While some people consider eye care unnecessary or even a poor relative of moisturizer, experts agree that because the area around the eyes is unique, it requires special care.
The skin is thinner and highly mobile due to our constant blinking and smiling, and puffiness can be caused by the mildest lymphatic drainage issues, such as hay fever.
“The skin around the eyes is more fragile than the rest of our face,” explains Dr. Aimee Vyas, leading facial aesthetician and founder of the Mayfair clinic of the same name, “and this can lead to visible signs of aging there sooner.” The skin there is super thin and gets thinner as we age, while collagen and elastin production levels decline, which can cause it to become loose and saggy in appearance.
“Under-eye hollows, or tear troughs, develop as we age due to a decrease in volume in the middle of the face and because of a lack of support, flattening of the cheekbones, and a decline in cheek fat. In addition, as the skin thins, the blood vessels and muscles under the skin’s surface appear more visible, leading to dark circles under the eyes.
Moving away from the outdated one-size-fits-all approach, today’s intelligent anti-aging eye creams and serums promise better, targeted results, from instant wrinkle reduction to all-day firming, as formulations become more technologically advanced and use more concentrated ingredients.
“I encourage clients to determine what they want to achieve with their eye products,” advises Dr. Vyas.” Regarding ingredients, look for hyaluronic acid to hydrate, antioxidants to brighten and make the skin more elastic, niacinamide to moisturize and reduce hyperpigmentation and inflammation, caffeine to eliminate puffiness, and low doses of retinol for advanced benefits. If you want to see the benefits, the most important thing is to stick to your skincare regime. Gentle and proactive care of the skin around your eyes can have a substantial preventative impact.
Whether wrinkles or sagging are your top anti-aging priority, these targeted creams and serums are formulated with the most luxurious textures and effective ingredients to help the eyes look fresher, firmer, and younger.
de Mamiel Essential Eye Fix
Excess cortisol, our stress hormone, causes a chain reaction in the skin, reducing its elasticity and contributing to wrinkles. This lightweight, oil-based serum focuses on the effects of stress on skin aging around the eyes through a host of potent natural and organic ingredients.
Bakuchiol promotes cellular metabolism for smoothness and brightness, while tuberose and cornflower support collagen production. Prickly pear extract also helps firm and plump the skin, along with green coffee to combat puffiness and arnica to address dark circles. The rollerball applicator also adds additional benefits, from a cooling sensation on the skin to increased drainage effects.
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream
This richly textured, best-selling product is designed to treat six types of wrinkles (who knew there were so many?): under the eyes, crow’s feet, between the eyebrows, baggy lines, wrinkles on the eyelids, and wrinkles in the outer corners of the eyes.
The mechanisms that contribute to the formation of these wrinkles, such as facial movements, are known for the plumping and strengthening properties of Japanese seaweed, plus a unique peptide that softens the appearance of the skin and deep lines. It is one of the few eye creams that are also suitable for use on the eyelids, and its effect is excellent and non-greasy, making it an ideal base for makeup.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Crème Synchronized Multi-Recovery
The much-loved anti-ageing eye cream from Lauder’s fêted ANR range has had an upgrade to include new free radical-fighting properties and faster results.
Focusing on the damage that environmental factors from pollution to blue cause to the eye area, including damaging collagen and causing irritation, this new turbo-charged formula not only counteracts free radicals with antioxidant vitamin E, but includes a unique defence technology for super-protection.
Undereyes look brighter in a fortnight and smoother after a week, while fantastic hydrating ingredients keep skin plump and nourished for hours.
Peter Thomas Roth Instant FIRMx Eye
For a quick fix that gives the eyes an instant lift and makes lines and wrinkles look like they’ve disappeared, think of it as using putty to fill in wrinkles and get an impressive anti-aging effect. Using a fine makeup brush, the lines are dabbed on and gently filled with a translucent gel, then left to dry for five minutes, creating a perfectly smooth finish.
Formulated with three unique complexes, the immediate effects may be temporary, but with regular use, the skin will stay smoother and more vibrant. Unlike similar products launched in the past, this product does not leave a visible white residue and helps minimize puffiness.
Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream
Rich in natural botanicals, this eye treatment pumps out like a rich cream and then quickly transforms into a creamy emulsion, so a little goes a long way. Active ingredients include red clover and sea buckthorn to enhance skin tone and elasticity around the eyes for a firming, tightening effect, as well as shea butter and botanical oils to moisturize and plump the appearance of lines and wrinkles deeply.
Ideal for even the most sensitive eyes, including contact lens wearers, it absorbs quickly and leaves a smooth, saturated finish. A subtle herbal, floral scent also adds to the comfort.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Eye R Repair Serum
Tired, droppy eyes will love this clever anti-ageing eye option. Based around the healing powers of honey and royal jelly, the fresh-feeling serum brightens the eye area immediately thanks to a pearlescent finish, while two polymers create a mesh for a tensing effect that gives lift to make eyes look more open.
A trio of vegetal ingredients also targets pigmentation spots and the poor microcirculation responsible for bluish dark circles and puffiness. And the ‘gold drop’ applicator not only looks extravagantly prestige but it delivers exactly the right amount of serum while the spherical tip gives eyes a soothing and de-puffing massage.
Tatcha Silk Peony Eye Cream The Silk Peony
Japanese brand Tatcha is known for its delicate textures, and this eye cream is no exception. It is an elastic cream that melts into the skin, leaving a powdery finish with a subtle blurring effect on wrinkles and imperfections. These lines are then plumped up by moisture-attracting silk proteins, while white peony extract rebuilds the skin’s natural barrier to retain moisture and reduce the aging effects of dehydration.
It also includes a unique green tea, rice, and seaweed complex that helps strengthen the skin and gently exfoliates, so the eye area is smoother, plumper, and looks fresher instantly and over time.
Kate Somerville KateCeuticals Lifting Eye Cream
Said by leading LA facialist Kate to be inspired by the benefits of Botox, this concentrated cream tackles the eye-ageing trio of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. It includes a complex that mimics the ability of snake venom to ease muscle contractions and therefore reduces lines and wrinkles exacerbated by facial expressions.
This is combined with another peptide that supports collagen production so the eye area becomes smoother in two ways. Hyaluronic acid also helps plump skin, while vitamin C brightens and algae counteracts dark shadows. It’s a jam-packed anti-ageing formula but still absorbs easily and gives the skin a silky veil feeling.
Skinician Ageless Peptide Eye Complex
While it feels super light when patted around the eyes, this gel cream is packed with powerful ingredients that focus on fine lines and deep wrinkles to reduce wrinkle depth and firm, sagging skin. The formula contains a peptide mimics retinoic acid – a powerful precursor to retinol – that increases collagen and elastin production within the skin for a more toned look and smoother surface.
It also uses hyaluronic acid technology to fill lines for a plumper appearance. It protects the eye area from future aging damage with UV filters that protect against sunlight and pollution while also brightening vitamin C.
Epionce Luminous Eye Serum
If your goal is to improve your eyelids’ coverage quickly, you’ll see visible results 45 minutes after applying a small amount of the silky gel. It is absorbed immediately for a matte finish – and a perfect makeup base – allowing firming red algae and moisturizing botanical extracts (including watermelon and lentil) to work while puffiness is quickly addressed.
Over time, you’ll see the benefits of brightening and a firmer look in the eye area. Suppose you suffer from dry eyes or hay fever. In that case, this clever formula is also designed to reduce allergic and histamine reactions, which means less irritation, so you won’t rub and cause further damage to the delicate eye area.
Not only is the serum-oil texture of de Mamiel Essential Eye Fix exceptionally refined and lightweight on the skin, it glides on, absorbs easily and leaves the eye area soft and comfortable. The anti-ageing properties are impressive, with a wealth of potent natural ingredients that can firm, smooth, brighten and de-puff without irritating the delicate skin around the eyes.
The rollerball applicator also brings a host of benefits, from helping drain puffiness and offering soothing coolness, to making it perfectly portable and mess-free – no fingertips required. It’s a power-packed little bottle that offers big benefits when it comes to keeping eyes looking and feeling youthful.