The eye area is the war zone of the face. There’s never just one solitary woe that besieges the perimeter of your eyes, but pests like dark eye circles, puffy eye bags, fine lines and crows’ feet seem to come hand-in-hand, making it even more of a struggle to get rid of. While good concealers are an accessible remedy, one day without and you’re bound to have at least three concerned people gasp in your face about how sick and tired you look.
So it goes. As you age, the problems that occur around the eyes aren’t just the price you pay for a lack of sleep anymore. Fat and collagen loss thins the skin under your eyes, causing every little shift in your blood vessels to become highly prominent. It is the dilation of these vessels that are responsible for the purplish panda eyes, which can be further aggravated by these factors: Allergies, hyper-pigmentation, sleep deprivation, iron deficiencies, stress or too much alcohol. Pronounced dark eye circles are also hereditary, so if the cosmos drew you the short stick in the gene pool, they’re to blame for the dark abyss you carry under your eye lids. The loss of skin elasticity also causes wrinkles to become more and more prominent, made worse by skin puffiness due to excess sodium in your diet.
None of us signed up for this struggle, but thankfully, the advances in skincare technology have led to eye creams that are highly effective in targeting and defending against said issues. Here’s our pick of the best eye creams that’ll help alleviate your problem areas.
For: Puffy eyes with fine lines
Fermented plant extracts and La Mer’s patented Miracle Broth formula come together in their Eye Balm Intense. Designed to de-puff eyes and to diminish fine lines, the balm deeply hydrates the eye area to provide the appearance of smoother skin. The applicator also comes with a silver tip to cool the skin and improve circulation. If you have sensitive skin, do take note that the Eye Balm Intense has eucalyptus oil as an ingredient, which is a potential irritant.
Available at TANGS and La Mer stores.
For: Dark eye circles, fine lines and anti-ageing
Korean red ginseng is the main restorative element in this eye cream, working as an antioxidant and treatment against sun damage. It also helps to invigorate collagen production, making the Sulwhasoo Essential Rejuvenating Eye Cream a go-to for women suffering from effects of premature ageing.
Available at Sulwhasoo counters.
For: Hydration and concealing red, dull or hyper-pigmented under-eyes
A potent under-eye concealer is ideal when it comes to covering up problem areas, and It Cosmetics’ cult favourite also has ingredients found in eye creams to deliver a double whammy. It’s a concealer on the thicker end, intended to diffuse fine lines around the eyes and give the appearance of a smoother surface without creasing. It also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and Vitamin C to revitalise the area and help alleviate dullness.
Available at Sephora.
For: Dry under-eyes with prominent wrinkles
This Estēe Lauder night cream contains propanediol, which aids rapid absorption while imparting antioxidants to improve skin firmness. Having a nighttime product that absorbs quickly allows for immediate hydration and added effectiveness, due to the product not lingering on the surface and being prone to wastage as you move in your sleep. It is also fragrance-free, suitable for all skin types, and is rich in the essential vitamins needed to reverse signs of ageing.
Available at Estēe Lauder counters.