Bags, dark circles and puffiness are indiscriminate. They don’t care if you’re male or female and can appear at the worst possible times. If you’re someone who bears these facial blemishes more often than not, then we highly recommend giving your peepers some TLC by investing in an elite under eye treatment. And while some great skincare treatments are unisex, what you really need is the best under eye treatments for men.
The most common causes for bags include allergies, lack of sleep, low collagen levels, smoking, and sadly, your genetics. However, the biggest culprit remains dehydration. Since the skin below your eyes is fairly thin, it requires moisturization to prevent constricted blood vessels from appearing.
But any fancy beauty brand can tack on a label on their product and call it an under-eye treatment. Hence why it’s important to search for brands that use natural and skin-friendly ingredients to ensure the healthiest results.
To treat puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, make sure you add these nourishing ingredients to your skincare wishlist:
- Hyaluronic acid: One of the most powerful hydrating ingredients that moisturizes and plumps up skin
- Peptides: Made up of smaller chains of amino acids that tighten skin tissue
- Retinol: A vitamin A derivative that increases collagen and rebuilds thin skin
- Antioxidants: Protect skin from oxidative and sun damage, which can result in premature skin aging
- Caffeine: De-puffs skin and reduces the build-up of blood underneath the eyes
- Fruit or vegetable extracts: Help brighten and thicken skin by restraining enzymes that destroy collagen
While there isn’t one cure-all for bags under your eyes, there are plenty of great skincare solutions available, which we’ve outlined below, that will fight against the all-too-common effects of modern living. This list includes popular treatments like eye creams, gels, serums, sleep masks and roll-on applicators. You can’t always win back your missed sleep, but you can target specific areas of your skin to at least look like you got your beauty rest last night.
From remedying fine lines and wrinkles to brightening and hydrating skin, SPY breaks down the best under eye treatments for men based on budget, category and skin type.
1. Oars + Alps Wake Up Eye Stick
Oars + Alps is more than just a skincare brand that preaches “simple, natural, non-toxic, TSA-approved, feel-good skincare.” All of the brand’s portably convenient products are hits across the board, though if we had to pick just one, it’s the Wake Up Eye Stick that has us swooning with every roll across the lower eyelid.
The fast-acting formula employs caffeine to waken dull skin from its slumber, while other unique ingredients like Persian Silk Tree Alpine Caribou Moss improve skin elasticity. There’s also something about the metal ball mechanism at the top that feels soothing when rolled across the skin. O+A gets props for packaging the product in an EDC, spill-proof design as well.
2. Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair
Kiehl’s is just one of those brands you take at face value, so when it claims to have a “lifting, anti-wrinkle, dark circle reducing eye cream” made specifically for men, expect high-quality results. The Age Defender features a rich blend of caffeine, linseed extract, Vitamin C, and mineral diffusers to bring down puffiness and brighten eyes. Consistency-wise, it feels more like a balm but less greasy. It absorbs quickly into your skin and provides a tingly sensation that reassures the user that Kiehl’s formula is going to work right away. There is also little-to-no scent, which is perfect for those with smell sensitivities.
3. Clarins Men Anti-Fatigue Eye Serum
Clarins’ eye serum boasts a fast-acting formula that penetrates deeper into the skin than your basic eye cream and does way more than just remedy dull-looking eyes. The inclusion of bison grass extracts and goji berries helps rejuvenate skin and mitigate the aging process, while avocado peptides add onto this effect by visibly reducing fine lines. Your skin also receives a smooth matte finish after each application to keep your face looking fresh when walking out of the house. We’re pretty fond of the twist top as well, which gives the product a cooler aesthetic.
4. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches
Peter Thomas Roth’s penchant for premium skincare products can’t be denied. Those fortunate enough to have tested the company’s excellent Hydra-Gel Eye Patches know exactly what I’m talking about. These small gel cutouts deliver an incredible cooling effect to your lids that no slice of cucumber can match, which expedites the healing process to reduce swelling and smooth lines overnight. Marshmallow root extract softens the look of fine lines, while the ample amount of hyaluronic acid PTR employs gives the patches a watery consistency that feels refreshing when left on your lids for the recommended 10-15 minutes.
5. Every Man Jack Age-Defying Eye Cream
Healthy, portable, and super affordable, EMJ’s topical is an ideal buy for self-conscious groomers who want to remedy fatigued eyes at any given moment, no matter the time or location. Billed as a triple-action eye cream, this product brings together a rich blend of antioxidants, vitamins, Green tea extract, and smoothening agents like aloe and cocoa butter to effectively moisturize and tighten skin.
A little goes a long way with just a pinky tip’s worth of application under each eye promising results in a few days. The tiny packaging is another facet that shouldn’t be overlooked, as it fits comfortably in any denim pocket or dopp kit; you can sit it right next to your AirPods Pro case and still have lots of room to store other EDC essentials.
6. Brickell Men’s Products Restoring Eye Balm
7. Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask
The best men’s face masks are amazing for two reasons: they offer incredible skincare benefits and allow you to wear them in private without your bros judging you. If you’re fully committed to waking up with fresh-feeling and invigorating eyes, a touch of avocado and a heavy dose of retinol just might do the trick. Enter Glow Recipe’s special creation — a sleeping mask that feeds skin with anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, while reducing the risk of irritation and sensitivity. Each jar comes with a tiny spoon that provides the right portion to spread across the face, creating a protective layer that nourishes until morning time.
8. Geologie Nourishing Eye Cream
For the grooming amateur who feels they require expert consultation to get their skin back on the track, Geologie was literally created for you. SPY editors are big fans of this innovative men’s skincare brand, and we’ve covered their products before. The online tailor-made skincare service helps subscribers identify their specific skin profile, then creates a personalized regimen of four products — a face wash, day cream, night cream and eye cream — based on their needs.
The eye cream proves to be the true gem of the batch, which brings together several coveted ingredients such as antioxidants, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, peptides and niacinamide to retain moisture, other and banish blemishes. I noticed how much firmer and softer the skin felt underneath my eyes after just a few days of use. You can purchase the cream individually for $45, though you’d be missing out big by passing on the 30-day trial that includes all four products for a lower price.
9. Jack Black Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel
Another reasonably priced, travel-sized option well worth the look, Jack Black’s balm blends together an assortment of advanced vitamins and soothing extracts that immediately go to work on damaged skin. It uses a non-sticky rollerball applicator that gently massages targeted areas, leaving the clear, lightweight gel to nourish skin with hydrating and healing properties. The size is perfect as well to take on the go when a quick fix is in order after a heavy night out during the workweek. Dab gently around the eye area in the morning or at night for optimal results.
10. SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex Anti-Aging Cream
Because women spend so much more on skincare, some of the most effective products and under eye treatments are designed and marketed to women. However, guys will be amazed at how well these remedies can work on our skin, too. SkinCeuticals’ silky anti-wrinkle balm is probably the closest thing you can get to the fountain of youth in eye cream form. The premium skincare brand doesn’t cheap out on the ingredients, which is reflected in the price, using a powerful blend of proxylane, blueberry extract, flavonoids and synergistic peptides to improve the appearance of dark eyes. It accomplishes a lot, from reducing fine lines and puffiness to restoring skin elasticity. I’ve had no shame stealing a dab here and there from my fiancée’s jar to prevent crow’s feet early on.