Eye creams: you can never have too many. After all, as the saying goes, ‘the eyes are the window to the soul,’ (or something like that). They’re one of the first things we look at when meeting new people and, unfortunately, show signs of ageing before any other part of our face. Spoiler: nobody likes looking tired. Unsurprising then, that numerous formulas will assist you on your quest to appearing bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. From diminishing dark circles to smoothing fine lines and every complaint in-between – whatever you’re stressing over we can guarantee there’s a bottle (or tub) that will solve it. Read on to discover the best of the bunch – and don’t forget to add them to your basket…
Dr. Hauschka Eye Balm
This richly nutritious balm delivers intensive hydration, making it ideal for those suffering with dry, flakey under eyes. Unlike gels and creams which can sit on the skin’s surface and exasperate puffiness, the combination of natural oils of apricot, carrot, calendula and jojoba melt deep into the delicate eye area leaving it moisturised and conditioned. Warm between fingers before pressing on and gently massaging in.
Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream
Retinol is one of the most efficacious anti-ageing ingredients. Peter Thomas Roth knows this, which is why their Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream harnesses 1% microencapsulated retinol. Unlike other formulas, this savvy fine line fighter releases retinol slowly, allowing maximum wrinkle smoothing benefits without any irritation. Caffeine stimulates circulation, fighting signs of fatigue, like puffiness and shadows, while vitamins C and E illuminate and repair. It’s the ultimate anti-ageing elixir.
NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate
Despite the slightly confusing name, NIOD’s contribution couldn’t be more of a winner. The multifaceted treatment harnesses biotechnology, peptide technology and marine science to target the most troublesome under eye concerns, like premature ageing, discolouration and puffiness. If we listed the impressive cocktail of 28 actives in this bottle we would be here all day. Here are the ones worth noting: hyaluronic acid, brightening marigold/yeast ferment bio-complex and MG6P, an advanced peptide complex that firms and increases elasticity. Worth every penny in our opinion.
Gallinée Prebiotic Eye Contour Cream
You’ve probably heard of the countless gut boosting benefits of pre and probiotics, but did you know all the ways they can support your complexion? At its best, our skin’s microbiome consists of an optimum balance of good bacteria. Sometimes, this falls out of equilibrium, leading to dryness, premature ageing and irritation. Restoring healthy lives of good bacteria protects the skin’s natural barrier, preventing all of the above. Science lesson over, allows us to introduce Gallinee’s prebiotic powerhouse. Combining prebiotics, probiotics, algae and squalane this soothing formula actively supports the skins immunity, making it perfect for those struggling with sensitivity and dehydration. The protective qualities of prebiotics also shield the vulnerable skin from external aggressors.
Aēsop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum
Antioxidants are necessary to help repair the delicate, fragile skin beneath the eyes and Aēsop’s Parsley Seed Eye Serum is packed full of them. Brightening vitamin C, parsley seed, chamomile and lavender stem cater to the varying needs of tired, dull under eyes. The lightweight texture allows fast absorption so you can apply it before your concealer without any fear of it pilling or turning sticky. If you struggle with dullness, irritation and fine lines, this formula is for you.
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream
Despite this rather expensive lineup, an excellent eye cream needn’t cost the earth. If you’re looking for something efficacious and affordable know that Mario Badescu’s potent pot has all the restorative essentials you require. One of the eye areas greatest complaints is dryness, which also leads to creepiness and visible fine lines. Mario’s blend utilises the hydrating abilities of hyaluronic acid to moisturise and soften parched peepers. Aloe vera and soothing safflower seed oil provide an added and necessary dose of nourishment.