6 Eye Creams That Are Better Than a Good Night's Sleep

Rebecca Cox

I spy with my little eye, a we-try-before-you-buy guide to the best eye creams on the market. We’ve already explained why you need an eye cream and how to use it—so now it’s time to find your perfect fit.

The first step to finding the best eye cream for you is to identify your main skin concern. Each eye cream is designed with specific hero benefits in mind, so you’ll want to choose your perfect match based on which one suits your individual needs.

Skin Concerns

In general, your main concern will likely fall under one of four categories, dark circles, bags/ puffy eyes, fine lines and wrinkles or dry skin. You’ll want to find the best eye cream for your skin type, so choosing a product tailored to tackle these issues head on is a must. There isn’t an optimum age to start using eye cream—add one into your skin regimen to treat skin issues you’re concerned about, or use it as a preventative anti-ageing or moisture-boosting skincare step.

Hero Ingredients

You should keep an eye out for certain hero ingredients to suit your skin’s needs. Lou Riby, managing director of Elemental Herbology, recommends leaning towards natural eye cream ingredients: “As the skin around the eye is very delicate it’s important to look for products with natural ingredients that will be kind to skin. Synthetic ingredients may cause an adverse reaction around the eyes as the skin is thinner in this area.

“Kombucha is wonder ingredient at the moment; it’s a black tea that will reduce puffiness and leave eyes looking bright and radiant. Dark circles and puffiness can also be reduced with a peptide complex that will help eliminate bags. For smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, look for hematite, which is a rock extract that is rich in iron, to tighten and firm skin by boosting collagen production.

Meanwhile, SkinCeuticals’ Linda Blahr runs us through some skincare heroes and their benefits: “Pure vitamin C fights the first signs of ageing around the eye area and activates collagen synthesis. Proxylane (a patented L’Oréal molecule) fights sagging and increases the density of the skin around the eye area. Caffeine and Ruscus aculeatus treat puffiness and dark circles."

Application Tips

To get the most out of your product once you’ve picked the best eye cream for your skin type, make sure you’re applying it correctly. Most creams require just a pea-sized amount of product per application, and the method, like the product, depends on the skin concern. If you’re worried about fine lines and wrinkles, take the cream and, starting at the inside corner of the eye gently press the product into your skin with light dabs, moving round to the outer eye but never rubbing the skin. Apply your anti-ageing eye cream before bed (and in the morning if desired).

If you’re treating puffiness, you want to encourage the excess fluid to drain from the area, so using an outward sweeping motion with light continuous pressure is the eye cream application method for you. These eye creams are best used in the morning to treat the issue.

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