Today it seems we’re all burning the candle at both ends. We’re working harder, longer hours, so you have to stay up if you want to maintain a social life. Then we need a bit of help the morning after a rager — an extra coffee, a cold shower, a brisk run. The lack of sleep will start showing in your eyes before it shows anywhere else. Chances are, even when you finally feel awake, your eyes will be a dead giveaway for your nocturnal urges.
Don’t worry about it — there’s something for that. If you’re not one to use an eye treatment everyday, OK, we won’t fight you on that (although you’ll wish you had in 20 years). We are going to insist you add one of these rough-night-reversing eye creams for men to your routine. Keep one of these in your fridge (a trick of the trade) and add it in the morning while you’re running around trying to figure out what happened to your credit card – by the time you leave, you’ll look like you have it all together, even if you’re really just a hot mess disaster.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer – $20
Facial Fuel is a favorite from the Kiehl’s family of products, and this Eye De-Puffer is no exception. Packed with pure vitamin C, this eye stick (sort of like Chapstick for your eyes — it’s genius) soothes eyes upon application. For an even more ass-kick wake up call, keep this bad boy in the refrigerator and pop it on right when you wake up, then again right before you leave. A little goes a long way.
Perricone MD De-Puffing Eye Gel – $75
Powered by the smallest molecule in the universe, this cooling, soothing, hydrogen eye gel acts fast and goes deep to make sure your eyes look bright and refreshed. The fragrance-free, lightweight serum is great for all skin types, even super sensitive, so no worries if you share with that special someone you met last night.
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – $7
Nope, that’s not a typo. This action-packed caffeinated pick-me-up is technically less than $7. The Ordinary knows that not everyone can afford (or wants to spend) a lot of money on eye creams, face serums, retinols — well, the list goes on and on. This is the perfect brand for those who want to try something new (like this acid peel for $7) . The eye solution is a perfect add-on to your everyday routine. Or, if you’re like a lot of guys, a perfect way to start a morning routine.
Sisley Eye Contour Mask – $145
One of the best out there, and a must-have for in-demand jet-setters or late night party goers, this is going to work magic on puffy, dehydrated, tired-looking eyes. Sure, it’s expensive, but it’s not designed to be an everyday eye cream. It’s meant to be kept on reserve for severe situations, so it practically lasts forever. If you keep it in the refrigerator, it’s almost like taking a nap. Well, at least for your eyes.
NYDG Skincare Re-Contour Eye Gel – $60
The ingredients for this twice daily eye gel read like a group of skincare heroes coming to save the day: hyaluronic acid, amino acids, licorice root, chamomile, cucumber, arnica, and more. They act fast — and last long — to firm, brighten, calm puffiness, and minimize dark circles. And the best part? One percent of all sales are donated to the NYDG Foundation which educates, provides preventative care, and medical relief to under-served populations.
Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift – $65
This gel-cream does a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and it adds up to being a lot of good stuff. You are a step ahead just by applying with this cooling massage applicator. Wild indigo seed brighten to help visibly reduce under-eye darkness. Sea water extract and Arctic algae fight puffiness and fermented yeast with a unique hyaluronic acid blend firm skin to help generate a lifting effect.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – $30 for 8
If you’ve been paying attention to eye stuff at all (if not, it’s cool, that’s why we’re here) you’ve noticed those weird patch things celebrities wear in their Instagram photos when they are getting ready. Here’s your chance to try them out. Peel off the back and apply for 10 minutes. With ginko biloba, coenzyme Q10, and acetyl hexapeptide-8, they are a perfect carry-on addition for a long red-eye flight or to throw in your back pocket if you’re not sure you’ll make it home tonight.
Article originally published by Ann Binlot on July 23, 2016. Last updated by Barret Wertz on January 19, 2018.