The Best Eye Creams and How to Apply Them Correctly

The old adage goes that “eyes are the window to the soul” — and as corny and tired as the usage of this saying might be, we all know it to be true. Our eyes help us convey the depths of our emotions, our pupils will dilate when we look at someone we love, and — unfortunately for me and a lot of other busy women — they also tattle on us for how little sleep we got the night before.

Big, bright, and fully awake eyes are the cornerstone of a youthful and healthy appearance and if you’ve not given the most sensitive skin on your body adequate attention before now, we have a few tips and tricks to help get you in the habit of pampering your peepers.

 

Our Favorite Products

Saturday Skin

Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream

The featherweight gel-cream consistency of Saturday Skin’s peptide and hyaluronic acid packed formula wears like a serum, while hydrating like a dense cream — making it perfect for daytime wear. Personally, I like to keep mine in the refrigerator for an extra cooling and de-puffing effect.

Drunk Elephant

C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

If brightening and getting rid of fine lines are two of your primary concerns, the “Power Five C Vitamin Complex” (DE’s combination of five variations of Vitamin C) combined with peptides will go to work strengthening the skin around your eyes with daily use, while also protecting them from pollution and stressors throughout the day. Be sure to use any products containing retinol or retinoids at night and not in conjunction with Vitamin C based products!

OLEHENRIKSEN

Banana Bright Eye Crème

Inspired by every makeup artist’s secret weapon, OLEHENRIKSEN incorporated the color correcting and brightening effect of “banana powder” alongside a vitamin-rich and hydrating eye cream formula. This product has spent the better part of this last year selling out within minutes of being restocked, so be sure to add yourself the list for email notifications of its availability!

Dr. Dennis Gross

Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum

Sleep is when your skin undergoes all of its reparative functions — so even if you can’t get a lot of sleep, make sure it counts. Dr. Dennis Gross’ Triple Correction Eye Serum combines two youth preserving heavy hitters into one light and easy-to-layer product. As with all retinoic acid based products, be sure you’re wearing SPF the next day and be patient with the results — it’s working from deep within!

L'Oréal

Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment

The super rich formulation of L'Oréal’s Revitalistist cream is paired perfectly with the slanted metal applicator tip, a built-in way to ensure that the delicate skin of your eyes isn’t being tugged and strained by applying it with your fingers.

Hada Labo Tokyo

Age Correcting Eye Cream

Caffeine, collagen, and hyaluronic acid — it’s a damn triple threat. While Hada Labo might offer up their cult faves at drugstore prices, the ingredients rival some of those high-end creams going for way more cash.

The Routine

Depending on the type of product you’re using, you’ll apply in the morning, in the evening, or both. As a general rule of thumb, always apply products containing Vitamin C in the morning and those containing retinol at night. If your eye cream doesn’t contain any actives ingredients, meaning it’s just a moisturizer, you can apply it twice a day alongside other skincare.

When considering the order in which products should be applied, you typically want to stick to applying the least viscous (most watery) products first and work up to the most viscous (rich creams). With eye products, you want to apply them after your essences and serums but before any other moisturizers – even if your eye product is slightly thicker than what comes after. Because they contain more specialized ingredients, you want to make sure they are being fully absorbed and not blocked by richer skincare products.

Always apply eye products using your ring finger, as it has the gentlest pressure, and be mindful not to tug or pull on this delicate area. Apply your eye products everywhere in the eye area – under your eyes, out to your temples, on your brow bone, and above your eyebrows. Always read the instructions before applying any eye product to your eyelids.

 

 

If You Want to Be Extra

And we know you do. Keep a jade roller in your freezer for those mornings when you really need some help looking alive, not only does the cooling effect help wake you up quicker than 20 oz of black cold brew – most jade rollers are fashioned with a special (smaller) eye roller end to help with lymphatic drainage around your eyes. No more puff!

If you follow Jonathan Van Ness on social media (and if you don’t, what are you doing?) then you already know that he’s all about a gorgeous self-care moment by way of a hydrogel eye patch. No, not like a pirate eyepatch, but rather those sticky apostrophe shaped pads that affix to your under eye area to allow maximum penetration of all kinds of delicate skin-loving ingredients before a big event or just a regular Monday morning. If JVN does it, we do it, and he hasn’t lead us astray thus far.

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