Pretty much everyone catches a dose of dry, flaky skin come wintertime. Not exactly news. But when it comes to dry, flaky skin around the eyes? Well, that can manifest year round.
Even those with oily complexions aren’t spared: Since the skin around the eyes doesn't have much in the way of oil glands, sensitivity, redness, and extreme dryness can occur, no matter what your skin type. The solution? Keep delicate skin around the eye area hydrated AF.
But here’s the thing: Nursing this ultra-thin, compromised skin back to health isn’t just about slapping on any heavy moisturizer. That’s because some are made with active ingredients or essential oils that can irritate skin and further exacerbate the problem.
Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York-based dermatologist and author of , points to two popular actives that can bolster skin under normal conditions — but prove disastrous for particularly parched skin around the eyes: “ Skin Rules Retinol can definitely worsen peeling and can even cause redness around the eyes,” she says. “Copper peptides can be irritating as well.”
The best way to nurture dry skin around the eyes? Proceed gently and wield a calming, but ultra-hydrating eye product. With Dr. Jaliman’s guidance, ahead, we’re just steps away from entering the flake-free zone — for good.
With hyaluronic acid, peptides, pro-vitamin B5, witch hazel, and cucumber extract, this quick-absorbing gel formula is super light, yet packed with everything you need to give you long-lasting hydration for that delicate skin under your eyes. Try putting this little guy in the refrigerator so when you do swipe it on, you can instantly feel like you've been awake for hours.
Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel,
An intensive eye nourisher doesn’t have to come in the form of an ultra-rich cream. And for those who like to wear makeup during the day, a serum can keep concealer and eye makeup from sliding. “I’m a big fan of eye serums,” Dr. Jaliman says, pointing to those made with hyaluronic acid. This clear gel serum applies with a cooling rollerball and has a calming ingredient list that includes hyaluronic acid and growth factors bioengineered from barley.
EGF Eye Serum, $90, available at
This oil-rich, vitamin C eye cream might feel thick and heavy at first, but it actually absorbs into skin super quickly. With a ton of ingredients that work to moisturize the skin, including maracuja, vitamin B5, and a cocktail of both hyaluronic acid and squalene, the skin around your eyes will be so happy.
Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment,
Looking to splure? This firming eye cream works to reduce dark circles and puffiness while moisturizing with a mixture of hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Though this product will run you nearly $150, the
s speak for themselves.
Soothe and Smooth Collagen Activating Eye Complex,
Turns out your favorite toast topper is also great for the skin around your eyes. With avocado oil as its primary ingredient, the rich treatment locks in moisture around the eye — with zero irritation.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado,
Formulated to be worn under eye makeup, this cream is enriched with meadowfoam and flax seed to repair and hydrate — without all the grease.
Renewal Eye Cream ,
Don't underestimate the power of this pretty ombré purple tube; the heavy-duty oils, moisturizers, and omega 3 fatty acids in the formula are no match for dry, tired under-eyes.
Peptide⁴ Eye Recovery Cream,
The issue with some thick eye creams? They take
to absorb. This formula, which includes a cocktail of soothing hydrators (like jojoba seed oil, shea butter, glycerin, and smoothing coconut alkanes) along with a hit of vitamin C to help brighten, quickly melts into parched skin and plays well under makeup. Oh, and for those concerned about the banana scent it may carry? It contains a more citrusy essence than anything.
Banana Bright Eye Cream, $38, available at
This eye treatment, fashioned like a light water cream, absorbs ultrafast and counts sodium hyaluronate (a more bioavailable hyaluronic, which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water) as a second ingredient. “Hyaluronic acid is super hydrating and never irritating for very delicate skin, so it helps to plump and moisturize,” Dr. Jaliman says.
Youth Eye Complex, $98, available at
Sensitive skin types rave about this rich eye cream and we can see why — its silky texture melts into skin without any residual greasiness. “You just need a tiny bit of eye cream to use around the delicate, sensitive area,” Dr. Jaliman says. And when it comes to this spendy formula, she couldn’t be more right; the most conservative of applications goes a long way, something that helps justify its cost.
Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream, $135, available at
This sleeping mask, made just for the eye area, is gentle enough for sensitive skin. But don’t let the “mask” moniker fool you: It’s lightweight enough to be applied via its metal rollerball, which delivers a cooling effect with no tingling.
Eye Dream Night Repair Mask, $57, available at
A calming and hydrating eye cream that doubles as a lip treatment and sells for less than 40 bucks? Sign us up. Glycerin and shea butter address dryness, while aloe and green tea soothe.
Red Ginseng Line Smoothing Eye and Lip Cream, $39, available at
The cooling gel in this travel-friendly tube packs hyaluronic acid and glycerin to soothe dry skin and plays well with makeup.
Hydraphase Intense-Eyes Rehydrating-Moisturizer, $34, available at
We wish more eye treatments came in packaging that doesn’t require the dip of a finger for application. This tube dispenses its marula oil and vitamin E-packed formula via a ceramic applicator, which feels so soothing on skin.
3-in-1 Rejuvenating Eye Treatment, $65, available at
Though this cream is geared to de-puff, it does a lot of good in the hydrating department (thanks to cocoa and shea butters and watermelon rind extract) — and without irritating actives. Apply a fraction of a pump to keep skin from feeling greasy.
Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, $65, available at