The 5 Best Eye Creams (Oils, Serums, and More)
Written by: Jean Godfrey-June
Updated: September 3, 2020
The desert island must-have skin-care item of every makeup artist we’ve ever met, eye creams and serums can make a huge difference in how you look, particularly if you pat them on in the mornings before makeup or SPF. And clean versions, free of texturizers and fillers, can be the most potent and effective.
The first place on your face to show age or a late night, the skin around your eyes is famously thin and devoid of smoothing, plumping oil glands. Eye creams—or gels, serums, or even oils—are a way to (temporarily) get the skin around your eyes back on par with the rest of your complexion, and for this, we love them. Eye cream won’t permanently lift, brighten, depuff, smooth, plump crepiness—no cream will, and even plastic surgeons and dermatologists have limited options around the eye, though well-done Botox, certain fillers, and surgical fat removal and lifts do have more noticeable and long-lasting results than topical treatments.
Whether clean or conventional, eye cream is more about the moment than the long game. (The conventional versions, however, bring potential irritants, endocrine disruptors, and more right to one of the most vulnerable areas of the body, so their negative consequences are arguably also more long-game in nature.)
Eye cream is wonderful to use before bed, but there are several reasons why it does its very best work in the morning: Patting it lightly under and around your eyes feels soothing and helps depuff, and the moisture sinks in to smooth skin. It makes a bare face look better, and it makes any makeup you use—especially foundation, BB cream, or concealer—look significantly more natural. Make sure to give it a few minutes to sink in before applying anything over it, and a few more before doing eye makeup, to minimize smudging. Here, our five all-time favorite formulas.