Eye cream best buys

Caroline Cassidy

The delicate eye area requires special treatment - and whether puffiness, dark circles or crow's feet are your problem, there's a product that can help.

Best eye creams
Best eye creams

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For dark circles
Stress, age, dehydration, poor circulation and just plain old being tired can all contribute to dark circles under the eyes. While makeup will go some way to hiding the problem, there are products specifically designed to tackle the problem. It took Clinique 15 years to perfect their Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector (£28), and now it claims to lighten the entire eye area both instantly and with regular use. Dermalogica's Total Eye Care (£36.50) is another product worth trying, as its lightweight formula targets dark circles, as well as reducing puffiness, and it has the added advantage of SPF15 protection.

For puffiness
Waking up with puffy eyes after a late night requires an instant hit of moisturising revival. Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash (£26) melts easily into the skin, and promises to refresh, tighten and brighten, eliminating the dreaded bags. Another skin-firming wonder is Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Eye Cream (£29), which is packed with natural plant oils and antioxidants to give your peepers a morning after pick-me-up.

For tired eyes
If you're not too concerned about wrinkles and dark circles, and are just in the market for a bit of daily revitalisation, roll-on eye gels and creams are a perfect handbag fit, and tend to be at the more affordable end of the scale.

Nivea Visage Q10 products already have a great reputation, and their Refreshing Eye Roll-On does exactly what it says on the tin, as well as claiming to reduce puffiness and target fine lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile Garnier's Skin Naturals Caffeine Eye Roll-On (£10.50) employs the magical tightening properties of caffeine, combined with antioxidant grape extract for a naturally refreshing boost.
For wrinkles
If crow's feet and fine lines are getting you down, there are a host of products on the shelves that are made to tackle the problem. Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Eye Cream (from £40) is specially formulated to boost skin cell renewal, refreshing and relaxing the eye area for a smoother, more supple appearance. For those with big budgets, Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Eye Advanced Anti-ageing Serum (£85) might just turn out to be a good buy. Its powerful antioxidant ingredient, Idebenone, provides an intensive anti-ageing boost that promises to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, firm the skin and improve the appearance of skin discoloured by sun damage.

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