If I asked you to detail your daily skin care routine, would eye cream be at the top of your list? Is it on your list at all? If not, it’s probably time to test out a new product or two for your regimen. Don’t worry. Momtrends has you covered with our top picks for the best eye cream! That’s right. Today’s beauty MVP’s list is all about the eyes! Before you read on, you might want to check out our Momtrends MVP’s: Face Masks roundup too, but I digress...
Personally, I apply eye cream in the morning AND at night. I even apply it during the day sometimes if the area around my eyes feels dry. Let’s face it. When doesn’t your skin feel dry in the winter? And that, my friends, is why I always have my trusty eye cream handy. I keep a jar in my bathroom, a tube in my purse and even some samples in my kitchen bar drawer. Haha! It may seem excessive, but I have a good reason...
My eyes have always given me away. I may have a solid poker going, but if you really look into my eyes, you’ll know exactly how I’m feeling. That means those crow’s feet of mine get a lot of action. Hence, the ever-growing importance of eye cream in my skin care regimen. Those little lines remind me about all the happy times I’ve had in my life, but I wouldn’t be mad if they were a little fainter. Haha!
If you’re in the same boat, this Momtrends MVP’s edition is a must read! I rounded up a slew of super effective eye creams. Whether you want to target fine lines, under eye circles or just need a little extra hydration in that area, I promise, there is an eye cream for you here. This girl has all those issues and I am sure I am not the only one in that boat. Raise your hand if you need a powerhouse eye cream STAT.
Let’s be real. Like many of you, I am a mom. Most days I am over tired, overworked and over busy. That means I need products that do their job. I certainly don’t have time to waste on anything ineffective. These days are long, but I know the years will be short, so I am definitely happy to sacrifice some sleep for motherhood. That being said, I will also happily accept the youthful boost that anti-aging and moisturizing products give me.
We don’t have to sacrifice all our sparkle mamas! When someone looks into my eyes, I want them to notice depth and sparkle. I don’t need them to know that I got four hours of sleep. Bwah! Thank you eye cream! And when all else fails, make sure you have a pair of oversized sunnies handy. Sometimes even the best of eye creams can’t save the day. It’s amazing how refreshed you can look with fabulous sunglasses and a swipe of bright lipstick.
But we’re here to talk about eye cream. If used regularly, it will do its job. But it’s not like a face mask, in most cases there isn’t an instant glow. You need to commit and make eye cream a daily habit. It’s worth it. That daily use pays off in a major way! So, get ready to add a new must-have product to your daily routine. A good eye cream is worth every penny you spend on it...
Best Eye Cream for Dark Circles: Yangu Beauty Bright Eyes Cream
I am very fair and like most people with my complexion, the skin around my eyes is very thin. You know what that means. My dark circles are very visible. There is no hiding it when I don’t get enough rest, which is most of the time these days. So, I rely on products that can help fight the effects lack of sleep has on my skin. Reducing the appearance of dark circles is a tall order and one that many eye creams fail to fulfill. This is not one of those. You can expect to see a difference! Plus, it’s no slouch in the hydration and anti-aging departments either.
Best Hydrating Eye Cream: Elemis Peptide4 Eye Recovery Cream
If you read my other beauty MVP’s pieces you know how much I love sharing cult favorites. Elemis has a cult following with very good cause and this eye cream will prove to you why. It's hydrating enough to use before you do your eye makeup as it goes on super smoothly. And while it’s extremely moisturizing, it also absorbs pretty quickly which makes it a perfect precursor to your makeup.
Best Natural Eye Cream: Zum Face Under Eye Butter
The plant-based ingredients in this budget friendly eye cream won’t irritate your skin, but offer plenty of punch! It's idea for this cooler time of year when most of our skin is drier than usual. Anytime you need an extra hydration boost, this is the cream to turn to. Its super creamy texture is not one that absorbs quickly, but it is worth the wait. The brand recommends that you use it as a night eye cream and I concur. You will wake up without that tight, dry itchy feeling that so often comes with winter.
Best Eye Cream for Wrinkles: RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
As far as drugstore brands go, RoC is one of the most effective and their eye creams are no exception. I really like this one for tackling pesky crow’s feet. My fine lines are a bit deeper than they used to be, so retinol is now an integral ingredient in my routine. This cream gave me finer lines pretty quickly. It wasn’t overnight, but I would say that I noticed a substantial difference within a few weeks. I’ll take it!
Best Brightening Eye Cream: Fresh Hydrating Eye Gel Cream
Now I know this eye cream has hydrating in its name, and make no mistake, it is super moisturizing, but it also brightens your under eye area instantly. I know I said most of these products required some commitment before you would see results, but this one is pretty immediate. And another thing I love about this product is it’s not as creamy as some of the other eye creams I shared, so if you want to pop some on before you run out the door, you know it will absorb quickly. Plus, it’s soothing. Have I sold you yet?
Best Eye Cream for Puffy Eyes: Garnier Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller
Next to my dark under eye circles, my puffy eyes are my biggest eye area problem. It goes back to that 2020 mess that we’re all dealing with. There is too much on my plate and not enough time to do it all, so I lose sleep. And being that my schedule probably isn’t going to be any less packed in 2021, at least not until summer, I will continue to fall back on products I can rely on to fight my puffy situation. This eye cream is aces at de-puffing. It helps you look wide awake, even if you aren’t. Haha! The gel formula is so cooling and it’s a total bargain.
Best Firming Eye Cream: Kate Somerville +Firming Eye Cream
This eye cream is more of an investment than some, but the payoff is huge. If you love a good holy grail anti-aging product as much as me, I highly suggest you give this one a try. It firms up that delicate area under your eyes and addresses fine line concerns too! This is another eye cream that truly fights crow’s feet like a champ!
Best Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin: Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream
If you have sensitive skin, you don't have to be concerned about irritation with this eye cream. The last thing you want to irritate is the area around your eyes. The super gentle formula in this balm allows you to get the hydration you need and the anti-aging action you love without aggravating your sensitive skin. As someone with very sensitive skin, I know how frustrating it is to try products that seem to work for everyone else, but not you. This is not one of those products!
And that, my friends, is all she wrote. I think our latest beauty Momtrends MVP’s edition should give you plenty of eye cream options to mull over. It’s completely understandable if your regimen has fallen by the wayside as of late, but now is as good a time as any to focus on your skin again. It doesn’t have to consume your life, but a few extra minutes a day can make all the difference. I highly suggest that you let one of these best eye cream picks take up a bit of that time!
Stay tuned for our next Beauty Momtrends MVPs -- up next will be our daytime moisturizer picks.
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