Maintaining a regular skin care routine is key if you want to help keep your complexion looking beautiful. That means washing your face with a facial cleanser morning and night, applying a serum that addresses your specific skin concerns, using the right face moisturizer for your skin type, and always, always taking your makeup off before you go to bed. But there’s one step you could be forgetting that can make a big difference in how your skin looks, and that’s applying eye cream. Even if you don’t experience dark circles under the eyes, under-eye puffiness, or crow’s feet, you might want to consider adding an eye cream to your skin care routine. And even better than using any generic eye cream is to find the best eye cream for your individual skin concerns. Ready to do just that? Keep reading for our best drugstore eye creams for every eye concern.
OUR BEST EYE CREAMS FOR DARK CIRCLES
Nobody likes having dark under-eye circles, but thankfully the right eye cream can help diminish their appearance—even on days after you didn’t get enough sleep. One of our best eye creams for dark circles is the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Anti-Aging Eye Brightener, which brightens the skin around the eye area. Formulated with imperial peony, this eye cream has a light whipped texture and a pink tone that helps color correct dark circles. Apply it every morning, patting around the eye area and smoothing until absorbed.
If you have dark circles and mature skin, another option is the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream. Immediately after using, the eye area feels hydrated and looks smoothed, while the appearance of dark circles, under-eye bags, and crow’s feet is diminished with continued use over time. Every morning and evening, apply a small amount of eye cream around your entire eye area using your fingertips and pat gently until thoroughly absorbed.
Editor’s note: Don’t expect eye cream to let you instantly bid adieu to under-eye circles. If you need an instant fix, that’s what concealer is for! Here’s our explainer on How to Cover Dark Circles with Makeup.
OUR BEST EYE CREAM FOR WRINKLES
The delicate skin around your eyes is particularly susceptible to the appearance of not only dark circles, but fine lines and wrinkles, too. If you’re experiencing wrinkles as well, we know just thing. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream, which can help reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles with continued use over time. To use, simply apply onto clean skin every morning and night, using a gentle hand to tap and blend the cream until thoroughly absorbed.
OUR BEST EYE CREAMS FOR CROW’S FEET
Crow’s feet are those little lines that can appear around the corners of your eyes, named for their resemblance to a tiny crow’s footprint. And yes, they’re a type of wrinkle. For an eye cream that addresses crow’s feet specifically, try the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye. One of our best eye creams for crow’s feet, this cream is formulated with light-diffusing pigments that can help instantly reduce the signs of aging and fatigue around the eyes to create a younger-looking finish. The silky, hydrating formula glides onto skin for an immediate smoothing effect and cool, fresh finish. With continued use over time, the look of crow’s feet, dark circles, and under-eye bags are reduced.
For those who are 50 and up and dealing with crow's feet, another option—and one of our best anti-wrinkle eye creams—is the L’Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert 55+ Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment. Use it daily to help smooth their appearance with continued use over time.
OUR BEST EYE CREAMS FOR UNDER-EYE BAGS
Don’t let under-eye bags get you down. Just look for an eye cream that can help minimize the appearance of under-eye bags, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power™ Eye Treatment, which is one of our best eye creams for puffiness. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and Pro-Xylane, this luxurious, lightweight eye cream can help reduce the appearance of under-eye bags, dark circles, and wrinkles with continued use. Bonus: It has a cooling applicator, which can help temporarily diminish the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles. To use, gently massage the eye cream around your eye area until it’s absorbed. (As for those times when you need a quicker fix, there’s always makeup! Here’s How to Easily Conceal Under Eye Bags.)
OUR BEST EYE CREAM FOR DRYNESS
When it comes to your skin, one thing is for sure: dry skin not the goal. Not only is it uncomfortable, especially when it’s on or around your eye area, but if not addressed properly, it can lead to flaking. The skin around your eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, so it needs extra TLC—especially if you’re prone to dry skin. The L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel is formulated with nurturing oils and manuka honey and can help hydrate your eye area. Plus, it has a rollerball wand, so application is quick and easy, even if you’re always on the go.
OUR BEST EYE CREAM FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Is your eye area more sensitive than other parts of your face? That’s normal, and don’t worry—we’ve got a gentle cream for that! The L'Oréal Paris Eye Defense cream is a lightweight and non-greasy gel-like cream that can help protect even the most delicate of under-eye areas. To use, apply it like you would any other eye cream—onto clean skin every morning and night.
OUR BEST EYE CREAMS FOR men
We’ve got an option for dudes, too! Check out the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra-Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller, which is one of our best skin care products for men and can help minimize the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles with continued use over time. To use, just swipe the rollerball applicator gently onto your eye area as needed, morning and night.
Now the hardest decision: Which eye cream will you choose to add to your skin care routine? Pick the one that suits your concerns and once you’ve decided, consider taking your skin routine to the next level by adding a night cream into the mix, too. Here’s How to Find the Best Night Cream for Your Skin Care Routine.