Anyone who’s ever forgotten to drink their eight glasses of water and woke up with dark, puffy eyes knows the value of a good eye cream. And while we don’t recommend you binge on salty foods and forego hydration in favor of slathering on some moisturizer, we will say this: Signs of aging often happen first around the eyes, and over time, it adds up.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with aging, but there’s also no shame in not wanting to look a decade older than you are. Still, if you’ve browsed a department store beauty counter — or fallen victim to the dreaded high school friend peddling a $100-plus miracle cream on Facebook — you know skin care can get pricey.
With that in mind, we found the best, most effective eye creams under $25 — and they’re packed with skin-saving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and even retinol, which just about every dermatologist recommends if you want to stave off fine lines and wrinkles.
Ahead, find nine of our favorites — and rejoice that they won’t cost you more than your water bill.