These Eye Creams Are Like A Tall Glass Of Water For Dry, Flaky Skin

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. That’s because skin that’s tender to the touch (and scaling away) signals serious dehydration — something that can happen in the dusty bowels of festival season, on plane rides, and in arid climates. 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 Skin Rules, points to two popular actives that can bolster skin under normal conditions — but prove disastrous for particularly parched skin around the eyes: “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.

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.

BioEffect EGF Eye Serum, $90, available at Neiman Marcus.
The issue with some thick eye creams? They take forever 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.

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream, $38, available at Ole Henriksen.
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.

iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex, $98, available at DermStore.
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.

Tatcha Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream, $135, available at Tatcha.
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.

Talika Eye Dream Night Repair Mask, $57, available at DermStore.
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.

Nyakio Red Ginseng Line Smoothing Eye and Lip Cream, $39, available at Ulta Beauty.
The cooling gel in this travel-friendly tube packs hyaluronic acid and glycerin to soothe dry skin and plays well with makeup.

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense-Eyes Rehydrating-Moisturizer, $34, available at Target.
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.

Marula 3-in-1 Rejuvenating Eye Treatment, $65, available at Marula.
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.

Sunday Riley AutoCorrect Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, $65, available at Sephora.
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