We've all witnessed the power of a sturdy eye cream on a pair of tired eyes. These days, you can find a formula for everything—reducing fine lines, brightening dark circles, deflating puffiness et all. Yet still, some people don't seem to get on with them, finding them too thick, creamy or balmy for their under-eye area to handle.
And that's exactly why eye serums are making waves in the beauty world right now. Of course, both serums and creams work to moisturise and care for the under-eye area. Eye serums, however, like those for your face, tend to be a little more lightweight and able to deliver high-potency ingredients deep down beyond the layers of skin moisturiser can reach. Thanks to those smaller molecules, they absorb more easily without leaving any residue behind—perfect to use under makeup. And as they are silkier, you might simply just find them more of a joy to apply.
Into it? Here are the nine best eye serums we've ever treated our dark circles with.
There are over 20 peptides in this eye serum to rehydrate the under-eye area and brighten up dark circles. It's seriously refreshing stuff.
Ferulic acid provides a heavy hit of antioxidants to Dr Dennis Gross' eye serum that helps the delicate eye skin ward off free radicals as well as helping to protect against sun damage. There's also retinol in there to fill out the flimsy under-eye skin.
With hydrating hyaluronic acid and caffeine to jolt tired eyes back to life, this eye serum also contains ceramides (like the building blocks of the skin barrier) to make skin stronger and appear plumper.
Elemis' serum feels a little oilier than most and layers skin in rosewood, chamomile and lavender extracts—all of which are great for soothing sore eyes and improving bumpy skin texture.
If you're in the market for a product that targets nearly every problem that you can think of—from crow's feet to dark circles—look no further than Hylamide's eye serum. Housed in this little dropper bottle are some powerful ingredients, like a peptide complex to reduce the look of lines around the eyes and Flavanoid Glucoside Bio-Active to lessen visible darkness underneath.
The CoQ10 in Drunk Elephant's eye serum prevents the breakdown of those precious collagen preserves and edelweiss stem cells, as well as niacinamide to help fluff-up fine lines.
Olay's silky eye-lifting formula instantly brightens the eye area and softens the look of fine lines with every use thanks to its amino peptides. Its vitamin complex also reduces fine lines and wrinkles in merely two weeks—seriously impressive.
Wake up with significantly brighter eyes and stronger lashes? Yes, please. Vichy's serum gives you the best of both worlds with a naturally derived plant sugar called rhamnose to rejuvenate the skin and ceramides to strengthen those lashes.
What makes Verso's firming and smoothing formula stand out is its use of Retinol 8, a stabilised vitamin A complex that is actually eight times more effective than standard retinol (hence the name). The formula is free of dyes, mineral oil and other harmful ingredients, so it's suitable for those with sensitive or irritable skin.
So what do you think? Ready to give eye serums a go?