Time to wave goodbye to tired eyes, banish bags and beat puffiness for good
Trying to find the best eye cream for you can be an overwhelming and, frankly, exhausting experience.
How do you know what concern to target? How often should you use one, and what’s the right 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 a select edit of the best 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 crêpe-ness 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.
Keep scrolling to see our edit of the best eye cream for every concern and, remember: when it comes to application, pat, don’t rub.
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 under eye 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.’ The C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Eye Cream does both. We’re sold.
Best anti-ageing eye cream
Founded by cosmetic surgeon and skin expert Dr Marco Lens, Zelens is the go-to for skin worthy of the red carpet. The smoothing Triple-Action eye cream targets crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes with a potent, botanical-enriched formula containing marine collagen and hyaluronic acid.
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 puffiness
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.
We’re certain you won’t leave here empty-handed…
This eye cream is the real deal, tackling both pesky crow's feet and dark circles in the process. Unlike other creams, it's utterly weightless and super refreshing to boot.
Yes, this is on the more expensive side, but this little vial will last and last. The roller-ball applicator dispenses the exact amount needed around the eye socket. Not only does this feel DIVINE if kept in the fridge, it's also super soothing before you go bed. The powerful blend of natural plant extracts, oils and a gentle retinoid to help improve the appearance of fine lines. Add it into your bedtime ritual.
Ever since CeraVe hit UK shores, it has been a favourite among the beauty elite. It's a brand developed by Dermatologists at low prices. This eye cream is non-sticky, fast absorbing and moisture-boosting, which in turn brightens the eye area and gets rid of dark circles.
Channel your inner millennial with this avocado-based eye cream, which is super hydrating and perfect for those drying winter months.
Shiseido is one of the Asian beauty world's best kept secrets and there's a reason this eye cream is a major bestseller. Slap this on and watch the wrinkles disappear.
Okay, okay, TECHNICALLY a serum, we know. But the effect that this tiny potent potion has on your under eye circles blew us away, so we just had to include it. Apply morning and night for considerably lighter dark patches. Use with the brand's hero under eye masks, and consider your bags bidden goodbye.
Few things are more refreshing than a gel cream, and NEUTROGENA know their stuff when it comes to hydration. This comfortable gel-cream formula quenches the under-eye area instantly, keeping the delicate skin hydrated for 24 hours. You'll be bright-eyed and fresh-faced until you need to apply the next morning...
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.
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.