I spy with my little eye a “we try before you buy” guide to the best eye creams on the market. You already know why you need an eye cream, 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.
In general, your main concern will likely fall under one of four categories: dark circles, bags/puffy eyes, fine lines, 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—just add one to your skin regimen to treat issues you’re concerned about, or use it as a preventative anti-ageing or moisture-boosting skincare step.
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 toward 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,” says Riby.
Riby continues, “Kombucha is a 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, Linda Blahr of SkinCeuticals 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.”
To get the most out of your product, 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 gently press the product into your skin with light dabs (starting at the inside corner of the eye). Move the product around to the outer eye but avoid 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. Using an outward sweeping motion with light continuous pressure is the eye cream application method to treat puffiness. These eye creams are best used in the morning to treat the issue. Now, keep scrolling for our picks of the best eye creams.
Luxurious and rich, a little of this concentrate goes a long way. Packed with the brand’s signature Miracle Broth, it tackles surface discolouration, lines, wrinkles and dark circles.
This eye cream tackles every eye concern you can think of—from puffiness to fine lines. It also gently exfoliates the eye area to brighten and boasts hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump out fine lines.
If you’re a fan of Elemis’s cult Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, then this will be a no-brainer. For everyone else, this eye cream is focused on smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. It’s packed with amino acids that support the skin in renewing itself, antioxidants to protect the delicate eye area and a cocktail of vitamins from chlorella and blue-green algae that firm and smooth.
Use this and know that you’ll wake up with brighter eyes by morning. A potent blend of puff-fighting and skin-smoothing ingredients power down into the skin to work while you sleep. The most notable ingredient is squalane, which tackles UV damage, prevents age spots and supports skin cell renewal.
With over 600 reviews on the website and a rating of 4.7 out 5 stars, this is a favourite with customers. Part of the cult Advanced Night Repair family, it comes with a massage applicator and promises a bright “wide-open” look. One reviewer wrote, “I love this product and wouldn’t want to be without it now. It has reduced the dark circles under my eyes, and I no longer have puffy bags.”
This cooling gel-lotion smooths skin and reduces the appearance of eye bags, brightening skin and soothing with a cooling metal applicator. You can apply your concealer right on top.
This three-in-one eye treatment works to reduce puffiness, dark circles and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The active ingredients are combined with lavender, macadamia and grape-seed oils to soften and smooth the skin.
This cooling serum works to firm and brighten the complexion so dark circles look diminished. The cool metal on the applicator causes the vessels to constrict, masking dark circles.
This beauty-editor favourite contains retinoid and is an advanced eye cream for troublesome dark circles.
The hero ingredients of this highly powerful anti-ageing hero cream are blueberry extract, Proxylane, a combination of flavonoids and peptides, and optical diffusers.
This anti-ageing hero has slow-release retinol to boost collagen production and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the eye area. You can use this eye cream morning and night for maximum impact.
Check out our edit of the best eye creams for dark circles if that’s a specific concern.