Cucumbers Are Still The Best Cure For Puffy Eyes But Don’t Get Your Fix From Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Depuffing Cubes

by Gio

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Can you believe in 2018 you still have to use cucumber slices to get rid of puffy eyes?

That’s right: NO topical product can treat puffy eyes. None. Nada. If it existed, I would tell you, trust me.

That’s why Peter Thomas Roth tried to put a modern spin onto grandma’s DIY recipe for puffy eyes. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye-Cubes are little cubes infused with cucumbers and other goodies (like hyaluronic acid) you apply on your eyes whenever they need a little depuffing. All for the “modicum” price of $50.

Does it sound like a rip-off? It is…

Cucumber Extract

Am I the only one who thinks cucumbers taste horrible? Seriously, I keep them in my fridge just to depuff my eyes…

Cucumbers are 95% water. But the other 5% is full of antioxidant goodness. Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, two antioxidants that help prevent wrinkles.

But do cucumbers do anything for puffy eyes?

Kind of. Nothing in the plant (and the extract) can reduce puffiness. Its the chilling coolness of cucumbers that depuffs your eyes.

So why cucumbers and not, let’s say, pears? Their shape. Cucumbers fit the eye area perfectly so they got all the glory.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet. It attracts moisture from the air and dumps it into the skin. It’s so powerful, it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water!

Can you imagine what your skin does with all that moisture? It uses it to soften its texture, plump up your fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller and give the complexion a lovely glow.

Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine

Green Tea

Green tea is one of my fave antioxidants. It’s loaded with polyphenols, a group of antioxidants that does triple duty: they destroy free radicals before they give you wrinkles, protect you from sun damage and soothe irritations.

Fun fact: the most powerful polyphenol in green tea is called Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (I know, it’s a mouthful!). It’s said to be 200 more effective than Vitamin E!

Related: Why Green Tea Is One Of The Most Powerful Anti-Aging Weapons In Your Arsenal


Don’t you hate it when skincare brands use complicated jargon to twist the truth?

Peter Thomas Roth proudly boasts it uses cryotherapy, a therapeutic method of lowering skin temperature, to tighten, lift and brighten.

When you lower your skin’s temperature, your blood vessels constrict, restricting the fluid buildup that made them turn puffy in the first place.

So how does it do that? It doesn’t. You do that by putting these cubes in the freezer before using them!

You know what that means? These cubes don’t have anything that can depuff your eyes. It’s the cold that depuffs your eyes!

Do you really need to spend $50 to put some frozen stuff on your eye? And that’s not even the worst of it.

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

Ok, so Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye Cubes don’t contain anything that can reduce puffy eyes. But they do have other goodies so they may still be worth the investment, right?


These cubes are a) unnecessarily complicated to use and b) messy as hell.

Here’s how they work: first you pop them in the freezer. When you’re ready to use them, you take out one, peel back the seal, drop the frozen cube in one of the gauze pouches that come with the kit and place them over your eyes.

I’m already tired typing this. You think I’m gonna do all that when I can just use an eye gel? If I want to “supercharge” it, I can always store it in the freezer. No gauze pouches or another nonsense needed.

The worst part? Frozen stuff doesn’t stay frozen for long when you take it out of the freezer. You know where I’m going with this…

These cubes melt all over your face. It’s not pretty and it’s messy as hell. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but why do I have to put up with this when they invented eye gels?!

But do they work at least? Well, they do help depuff your eyes a little bit but that’s because of the cold. So not worth it really.

Oh, I was almost forgetting. A box only has six eye cubes. Each cube can be used on both eyes but even so the box will last you less than a week. Not that you’d want to use them more than once anyway…

What’s your go-to treatment for puffy eyes? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Benzophenone-4, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Caffeine, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Propylene Glycol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Sodium Hydroxide, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Fragrance (Parfum), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).



jeff thompson April 20, 2018 - 4:03 am

interesting thank you. What science journals did u use for your research, I would be interested to see it.

Gio April 27, 2018 - 9:17 am

Jeff, you can click on the green links to be taken to the sources. I get all these studies from Pubmed. But in this case, it was based more on lack of studies supporting these claims. I couldn’t find anything that says that cucumber extract can reduce puffy eyes. 🙁

Kennedy April 21, 2018 - 11:56 pm

I know this is off topic but what do you think of the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen?

Gio April 27, 2018 - 9:29 am

Kennedy, it doesn’t dry as matte as they claim (most UV filters have a sheen so it’s hard to create a completely matte formula with them) but it offers broad spectrum protection and is a good option for oily skin.

Lien April 23, 2018 - 8:51 am

Love your post, I saw this product in Sephora. I though I can buy the cucumber & do it by myself, cut & put on eyes why do I need to buy & now I see your post ha ha

Gio April 27, 2018 - 9:49 am

Lien, my thoughts exactly! DIY. It’s cheaper and more effective. 🙂

Cindy May 16, 2018 - 9:11 pm

What do you recommend for crepey eyelids?

Gio May 19, 2018 - 1:33 pm

Cindy, have you tried retinol? Also, moisturise well.

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