Today, it seems many of us are burning the candle at both ends. Not only are we working hard during the day, but we’re also playing hard late into the night at the expense of truly restorative sleep. While a double shot of espresso and a cold shower might help energize some of us come morning, there’s no denying that this fatigue is bound to take a toll on a not-oft discussed part of the body: the sensitive skin under our eyes.
And since no one wants to deal with the dreadful, “Wow, you look super tired!” that inevitably accompanies the dark circles and puffy bags of sleeplessness, we’ve decided to pull together some of our favorite eye creams, gels, and elixirs specifically designed to prevent it.
Best Eye Cream
Employing a potent mix of botanical extracts derived from the ocean (including kelp and red algae), the Marine Layer Recover Gel from Port Products works as a fantastic balm against any and all signs of aging. Plus, those of you with allergies will be pleased to know that the gel is 100-percent scent-free.Port Products Marine Layer Under Eye Recovery Gel is a winner of The Manual Grooming Awards 2018.
Other Great Options
Engineered to revive tired-looking eyes after a particularly restless night, this eye fuel from Kiehl’s really packs a punch. But how? Why with the help of caffeine and vitamin B3, which when combined have been shown to brighten and stimulate the skin. Simply apply a small amount under the eyes before you run off in the morning and you’ll be looking well-rested all day long.
Another great option for tackling pesky puffiness is the Under Eye Gel from Yon-Ka. Featuring a soothing blend of arnica, cypress nut, Solomon’s seal, and peppermint essential oil, the gel actively works to reduce irritation and darkness around the eyes. To use, apply the concoction in a thick layer on the area and let sit for five minutes.
While the Instant Eye Lift from Lab Series is certainly a little pricey, we think it’s totally worth it for all that it does — namely its ability to boost moisture, lift and tighten skin, repair damage, and support the production of natural collagen. And all you have to do to take advantage of these wonderful benefits is pat a thin layer of the stuff under your eyes every morning and night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This gel-cream does a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and it adds up to a lot of good stuff. You are a step ahead just by applying with this cooling massage applicator. Wild indigo seed brightens to help visibly reduce under-eye darkness. Seawater extract and Arctic algae fight puffiness and fermented yeast with a unique hyaluronic acid blend firm skin to help generate a lifting effect.
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.
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Article originally published July 23, 2016. Last updated by Chase McPeak on July 10, 2018.
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