The 7 Best Eye Creams for Every Concern

By Alix Turoff

We’ve all heard that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and anyone who has suffered from bags, dark circles and crow’s feet knows that there’s a lot of truth to this.

You just don’t look or feel your best when your eyes are giving off a tired or aged look.

Thanks to years of research, we now know that the skin of the eye is much thinner than that of the rest of the face. It also has less oil and water glands, making it all the more important to properly hydrate and moisturize.

What this means: the eyes need a little extra TLC and choosing a product in addition to your daily moisturizer that will combat your specific problems, whatever they may be.

We found the perfect eye creams for all of your needs, whether that be eliminating dark circles, brightening and smoothing, anti-aging, firming and lifting, night repair or day repair.

For Dark Circles: YSL Youth Liberator Serum Zone Eye Zone Serum ($115)
They say you get what you pay for, and this adage certainly holds true when it comes to YSL’s Youth Liberator Eye Serum. It targets the entire eye zone with YSL’s patented Glycanactif complex, which works to freshen up the entire eye area. This product eliminates dark circles in as little as 3 days and as soon as you begin to use it, you’ll notice a visible reduction in puffiness. With continued use, the entire eye area will appear more youthful and firm.

For Brightening + Smoothing: Murad Instant Radiance Eye Cream ($68)
The skin under the eyes and on the eyelids is extremely gentle and needs to be treated as such. Murad’s eye cream is a powerful but light treatment that supports natural collagen production by plumping the skin, smoothing lines and brightening to give the under eye area a youthful and radiant look. After only 1 application, 48% of testers experienced improved smoothness in the eye area.

For Anti-Aging: DDF Protective Eye Cream SPF 15 Anti-Aging Preventative ($55)
It’s never too soon to begin an anti-aging regimen. Starting to use an anti-aging eye cream in your 20’s will protect the delicate under eye skin from the elements which cause premature signs of aging. This means that you will enjoy a wrinkle free face for much longer than you would had you not started this preventative regimen. DDF’s Protective Eye Cream is formulated with SPF 15 which makes it the perfect moisturizer to use on a daily basis. The lightweight cream is packed with essential fatty acids to nourish and hydrate and SPF to protect from UV damage.

For Firming + Lifting: Algenist Firming and Lifting Eye Gel ($68)
Algenist’s Firming and Lifting Eye gel actually rebuilds the skin’s density to lift the skin around eyes, giving them a fuller and more vibrant look. It uses powerful Alguronic Acid and ProPeptide3 to increase collagen production, boost elastic and promote the synthesis of proteoglycans which all work together to strengthen the structure of the skin, redefine eye contours and give the skin an overall more youthful look. This gel uses protein, caffeine and chamomile to soothe the skin, reduce puffiness and lift the eye area. Within one month, skin elasticity will be greatly improved and the eye area will have a beautiful, firm look.

For Crepiness: Glow by Dr. Brandt Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream ($55)
If under eye crepiness is your primary concern, this is for you! With a unique ruby crystal complex to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles as well as retinol to encourage cell turnover, this takes all the benefits of the too-strong-for-your-eyes retinols and brings them to your delicate under-eye area. Plus, 92% of people report a significant reduction in lines and wrinkles (including Alexis!), and those are odds we can rally behind!

Day Repair: Arcona Eye Dew Repair/Protect AM ($38)
While it’s not totally necessary to have a separate eye cream for day and night, it certainly helps revitalize the eye area further. Arcona’s AM repair serum helps fight signs of aging such as fine lines of wrinkles with it’s creamy mixture of shea butter, hyaluronic acid and essential fatty acids. These ingredients come together to form a barrier to the elements that cause skin damage. Beta=fructan and liquid crystals increase elasticity around the eyes and anti-inflammatory blueberry extract and vitamin E work together to heal and soothe skin, making this the perfect product to apply before makeup!

Night Repair: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum ($62)
After a long day of exposure to pollution and other environmental hazards, the skin around the eye starts to show visible signs of aging. This is why it’s so important to find a great night repair eye serum to help soothe the eyes and prevent long term visible damage. Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum is made with anti-pollution technology that keeps wrinkles, dark circles, fine lines and crow’s feet at bay.