9 eye creams to banish eye bags, dark circles and fine lines

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Viola Levy

The delicate skin around the eyes requires some serious TLC – so we’ve picked nine supercharged eye creams to get you started…

The skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, making it more prone to fine lines, wrinkles and dehydration. This is definitely an area of your skincare regime worthy of investment, and applying a targeted cream or concentrate twice a day makes sense – especially if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends.

Any decent eye cream worth its salt should plump, soothe and hydrate as a bare minimum, with little to no irritation. But finding one that lives up to its promises is a minefield, especially with many containing potent active ingredients that can potentially inflame the area.

What’s more, heavier creams can actually worsen dark circles and lead to issues like milia (tiny white spots under the skin). So a fairly lightweight formula is your best bet.

Scroll down for nine we’ve been eyeing up.

Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream

Ideal for those with more mature skin, this contains a collagen-rich ECG Complex to diminish creases and crow’s feet, while the unique ferulic and retinol delivery system intensely firms, plumps and helps protect against UVs. It tackles dark circles too – expect to see a difference from the get-go.


Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream

This is great if you want to step your skincare regime up a notch. If you’ve been neglecting sleep, it helps to hydrate, soothe and de-puff the eye area, with collagen-boosting peptides and moisturising soya protein.


Oskia Eye Wonder

If your skin is particularly sensitive, this rose water-infused gel formula contains a nourishing cocktail of plant bio-actives that go to work on dark circles and firm the skin without irritation. Even better? Added hyaluronic acid and milk peptides fill out fine lines.


Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair

For those suffering with dry, flaky skin around the eye area, this intensively quenching concoction is just the ticket. It stars hydration ‘hero’ hyaluronic acid, together with skin-smoothing vitamin A, antioxidants vitamins C and E, as well as softening shea butter. Expect to see fine lines diminished with continued use.


Alpha H Liquid Gold Firming Eye Cream

Alpha hydroxy acids are usually considered too strong for use around the eyes. However, Alpha-H have used a special version in the form of lime pearl extract, which brightens and renews the eye area sans flare ups. It also contains quadruple peptide technology to smooth and firm, as well as brightening antioxidants and diamond particles to blur dark circles. 


NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate

Niod’s cutting-edge eye treatment is brimming with moisture magnet hyaluronic acid, peptides and collagen-boosting and pigmentation-reducing technologies. This one is particularly good for issues like sagging lids and dryness.


DCL Peptide Plus Eye Treatment

Enriched with grapeseed oil and vitamins A, C and E, this is perfect to pop on in the morning to help protect from UV exposure, which can result in dullness and crepe-y skin. Squalene delivers an extra hit of moisture, ceramides restore damaged skin cells, and the clever peptide complex drastically reduces fine lines and wrinkles.


Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II

Delivering all the benefits of Estée Lauder’s popular night serum to the delicate eye area, this uses the same exclusive ChronoluxCB Technology to enhance the skin’s own nightly renewal processes. Expect a reduction in fine lines, dryness, crow’s feet and dark circles. No wonder experts rave about it.


Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème

This all-natural formula is packed with light-reflecting pigments to awaken the eye area, creating the illusion of a good night’s sleep. It also contains botanical extracts to help combat lines and to deflate eye bags.


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