Even the best eye cream can’t solve lifestyle problems like a lack of sleep or dehydration. So what’s the point? Well, if you find the right eye cream, it will moisturize and calm the most sensitive part of your skin, which could make you appear younger and more awake. A good eye cream can also provide a base for concealer, which, let’s face it, is the best way to cover up dark circles.
You want to apply eye cream twice a day, after your face serum and before your moisturizer. Below are some of my favorite drugstore eye creams that can help reduce wrinkles and brighten circles without breaking the bank. They all get a safe rating from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which means they don’t contain potentially-dangerous ingredients. Don’t forget: be gentle and always apply product under your eyes with your ring finger.
5 Safe and Effective Drugstore Eye Creams
Neutrogena Hydro Boost+ Caffeine Eye Gel Cream, Fragrance-Free Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, Caffeine & Peptide Complex (1 on EWG): This lightweight, fragrance-free formula goes on smoothly and helps address puffiness without adding irritation. It’s part of Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost line, which I find to be a high-performing drugstore option.
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes (2 on EWG): A little goes a long way with this gel that penetrates quickly. I use it in my daily skincare routine to give my under eye area extra moisture. I notice that it works well with other products, including my concealer.
La Roche-Posay Redermic C Pure Vitamin C Eye Cream (2 on EWG): Another one from the classic French pharmacy brand. This one comes with vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce wrinkles, dark spots, and other signs of aging. This cream addresses crow’s feet, as well as dark under-eye circles, by keeping your sensitive skin hydrated and a little plumper.
Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream (2 on EWG): This cream also addresses puffiness specifically. It’s lightweight and will smooth your under-eye area. Made with thermal spring water, it’s great for sensitive eyes.
Weleda Sheer Hydration Eye Gel, Prickly Pear Cactus Extract (1 on EWG): If you feel like the skin under your eyes needs a tall drink of water, this is for you. A little bit of this rich cream will effectively hydrate dry and thin skin under your eyes.