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By now, many, know that certain skincare items are musts (cleanser, sunscreen, and moisturizers) for a healthy face. Eye cream often does not fall in that same group and is thought of as more of a luxury than necessity. The question all men must pose, “Is this a fair assumption?” Is eye cream truly needed or not?
Most dermatologist and skin care professionals are fighting to push eye cream into the above list of non-negotiables. Still, many are left unsure it they are actually effective or serve as a sort of placebo effect for the user.
As eye cream slowly becomes an essential in a man’s daily grooming routine, we prepared this guide for you and found some of the best eye creams for men of all ages.
During our search, we found some great eye serums and we finally concluded to 15 popular products, which we’ll be discussing on this guide. Upon narrowing them down, we found three creams that made it to the top of our favorite products. These three include the Clinique Anti-Age Eye Cream for Men for a quality option. Next, for a product that is more natural with excellent value for money, try the Burt’s Bees Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin .5 oz.. Finally, the Shiseido Total Revitalizer Eye Cream for Men .53 oz. is a high quality serum for men’s eyes.
Besides reviewing some of the top men’s eye serums, we’ll also discuss the following:
- Why is an eye cream important for any many
- What’s really eye cream and what does it contain
- How to select your own cream for your eyes, skin and age.
- And finally, as noted, we review the top creams for a man’s eyes.
Why Should Every Man Use Eye Cream?
The area around the eye is the thinnest, most fragile skin of the entire body, yet it is probably the most active.
Think about it, we show emotion through our eyes all day long and most people blink around 10,000 times per day.
For this reason, the skin around the eye will always break down first and show aging. It dries out far quicker, it shows rough nights more often, develops dark circles, and the list goes on and on. Without giving this area attention, the effects of neglect will show faster and last longer than any other part of the face.
So, What is Eye Cream?
Eye cream is a nutrient rich, anti-aging, moisturizing formula specifically formulated for the sensitive skin around the eye.
Eye cream is usually lighter in its texture than most facial moisturizers, for this reason. The heaviness of most facial moisturizers can increase excess fluid retention and actually increase puffiness and bags around the eyes.
Moisturizers, also, lack the ingredients to combat dark circles caused by weakened blood vessels that eye creams do.
Although moisturizers and eye creams have a lot in common, the main idea is that moisturizers are great for moisturizing the face (combat dry skin, ageing and offer sun protection) while the eye cream is specifically designed to slow down eye’s ageing.
What Does One Look For In Eye Cream?
Hyaluronic acid is essential to plump up skin cells, these draw moisture out from the air and hold roughly 1,000 times its weight in water. This flattens skin and fills in unwanted wrinkles and lines.
Some people have sensitivities to retinol but if able to, everyone should use an eye cream with this ingredient. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and it stimulates cell turnover and collagen production. This strengthens skin while limiting age spots and lines.
Neuropeptides are proteins that boost the production of collagen as well as elastin. This is a more gentle additive than retinol. This ingredient impacts the skin more quickly than other ingredients.
Vitamin C and E
Both of these serve as powerful anti aging ingredients. In particular, vitamin C promotes additional collagen and elastin production while vitamin E soothes and builds in protection for the skin (UV protection included).
Other ingredients that are helpful include: Caffeine, Eyeliss, Matrixyl, and Haloxyl to name a few.
What is the correct way to apply eye cream?
- Wash the face, thoroughly to remove any foreign matter from the face. These hinder the effectiveness of the eye cream.
- Use a small amount (no more than a pea-sized drop) of cream for the eyes and apply it, after the application of moisturizer, every morning and evening. Keep the amount used at a minimum because using an abundance of will prevent it from fully penetrating the skin.
- Use either ring finger for application. This finger prevents rubbing to harshly on the sensitive skin.
- Rub the cream on the the skin around the entire eye, above and below. Take the cream up until it touches the eyebrow and down until the cheekbone is touched. People often forget to do the top area around the eye because it is not as visible. For a cream to provide the best results, both the bottom and top of the eye need eye cream.
- Tap the area where the cream was applied to stimulate circulation. Pores will be opened up and help the cream is more readily absorbed.
- Wait before going outside or doing anything else to the face. 15 minutes is the advised amount of time because that’s the length of time it takes to be absorbed into the skin.
It is recommended that every person over the age of 21 begin to daily apply eye cream. This will prevent future problems. By starting early, crow’s feet and other aging will be drastically delayed or prevented. As eye needs change over time, so should eye cream adapt.
- Younger men should look for to protection for the eye, They should look for an eye cream that prevent sun damage. Using a light formula that is moisturizing and loaded with antioxidants is recommended for this age.
- In their 30s men first begin to see aging signs. Still, look for antioxidant rich creams but not look for one that includes retinol. This will help cell turnover and boost skin’s productivity of necessities like collagen. Look for the above mentioned ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin C and E. These will keep skin bright and healthy.
- For men 40 or greater, look for all the ingredients above and be really consistent with application. Creams that are called deep moisturizers and protein added or great for this age because the skin continues to get thinner and thinner and loses it needed moisture and durability.
Below we review several great eye creams and pick our favorites.
Our Pick Of The Best Eye Creams For Men
Brickell is a company that has garnered much attention and trust with quality men’s products. It has skincare products as well as haircare and grooming offerings. They always look to use natural and certified organic materials in their products. Their brand is found, virtually, everywhere and has gotten a good deal of press from magazines like GQ and Men’s Health.
Brickell’s eye cream works for men at any age and skin type. It is proven to reduce bags, puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. It applies a little greasy but feels lightweight. It has contains, mostly, natural and certified organic ingredients like aloe, Matrixyl 3000, protein peptides, MSM, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, caffeine, and green tea. As a result, this serves as a powerful hydrator and really limits dark circles.
Matrixyl 3000 is a blend of protein peptides that are proven to boost collagen production and reduce wrinkles by 45% in two months. MSM is a nutrient found in food like spinach and kale. This reduces age spots and skin pigmentation. This is a powerful eye cream that does work but must be used for a few months to years to see major results. A jar of this cream will last 45 days when applied twice daily. It, like all Brickell products contains no sulfates, parabens, glycols, phthalates, petrochemicals, silicones, PEG’s, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or gluten. Plus, they will never test on animals. Good product that has a relatively high price point (around $40) but is made with quality ingredients and is proven to work well over time.
Xfacio Labs prides itself on being a high concept, scientific skin care company based in the USA. They focus on natural and organic products. They are 100% vegan and free from all harmful chemicals and undesired ingredients. They consider themselves doctors of your skin and constantly push themselves for the best quality products that deliver the best results. If this product is not what the customer wants, they provide a money back guarantee.
An eye gel that treats the sensitive area around the eyes to prevent dark circles, puffiness, eye bags, and wrinkles. This cream contains plant stem cells, amino acids, Matrixyl 3000, Hyaluronic Acid, multiple Vitamins and Niacinamide.
After weeks of this product, one will notice increased skin elasticity around the eyes. The will see less bags and crow’s feet and wrinkles will be reduced and many will disappear. It is packaged in Biophotonic glass jars. Some people do not like the smell of this and think it smells somewhat fishy. It works well for most skin types but many that have advanced aging and wrinkles have not seen the results they are looking for. It has a relatively good price and will last for over a month per container.
Most men are familiar with Every Man Jack. They have, recently, flooded the market with their products. They are available at the big chains like Target, Walmart, and Walgreens. Their products are well priced and can be picked up and examined at most stores that sell skin care products.
This product is light and does not feel greasy going on. It is loaded with healthy vitamins and antioxidants. These delay and prevent dark circles and wrinkle formation.
Myrtus leaf extract is a unique addition that reduces lines by firming the skin and making it more elastic. Green tea fights off free radicals and soothes the skin. In provides a deeper level of moisture with aloe and cocoa butter in the formula.
For the person on a budget, this is a really good option (in particular with younger aged men). It will cost under $10 and last for well over a month when correctly applied. It will not give tremendous results to men with deeper wrinkles and lines but protects and hydrates for those with less damage. It serves more like a fatigue booster and protectant than an anti-aging cream but will work for those adopting eye cream routines early on in life.
Retinol is a line from Skincare L de L Cosmetics. The name comes from their use of Retinol as a primary ingredient in their skincare products. Retinol has been said to be harsh to some skin types but they seek to make their products very gentle and able to use on sensitive skin.
This eye cream provides a rich level of hydration and revitalization to the skin around the eyes. This will prevent aging, stress, and fatigue as it targets, both puffed up eyes and dark circles. Skin looks smoother, more moisturized, and younger looking. This formula is specifically made for men.
This quality cream contains vitamin A, Sodium Hyaluronate, Echinacea Extract, Goji Berry, and Green Tea. It doesn’t have much smell and applies nicely. The bottle and style of this product would lead one to believe that the price point would be higher but it comes in under $20.
There are men and women who swear by Cliniques products. Clinique is an offshoot of the Estee Lauder Company. It has been around since 1968. It seeks to not make products for mass appeal but meet the skin care needs of the individual. They claim they don’t sell catch all products but make them for each skin type.
This product is oil-free and ophthalmologist tested. The ingredient list is exhaustive and contains ingredients like Shea Butter, Green Tea, Caffeine. It combats signs of aging with deep levels of hydration and plumped cells for wrinkle reduction. It has been called by most users: effective, lightweight, and non-greasy.
Most users claim softer, smoother skin in less time than with other eye creams and in fact, it’s my personal go-to eye cream. It is another product that works well for those younger men but men over 50 should look elsewhere.
The bottle does have a tendency to scab up after several uses and needs to be frequently cleaned. Although the price is a bit higher than others, this is in fact one of the best eye creams for men you can get. It will last a while and provide quicker results than most other creams.
A European company that claims to have made the “Rolls Royce” of eye cream. This particular product is part of the Platinum line that was made in collaboration with the famous model Marcus Schenkenberg. They made this product for men and people who used this cream say their skin was glowing immediately after. Many saw reduction of lines, puffiness, and dark circles in as little as two weeks. They answer why this cream works so quickly like this.
In the cream is a unique ingredient called Cytobiol Lumin-Eye. This eases swollen tear sacs and quickly eliminates dark circles under the eyes. They have a powerful anti-aging formula with green coffee beans, cactus extracts, and water from the mountains of the Swiss Alps.
This product is made to high German Standards and has be declared safe for all skin types. They are so confident the customer will see results that they offer a 100% money back guarantee. They clearly state that this is a cream not a gel and works for the aging man as well as the younger man.
The price might seem a bit steep at first but the bottle has 1 full ounce which is double the amount of many other eye creams. This does the trick and will leave your eyes looking rested and refreshed.
This company claims to be products created by men but borrowed by women. Anthony makes a wide array of products that are meant to meet specific skincare needs. They sell everything from eye cream to foot cream. This cream claims to tame crow’s feet and dark circles and produce results.
While that is a big claim, it does not deliver as well as many other products. It uses Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, and Squalane to give deeper level hydration. The vitamins A, C, and E protect the skin while firming and reducing lines and dark circles. It contains cucumber extract and carrot root to soothe and at elasticity. It is said to be fueled with Arnica and Allantoin to stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness.
If looking for a product that is non-greasy, do not buy this product. It applies very greasy and has been known to irritate many people’s eyes. It feels thick and really doesn’t produce the results it claims to. Some have seen good results but just as many have not liked this problem. This product is priced towards the higher end but not too much more than some other high street brands.
Lab Series is another brand from Estee Lauder. It is specifically for men and is a name many have come to trust. It has been around since 1987 and they now claim that they sell 4 products every minute by the company.
Ginseng is the ingredient that this product proudly promotes as unique to it. Ginseng has long been named as a catch all cure. It boosts the immune system, increases energy and stamina, and lowers blood sugar. When added to cream it does wonders for the skin. It battles wrinkles, dark spots, and puffy eyes. It is called a the kale or superfood for the eyes.
When people place this cream on their eyes, they claim they can feel it working. It is fragrance and oil free and ophthalmologist tested.
It is more of a gel like cream and works well to produce younger looking eyes. It works well for most users but requires application for a few months for tremendous results. It does feel a little over priced but there are many men that claim that it’s pretty effective.
This product is made in the USA and is never tested on animals. They are offering a peace of mind 60 day “No Problem” guarantee if not satisfied. It can be returned in that time for a fun refund. Niche is a small company that produces products specific to the eye area.
The formula has a nice, pleasant odor. It does nothing to reduce wrinkles, dark circles, and lines but will get rid of puffiness. Some men have had good results but many have felt disappointed with the results. It contains a lot of chemical compounds but does have the helpful addition of Green Tea and Licorice Root. These are known to repair cells and promote cellular turnover.
Our opinion is that this is a product that needs some additional tweaking. It does make claims to make the area around the eye firmer, clearer, and refreshed but we believe it falls short of this promise.
Burt’s Bees is an American born personal care product line that ships all over the world. They were one of the first companies to target the “earth conscience” fans.
Many don’t realize that this company is actually a subsidiary of Clorox now (purchased in 2007 for the nice price of 925 million dollars). The company began in the 1980s when co-founder Roxanne Quimby partnered with Burt Shavitz to start making candles with his leftover beeswax. Shortly after they started selling honey then moved to spreads and furniture polish and now it covers a wide variety of personal care products.
This product is designed to reduce puffy eyes and give skin moisture and nutrients for optimal health. It is fragrance free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and great for the most sensitive skins.
It is formulated with, of course, beeswax, cotton, and rice extracts so that it nurtures damaged skin. It is proven for intense hydration and is surprisingly good at fighting off aging. Skin will hold and retain moisture at high levels and look and feel better after use.
This is not the product for everyone. Regardless of the claims, so have still had eye irritation. Others are disappointed with the results. Still, for our younger readers, this is a good product for a really good price made with thoughtful ingredients. It will reduce dark circles and protect the skin. Good option for someone looking for something more natural for a fraction of the price compared to many reviewed eye creams on this guide.
L’Oreal is a company with a large pedigree of loved products in skin care. These products are, usually, easy to find and produce good results. This product is ok but not as effective as many of their other offerings. It goes on the area with a convenient roller.
When applied to the eye area, the gel cools the area and infuses it with caffeine and vitamin C to give puffy, dull eyes a kick start. It absorbs quickly and applies easily. It claims to help tired eyes by reducing puffiness, dark circles, redness, dryness, and irritation.
Their studies claim over 75% of men immediately felt their eye area cool and soothed down. After four weeks, 80% said their eyes looked more refreshed and less tired than before. It addition to the caffeine and vitamin C it has added peppermint for a true refreshed feeling when applying.
This is more of a quick fix product. If one had a long night and doesn’t want to show it the next day, use this product. It does not do anything for wrinkles and doesn’t really give a level of protection. It is one dimensional but pretty cheap and works when in a pinch for brighter eyes.
A Japanese company that continues to produce high-end personal care items. This product is no exception. It is inspired by hyaluronic acid injections and it is really effective. It target wrinkles, dryness, sagging, bags, and those pesky dark circles. It delivers moisture throughout the day and leaves eyes feeling great.
It is non-comedogenic and ophthalmologist-tested. This product does have a lot of ingredients but prides itself of being rich with hyaluronic acid. It also has dimethicone to penetrate deep and deliver results. It has a damage defense complex that will moisture but amp up the skin’s protective barrier function.
A process called Eye Bio-Complex is made to help promote the hyaluronic acid production so that the eyes look firmer and younger.
This is not a product that claims to be natural but it will refresh tired eyes as well as any product. It is good for young to middle aged men but the price is on the higher end. According to many claims, it does limit wrinkles and really works to brighten eyes.
A company that has the reputation of making products that produce results in skin care. The company is only 7 years old and has already won awards and got great publicity from magazines like Esquire and GQ. They know they make good products and back them up with a 90 day money back guarantee.
This eye gel prides itself on being two layered. It brings about cellular radiance and uplifts with this gel/cream hybrid. Ingredients like sugar extract tighten and lift the eye so they look year younger. Licorice root makes the eyes glow and lavender oil, sea fennel wax, and bamboo extract greatly reduce sagging skin and dark circles.
This is another product that works well but isn’t really a wrinkle reducer. For this reason, adjust expectations, It will makes eyes look fresher and brighter but will not reduce lines. The price is around $20 and we think there are better alternatives.
Jack Black delivers great cruelty-free, vegan products. They are dermatologist tested. They have made themselves a player in men’s grooming products with producing higher end products with a slightly lower price tag than those with the same quality.
This product comes with an interesting application technique. It has a stainless steel roller-ball applicator that adds a layer of cooling when applied. It rubs on clear and quickly hydrates, de-puffs, refreshes, and brightens tired eyes.
It contains the exact same formula as their Eye Age Minimizing Gel and works equally as well. It is still very one dimensional though. It doesn’t protect or have a lasting impact on eye area, but it will refresh the eyes for a quick pick me up.
An American company that makes thoughtful hair, skin, and save products. This product is made for men to give an advanced anti-aging eye cream that will nourish, repair, and protect the fragile skin around the eyes.
It contains ingredients like caffeine and seaweed extracts to fix puffy, dark circled eyes, but also has hyaluronic acid so that the area will be hydrated heavily and wrinkles will fade away. Vitamin E, panthenol, and beeswax, soften skin while protecting for free radicals and nourishing the area. A weird debate is happening on whether this product is truly paraben-free. The company claims it is but others debate this claim.
This is a product that works well for dry skin and does reduce wrinkles. It is to be applied day and night for the best results. The way the cream comes out is in a really small tip. This tip can sometimes become clogged and impede the use of this product. The value for the price is pretty decent and there are many examples of men who are very happy with the particular anti-aging eye cream. We look forward to more products from Baxter of California.
Remember with eye cream, results are not instant. It will take at least 2 months to see true results. Still, there is nothing that can help an aging face more than applying eye cream. It will protect and moisturize against wrinkles for years to come.
Allow our reviews to serve as a guide and we wish you years of young looking skin after implementing or modifying your eye cream into your daily skincare routine.
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