You can tell how someone feels by their eyes. When we are stressed, tired, or have a low level of energy, our eyes can tell. A good eye cream can give you a boost and make you look refreshed.
Two types of eye cream people are common: Either you believe they are completely unnecessary or you swear to them. Even if you’re skeptical, keep reading. These eye creams are among the most popular on the market and you may be convinced to give them a try.
Shopping for eye creams can be overwhelming, no matter how long you have been using them. This article was a combination of my own testing of the top-selling products and research on the internet to discover the most popular and trusted picks and bestsellers that address all types of concerns, such as bags, dark circles, and fine lines. A dermatologist was also available to help me understand the causes of puffiness and dark circles. She can also give advice about what you should look for in an eye-cream.
Dr. Loretta Tightening Gel
Best eye cream for under-eye bags
Dr. Loretta’s gel eye cream won the 2019 Allure Best of Beauty Award. This is why I was able to try it out for myself. I suffer from puffiness almost every day. Although it sounds absurd, I saw results after just one application.
The gel was applied morning and night. I noticed a difference in my under-eye puffiness and bags. It is also very hydrating which is great for those with dry skin. The Dr. Loretta website explains that the formula’s depuffing effect is due to the peptides and “Chromabright,” which are key ingredients that help with hyperpigmentation. It is also supposed to protect your skin against blue light.
La Roche Posay Pigmentclar Eye Cream
Best eye cream for dull under-eye area
Farhang says that this product is hydrating, and contains caffeine. Farhang recommends it to most of the patients. Farhang also mentioned that caffeine can target dark circles. This cream has light-reflective pigment that instantly brightens dark circles.
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme
Ideal for dark circles
Ole Henrikson’s Banana Bright Eye Creme is a top-selling product on Sephora. It has a solid rating of four stars out of 4,000 reviews. This cream also contains vitamin C, which Farhang referred to as a key ingredient for reducing dark circles.
Ole Henriksen says that banana powder, which is slightly yellow-tinted, is a secret weapon for makeup artists who use it in order to brighten dark circles under the eyes.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost
Neutrogena Hydro Boost is a great hydrating choice, especially if you are on a tight budget. Farhang recommends this cream to younger patients. However, anyone can benefit from it if they have concerns about dryness or boosting hydration around the eyes.
Roc Retinol Eye Cream
Best drugstore retinol eye creams
Farhand loves this more affordable Roc retinol eye cream. It can reduce the signs of aging. Although retinol is sometimes difficult to use, the brand claims that this product can be used every day. The product is also effective in reducing fine lines and puffiness.
Sunday Riley Auto Correct
Best multitasking eye cream
Sunday Riley’s Auto Correct cream is the perfect eye cream for anyone looking to address multiple problems at once, such as puffiness and dark circles. The subtle shimmer effect, but not glittery, gave my eyes a wider-awake appearance when I tried it. It does just enough to give your eyes a glowy, refreshed look.
This cream is hydrating, and it also contains horse chestnut extract and caffeine. It is said to lift the eyes and reduce fine lines.
Revision Skincare DEJ eye cream
Best eye cream for aging skin
Farhang recommends this cream as she believes the brand’s products are scientifically supported. Farhang claims that the Revision DEJ Eye cream can help reduce wrinkles and sagging around your eyes (including the upper lid area). Farhang also says that it strengthens the Dermal Epidermal Junction, or layers of the skin.
This cream is certainly a big investment at $100. If you are serious about seeing results with regular use of the cream for wrinkles and sagging skin, this cream is a good choice.
Why eye creams are a good idea?
Dr. Sheila Farhang is a board-certified dermatologist and the founder of Avant Dermatology. “Eye creams are a great option for aesthetics. However, you need to make sure that the product is made with quality ingredients.”
Farhang says, “I believe you should invest in the product you put on your eyes every day because [the eye region] is the most thinnest and sensitive skin on the body. It is also very susceptible to allergens/irritation. You want it to work and have science backing it up, especially for anti-aging/fine line targeting ones.”
Eye creams can address many different concerns. So, you should not expect to find one that will do everything. Farhang says that it is unlikely. Farhang says that while some eye creams can treat a number of issues simultaneously, she has not found one that addresses all of them. Farhang explains that depending on the issue you are trying to address, you may need to search for specific products or ingredients.
What to do if you are experiencing puffiness or under-eye bags
Farhang recommends products with a cooling effect to reduce puffiness. Some have metal applicators or can be placed in the fridge before using. Caffeine is the second ingredient you will find in many products to reduce puffiness under your eyes. She says that green tea and caffeine are good options as they constrict vessels, causing water retention.
What to look out for if you are concerned about fine lines
For fine lines, I recommend an eye cream with retinol, peptides, and growth factors. Farhang says that these active ingredients help to treat and prevent. She says that although hyaluronic acids isn’t an active anti-aging ingredient it can help to fade fine lines temporarily because the ingredient attracts water.
What to do if you have dark circles
Many people believe that dark circles are caused by lack of sleep. But the problem is much more complex. Farhang says that dark circles can be caused by many things. One reason could be thinner or less vibrant skin due to aging. Farhang suggests using retinol as an anti-aging treatment.
The vessels underneath may also be a reason for dark circles, in which case caffeine might help. Farhang says that if the dark circles are caused by hyperpigmentation, skin lightening ingredients like vitamin C might be beneficial.
Dark circles can also be caused by allergies or skin conditions such as eczema. She says that hyperpigmentation can be caused by chronic rubbing due to allergies or eczema. In these cases, antihistamines are required.
Farhang suggests that dark circles can be caused by hollowness around the eyes. Farhang recommends strengthening your skin with anti-aging products such as retinol.