“An eye cream is an important part of your daily skin care regimen, however, there is not one eye cream to solve every issue. It is important to choose an eye cream that addresses your specific need. Issues around the eye include puffiness, darkness, hollowness, wrinkles and skin laxity,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Point is, our peepers could use some help when they’re puffy, exhausted, and otherwise challenged. Some products out there cost more than a set of skis, or go on like Crisco. But the price of eye creams doesn’t always equal efficacy and vice versa. Plus, it depends what you’re looking for; if you’re into what’s called clean beauty, read the ingredients, because the term “natural” is actually unregulated and hence, means pretty much nothing.
Here are our picks for the best eye creams to counteract specific issues, based on our own testing, user reviews, and editor recommendations. They’re all unisex, so apply away and wind back the clock.
Best Eye Bag Creams
“Caffeine helps constrict blood vessels to remove excess fluid and minimize the appearance of under-eye bags,” says Zeichner.
The older you get, the more apparent your bags become. “With age and genetics, the area under the eye may become hollow making you look tired. This is a volume issue creating a shadow under the eye. Look for an under eye gel that contains plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid,” says Zeichner.
Also packed with hyaluronic acid as well as vitamins A and E, this eye cream is non-greasy and highly effective.
This eye cream is ideal for all skin types, which makes using it a cinch. It’s meant to address fine lines and wrinkles, and make your under eye area look instantly firmer.
You don't always have to pay a fortune for a great eye cream.
This eye cream, both oil-free and fragrance-free, is full of anti-aging hyaluronic acid to hydrate your under-eye area.
This ultra-gentle anti-aging eye cream has caffeine as one of its key ingredients, which is what you want and need to get rid of puffiness.
We love that like others on this list, this eye cream is made from vegan ingredients, and contains no parabens or sulfates. It’s ideal for sensitive skin.
They had us at the name alone. But this under-eye cream relies on caffeine and quinoa seed extract to help stimulate circulation and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Not only does this potion make you look more awake, but because it has hyaluronic acid in it, your eye area gets some much-needed moisture benefits. This is a small thing to nitpick about, but the pump doesn’t work as well as it should.
This is the best cream to get rid of puffy eyes. Why, you ask? Well, it's thanks to a combo of three types of caffeine. Just think of this as a latte for your orbs.
In addition to its jolt of skin care java, this cream is packed with rosehip oil and collagen-boosting Vitamin C to scare off wrinkles. Some were turned off by the scent, which is in the vanilla family.
Green coffee extract works its magic in this eye cream.
This cream works on all skin types, and is full of green coffee extract that minimizes the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. It goes on very light, so if you’re into thicker creams, this one is not for you.
Use this cream before bed to reduce swelling and smooth lines. Been knocking back a few drinks too many? It helps get rid of eye puffiness thanks to its formula of aloe, hyaluronic acid, and evening primrose.
You want to dab this on each night before going to bed, to help your skin rebuild itself. It’s ideal for all skin types, and is fragrance-free.
Best Eye Creams For Dark Circles
“If you have dark blotches under the skin, look for an under eye cream that contains Vitamin C. This potent antioxidant blocks production of abnormal pigmentation and can help lighten dark under-eye circles,” says Zeichner.
This eye cream is loaded with caffeine, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, and green tea. We're talking a powerhouse ingredient mix to make your eyes brighter and those circles lighter.
Use this eye cream day and night, because it goes on light, absorbs fast, and won’t leave you looking like you just rubbed Crisco on your undereye area. It’s made without sulfates, parabens, glycols, phthalates, petrochemicals, silicones, synthetic fragrances, or gluten. It’s not cheap, but a pea-sized amount suffices when using it.
The Vitamin C in this eye cream brightens your eyes, while Vitamin E will help with hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
This cult-favorite brand is beloved because it actually gets results. It’s loaded with vitamins C and E to help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Because it’s formulated for your eyes and face, it can come on too strong.
This French brand uses what it calls spheres to basically pump up your eyes and thus reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Almost like magic, this cream fills out the hollows under your eyes, making you look instantly younger and more awake.
This top-tier eye cream uses calendula, horse chestnut, horsetail and licorice for to decrease puffiness and thus make your eyes pop, along with acids to make wrinkles much less visible.
This eye cream pretty much does it all. It’s a rich, thick cream that gives your eyes serious hydration, while also making the delicate skin more elastic and and firm.
This eye cream from Bliss brightens your eye area, and infuses it with Vitamin C and niacinamide to reduce dark circles.
This Bliss eye cream is vegan, it’s heavy on the Vitamin C, and helps moisturize the eye area with squalane and cucumber and pear extracts.
This vegan eye cream is full of Vitamin C and rosehip oil to help get rid of those heavy bags.
Made with mostly organic ingredients, this potent eye cream helps reduces discoloration. It’s suited for all skin types, and helps plump up the under eye area. In general, people rave about how effective it is.
Juice Beauty's eye cream is full of organic grape and carrot juices blended with essential fatty acids and Vitamins B5, C and P to help you get rid of all that under-eye baggage.
This eye cream is formulated for those with normal, dry, or sensitive skins. In addition to Vitamin C, it also contains organic jojoba, sunflower and avocado.
This eye cream from Elemis is loaded with vitamin C and amino acids to help your skin look smoother, firmer, and more even.
You don’t need to slather this on. Just apply one pump to both ring fingers and gently pat around the eye contour area. You’ll like the thick texture, and the slightly tightening properties of this cream, which basically makes your peepers pop.
The gel texture is refreshing and cooling, and feels super-relaxing on exhausted eyes. Plus, the Vitamin C helps with dark circles.
The energizing gel goes on like velvet (really!). And it has caffeine in it, to help boost circulation and reduce puffiness.
Best Eye Creams for Wrinkles and Puffiness
“With age, collagen in the skin becomes weak, leading to wrinkling. If you have under-eye lines and crepey skin, use a cream that contains retinol. Retinol stimulates collagen to strengthen the skin foundation and minimize the appearance of lines,” says Zeichner.
Plus, he adds: “If you noticed that skin starts to become droopy and weak, look for under eye creams that contain lifting ingredients that help restore the skin’s scaffold,” says Zeichner. “Botanical ingredients have been shown to strengthen the skin.”
You know how you wake up with tired, puffy, irritated eyes? Yeah, us too. This cream has a lovely buttery texture and cools your eyes when you apply it, which is a welcome feeling especially during allergy season.
This helps your eyes look brighter, smoother and happier. And it leaves your skin feeling silky.
Lots of brands pay lip service to clean beauty, but Mother Dirt's cream is made with only six plant-based ingredients.
You can use this cream all over. And it includes all of six ingredients. Squalane is the hero here, and it works wonders to keep your eye area plump and healthy. Because this does not have preservatives, you should use it within six months.
This a great all-purpose eye and face cream and is a two in one product does wonders for your face and eyes.
Aloe barbadensis leaf juice soothes and de-puff your delicate under eye area, while shea butter and jojoba oil provide moisture without the grease.
This non-greasy potion is crammed full of anti-aging retinol. It's an eye lift, without the actual lift.
Fans promise that you’ll see smoother skin before you know it.
This multi-tasking boss cream is a combo of two major anti-aging superpowers: NIA-114 and retinol. It works morning and night and wrinkles, you've been put on notice.
It really does bag your under-eye bags, and gives your orbs a smoother look and feel. Use a light touch when applying it. You should use this consistently, morning and night, to see results. So, no slacking!
This dauntless youth defender has both retinol and caffeine in it to keep things in check, and the blend is especially formulated to be less irritating, which we know retinols can be for some people.
It’s ideal for sensitive skin. Plus, it’s from a brand that consistently delivers some of the best skin care around, for a great price.
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