We’ve put them to the test and here’s our select edit of the best eye creams out there. It's time to wave goodbye to tired eyes, banish bags and beat puffiness for good...
Trying to find the perfect eye cream can be an overwhelming, and frankly exhausting, experience. There are so many different types out there; it’s no surprise that finding ‘the one’ is a tricky business. How to know what concern to target? How often should you use one and what’s the best way to apply?
Don’t panic though, we’ve scoured the beauty halls and trialled an almighty selection of the latest offerings to bring you this select edit of the best eye creams out there. So you can rest assured that your hard earned pennies are only spent on the ones that really work.
If you’re dubious about the necessity of an eye cream in your regime, consider this – the skin around your peepers is around 40% thinner than the rest of your face, which is why it’s so important to use a cream tailored to the area. It’s this delicacy that makes your eyes prone to crepiness and crows feet long before the rest of your face follows suit. International Facialist Abigail James explains, ‘the eye area is the most expressionate area of the face, meaning it’s the first place that fine lines appear.’ Not only is skin thinner but research has shown it’s also subjected to ‘repetitive stress from micro-eye movements’ AKA blinking, which we do on average over 28,000 a day. While we can’t do anything to freeze time (or stop you blinking!) we do know that armed with the right products you can stop wrinkles in their tracks, rehydrate even the thirstiest eyes and banish dark shadows for good.
Equally important to finding the right product is an effective application technique. Unlike the rest of your skincare stash, you shouldn’t rub in your eye cream. Instead, you should gently tap it in using your ring finger to prevent tugging or dragging. Clinical Facialist Kate Kerr always advises starting your regime by ‘patting the lymph nodes near your ears at least 10 times to help alleviate puffiness.’ Next dab the cream in pea-sized dots around your orbital bone and ‘press pat your eye cream in,’ says Kate Kerr. Make sure you leave enough time for it to absorb fully before applying makeup and be careful to avoid applying too close to your eyes or it can seep in during the day causing irritation. Dr Dennis Gross warns against ‘applying directly to the eyelid unless the cream specifies that is safe to do so as most eye creams will naturally travel to settle in targeted areas.’
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Keep scrolling to see our edit of the best eye cream for every concern; from puffiness, to under eye bags and dark shadows to crow’s feet…
Best eye cream for wrinkles
For a two-pronged attack on fine lines try Murad’s Renewing Eye Cream. The anti-ageing powerhouse retinol (otherwise known as Vitamin A) combines with powerful peptides that help strengthen the paper-thin skin around your peepers so skin looks firmer and wrinkles are noticeably reduced.
Best eye cream for dark circles
If dark undereye circles are the result of lifestyle factors like lack of sleep or a poor diet (rather than pigmentation or skin structure), then the good news is you can do something about them. New York based Derm, Dr Dennis Gross advises, ‘choosing an eye cream that contains caffeine to help decrease puffiness and Vitamin-C to help brighten the under eye area.’ Dr Dennis Gross own C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Eye Cream does both. We’re sold.
Best eye cream for sensitive skin
From La Roche Posay comes a recipe for relief suitable for even the most sensitive skin with Toleriane Ultra Eyes. The gentle, fragrance free formula is perfect for the delicate eye area and instantly relieves soreness and irritation. Keep one handy if you suffer from flare-ups as this lightweight lotion has been granted a coveted Allergy-UK seal of approval.
Best eye cream for puffy eyes
From cult beauty brand the Ordinary comes a true game-changer in the battle against puffiness. The potent Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG is like rehab for tired, swollen eyes. Testament to its efficacy is the speed it’s flying off the shelves, at some 50,000 units per month. Get it before it’s gone.
Best hydrating eye cream
If the skin around your eyes is so dry it drinks up every lotion you’ve tried and ends up looking cakey under makeup you need this. The rich and creamy balm formula absorbs quickly, targeting visible dehydration while aloe vera and vitamin E help nourish even the thirstiest of under eyes.
If you’re still looking for ‘the one’, keep scrolling for some of our other favourites…
My Perfect Eyes was indeed a real eye opener (pun intended, sorry folks). At first we were a little dubious to the instant results, but they really were almost immediate (and pretty outstanding at that). The lotion does sting slightly upon initial use and will create a tightening sensation under the eyes, but the results are well worth it. My Perfect Eyes results in a reduction in the puffiness under the eyes and a decrease in the surrounding fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin looking years younger.
Brand new from Benefit is the Puff Off eye gel. Promising to instantly soothe inflamed and sore eyes, this cooling gel certainly does go some way to reducing the look of wrinkles and fine lines around the eye area. ‘Iron on’ with the handy applicator for a blurring, softening effect.
We’re big fans of Eve Lom skincare and make-up at MC and the Eye Cream is no exception. The intensively concentrated formula revives tired and puffy eyes, smoothing lines and reducing dark circles. A great all rounder, this little pot really is worth the price tag.
Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream quenches the under eye area and soaks in quickly, which is ideal as part of your morning beauty routine before you apply your make-up. Simply pat into your under eye area and you’re good to go.
Think of Elizabeth Arden and you will probably think of your mother and even grandmother’s skincare routines. Usually specialising in products for mature skin, Elizabeth Arden has made the move into the youth market with their Flawless Future range. The Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Eye Gel is perfect for anyone in their 20s, wishing to preserve their good skin for years to come.
As with most eye creams, the Clinique All About Eyes version reduces puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles – but the best part is that it also works as a primer, helping to keep make-up in place all day long.
The Advanced Night Repair range is a big hit with models – especially Victoria’s Secret models, which means we are instantly on board. The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II restores brighteness and radiance to dull eyes, smoothing out the skin’s texture for results you can really see.
The DIOR HYDRA LIFE Pro-Youth Sorbet Eye Creme is so light, it wins first prize for the best eye cream to apply when you are short on time and need a quick pick-me-up in the mornings. De-puff and smooth out the under-eye area with gentle massaging motions to optimise the benefits of this great cream.
Wake-up your peepers with the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff. Caffeine extracts refresh and restore tired eyes, making this our Monday morning must-have for hiding a busy weekend from the world.
Don’t forget to protect your eyes from sun damage – they will be the first feature to show the signs of age, caused by the sun’s rays. The Shiseido Suncare Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF25 is the perfect choice for the coming summer months, although we advise you to wear this all year round, even when the sun isn’t shining.