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The best eye cream for your skin type

The skin around the eyes is interesting: you've probably treated this region with care identical to the rest of your face until one day you notice changes. You wake up with dark circles, fine lines, or the onset of crows-feet and realize this area needs a lot more tender love and care. The skin around our eyes can be one of the first areas of our face to show signs of aging, so it's critical that we learn the products most effective at treating it. In this article, we cover how to find the best eye cream or gel for you.

How is your eye area different from the rest of your face?

The skin around your eyes is very thin and fragile, and is susceptible to dryness. That compounded with the fact that your eyes move constantly through blinking and squinting, are all reasons why lines and wrinkles tend form there faster.

Additionally your eye area is unique in that fluid can collect, causing puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams and gels can help with these issues.

What type of eye creams should you use?

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, the area around your eyes may be more likely to flake and suffer from severe dryness. Use a cream that's thicker than your regular moisturizer to hydrate your skin.

Dark Circles and Puffiness

You're trying your best to get rid of fluid which is making your eye area puffy. Try using a product with retinol. For example Garnier's Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller uses Vitamin C, mint, and caffeine to plump around the skin's delicate area. It can also diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles Around Your eyes

Antioxidants can help the skin on your face appear more youthful and bright; the same applies to your eye area. Retinol, Vitamin C, and peptides can reduce the appearance of fine lines.

All Skin Types

Sun exposure is the number one source of damage to your under eye area. Make sure to always wear at least SPF 15 every single day, but ideally an SPF 25 or higher. Also, wearing sunglasses that protect from UVA and UVB rays are a must.

How to Hide Dark Circles and lines with Concealer

Even if you've taken all preventative measures, sometimes you might still need an extra pick me up. A quick way to hide dark circles or fine lines is to strategically apply concealer. A silicone-based formula will do the trick. Initially, apply in the inner corners of the eyes then glide across the entire area to cover dark areas.

What external factors can reduce dark circles and premature aging in your eye area?


Yes, you know that smoking is bad for you (don't do it!) but there are specific ways that smoking cigarettes can affect your eye area negatively. Smoking deprives your skin of Vitamin C, which is vital in the fight against aging and is also a natural source of protection against sun rays. Smoking can also result in the area under your eyes having a blueish tint that registers as dark circles around the eye.


Salt can retain water in your body which can then lead to under eye puffiness. Reduce your consumption of overly salty foods, such as pre-frozen and pre-packaged foods. Better yet, skip them completely and replace with fresh vegetables and fruits. Make sure to hydrate your body and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


The importance of sleep for your eye area is two-fold; a night of bad sleep can be visible on your face in the appearance of dark circles. Additionally, if you sleep on your side or stomach you may be accumulating fluid in your delicate eye area. One way to avoid this is by sleeping on your back and getting at least 7-8 hours of shut-eye.

Your eye area is the most sensitive part of your face and can age prematurely. By taking the right steps in your skin care routine and maintaining a healthy lifestyle you can keep your eyes looking young and bright as long as possible.