Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, Fragrance Free
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, Fragrance Free

Best Eye Cream

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, Fragrance Free, contains ingredients similar to those found in many top-rated eye creams and is suitable for any area of the face, including around the eyes. It's loaded with good-for-skin ingredients, namely niacinamide, amino-peptides and antioxidants. This lightweight formula even provides for smooth makeup application.
See our full review

Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector
Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

Eye Cream for Dark Circles

Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector boasts many ingredients that can strengthen skin, possibly reducing the appearance of dark circles over time. It also contains several compounds that instantly camouflage dark circles, but the effect is purely cosmetic.
See our full review

Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator
Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator

Eye Cream for Puffiness

Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator has a patent-pending ceramic cooling tip applicator that reviewers say feels very soothing and may help relieve puffiness when massaged under the eyes. The antioxidant-rich formula also contains caffeine, which may help constrict blood vessels and further reduce puffiness.
See our full review

*Est. $60 for 0.5 oz. Estimated Price
COMPARE PRODUCTS
See a side-by-side comparison of key features, product specs, and prices.

Eye Cream Runners Up:

You may not need to buy an eye cream

Today's drugstore and department store shelves are overflowing with eye creams that promise to do everything from deflate puffiness and brighten dark circles to erase fine lines. Finding a product that lives up to its claims is a different story.

Despite marketing hype, most experts say moisturizing eye creams aren't necessary. Ellen Marmur, dermatologist and vice chair of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York says, "The basic moisturizers individuals use on their face often have the same formulation -- and many of the same ingredients of general eye creams."

Paula Begoun, skin-care expert and author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," says the only differences between facial moisturizers and eye creams are often the price and size of the container. In general, the only time a separate eye moisturizer is needed is when the eye area has a different skin type or is experiencing a different ailment than the rest of the face, she explains.

If you're trying to treat dark circles or puffiness around the eyes, some experts say using a specialized product can help, but others disagree. Begoun points out that no research shows ingredients like vitamin K and caffeine to be effective when applied topically. What's more, user reviews are often split: Some say specialized eye creams work well, while others see no results at all.

Ultimately, there's no conclusive evidence that these treatments are effective, but there's no evidence to the contrary, either. Caffeine, vitamin K and kojic acid aren't harmful in any way, so experts say you can safely use eye creams that contain these ingredients. That said, while many products can diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, they aren't a cure-all. For complete eradication of these problems, skin-care professionals suggest surgical intervention.

To find the best eye creams, we analyze reviews from beauty magazines, professional evaluations from PaulasChoice.com, Good Housekeeping and ConsumerReports.org, plus user reviews at TotalBeauty.com, MakeupAlley.com, Amazon.com and Drugstore.com.

Ads related to Eye Cream

Back to top