9 Best Eye Creams & Serums

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The best eye creams and serums focus on anti-aging meaning that they deliver some form or forms of active, anti-aging ingredients aside from mere hydration.

The older I get, and the more high-tech skincare I use, the less reliant I am on having to have an eye cream in my daily routine. I could skip eye creams all together by using serums, creams, and treatments packed with active ingredients such as retinol, peptides, and acids, and apply them around my eyes. The market is flooded with quality skincare, at all price points, and new technologies. I believe it’s a step one could eliminate and spend your budget on the best serums you can afford.

That being said, I tend to suffer puffy eyes in the morning. Not everyone has this issue. I envy them. So, I’m always on the lookout for a good de-puffing formula. I’m also over 50 and obsessed with experimentation. I continue to look for quality formulations that help my eye area look smoother, more hydrated, and frankly, less tired.

Pricey Yet Worth It Anti-Aging Eye Creams

tns eye repair skinMedica best anti-aging eye cream

TNS Eye Repair by SkinMedica – I first discovered this eye cream in 2012 and have repurchased it at least three times. The hefty price tag is due to the inclusion of high-tech skincare; growth factors and peptides. Growth factors target blood vessels, reduce inflammation, encourage cell growth and help to reduce fine lines. It’s difficult to put into words why I like it so much except that the skin around my eyes just looks better when I use this. It can be used day or night but I use it exclusively at night.

drunk elephant c-tango eye cream

C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream by Drunk Elephant – This is a good choice for an all-around eye cream with anti-aging ingredients such as Vitamin C and peptides. It can be used in the morning or evening. I’ve been using it in the evening and caffeine-infused eye cream in the morning.

skinceuticals age eye complex anti-aging eye cream

SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex – An anti-aging superhero is this peptide-rich eye cream that addresses it all; fine lines, crows feet, puffiness, crepey skin, dryness, etc. I used this morning and night.

clarins super restorative eye cream total eye concentrate

Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate – I’ve never used an eye cream that de-puffs better than this one. I’ve made numerous attempts to find a more affordable alternative. I’ve tested many that help mild puffiness but not to the degree of Clarins. I use this exclusively in the morning for this reason. It used to be a gel serum but it’s been reformulated to a cream.

Mid-Range Price Point Eye Creams

dr. Dennis gross ferulic retinol eye serum

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum – This became a favorite because of its versatility. Being a gel formulation, it’s lightweight, moisturizing and the caffeine contained within help with morning puffiness. Retinol addresses fine lines and crepiness. I use it both morning and night.

belif eye bomb gel eye cream

belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb – Another gel formula that works best in the mornings for intense hydration, smoothness, and performs very well under makeup is this one from belif. The gel moisturizer from belif is great also.

Budget Beauty Eye Creams

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Garden of Wisdom Eye Contour Serum – A close budget alternative if you suffer from puffy eyes but can’t bring yourself to pay $85 for Clarins, is this serum by Garden of Wisdom. It contains caffeine, Matrixyl 3000, and other peptides.

cerave eye repair cream budget beauty

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream – I don’t notice any de-puffing action from the eye cream by CeraVe but it includes good anti-aging ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid for fine lines. Therefore, I recommend it for night-time use.

no 7 restore & renew eye cream

No 7 Restore & Renew Eye Cream – This contains ceramides, peptides, and hyaluronic acids. I use this at night for fine lines. I didn’t see any de-puffing results. I recommend it if you’re looking for an economical anti-aging eye cream in your routine.

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