 5 Eye Roll-ons for Men.