Some might see the words eye cream and think “God, I can’t really be old enough for that, right?” — but, thanks to my mother teaching me right in my early years, I’ve always understood that taking care of the eye area should be a normal part of one’s skin care routine, regardless of age. The skin around the eyes is simply thinner, more delicate, and more prone to dryness, sun damage, and premature aging. Since eye cream takes all of two seconds to apply, why not show your delicate peepers the love that they deserve? (Think of it this way: you apply lip balm religiously, right? It’s an extra step that’s worth it.)

Once you’ve decided to get on board with eye cream, the next step is to decide what your specific eye-area needs are. If you have drier skin, anti-aging ingredients and humectants might be best for you. If you’re battling signs of fatigue and puffiness (I’m in this camp, and I always have been), soothing and brightening ingredients will perk you right up. To help you navigate the wide world of eye treatments, I’ve separated my selections into “day” and “night” — either choose the treatment that addresses your specific concern, or choose one from each category for major skin care brownie points that you’ll be reaping for years to come.

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Daytime: Fast Fix for Puffy Eyes by Alba Botanica

If you’re a natural-skincare-ophile like me, you’ll love this soothing and cooling eye gel from Alba Botanica that uses cucumber and green tea to quickly depuff eyes. (Word to the wise: stash this stuff in the fridge for an even more rejuvenating fix.)

Daytime: Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector with SPF 30 by Kiehl’s

If dark circles are bumming you out, add this SPF-packed pick to your morning routine. It includes Activated C and licorice root to diminish dark circles and fight fine lines (and it’s paraben- and fragrance-free, to boot).

Daytime: Physical Eye Defense SPF 50 by SkinCeuticals

If you’re heading out into serious sun, SPF 50 all over is a no-brainer — but, since I’m prone to developing tiny sun spots around my eyes in the summer, I take no chances and apply (and reapply) this gentle eye cream throughout the day in the summer. It’s specifically designed to be gentle around the eye area, and won’t sting if it runs (a total godsend on sweaty days).

Daytime: Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower by Klorane

Recovering from jet lag (or a particularly vigorous night out)? Do yourself a favor and take 20 minutes to get horizontal and let this magical soothing patches, which hydrate, depuff and brighten like nobody’s business.

Nighttime: Eye Balm by One Love Organics

For extra-dry skin, you can’t do better than this eye balm from One Love Organics. Packed with super-nourishing ingredients (vitamin E, shea butter, and pomegranate), this luxurious potion will keep your eye are plumped and hydrated like nobody’s business.

Nighttime: Eye Repair Serum by Earth tu Face

If anti-aging concerns have started to appear (hey, no shame in that!), this little potion is about to become your best friend. A potent combination of antioxidants and nourishing oils (organic olive, sea buckthorn, and vitamin E) encourage cell turnover and collagen production to effectively turn back the clock on stressed-out eyes.

Nighttime: Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream by Burt’s Bees

If you’re looking to firm up the skin around your eyes, fillers need not be the answer — simply search out firming ingredients, like the Hibiscus and Apple Rejuvenating Complex in the latest treatment by Burts Bee’s, which have been clinically proven to improve eye area concerns in as little as four weeks.

Anytime: Shaba Complex Eye Serum from Drunk Elephant

If all of this eye-cream-info has your head spinning, I have a solution: this superstar serum by Drunk Elephant. It’s paraben-free, non-toxic, and filled with seriously effective ingredients that fight fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, and age spots. Slather it on morning, night, or both — conundrum solved!


  1. 1
    Vanessa @ Living in Steil | August 24, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Great round-up! That Shaba complex sounds like it solves a multitude of sins.

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    blondesandbagels | August 24, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Dark circles are totally my downfall. Looks like a trip to Kiehl’s is in order…

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    Stacey Dawn | August 26, 2015 at 10:10 am

    The past couple weeks I’ve been hardcore trying to figure out how to treat the tiredness of my eyes. This post has helped push me in the right direction. Thank you!

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    Katie | August 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Love this round-up! I love that you included natural/organic options as well!

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    COCCO | September 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Hi! which treatment do you recomend me to the fatigue and puffiness? a really need something for the bags below my eyes

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