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Eye creams to keep you looking young

Who wants tired-looking, puffy eyes? Answer: nobody. Enter eye creams. Used properly, they help fight the signs of ageing and leave your eyes looking refreshed and brighter than ever. Here’s a roundup of the best eye creams on the market and why they made the cut.

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Dab on these creams
to fight ageing

Who wants tired-looking, puffy eyes? Answer: nobody. Enter eye creams. Used properly, they help fight the signs of ageing and leave your eyes looking refreshed and brighter than ever. Here’s a round-up of the best eye creams on the market and why they made the cut.

If you haven’t already got a good eye cream, pencil in some time to hit the beauty counters. Take it from the expert: Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute, says that from the age of 25, “a specialised eye product is a must in your regimen.”

How do you know when you’ve found the right cream?

“A good eye cream/gel will feel light when applied, moisturise and hydrate and absorb effectively without leaving a shiny, oily residue,” says Hobson.

It should also target your main concerns. If you’re worried about wrinkles and fine lines, Hobson recommends choosing products that contain Retinol 0.1 per cent, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glucosamine HCL, peptides, Vitamin E and yeast extract. These all stimulate collagen and elastin, which works to smooth, plump and hydrate the skin. If dark circles are getting you, Hobson says to use an eye cream that contains light diffusers as well as vitamin C. Both of these ingredients work to lighten the area underneath the eyes.

The best of the best


Trilogy CoQ10

The Trilogy CoQ10 Recovery Concentrate is a master at increasing firmness and reducing fine lines around the eye area. With its silky and cooling texture, it also deeply moisturises the skin and revitalises tired eyes. This eye cream works really well under makeup, so use it as a hard-working primer before applying your foundation. RRP $36.95 from

 Nivea Multi Active Soy Eye Cream

A super affordable and effective option is a new offering from NIVEA, the Multi Active Soy Eye Cream. The potent soy extract boosts your skin’s own collagen levels, leading to the kind of firmer skin you can expect to get with expensive salon treatments. It’s also proven to reduce puffiness and the appearance of under-eye circles, which comes in handy when you’ve had one too many late nights. RRP $19.95

Thalgo Collagen Eye Roll On

If you’re desperately craving lighter, brighter and younger-looking eyes to undo the damage of too little sleep, you can’t go past the Thalgo Collagen Eye Roll On. The gel has two active ingredients: The Native Marine Collagen works to hold onto water and deliver hydration to your skin, while caffeine targets puffiness and dark circles. To smooth and brighten your skin, gently massage this gel around your eyes daily. RRP $59.00



A celebrity favourite since the 40s, Eyesential is an under-eye enhancer that instantly reduces puffiness, fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles. Basically, it forms an invisible film or veil under your eyes, which acts as a barrier to all the signs of ageing. Unlike overnight eye creams, Eyesential is specifically made to wear under makeup. Applied correctly, this product works wonders: Expect people to comment on your flawless, youthful-looking skin. RRP $99.00

emerginC’s Scientific Organics Eyelight Cream

Antoxidants aren’t just anti-ageing superfoods for your body — they also nourish your skin. If you prefer organic skincare, emerginC’s Scientific Organics Eyelight Cream is a fantastic choice when it comes to combating the signs of ageing. Loaded with natural ingredients like antioxidants, rose hip, bamboo, shea butter and apple extracts, this cream delivers a hit of hydration and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and tired eyes. RRP $55.00

Medik8’s Retinol Eye TRTM

If you tick the boxes for a few of the typical signs of ageing, Medik8’s Retinol Eye TRTM is a multi-tasking eye cream that will help all your problems. Containing vitamin A and retinol — the tried-and-tested anti-ageing ingredient used by professionals — this Medik8 product “fills in” wrinkles, brightens hyperpigmentation and firms the skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, but since it’s so potent, just use it every second day. RRP $87.40

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The Eye Balm Intense

Thanks to the powerful combination of La Mer’s trademark “miracle broth”, marine de-puffing ferment and lifting ferment, The Eye Balm Intense encourages circulation and smoothens, firms and hydrates the skin. These powerful ingredients absorb deeply, leaving skin looking clearer, brighter and plumper. With regular use, it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Using the silver applicator, dab a small amount of the cream around the delicate eye area daily. RRP $270

 Neutrogena’s Ageless Intensive Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream

If you’re looking for a flawless eye cream that won’t drain the bank, go for Neutrogena’s Ageless Intensive Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream. Developed with retinol and hyaluronic acid, this cream hydrates and nourishes the eye area and gradually fights the look of wrinkles. With daily use, the cream works to “fill in” even the deepest of wrinkles — it’s impressive. Please note that if you’re searching for something to hide those dark circles, this cream won’t be much help: It’s specifically formulated to target lines and wrinkles. RRP $29.99

Regain Age-Defying Eye Cream

Often, the best things come from nature. When it comes to Seacrets’ anti-ageing range and, more specifically, its Regain Age-Defying Eye Cream, this couldn’t be more true. Packed with peptides, aloe vera, proteins, cucumber extract, primrose oil, vitamin C and minerals straight from the Dead Sea, this rich cream is a genius at reducing the appearance of dark under-eye circles. Thanks to its laundry list of natural ingredients, the cream also boosts the radiance of skin, leaving you with that healthy glow we all know and love. RRP $160


At this stage of your life, you’ve probably been using an eye cream for at least a few years. It’s time to up the ante. La Prairie’s Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex is a great foray into luxury skincare and it delivers the goods. The serum glides on lightly and works to lift, firm and hydrate the entire eye area. It’s an ingenious product and well worth the investment. RRP $170
La Prairie's Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex

For amazing results…

To really boost your anti-ageing regimen, switch your cotton pillowcase for a silk one. It may not feel like it, but cotton actually tugs on the delicate skin on your face, which can lead to the signs of ageing popping up way before they’re welcome. SLIP makes fantastic silk pillowcases — once you’ve made the switch, you won’t go back. RRP $59.95

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