The best eye creams - as chosen by Mumsnetters
07 August 2019
It's not secret that parenting - and all the sleepless nights, early wake up calls, and worrying that come with it - can, ahem, take a toll on even the freshest faces. However, all is not lost - you can say goodbye to dark circles and puffiness thanks to these weapons-grade eye creams, as recommended by Mumsnetters
Best eye creams for less than £30
Nivea Q10 Power Bright Eye Cream, £5.50
A true household name, you're likely to find some form of Nivea product in bathroom cabinets up and down the land. Mumsnetters particularly like this complete eye solution, enriched with Q10 – a powerful antioxidant and natural ageing defence – it helps to firm the skin around the eye area while added creatine works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
“I find that you just can’t go wrong with Nivea. It’s affordable and it works. Their Q10 eye cream is my favourite skincare product.”Buy now from Amazon
The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream, £13
Designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles, this Vitamin E-enriched eye cream from The Body Shop is a firm favourite with Mumsnetters. It contains powerful ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and wheatgerm oil to plump the skin around the eye area and is suitable for all skin types. Unsurprisingly, it's also a bestseller. If you get along with it, you might want to try The Body Shop Vitamin E lip balm too – which Mumsnet users also swear by.
“The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream is wonderful for getting rid of black bags and puffiness.”Buy now from The Body Shop
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Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, £26
Considered a classic (and with good reason), the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado from Kiehl’s gently moisturises the delicate eye area without causing irritation, making it suitable for sensitive eyes. Enriched with real avocado for added hydration and a soothing sensation, simply tap the treatment along the orbital bone under the eye morning and night for a fresh, dewy look.
“Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado works well for me and I have tried so many. It's the only one that hasn't brought me out in milia.”Buy now from Kiehl's
Clinique All About Eyes, £27
Mumsnetters consider Clinique's All About Eyes range to be a real powerhouse when it comes to keeping puffiness and dark circles at bay. As well as improving the appearance of the eye area, it also helps to make the delicate under-eye skin stronger and more resilient. Safe for use around the whole eye area, this cream also acts as a primer, keeping your eye makeup in place for longer.
“I've been using Clinique All About Eyes for around 10 years. I have sensitive skin and I've never had a problem with it. It's doing a great job of keeping hereditary droopy eyelids away.”Buy now from Amazon
Related: Moisturising is essential for healthy, blemish-free skin. Take a look at Mumsnetters' favourite face creams to find one that suits your skin.
Best luxury eye creams
Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, £40
Icelandic Relief Eye Cream from Skyn Iceland aims to deliver immediate relief and hydration to dry, unhappy under-eye skin. As the name suggests, the cream instantly cools and hydrates the eye area, while active ingredients including glacial flower extracts work to reduce puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles – a great investment if you spend a lot of time working on a screen
or scrolling MN.
“Icelandic Relief Eye Cream is the only thing that's sorted out my puffy eyes. I think it's brilliant and have already repurchased. “
“I can definitely see a difference in my eye bags.”Buy now from Amazon
Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Eye Balm, £43.46
Luxurious and effective (even if the name is a bit of a mouthful), Mumsnetters swear by Estee Lauder’s Revitalising Supreme+ Eye Balm, which is designed to work on multiple levels to rejuvenate and support the delicate eye area. Reducing the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, the active ingredients include Moringa extract to promote a brighter complexion. This nourishing balm can be used daily or applied weekly as a mask.
“I’ve used Estee Lauder’s Supreme+ Eye Balm for years. It’s the only one that works for me.”Buy now from Amazon
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La Mer The Eye Balm Intense, £160
Whilst definitely on the pricier side, this intensive eye balm from celebrity-favourite brand La Mer aims to visibly reduce puffiness by energising the skin. Using three unique formulas, the gel-like balm conditions, smoothes and hydrates the eye area, leaving skin firmer and brighter. Mumsnetters recommend it for its immediate effectiveness.
“I have been dipping into my Creme de la Mer eye cream with great relish for longer than I care to admit. It works. I've tried practically every other eye cream you can think of and most of them are make zero difference except this one.”Buy now from John Lewis
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