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The Best Under-Eye Cream for Dark Circles, Pigmentation, and Wrinkles

The Best Under-Eye Cream for Dark Circles, Pigmentation, and Wrinkles

The use of under eye moisturisers can cause debate, are they glorified and expensive moisturisers or can they help minimise the appearance of dark circles, pigmentation, and wrinkles? These tiny tubes of rich creamy goodness are the real deal and let’s explain why.

The skin around the eye area is delicate and thinner than the surrounding skin so its more prone to dehydration, sun damage, irritation, and sensitivity. Its also one of the first places that shows everyone how much sleep you’ve had and how well you’ve been taking care of yourself and your skin.

Different ingredients and formulations can treat the root cause of your eye concerns. Some key ingredients to look for include the following.

Dark Circles

Vitamin C: This is the hero for dark circles, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can brighten the under-eye area, strengthen thinning skin, and boost collagen production so your skin looks plump and supple.  

Vitamin K: Is a popular ingredient due to its healing properties but it also promotes cellular metabolism and has anti-inflammatory properties so its a formidable ingredient to combat dark circles.

Vitamin C


Hyaluronic Acid: This clever moisture binding molecule helps skin retain moisture and boosts skin elasticity which is important around the thinner skin in the eye contour. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Peptides: Peptides work to repair the visible signs of sun damage, wrinkles and thickened skin by penetrating the lipid structure of the skin and promoting collagen production.

Vitamin A: If wrinkles and thin skin is a culprit look for an eye cream with Retinol as it can help thicken skin over time, boost your natural cell turnover and smooth out fine lines.


Coenzyme Q10: This powerful antioxidant is found naturally in our tissue and helps to build cellular function. Co-enzyme Q10 is famed for its free-radical fighting abilities but also for its ability repair sun damaged skin.

Niacinamide: One of the all-star ingredients in skincare, Niacinamide (aka Vitamin B3) is an essential nutrient that helps improve the appearance of pigmentation spots.

Eye cream for wrinkles, Cellular Eye Repair

Some ingredients work best for certain skin types so you many want to tailor what ingredients you use on your skin and look for the following.

Oily Skin & Acne Prone Skin

  1. Green Tea
  2. Witch Hazel
  3. Retinoids

Dry Skin

  1. Niacinamide
  2. Hyaluronic Acid
  3. Vitamin E

How to Apply an Eye Cream?

To get the most out of your eye cream, follow these simple steps:

  1. Use your ring finger as it has a gentle touch.

  2. Gently tap small dots under your eyes, starting with the innermost corner and moving outward.

  3. Pat the product into your skin, be careful not to tug or pull.

  4. If the eye cream is fast absorbing, apply the rest of your skincare products. If not, wait two minutes for the cream to fully absorb.

How to apply an eye cream

With eye creams, less is more so avoid applying heavy amounts and stick to a pea sized amount. There are many products on the market that use an applicator to directly massage the eye cream from the tube to your face. Using a massage applicator has its advantages, a cooling effect on the skin and a gentle massage, but unless you are cleaning the applicator head after every use, you are contaminating your product with each application on your skin. When in doubt, always revert to your hands, it’s the best way to control the amount of pressure you are placing on your skin especially around the sensitive eye area.

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