10 of the best eye creams and treatments

The skin around the eyes is the most hard-working part of the face – we blink up to 28,000 times a day – but it can also be fragile and under-nourished. The PORTER beauty team picks the best eye creams to strengthen this sensitive area


“In terms of aging, the eye area is always the first place women complain about. But many have stepped back from using a dedicated eye product because they think their facial serum does everything – that’s not the case,” says Joanna Vargas, a renowned facialist with spas in New York and LA. Thankfully, despite being a major area of concern for most women, there is plenty we can do to improve the situation. “It begins with moisture; whether you are 25 or 85, the one thing everyone needs is hydration,” she advises. “Most women wear makeup around the eye area, and unless the skin is properly hydrated, their makeup won’t sit right.”

THE EVERYDAY ESSENTIAL EYE CREAM: Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Often the product most overlooked and underrated, an eye cream can be an instant complexion brightener and the Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Eye Cream does just that and more. Not only does the antioxidant-rich cream melt into skin thanks to its hyaluronic acid content, but it depuffs and diminishes dark under-eye hues, too. Even better, it stays put under makeup and the under-eye skin is significantly changed for the better.

THE DE-PUFFER: Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes

These clever cubes use cryotherapy to refresh tired eyes. Keep them in the freezer for at least three hours before use, remove the cube and gently run it along the contours of your eyes. The freezing temperature firms the skin and helps to eliminate toxins.

THE TARGETED MASK: Sarah Chapman Platinum Stem Cell Eye Mask

Unlike other eye masks, this clever treatment doesn’t limit itself to the under-eye area. The press-on mask is worn around your eyes, so it deep-treats puffiness under the eye while helping to firm the upper eyelid and above the brow. Infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate, plus collagen boosters and skin brighteners, this smart eye mask refreshes and rejuvenates the exact areas we want improved, all in one go. Excellent to use pre-event, post-travel or after a late night.


With a light and refreshing texture, this luxurious eye treatment is rich in vitamin K, which, when used regularly, helps reduce dark circles. Plus, it comes with the brand’s famous mineral-rich healing concentrate to help repair and soothe the delicate skin around the eyes.

THE ANTI-AGING EYE CREAM: Noble Panacea The Absolute Restoring Eye Cream

With each application individually packaged (making it excellent for travel), this potent treatment is formulated to treat the skin in exactly the area needed and over an extended period of time. But what really sets this power-house cream apart is its Organic Molecular Vessel Technology, meaning the potency of its active ingredients (peptides to firm, horse chestnut to depuff) is increased up to 10 times.

THE GADGET: Angela Caglia Vibrating Rose Quartz Face Sculpting Roller

Combining the cooling, calming benefits of natural rose quartz with gentle vibration (more than 6,000 sonic vibrations a minute), this is excellent for quickly sculpting and brightening your eyes after a day in front of a screen, or when you wake up puffy-faced. Use the face roller over your eye cream to help it penetrate more effectively, or even dip the roller’s head in either iced or warm water for 20 seconds before using around the eyes (cold firms the skin, while warmth relaxes tension).

THE MASK: 111 Skin Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask

Cleverly formulated to recreate the effects of an in-spa cryotherapy treatment, these mini eye masks take a more high-tech approach to de-puffing and brightening the under-eye area. Super-hydrating and packed with anti-inflammatories, they quickly calm any redness and reduce fluid retention – ideal after a late night or at the end of a long day.

THE OVERNIGHT TREATMENT EYE CREAM: Sisley Paris Supremÿa Eyes at Night – The Supreme Anti-Aging Eye Serum

The smart technology in this serum works on your skin for 12 hours, making it a great addition to your evening regime. And, as we know that the most significant skin repairs occur while we sleep, it makes sense to help boost this vital process with a cream rich in active botanical ingredients that supercharge the skin’s nightly cell regeneration.

THE ORGANIC OPTION: Uma Oils Absolute Anti-Aging Eye Oil

Using oil around the eyes may sound risky, but this is ultra-light and sinks in almost immediately. With anti-aging frankincense, brightening eucalyptus and hydrating rose, it’s particularly great for those with very dehydrated skin. But avoid using this, or anything containing essential oils, on very sensitive skin.

THE CITY PROTECTOR EYE CREAM: Natura Bissé Diamond Cocoon Sheer Eye Color Enhancing Fortifying Eye Cream

Helping protect the delicate skin around the eyes against pollution by creating an invisible polymer barrier, this smart cream also protects against damaging blue light from screens. And it all comes in an easy-to-wear, lightly tinted formula that gives tired, dull skin a pretty, luminous glow.


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