It’s a bit of a cliche, but the expression “the eyes are the windows of the soul” holds some truth. In every conversation, whether it’s serious or silly, personal or professional, eye contact is important. It conveys that you care about what the other person is saying and encourages them to pay attention when it’s your turn to speak. This is all to say that, psychology lesson aside, you should take care of your eyes — specifically, the skin around them.
The best way to do that is by investing in moisturizing lotion that’s specifically formulated for eyes. You might already be using a moisturizer, but the skin around the eyes can require a little extra TLC. That skin is thinner and more fragile than other skin on your face, so signs of aging appear more quickly. Eye creams may help slow those signs. Besides aging, eye creams improve your skin on a day to day basis by preventing dark circles and reducing puffiness. That way, you can hide the signs of an all-nighter.
The best eye creams for men focus on using all-natural ingredients like aloe, caffeine, and vitamin C to revitalize sensitive skin, as well as using peptides to boost collagen and moisturizing with hyaluronic acid.
1. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Firming Cream
For those who don’t like a scent attached to any of their creams, we highly recommend this eye cream from Neutrogena. The eye cream is hypoallergenic and free of any oils, so you don’t have to worry about your skin reacting poorly to this addition to your routine. This cream firms the skin around your eyes, which may help reduce the look of wrinkles under your eyes.
Pros: Oil-free and hypoallergenic.
Cons: Use may increase sensitivity to the sun and therefore shouldn’t be used right before going outside.
2. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream
Cerave is the kind of drugstore brand that earns the approval of budget-conscious shoppers and skincare enthusiasts alike. This option comes in a small 0.5-ounce squeeze tube, and it’s specifically formulated to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. It’s formulated with ceramides, which have restorative properties, hyaluronic acid to provide moisture and niacinamide to repair skin. It’s also fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and accepted by the National Eczema Association.
Pros: Good option for sensitive skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and essential ceramides. Designed to be absorbed slowly for longer-lasting effects.
Cons: Can sit on the skin for too long.
3. Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream for Men
This eye cream from Brickell is specifically formulated for men, and it’s designed to reduce bags, puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles. It’s formulated with a variety of powerful, natural ingredients. Hyaluronic acid helps moisturize the skin and sunflower oil provides vitamin E and protects from UV damage. Additionally, witch hazel reduces inflammation.
Pros: Absorbs well, only requires a small amount per application, good mix of natural but effective ingredients.
Cons: Small amount for a steep price.
4. Organys Eye Cream
This eye cream is formulated with peptides to target crow’s feet and dark circles by boosting collagen. Other ingredients include hyaluronic acid for hydration and moisturization, vitamin C, and caffeine, which can help reduce puffiness.
Pros: Reduces bagginess and puffiness, applies and absorbs well, non-greasy formula.
Cons: Not as effective for dark circles.
5. Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel Cream
This option from Cetaphil comes in a convenient 0.5-ounce squeeze tube, and it’s designed as a hydrating solution for the sensitive skin around and under the eyes. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and unique ingredients like licorice extract and a blend of restorative vitamins. The hypoallergenic formula is designed to work with all skin types, and it absorbs in the skin quickly, making it a good addition to your morning routine.
Pros: Non-irritating and hypoallergenic formula. Moisturizes under-eye skin. Non-comedogenic, so it won’t cause breakouts.
Cons: Not as effective for dark circles as some options on this list.
6. L’Oreal Paris Skincare Eye Cream
Like most eye creams, this option from L’Oreal is formulated with hyaluronic acid. What sets this option apart is the inclusion of caffeine, which helps energize and restore the sensitive skin around the eyes. It comes in a 0.5-ounce glass jar with a twist-off top, allowing you to apply the specific amount you want without overapplying. The lightweight formula is designed to be non-greasy and compatible with all skin types.
Pros: Non-greasy and works with all skin types. Caffeine and hyaluronic acid provide a rejuvenating boost. Glass jar allows you to get all of the cream out, unlike squeeze tubes.
Cons: Can leave a slight burning sensation that wears off.
7. Lumin Men’s Dark Circle Defense
This eye cream from Lumin comes in a stylish matte black jar, and the formula is designed specifically for men. It’s intended to reduce puffiness, wrinkles and under-eye bags. Lumin’s eye cream is formulated with a blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, including caffeine, ginger, green tea and licorice root, with vitamin B3 helps restore sensitive skin. The jar comes in a one-ounce size.
Pros: Blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, including natural ingredients like ginger and green tea extracts. Stylish jar.
Cons: Some options are less expensive.