What Type of Eye Cream Do You Need?

In the world of beauty products, what works for one beauty maven may not be the best fit for the next. And, this couldn’t be more true when it comes to eye products. In order to find one that tackles your eye concerns, you need to know what to look for to find an effective solution.

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Dry Skin Around Eyes

You need: A hydrating product
Ingredients to look for: Hyaluronic acid, glycerin

Dry skin craves moisture, even around the eye area. If you don’t feed the skin there with hydrators, any imperfections—think crepiness, lines and wrinkles—will only become more pronounced. Plus, your eyes won’t look as tired.

Our pick: Prescriptives Super Line Preventor Eye Serum ($55)

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Dark Under-Eye Circles

You need: A product that brightens
Ingredients to look for: Illuminating ingredients and cooling applicators

Dark circles can arise from a lack of sleep, poor diet and even blood that pools under the eye and doesn’t reflect light properly. Camouflaging the problem with a good concealer, creams and serums with light reflecting properties are helpful. Products that feature a metal tip add another layer of damage reversal since they help to brighten and give a cooling effect.

Our pick: AmorePacific Intensive Vitalizing Eye Essence ($95)

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Fine Lines

You need: Something that strengthens skin and evens out lines
Ingredients to look for: Retinol and peptides

Fine lines can crop up from sun damage, excessive muscle movement and age itself. Anything that stimulates collagen, such as peptides and retinol, will help to smooth out the lines so that they’re softer and less obvious.

Our pick: Jan Marini Luminate Eye Gel ($93)

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Under-Eye Bags

You need: A cream or gel that depuffs
Ingredients to look for: Soy, caffeine and aloe vera

Puffiness can be hard to get rid of but the right ingredients can help. To keep under-eye puffiness to a minimum, drink plenty of water, hydrate the area and keep your salt intake low.

Our pick: Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On for Puffy Eyes ($25)