The Best Eye Creams For Puffy Bags And Dark Circles

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You’ve already found your holy-grail retinol and made your moisturiser match, but how much do you really know about eye creams?

While it’s true that many skincare products are totally fine to use around your eye area, there are so many reasons to invest in a separate, targeted treatment for your eyes.

'The skin around the eyes is thinner and more fragile,' explains Dr. Maryam Zamani, oculoplastic surgeon and founder of MZ Skin. This means it requires special treatment – especially if you’re trying to get rid of stubborn dark circles or erase the signs of a late night.

Eye creams can work to tackle a wide range of concerns, including dryness, puffiness, dark circles (to a certain extent – let’s be real), and fine lines and wrinkles. To ensure you’ve got your hands on your perfect match, it pays to delve into the ingredients a little.

For puffiness and eye bags, caffeine could be the one. 'It reduces the build-up of lipids that lead to eye bags. It firms and restructures skin proteins to smooth, firm and tone the skin surface,' says Dr. Zamani.

For fine lines, hyaluronic acid is your secret weapon. 'It prevents moisture loss, helps smooth wrinkles and improves the skin surface,' she explains.

And for dark circles, your best bet may lie in a spot of product cocktailing. Try using a retinol-based eye treatment at night, which can boost collagen production, then cheat with an illuminating cream for instantly brighter eyes by day.

If this all sounds a bit like hard work, fear not, because we’ve done all the research for you. Here, discover the very best of the eye cream bunch.

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Best for brightening
C-Tetra Eye
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Medik8
£37.49
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Don’t be fooled by the ultra-lightweight texture of this watery serum: when it comes to brightening skin, few can match its potency. It’s packed with pure, stabilised vitamin C that works alongside vitamin E to simultaneously brighten and soothe the skin’s surface. And that insanely good citrussy scent? It comes courtesy of all-natural grapefruit oil.  

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Best for dark circles
Oxygen Glow Eye
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filorga
£27.00
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A doubly hard-working product, Filorga’s Oxygen Glow is both your eye cream and your illuminator in one. The gentle formula uses hyaluronic acid to boost hydration, while the pearly-pink pigmented finish bounces light back out from under your eyes. Either worn alone or layered under concealer, the effect is impressive.

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Best natural option
Eye Cream Line A
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Susanne Kaufmann
£158.00
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What really sets this one apart is the quality of the ingredients – most of the extracts are grown in Kaufmann’s Austrian hometown, meaning maximum potency from plant to pot.

Part of her advanced Line A collection, this powerful  formula calls on some of the most powerful natural extracts to hydrate, soothe and firm delicate skin. There’s Vitamin C-rich broccoli seed oil, moisture-locked meadowfoam seed, and plant-based hyaluronic acid.

Yes, it’s quite the investment, but if you’re serious about natural skincare then it really can’t be beaten. 

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Best for deep hydration
Radiance Antioxidant Eye Cream
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Eve Lom
£48.00
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This is one of those can’t-go-wrong classics that has really stood the test of time. It won’t reverse time like a retinol, or mask dark circles as quickly as vitamin C, but if you’re looking for something deeply hydrating, instantly absorbed, and suitable for sensitive skin, this peptide-packed formula is The One.

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Best for a quick fix
Banana Bright™ Eye Crème
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Ole Henriksen
£30.00
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This little pot has a real cult following, thanks to its effective colour-corrective abilities. Inspired by brightening ‘banana’ face powders, the subtly yellow tint works to balance out dark, cool-toned under-eye shadows, resulting in a smooth and unified base for your concealer to sit over. 

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Best for de-puffing
Depuff & Define
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MZ Skin
£95.00
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Puffy under-eyes are caused by a build-up of fluid beneath the surface, so it takes more than slathering on any old eye cream to shift them. MZ Skin’s advanced formula contains a combination of peptides and caffeine, which work to stimulate lymphatic drainage (the process responsible for moving all that fluid along).

Not just a one trick pony, it’s also got multiple weights of hyaluronic acid for multi-level hydration, wrinkle-filling beta glucans, and brightening fruit extracts. Phew. 

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Best for signs of ageing
5 Super Eye Serum
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Verso Skincare
£80.00
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We all know that retinol gets the gold star for renewing skin and boosting collagen, but many formulas are too hardcore to be used around your delicate eyes. This clever concoction contains retinol and hyaluronic acid in a calming base. 

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Best for plumping and smoothing
Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream
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Dr. Barbara Sturm
£110.00
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Intensely moisturising (yet free from mineral oil and all those other fillers), this advanced eye cream relies on Dr. Sturm’s signature purslane extract to keep skin in optimum condition. The plant-based ingredient contains more omega-3 fatty acids than fish oil, and is brimming with antioxidants, too.

The texture is creamy, but has an almost water-like lightness when applied to skin (ideal if you can’t stand anything too heavy near your eye area). It sits seamlessly beneath eyeliner and mascara, too.

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Best for fine lines
Hyaluronic Marine Dew It Right Eye Gel
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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
£58.00
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Moisture-magnet hyaluronic acid is one of your best allies when it comes to plumping fine lines on fragile skin, and this gel formula has it in spades. There’s also a dose of algae for increased elasticity, and liquorice for gentle brightening. 

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Best for dry skin
Genius Ultimate Anti-Ageing Eye Cream
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Algenist
£58.00
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This clever pot is packed with Algenist’s signature algae-derived alguronic acid, which is clinically proven to firm skin better than most buzzy beauty extracts. It’s ideal for deeply hydrating dry, crepey skin without overloading the delicate eye area. The texture is dense, almost balm-like, so it’s ideal if you prefer something rich and comforting. 

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