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Did you know that as you age, the skin around your eyes get thinner? Eye creams are one of those products that you’ll never think you need, until you finally take the plunge and later wonder why on earth you didn’t do it sooner. The reason why an eye cream should be an essential part of your daily skincare routine is because the skin around our eyes is already so much thinner and more delicate than the rest of our face and due to the lack of oil glands around the eye area, under eye dryness is one of the most common issues we all face and moisturiser alone doesn’t quite cut it.
The added brightness, hydration, cooling effect and reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that good eye creams deliver are second to none. But sadly, (and like everything in the world of retail!), we’re spoilt for choice, with thousands of different eye creams on offer that all claim to do the same thing and that come at various price points. As always, we believe that our readers deserve the best and in order to save you time (researching) and money (potentially wasted), we have worked tirelessly to search for and narrow down the absolute best eye creams around, to bring you the top 5 market leading elite.
Tip: Warm a pea-sized amount of eye cream between your ring fingers and then dot the product in a semi circle under your eye area (not too close to your lower lash line) and up to your brow bone (this is your eye contour area).
1. Origins – Refreshing Ginzing Eye Cream to Brighten & Depuff
The morning pick me up we’ve all been searching for. If you’re looking for anything that’ll combat the aftermath of a rough night’s (or no night’s) sleep from eye bags and puffiness to dullness and dark circles, then meet your new best friend.
This super lightweight cream with a very slight pearlescent sheen will instantly transform your eyes from lifeless to sparkle. If there’s anything that’ll have you faking eight hours of sleep, it’s this little pot of goodness.
2. Clinique – All About Eyes
Aside from being the prettiest eye cream around with its clear rose and silver packaging, this super lightweight cream-gel eye treatment will not only hold eye makeup perfectly in place, but will instantly brighten, refresh and cool skin giving you the most radiant youthful glow.
For those with very dry skin that need an extra dose of hydration, opt for Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich.
3. Kiehl’s – Midnight Recovery Eye
Fun fact: Did you know that when we sleep, our skin enters recovery and regeneration mode? So after spending an entire day fighting off everyday nasties, it’s important that we feed our skin the best ingredients to maximise this renewal process overnight.
In comes the Midnight Recovery Eye Cream. Another holy grail for dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles but specifically as an overnight treatment. This super lightweight cream is formulated with a blend of butcher’s broom extract, evening primrose oil and squalene, all of which aim to strengthen the delicate skin around the eyes. Whilst the lavender essential oils will have you feeling more relaxed and calmer than ever as this treatment works hard to restore your eyes to look fresher and younger by morning.
Kiehl’s – Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
A super selling (and firm favourite amongst Kiehl’s customers) alternative for those without any major or noticeable eye concerns but who are just in need of something that’ll keep their eyes looking and feeling fresh and radiant daily.
We all know how beneficial avocado is as a superfood, with countless health benefits, so just imagine the effect it has on our skin when applied topically. This beautifully rich eye cream is formulated with avocado oil and shea butter for a deeply nourishing and moisturising daily treatment.
4. Ole Henriksen – Banana Bright Eye Crème
In 2019, celebrity skincare superhero Ole Henriksen relaunched his line exclusively at Boots with a whooping 13,500 waiting list. The Banana Bright Eye Crème is created with banana powder pigments (which are alone known for their brightening abilities), vitamin C, aloe juice and green tea extracts.
This lightweight little tub of magic will reduce dark circles, fill in fine lines and wrinkles, firm and hydrate your under-eyes over time whilst instantly reviving and awakening your tired eyes giving you the famous Ole glow every single day.
The Banana Bright Eye Crème also acts as the perfect base for concealer (see Haul of Fame’s Top 5 Best Budget Concealers for our top picks)!
5. Estee Lauder – Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex
The all in one answer to all your eye area concerns. This eye cream, now with 10x concentrated repair technology, is from Estee Lauder’s highly renowned Advanced Night Repair range and targets pretty much every eye area concern, including puffiness, fine lines and dryness and also tackles the visible impact of lack of sleep, UV rays, pollution and blue light.
It also provides 24 hour hydration and 8 hour anti-oxidant protection, but most impressive is its claim to brighten dark circles in just 3 weeks!