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Perk Up Your Peepers: Best Eye Creams for Every Purpose

Show me a woman whose first waking thought is, "Wow, my eyes look great this morning—so alert, so radiant, so unlined," and I'll show you the world's greatest liar. Who among us hasn't lamented her dark circles, her wrinkles, her puffy lids? The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the window treatments often leave us despairing that we'll never look vibrant again. Fortunately, these woes are so widespread that there are almost as many products available to treat them. These seven spectacular eye creams give us reason to believe.
  • Best for Under-Eye Bags

    If you thought you’d have to carry your under-eye bags around like luggage for the rest of your life, think again—salvation has arrived in the form of Boscia’s Restorative Eye Treatment. The key components of this rich cream are peptides, which attack puffiness and firm the skin in the eye area; in addition, powerful antioxidants vitamin E and willowherb extract protect against environmental damage.

  • Best for Crow’s Feet

    Got crow’s feet? Get retinoids, a class of ingredients actually proven to attack deep wrinkles. Philosophy’s Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Eye Cream, a high-density, retinoid-rich treatment, is designed specifically to address advanced signs of aging around the eye area while hydrating deeply and providing antioxidant protection. ($60, Sephora)

  • Best for Dryness

    If dry skin plagues you and you’ve got money to burn, pamper your peepers with Shiseido’s Future Solution LX Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream, a luxurious hydrating treatment that purports to combine “centuries of Japanese wisdom” with the latest skincare advancements to improve the eye area’s smoothness, firmness, and overall radiance. 

  • Best for UV Protection

    Just as you use eye cream at night in conjunction with your regular facial moisturizer, the same principle applies during the day when you’re facing damaging UV rays. Protect the delicate skin above and around your eyes with a product created expressly for that purpose, such as Clarins Sunscreen for Eyes Wrinkle Control Cream SPF 30, a gentle, plant-based cream that prevents sunburn and fights signs of premature aging. 

  • Best for Brightening

    The primary ingredient in Super Bright Eyed by Dr. Nicholas Perricone is melon, a superfood rich in cartenoids, which the company calls “the ‘it’ antioxidant”; its hydrating, energizing properties freshen up the skin around the eyes for a youthful, “camera-ready” appearance.

  • Best All-Purpose

    There’s a reason Clinique’s All About Eyes has received accolades from numerous publications, including Allure and Glamour: the lightweight eye cream benefits all skin types, is gentle enough for daytime and nighttime use, and targets all the common eye-related grievances: puffiness, fine lines, dryness, and dark circles. As an added bonus, the cream/gel formula helps eye makeup stay put.

  • Best for Dark Circles

    In clinical tests of Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Antiwrinkle Eye Cream, a whopping 84 percent of users saw a reduction in their dark under-eye circles. Whichever of this product’s exotic, all-natural ingredients—including yeast extract (which increases microcirculation), quercetin and oak extracts (which improve skin cell function), and baobab pulp (which provides instant lift)—are responsible for its success, we’ll take it. 

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