The skin around the eyes is the first to show signs of ageing and with all these late nights and early morning school runs, the lack of sleep can really take a toll. As skin under the eyes is far more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face, we recommend giving your eyes some extra TLC.
Whether you’re after the best eye cream to banish dark circles, puffiness or keep wrinkles at bay – we’ve got you covered.
The cream of the crop:
La Mer The Eye Concentrate, £150
If you fancy splurging on an eye cream which promises dramatic results, La Mer’s The Eye Concentrate is one to invest in.
Retailing at £150 this little pot doesn’t come cheap, but it promises to visibly diminish dark circles. Enriched with hematite, a naturally magnetic mineral which works to stimulate the production of collagen and improve circulation.
The Eye Concentrate comes equipped with a specially-engineered, silver-tipped applicator which helps cool the skin and immediately gets the circulation going around the eyes.
Zelens Triple-Action Advanced Eye Cream, £75
Want to give your eyes some extra lift and luminosity? This eye cream is packed full of botanical extracts and amino acids.
Active amino acids within the eye cream have anti-swelling properties which are proven to reduce the appearance of puffy eye bags as well as reducing water retention and protecting collagen. Alongside this are some impressive clinical results including a 45% improvement in wrinkle depth and a 44.4% improvement in skin moisture levels.
By Terry Cellularose Liftessence Eye Contour, £65
Next we’ve got the winner of 2017 Glamour Beauty Awards for Best Eye Cream.
This product from By Terry promises to maintain optimal water content in cells. The formula is packed with Rose Native Cells, which intensively activate collagen and elastin production to help lift, firm and tighten the eye area for a more youthful appearance.
The budget friendly:
Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream, £22
If you’re after a good eye cream that won’t break the bank, Clinique’s peptide cream is at the top of our recommendations.
This eye cream contains caffeine – which surprisingly shows amazing results when applied topically, as well as Shea butter and glycerin, two ingredients which work together to retain and lock in moisture.
Nip+Fab Bee Sting Fix Eye, £14.95
Don’t let the name scare you! A tiny dash of bee venom has been added to this formula to help plump and firm the eye area, whilst amino acids will help brighten up your peepers and leave them looking instantly refreshed.
Grab yours at Superdrug for half price!
Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Eye Cream, £15.75
Nivea’s Cellular Anti-Age Eye cream promises to give you youthful skin and younger cells. Their star ingredient, hyaluronic acid, keeps skin stable, safeguarded, and constantly renewed. Hyaluronic acid also has the capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of moisture.
The old wives tale:
If you Google Haemorrhoid cream, you’ll see that women all over the world are using it for their under eyes. Creams such as Preparation H work by restricting blood vessels – making an area less inflamed. They often contain an ingredient called hydrocortisone, an anti-inflammatory that can also reduce puffiness.
So does it work? For a short term fix – yes. However, other ingredients in the cream could cause some serious damage if they get into your eyes so if you’re going to try this at home, please practice caution!
By Saman Javed