Top 3 Eye Creams
Why is a Separate Eye Treatment Important?
One of the earliest signs of aging can be seen around the eyes, so you must take care of this delicate skin starting early on. I’ll never forget the first eye product I used when I was 18 – Clinique’s Cooling Eye Gel.
I always loved the “de-puffing” factor (my only complaint at that age), but a simple gel lacks any real anti-aging ingredients that will actually reverse signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and those dreaded crepy eye lids (you know, the crepiness that makes us rethink that shimmery shadow!)
As I began to age, I started to notice those fine lines and wrinkles popping up around my eyes, and I knew that I needed something stronger, so I stepped up my anti-aging game and started using creams made specifically to target the eye area.
I’ve learned over the years from being an anti-aging guinea pig that any added fragrance or harsh chemicals aggravates eyes so I am very particular especially when it comes to eye care.
All three of these eye creams are all fabulous, and all work well to instantly refresh the entire eye area to give you a more youthful look! They’re simply hard to beat for effectiveness, gentleness and how they actually feel – very pampering!
Beautycounter adheres to a Never List of over 1,500 toxic or questionable ingredients they will never use in their products so you don’t have to worry about any irritations or added toxins on your skin.
Be sure and check out my Top 10 Beautycounter favorites as well – clean beauty has never looked better!
Eye Treatments Put To the Test
We have rated our top eye treatments based on how they worked for:
- Reducing Wrinkles
- Reducing Under Eye Puffiness
- Alleviating Dark Circles
- Smoothing and Firming the delicate skin around the eye
- Texture, because an eye treatment should feel soothing and be irritation free
#1 Beautycounter Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream
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Formulated for the delicate eye area, this nourishing cream awakens eyes. Squalane hydrates skin, while betaine and phytic acid boost oxygenation to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and shadows for brighter-looking eyes.
Breakthrough Bio-Mimic Technology harnesses the unique life-giving properties of plants to match the composition of skin, giving it precisely what it needs and nothing it doesn’t.
- Squalane: Derived from olives, it draws moisture into the skin and visibly restores elasticity.
- Betaine: Derived from sugar beets, it increases oxygenation to help reduce the appearance of shadows.
- Phytic Acid: Stimulates oxygenation to help awaken tired eyes.
Consumer Panel Test Results:
- 100% said eye area looked brighter and fine lines look reduced*
- 96% said eye area looked more awake*
- 96% said eye area looked more youthful*
*Results obtained from a consumer panel study of 30 women after four weeks.
#2 Beautycounter Rejuvenating Eye Cream
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Rediscover youthful-looking eyes with Beautycounter’s most powerful anti-aging eye cream.
Reduce puffiness and diminish the appearance of fine lines and dark circles with this soothing formula, made with skin conditioning wild algae and caffeine for firming and tightening.
- Apricot, Raspberry and Grape seed oil
- Red & Chlorella Algae Extracts
- Vitamin E
- Flower Extracts (Camellia, Camomile)
- Cranberry Fruit Extract
Consumer Panel Test Results:
89% of women reported under-eye puffiness was reduced and fine lines were diminished.
*Results based on independent, 8-week, 28-subject, single-blind clinical and consumer perception study.
#3 Beautycounter Nourishing Eye Cream
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A universal eye-ssential. Simple, yet effective.
Pamper the delicate skin around your eyes with this lightweight, soothing eye cream.
Rich in aloe and organic coconut oil, the unscented formula absorbs easily and offers an instant moisture boost that sooths the entire eye area.
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Great for aging skin
I'm 63 and I love these products and won't use anything else. My skin is softer and the Rejuvenating cream sure make a difference to smooth out my wrinkles! I do feel younger since I've been using.
Rejuvenating eye cream
Rachel, thanks for your review on the Beautycounter Rejuvenating cream. I have severe dark circles and puffiness and I am impressed with how quickly it works. You were right that it depuffs very quickly and feels gentle going on. My dark circles are becoming lighter each day. Nothing has worked this well so thank you.
User Questions and Answers
User Questions and Answers
Q: hi. just wondering .. I have few wrinkles but cant seem to get rid of the bags under my eyes which is the absolute best to treat that? -Donna
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Q: Hi Thank you for the information, I have been fighting a loosing battle with my eyes. I am 28 and look nearer 38 and it is really getting me down. I have fine lines that continue to get worse and now noticed my dark circles are getting worse to the point where my skin is now looking sunken in. I look awful. My skin is very thin and crepey. I get married next year and I am thinking about calling it off because I am dreading what my skin will look like in another years time. I started aging this time last year and have continued to at an accelerated rate. my question is, with the elite serum am I going to be causing any lasting damage to the skin? Is it too early to be trying something this intensive? what I am worried about is exhausting my skin by the time I am 30 and looking even older! Any information would be greatly appreciated, I am at my wits end and feeling very ugly -Becki Terry
Elite Serum will definitely NOT cause permanent damage. No good skin care should do that. It's basically a formula full of peptides and the formula is extremely gentle (no fragrance and feels as gentle as water going on). And it is not too early to be trying a good eye product, especially with your concerns. I would give it a try.
Before my wedding, I indulged in a few facials leading up to my wedding and I also stayed out of the sun completely. Like vampire mode. If you can afford to treat yourself, it really does make a difference. Or, treat yourself to a series of micro dermabrasion treatments to smooth the skin and make it look more radiant (that will also help with the crepeyness).
But you definitely need a separate eye treatment no matter what. What have you been using on your eyes up until now? Another thing you can think about is a liver flush. The liver has a huge job of processing and filtering out all the toxins in our body, and with the skin being the largest organ - it will show if you're not healthy on the inside. The best thing you can do for your skin, aside from topical treatments which help, is to eat health and increase your antioxidant intake.
Eat a huge bowl of antioxidant fruits for breakfast (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and papaya are my faves) and increase your veggie intake. Cut out processed foods, alcohol and wheat. I just did my second liver flush after four years and it's made a difference in my skin, and I lost 6 lbs. I know this is a lot of information, but you're gearing up for your wedding so you need to pull out all the stops to look and feel your best.
I have a pending post on my recent liver flush so stayed tuned for that. In the meantime, treat yourself and I do think the Elite Serum can help you. It does a great job to reduce puffiness and reduce wrinkle depth, and while I don't have dark circles so can't testify to its effectiveness, it is formulated to help increase the lymphatic drainage underneath the eye which will help flush out the darkness. Look up the Hulda Clark liver flush if you'd like to do some research on it.... and let me know if you have questions. Good luck! Rachel~WomensBlogTalk.com
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Q: Hoy can I Get this product ? -Blanca
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Q: What is Qusome,Sytenol A, Neoderml, Chronogen, sounds like i need to find a pharmacist. Why is these items that Dr. Oz says they are only $10.00 at the store? What kind of a store? -Adele
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Q: Where can I buy the top 3 eye creams you reviewed in Western Australia? -Anne
You would just have to go through the check out process and put in your address, all three companies ship worldwide, including to Australia! :) These products are not sold in retail stores. ~Rachel
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I had menopause at 38. I knew that was making my eyes look so terrible. I went on hormone replacement but stopped at 54. I’ve had 6 cancers, 6 rounds of chemo and3 rounds of radiation, to include from the nose down. Last Dec. I had a stem cell transplant. I am 66 yo. Is there any hope for me? The crepey eyelids come over my lashes sometimes. The dark circles and puffiness are awful. I have extremely fair skin, I’ve never liked the sun. My skin is smooth and I get great compliments. The eyes in such fair skin look like what mother used to call, 2 burnt wholes in a blanket. I had many surgeries and lost both breasts. They did plastic surgery on me because I looked a flat chested pregnant woman. I lost almost 100 lbs. over the last 12 yrs. I weigh now what I did when I was married 46 yrs ago. I am disabled and had to give up so much of activities. I am in my head about 25. I look better in my than over 49 yrs. ago. I have always been a fashionista. I have a ton of shoes and clothing and coats, etc. I love to dress because I do it so well and I have people complimenting, asking how to choose clothing for their body etc. I am artistic and love colors and textures. I look good in my clothes but you don’t want to see underneath. I have a very scarred body. Now I was always known for my blue green eyes and long lashes. They were my best feature but now are my worst. I need help or is it too late? My skin needs lots of care which I have given it since I was 13.
Mary aka Kate aka KittyKate aka Kitty. My husband has never called me Mary. I was Fred until we got married and then I became Kate.
I sent an e-mail last week regarding Tru Belleza: I got scammed and am wondering if u have heard from others besides me? I have now read ur reviews on Elite Serum Rx and am interested, however, it sounds like you can only buy it on line. I am now terrified to do so since I have never heard of them. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is Also, upon reading further, they mentioned Dr. Oz, which concerned me even more. Rachel, can u please help I have serious bags under my eyes (in the last two years) partially from stress, I’m sure. I was hoping for an eye cream I could purchase from a reputable store. I am scared of getting scammed again.
Hi Karin, thanks for your comment. I hear from women every day who have been scammed, plenty from Tru Belleza. Elite Serum is great, especially for puffy eyes and bags – those pictures in the review are of my eyes. What I said in the article about Dr. Oz was that he likes the “ingredient” Argireline….he never recommended this actual product. Elite Serum does contain Argireline…..Dr. Oz said on one of his programs that this was the best “needle free” ingredient you should look for in certain products to tighten and firm. So that was my reference. My #2 product, Eyelasticity is also really good for bags since it increases the lymphatic drainage underneath the eye. Both are good options, but both are also online only. All of my top products are from reputable manufacturers. If you are adamant against purchasing online, you could visit Sephora and there are plenty of options there as well. Peter Thomas Roth is a good line to try, always loved those products. I also like Philosophy, but I can’t think of any eye treatments specific to those lines that I’ve tried that I can quote you on.
I am almost 40, genetically I inherited (from both sides of my family) very puffy eyes (bags, is the term I use)…everyone always asks if I am tiered. The more I sleep the worse they get…what could help with this?
Have you heard or seen the product Valere Anti-Aging serum? If so what do yo think about it?
Hi B, steer clear from Valere, it’s one of those short term (12 day) free trial scams, hardly enough time to receive it and try it to see whether you like it. On the 12th day, they will charge you the full $89 for the product and it’s impossible to return. I only recommend 30 day trials if you’re going to do one (Lifecell is actually the ONLY trial product I recommend, it’s my top anti-aging treatment). My top eye treatment is Elite Serum RX and it’s the best thing I’ve used for puffiness and under eye bags. It works quickly and is full of peptides and helps to drain the area quickly. It’s also very gentle, it’s like a liquidy serum that absorbs quickly and leaves no sticky residue. I highly recommend it. I’m 43 and always wake up with puffy eyes and they depuff within a couple of minutes.
I am 20 year old female and I have very dark eye circles that just don’t seem to go away even when I get a lot of sleep. I didn’t have them 2 years ago, they seemed to slowly develop. What can I use to help me permanently fix this issue?
Thank you for your comment. You are way too young for dark circles, so you need to get to the root of the problem. At your age, are you aware of any food allergies that could be causing inflammation? You may want to get tested by an allergist. I would recommend Elite Serum first, as it’s my strongest and most effective eye treatment, however Eyelasticity would also work for you to reduce dark circles. They both have ingredients that will increase blood flow to and boost lymphatic drainage, which will help to reduce puffiness and help the blood to not “pool” in the under eye area which is what causes the dark circles to become more noticeable. They will also both work to increase collagen and plump up the eye area, which will help it so your skin is not so thin underneath your eye which will also help the blood vessels to be less apparent. Be sure and drink lots of water to stay hydrated as well and flush out any irritants.
Hi Rachel, As a just over 50 I have noticed LOTS of changes in my skin, elasticity and wrinkles. Up until now, I had very (genetics?) youthful skin and often looked at lease 10 yrs younger than I really was. I have taken good care of my skin – I don’t go out in sun and if I do I use sunscreen, I don’t smoke and only drink very occassionally. 50 is hard, hormonal changes especially have made my skin SENSITIVE to products that contain retinal, vitamin C, and hydrocloric acid (not sure I spelled that last one correctly) Collagen products seem okay but I have not found one that really makes a difference. So my million dollar question (to this million dollar industry) is what is my best choice? I am going crazy trying to research a good face and eye cream that will smooth and diminish fine lines I am seeing and a tiny bit of sagging. I liked the vids you made to review Lifecell and Kollagen Intensiv but I think they have some of the adverse ingredient in them I mentioned. I chatted with Lifecell and they said all 3 were in their product. I would appreciate your more detailed help. Thanks so much – great site! Lauren
Thanks for the kind words. With your sensitivities, you should go with Revitol. I especially like the Revitol Eye Cream, but the whole system would work too. I checked the ingredient list, and none of the ones you need to avoid are on it so you should be fine. Give it a try, and be sure to come back and let me know how it went.