We all know that eye cream is a necessity to prevent fine lines and puffiness, but if you have sensitive eyes, your go-to formula may be doing more harm than good. How? If your products cause, i.e watering, redness, or itchy skin, they’re also causing inflammation, which makes your eyes puffy. Our advice? Stick to hypoallergenic formulas made for sensitive skin—and make sure you apply your cream or gel no closer than half an inch from your eye (the formula will travel as it soaks in). Our favorite 9 formulas—from light gels to rich creams—above
Murad’s Renewing Eye Cream ($75) is incredibly thick, locking in moisture and soothing skin, but it's also incredibly gentle. Our tip: one pump is enough for both eyes.
Not only is Avene’s Soothing Eye Contour Cream ($27) gentle on skin, it also helps reduce any redness or irritation you may have. A special complex helps ease puffiness and reduce redness.
Burt’s Bees’ Sensitive Eye Cream ($15) is 99 percent natural, with gentle extracts like cotton, rice, and white genepi to de-puff and hydrate, plus aloe to sooth skin.
Boots’ Expert Sensitive Hydrating Eye Cream ($8) is fragrance and lanolin free (a common irritant), and provides hydration to delicate skin around the eyes.
Also incredibly thick, Indie Lee’s Calendula Eye Balm ($42) coats skin in a rich combination of mango seed butter, calendula oil, beeswax, and lavender oil to hydrate and diminish dark circles.
Have sensitive eyes and dark circles? Clinique was founded on the idea that hypoallergenic, fragrance free products are best, and their Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector ($40) is no exception. The formulas is ophthalmologist tested to be gentle, and reduces dark circles in 12 weeks.
If you’re more concerned with firming your eye area, try Perricone MD’s Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream ($65). It’s a cocktail of peptides specially formulaed for easily-irritated skin.