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How to pick the right eye cream for you

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

Eye cream basics

Your eyes take a beating, and they’re the first to show when you’re tired, stressed or under-the-weather. Use an eye cream to help restore those pretty peepers. Read on to discover how to find the right eye cream for you, based on where you need improvement the most.

Woman with under eye circles

1Dryness

The thin skin around your eyes loses moisture fast, especially through the winter months. Use a thick eye cream to send that dryness packing. Eye creams made with humectants are your best bet, so look for ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid.

2Dark circles

Do you wake up looking like you need to go back to bed? Lack of sleep causes dark circles, but there are many other causes, too. Dark circles are also brought on by rubbing your eyes, allergies and dehydration. Eye creams with vitamin K and retinol are the most effective at showing those dark circles to the door. You can also try a cream made with hydroquinone, a chemical designed to slow down your skin's production of melanin. Make sure you read the label carefully if you go this route; not every cream containing hydroquinone is approved for use around your eyes.

3Puffiness

Puffy eyes are usually caused by fluids under the eye. This happens when you sleep with your head too low, or when you've just had a major crying bout. You also may notice puffy eyes if you enjoy a diet high in salt. Get control of that puffiness under your eyes by using an eye cream with added caffeine. Much like a shot of coffee for your skin, it gets the blood pumping and pushes all those extra fluids away from your eyes.

4Bags

As you age, the skin below your eyes loses its elasticity and starts to sag. This condition cannot be completely erased without surgery, but you can reduce the effects without going under the knife. Find an eye cream with added retinol -- it'll help your skin reclaim some of its elasticity and make those bags a little less noticeable. A cream that contains both retinol and vitamin K will give you an even better result.

5Wrinkles

Those crow's feet at the corners of your eyes aren't necessarily a bad thing. They usually come from a lifetime of smiling and happiness. Squinting too much can also lead to wrinkles around your eyes. Search for a cream with peptides, meant to stimulate your production of collagen. Scour labels for ingredients such as argireline, matrixyl or hyloxyl. These wrinkle-reducing chemicals will give you all the benefits of Botox without the pain of the needle.

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