What Kind Of Eye Cream Do You Really Need?

We’re firm believers that the core element of a solid skin-care regimen is an eye product. Considering the thin, delicate skin surrounding your eyes is one of the first places we show age, it’s crucial that you’re taking care of it on a daily basis.

But, make no mistake. There are several other factors that can emerge, no matter what age you are, so it’s important to realize that there is no miracle cream for circumstances like heredity. “Dark circles around the eyes can be caused by transparent, thin skin, so you're seeing the veins underneath,” says Debra Jaliman, MD, a prominent New York dermatologist. “Eye puffiness can be caused by many factors, including the position you sleep in, so it’s best to sleep on two pillows.” And, let’s not forget that a diet high in salt, MSG, alcohol, or artificial sweeteners taxes the eye area, as do sun damage, lack of sleep, and allergies.

Don’t be discouraged. We sourced 20 amazing potions that are guaranteed to help reduce your eye woes, providing you’re using them on a regular basis and paying attention to the factors listed above. And, while we’ve compiled prods that cover a wide price range, just remember that a dab will do ya, as most of these formulas should last you at least several months. What are you waiting for? Serious eye candy lies ahead.

It’s not uncommon for the eye area to be super-sensitive, which is why we love this 100% natural cream that still manages to treat your eyes like a boss, thanks to ingredients such as caffeine to assist with puffiness, vitamin C to protect against free-radical damage, and hyaluronic acid for a serious moisture boost. And, just in case you’re still worried about sensitivities, the addition of licorice-root extract helps to calm any possible inflammation, which makes it perfect for spring allergy season, too.
suki Eye Lift Renewal Cream Day, $60.95 Buy
The next time you’re packing for a trip, make sure you slip a few of these power-packed pods in your beauty bag. It’s not that we don’t think this eye mask is great for at-home use (trust, it does wonders the morning after a wild post-work happy hour), but the proprietary bioactive mud (which stays moist and never dries) really helps to alleviate that tired, jet-lag look by minimizing dark circles and fine lines, curbing puffiness, and hydrating the eye area. Pop these babies in the mini-bar fridge in your room and you’re golden.
GlamGlow Brightmud Eye Treatment, $69.00 Buy
Not everyone makes time for a mask in their skin-care regimen, but we implore you to set aside 10 minutes for this eye-specific blend of vitamins and plant-based actives whenever your eyes are looking puffy or fatigued — which, in our world, is at least once a week. Unlike other formulas on the market, this one can go on your lids, too. And, when it’s time to remove the gel-like substance, you only need to tissue it off so that a “film” of product is left behind, continuing to protect and treat the delicate area. Tip: Keep it in the fridge for an added cooling and awakening effect.
Sisley Paris Eye Contour Mask, $145.00 Buy
Despite the cheeky names, Bliss continues to produce results-driven products such as this eye gel made with cucumber extract to help deflate your bags in a matter of seconds. Added benefits include hydrating wheat proteins and anti-aging algae extract to soften fine lines.
Bliss Baggage Handler Puff Reducing Undereye Gel, $28.00 Buy
These eye patches are like cloth masks for the face. They’re virtually cleanup-free and perfect for travel. Unlike with cucumbers, you won’t need to lay down for the 20 minutes they need to work their magic and help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, last night’s salty-chip binge, and lack of ZZZ's. For a more progressive and intense program, use five applications within a two-week period, or even sleep with these suckers on. Don’t worry: Your S.O. won’t notice once the lights are off.
G.M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patch, $50.00 Buy
This eye cream doesn't promise an overnight miracle, and trust — we appreciate the honesty. But, with daily diligence (28 days, if you want to get technical), you will see a reduction in the dark circles, spots, and fine lines that make can make your eyes appear fatigued and dull. Patience is a virtue, dear reader.
Decléor Aroma White C+ Anti-Dark Circle Multi-Brightening Eye Care, $52.00 Buy
Afraid to use retinol around your eyes? Don’t be, if it's in this eye cream from Amarté. This gentle, 3.8% Korean formula works to simultaneously improve elasticity and increase hydration minus any irritation, thanks to the addition of ginkgo-nut extract and a nano-encapsulated epidermal growth factor. This fancy-schmancy ingredient works hand-in-hand with the retinol to help increase the vitality of the skin, so you look refreshed 24/7.
Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream, $60.00 Buy
This luxurious eye serum may be a bit on the pricey side, but it’s worth the splurge if lines and loss of elasticity are a concern. When used nightly, 24-karat gold, vitamin C, and palmitoyl oligopeptide (a killer anti-aging cocktail made up of palmitic acid and several amino acids) will help to soften the appearance of crow’s-feet and firm the skin. Just in case you’re still questioning the cost, we’d like to add that it consistently receives rave reviews — yours truly included.
Orogold Cosmetics 24k Intensive Eye Formula Cream, $148.00 Buy
Another fabulous all-natural eye product that proves you don’t need synthetic chemicals to get the job done. Fine lines and wrinkles are softened with a mixture of essential fatty acids, while a trifecta of vitamins (A, E, and D) derived from wheat germ and phyto-amino acid peptides help to reduce puffiness and those dreaded dark rings.
Grown Alchemist Age Repair Eye Cream Tetra Peptide Centella, $64.00 Buy
We’re suckers for interesting ingredients, so this eye cream is right up our alley. Not only does it work to reduce lines with plant-based collagen and alguronic acid (a patented anti-aging breakthrough), the rich formula also helps to firm the upper eyelids with the assistance of Persian silk-tree extract in as little as 10 days.
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Eye Cream, $72.00 Buy
If you’ve never been a fan of placing cucumbers on your eyes, we hear you. It’s not that we don’t appreciate natural, DIY treatments, but sometimes, Mother Nature just doesn’t cut it. These awesome cooling pads come in a variety of remedies to help relieve eyes plagued with everything from seasonal allergies to hangovers from hell.
eyeSlices Professional Soothing and Cooling Eye Gel Pads, $29.97 Buy
Full disclosure: We’ve always been obsessed with Obagi eye products — to the point where we’ve got everyone from our mama to our BFF hooked, too. If you use it daily, you can really start to see a difference in fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and puffiness within two weeks. And, because you can’t exfoliate the eye area with a traditional scrub, malonic acid works to gently slough away dull skin cells that can make you appear tired and lifeless.
Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment Cream, $112.00 Buy
This super-cool stick balm should be an absolute must in every gal’s purse. The solid, cool formula means there’s no mess when you decide to de-puff, hydrate, and revive your tired peepers in the middle of a workday. You can even apply it right at your desk. But, make no mistake. This isn’t just a quick-fix remedy. Matrixyl 3000 works to stimulate cell renewal and boost collagen production for the long term, too.
Boscia Super Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm, $26.00 Buy
Not only does this tried-and-true eye serum continue to win fans with its idebenone (an antioxidant and free-radical-fighting workhorse) — technology that works to treat everything from fine lines to dark circles — but it also reduces age spots and eye-area sun damage.
Prevage Eye Advanced Anti-Aging Serum, $100.00 Buy
The RoC brand — a French staple since 1957 — has always been one of our favorite drugstore finds, simply because it works. In as little as a month, this five-in-one cream reduces the appearance of dark circles, increases elasticity, improves hydration, and softens fine lines and wrinkles with its trademarked Hexinol technology.
RoC Hexinol Multi-Correxion 5-in-1 Eye Cream, $22.39 Buy
Impatient for results? According to clinical studies, this dream cream provides both immediate and long-term results in as little as 12 days. A potent cocktail of peptides, antioxidants, and growth factors promises to stimulate collagen and elastin production, improve moisture content, and diminish dark circles. We also love how this formula melted into our skin like butter, imparting a healthy glow.
iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex, $95.00 Buy
This moisture infusion is another example of an all-natural eye cream that holds its own against the more complicated formulas on the market, with a track record of both instantaneously and progressively reducing lines and wrinkles, and minimizing puffiness and undereye bags.
Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme, $95.00 Buy
We pretty much love everything that the Yes To brand comes out with, and this zingy grapefruit formula is no exception. Along with minimizing wrinkles, it helps to lighten dark circles with the help of licorice root, reduce hyperpigmentation and even skin tone with fruit acids, and provide luminosity with vitamin C-rich grapefruit and lycopene.
Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream, $15.99 Buy
No matter what type of product you choose, this incredible beauty device is an absolute must if you want to up your eye-care game. Simply place a dollop of your cream or serum into the well of the soft silicone tip, turn it on, and let the 200+ sonic movements work to reduce puffiness, dark circles, and assist with the absorption of product. If it sounds like a miracle-worker, well, we think it is.
Clarisonic Opal, $185.00 Buy
You need not keep this nifty roller (which helps to stimulate micro-circulation) in the fridge to receive an instant cooling sensation, but you will have to use it regularly if you want to reap all the anti-puff benefits from the caffeine and mint extract. That shouldn’t be too hard, considering the application process alone will have you hooked.
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller, $9.99 Buy
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