You know what they say … the eyes are the windows to the soul. So just what are yours saying? Make sure the message is as clear as possible — without any excess baggage — by caring for your eyes. Late nights, sun exposure, lack of sleep, hangovers, and, yes, the unavoidable aging process can all wreak havoc on your eyes. So, while it’s important to wear sunscreen and maintain a healthy lifestyle, a little extra help doesn’t hurt.
Even if you’re not upset about the wrinkles that are coming your way, you still need a good eye treatment. It will do a world of good in maintaining that youthful gaze. The eyes have it when it comes to these seven creams and treatments that remedy puffiness, redness, under-eye bags, and crow’s feet. So, take a look and be kind to those eyes.
1. Best for deflating puffiness
Caffeine isn’t just for your morning cup of coffee, as Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer aptly demonstrates. The cooling formula with hibiscus extract comes in a stick form for easy, glide-on application. But it’s the caffeine kick in the product that really does the trick to alleviate unsightly, puffy bags under the eyes.
2. Best for smoothing out wrinkles
The StriVectin 360° Tightening Eye Serum doesn’t mess around. The brand has developed something of a reputation for its advanced-level product line that includes the proprietary, anti-aging NIA-114 molecule to fight all visible signs of aging. While this lightweight, potent serum’s main calling card is its power to tighten and firm the skin’s surface around the eyes, the cooling metal tip applicator simultaneously massages skin to target puffy eyes and reduce the appearance of under-eye bags. Plus, the combination of caffeine and peptides helps revitalize and awaken tired-looking eyes.
3. Best to sleep on
Sleep on this: RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream delivers retinol, the powerful form of vitamin A, to reduce wrinkles, boost collagen production, and remedy discoloration, all while you snooze. This non-greasy moisturizing cream promises to even out the look of dark circles and help reduce the look of puffiness in four weeks, while reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes in 12 weeks. Just make sure you don’t use this product during the day, as retinol can actually damage your skin when exposed to light. It gives a whole new meaning to beauty sleep.
4. Best for one too many late nights (or drinks)
You may not be able to undo the lack of sleep (or that headache), but you can hide it with a special recipe. No, we don’t have a hangover tonic for you. But the Recipe for men Under Eye Patches will help hide any evidence of last night. Formulated with active ingredients, including marine collagen and moisturizing algae extracts, they are a focused treatment that penetrates and hydrates the under-eye area resulting in a refreshed, renewed appearance — after a mere 20 minutes.
5. Best for being kind to your eyes and to others
The Anthony Skin Care brand donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all products to support prostate cancer research, which gives you all the more reason to invest in the Anthony High Performance Continuous Moisture Eye Cream. The advanced, time-released formula helps prevent premature aging around the eye area and is fueled with arnica and allantonin to help stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness. Infused with jojoba oil, shea butter, squalane, cucumber extract, and carrot root, the cream provides maximum hydration and elasticity while toning your eye area and taming your crow’s feet.
6. Best for covering a world of sins
Sircuit Cosmeceuticals White Out+ is nothing short of pure magic for your face. The daily eye care potion is supercharged with light-dispersing, color-correcting diamond core particles — yes, diamonds — to diminish shadows and camouflage dark circles. But, don’t worry, you won’t sparkle. It also features a head-spinning blend of adenosine, adenine, arginine, bisabolol, and beta-glucan to improve cellular respiration, fight inflammation, detoxify, protect, heal, firm, and stimulate collagen while providing mitochondria support. You may not be able to pronounce all the ingredients (we sure can’t), but it’s still a solid cream for your peepers.
7. Best for playing the prevention game
There’s nothing wrong with absorbing the sun’s rays as long as you do so with the added protection of a sunscreen — especially one that’s gentle enough for the area around your eyes. The Murad Essential-C Eye Cream features UV protection and brightens, renews, and shields the most delicate skin of your face. Plus, it goes above and beyond with its patented anti-aging formula to stimulate collagen synthesis for a more youthful look. And who doesn’t want that?