Start Using
an Eye Cream
(Before You Need It)

The best eye creams for men

Start Using an Eye Cream (Before You Need It)

The best eye creams to tackle dark circles, bags and crow's feet

Here's the thing about anti-aging products: don't think of them as corrective treatments for old dudes trying to look 21 again. Consider them preventative maintenance—products that can combat all the stress we put ourselves under. Which is perhaps why more men than ever are looking for products to tackle the damage done by stress, poor sleep habits or a few too many drinks the night before.

"Guys come in and complain not about looking old, but looking tired," says Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank. And nothing makes you look as unhealthy or rundown as dark, puffy or saggy eyes. Obviously, a healthy lifestyle (along with regular sunscreen and some dark sunglasses) goes a long way in preventing damage to your skin. But consistent use of a proper eye cream—products specifically formulated for the thin, delicate skin around the eyes—will ensure you stay looking your best. We tested a ton of tubes to bring you the top ones to keep crow's feet at bay and hangovers conveniently hidden.

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The Best

La Roche-Posay Active C Eyes

Best for

Best for

Smoothing
Crow's Feet

This one's not cheap but the legendary French pharmacy brand does deliver on its promise to reduce the appearance of crow's feet and fine lines around the eyes. A clinically proven complex of pure vitamin C and ascorbic acid tightens and firms up the skin around the eye while stimulating circulation.

Active C Eyes,
$42.99 by La Roche-Posay

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream

Best for

Best for

Dark Circles

This little jar, filled with vitamin C, jojoba seed oil and shea butter, has amassed a huge following because it's so good at minimizing dark circles. And it's not just hype. In an independent, clinical study over four weeks, 92% of users agreed the eye cream corrects signs of aging while 100% agreed the cream brightens dull skin and lessons darkness around the eyes.

Banana Bright eye cream,
$38 by Ole Henriksen

Clinique for Men Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel

Best for

Best for

Puffiness and Bags

If you're looking to decrease puffiness or under-eye bags, you want a gel over a cream. This lightweight gel is infused with caffeine and hyaluronic acid and smooths on via a cooling metal roller ball. This not only feels good and helps constrict the skin, but offers a light lymphatic massage to help physically drain fluid that can build up under eyes.

Anti-fatigue eye gel,
$32.50 by Clinique for Men

Port Products Under Eye Recovery Gel

Best for

Best for

Tired Looking Eyes

If you're looking for a good, preventative all-around eye cream, this is it. The quick-absorbing gel works both in the moment and the long run—instantly improving the texture of the skin while reversing long-term damage from sun, smog and fatigue. Natural algae and sea kelp help brighten dark circles and restore you skin's elasticity and firmness.

Under Eye recovery gel,
$40 by Port Products

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Air Repair Super-Hydrating Eye Cream

Best for

Best for

Sensitive Skin

If harsh chemicals or heavy moisturizers upset your skin, this light and natural cream is your best bet. It's packed with skin-soothing and effective ingredients. Aloe and allantoin hydrate skin around the eyes while stimulating new cell growth. And antioxidants like vitamin C and green tea protect skin from environmental damage and inflammation.

Super-hydrating eye cream,
$24.50 by Air Repair

RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

Best for

Best for

Serious
Line-Fighting

If you've been noticing deeper lines forming around your eyes and want to visibly reduce their appearance, you'll want to kickstart the cell turnover process in the area. Retinol is a powerful form of vitamin A that's been shown to boost collagen production, even out discoloration and smooth fine lines. But it degrades in light, so you should only use a retinol at night. Dot this on before bed and you're good to go.

Retinol Correxion eye cream,
$17.95 by RoC

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

Best for

Best for

Jet Lag and Hangovers

When you need serious help, these little patches are like sheet masks for your eyes. They come in handy when traveling or after a night of heavy drinking. Ginkgo biloba improves blood flow and helps reduce puffiness while olive oil and a unique hexapeptide infuses the skin with a serious shot of moisture. Slap them on and wear for 10 minutes in the morning and then look smooth and refreshed—no matter how little sleep you've had.

Hydro Cool firming eye gels,
$29.95 (for an 8-pack) by Skyn Iceland

Proper Application

Proper Application

Because the skin around the eye is delicate, tap (don't rub) the product into the eye area using your ring finger, covering from just below the tear duct to the outer edge of your eyebrow.

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