The Best Ingredients to Treat All Your Eye Area Skin Concerns

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If you’ve been on a Netflix binge until the wee hours of the morning (and snacking on junk food while at it) or have been pulling back-to-back all-nighters for that big client presentation, then you can be sure your eyes will be quick to show its consequences. Bags, puffiness, dark circles, and tiredness are the most common eye concerns that we often find ourselves dealing with. But as the skin under and around our eyes are almost five times thinner than the rest of our face, they're also the first to show signs of aging. Needless to say, our peepers need an extra dose of TLC. But with all the eye creams available, picking out the right one can be a bit overwhelming. So to help you narrow down your options, we’ve rounded up the best ingredients for all your eye concerns.

For Dark Circles and Puffiness: Caffeine

Many of us can’t function in the morning without our cup of joe, but the wonders of caffeine go beyond simply jumpstarting our day. In skin care, caffeine is known for its antioxidant properties that help repair sun and environmental damage and fight off free radicals. When applied topically, caffeine constricts the blood vessels under the skin, which, in turn, lessens puffiness and swelling. It also boosts circulation, preventing blood from pooling under your eyes and reducing the appearance of dark circles.

For Dryness: Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides

Keeping your under-eye skin hydrated is a must as this delicate area often tends to be drier than the rest of your face. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water and delivers moisture deep into your skin.

On the other hand, ceramides, which are found naturally on the outermost layer of the skin, help restore the skin’s barrier functions and maintain hydration. These lipids hold the skin together to protect it from environmental damage and prevent moisture loss.

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For Sagging Skin and Fine Lines: Vitamins C and E

When it comes to anti-aging ingredients, you could say that vitamin C is a rock star. It is prized for its ability to boost collagen production and cell turnover, helping skin retain its firmness and elasticity. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin from external aggressors and neutralize free radical damage that cause premature skin aging. It has also been shown to have a brightening effect on the skin, which helps improve the appearance of dark circles.

Vitamin E or tocopherol is also another potent antioxidant and one of the skin care world’s most beloved ingredients because of its soothing, protective, and anti-aging properties. It shields the skin from pollution and sun damage and is known for its anti-inflammatory action.

For Dark Circles: Vitamin K

While most of us believe that dark circles form because of poor sleeping habits, those shadows under your peepers can actually be caused by several factors including genetics, allergies, and pigmentation. But most of the time, dark circles appear because of poor blood flow and broken capillaries. And that’s where vitamin K comes in. It aids in the formation of blood clots, improves circulation, and helps skin tissues repair itself. In this article from the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Dr. Tsuyoshi Mistuishi noted that participants who used an eye gel with 2-percent vitamin K saw noticeable improvement in the appearance of dark circles.

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For Swollen and Tired Eyes: Cucumber

Putting cucumber over tired and swollen eyes is a tried-and-tested beauty remedy. Not only does it have a soothing and cooling effect that instantly plumps up dry skin and refreshes tired eyes, cucumber is also rich in antioxidants that protect against environmental stressors. Particularly, the ascorbic and caffeic acids in cucumber help reduce water retention in the eye area.

For Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Evening Primrose

Loaded with omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid, evening primrose is prized for its soothing and moisturizing benefits for the skin. As an anti-aging ingredient, it helps enhance the skin’s firmness and elasticity, refines wrinkles and fine lines, and boosts the skin’s healing process. It’s also known to calm inflammation, reduce irritation, and improve blood circulation.

For Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Retinol and Neuropeptides

As far as anti-aging ingredients are concerned, retinol needs no introduction. This skin care superstar encourages cell regeneration and collagen production, delaying signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and sagging skin. But if you have sensitive skin that can’t tolerate retinoids, your best option is a peptide-packed eye cream. Peptides, which are found in the body’s tissues, function the same way as retinol: They boost elastin and collagen synthesis but are gentler on the skin.

Choosing the Best Eye Cream

While your moisturizer may be doing a superb job in plumping up your skin and keeping it hydrated, it may not be enough to quench your under-eye skin. Not to mention, some products you use on your face may actually be too harsh for the delicate skin under your peepers, which is why they sometimes come with specific warnings to avoid the eye area.

The Oceanic Gold Mineral Replenishing Eye Cream is specifically formulated to target eye-related concerns—from puffiness and dark circles to sagging and fine lines. With Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+ as its star ingredient, it keeps your under-eye skin supple and hydrated while helping to improve firmness and elasticity. Combined with ultra-nourishing and antioxidant-rich ingredients like vitamin E and cucumber, lemon myrtle, and evening primrose oils, it relieves and rejuvenates tired and swollen eyes, diminishes dark circles, and helps delay the signs of aging.