6 Best Eye Creams For Dark Circles, Fine Lines, Puffiness, And More

Packed with eye opening ingredients to minimise finelines and target puffiness


Chandré Davids |

When I first got into skincare, I had the great debate with myself if whether eye creams were necessary or not. Like could they actually minimise the appearance of dark circles or are they just moisturisers in really tiny tubs?

Okay, first things first: eyes are really sensitive. I don’t just mean the actual eye itself but the skin that surrounds the eyes too. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on the body, which is why it’s the first to show signs of ageing. Since eye creams tend to be thicker than normal face moisturisers and contain active ingredients that are gentle enough to target the specific signs of ageing around the eyes, it would be wise to use them — especially if you have dark circles and puffiness as your face cream won’t address these problems.

So, what are the active ingredients that help the skin around your eyes more hydrated and youthful-looking?

  • Retinol
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Peptides
  • Ceramides
  • Hyaluronic acid

All of these ingredients help plump skin, minimise wrinkles and refine skin texture and pigmentation. If you want to see if there’s any truth to the eye cream hype, give one of these active ingredients eye creams a try.

CLINIQUE Pep-Start Eye Cream

Deliver a rush of hydration and instant brightening with Clinique’s Pep-Start eye cream. It contains a peptide cocktail that helps skin stay smooth, hold hydration and become more resilient to environmental pressures.

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CLINIQUE Pep-Start Eye Cream

R 375

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L’Oréal Plenitude Revitalift Eye Cream

Containing retinol, this eye cream improves skin’s firmness by working to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and stimulate cell renewal.

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L’Oréal Plenitude Revitalift Eye Cream

R 179,99

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The Body Shop Drops Of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Eye Cream

Infused with red algae extract, nutrients, minerals and vitamin C, Drops of Light eye cream helps to brighten the under-eye by reducing the appearance of dark circles.

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The Body Shop Drops Of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Eye Cream

R 260

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Filorga Optim-Eyes 

Designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles, Optim-Eyes revives tired-looking eyes thanks to its powerful hyaluronic acid formula.

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Filorga Optim-Eyes

R 875

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Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream

This hydrating cream works to smooth away creases and wrinkles while caring for the delicate skin around your eyes, leaving your complexion looking refreshed and rejuvenated.

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Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream

R 1450

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Eye Cream

Containing ceramides for a youth-restoring boost, Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm, reduces fine lines and crow’s feet to plump, lift and firm the look of skin in the eye area.

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Ceramide Lift and Firm Eye Cream

R 615

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