If you’re in the middle of a war with undereye bags, you’re not alone—you’re one solider in a very large ongoing battle that hits a high right around now. That’s because summer a particularly bad time for eye puffiness, thanks to high pollen counts making irritated eyes swell. Here are three things you can do to get yours deflated from dermatologist Dr. Susan Bard of Vanguard Dermatology in New York City:


1. Pop an antihistamine. If you have a feeling your puffiness is linked to your allergies (a side effect of nasal and sinus congestion getting in the way of the blood flow to the area), the key is to stop the reaction in the first place. If that’s the case your regular over-the-counter allergy-buster of choice will be your new perfect-eye helper.

2. Avoid rubbing your eyes. It might feel good—especially if your eyes itch, but Dr. Bard warns that it just increases redness and puffiness. So try to keep your hands away. Something that might help the cause? Putting a bottle of saline eye drops on hand like Sensitive Eyes Plus Saline Solution ($5.99, walgreens.com) to keep them moisturized.

3. Reach for an eye cream with caffeine. This natural de-puffing ingredient will help reduce congestion and help smooth out the area within moments. One to try: 100% Pure Caffeine Eye Cream ($16.80, drugstore.com).