Don’t get us wrong—we love a good eye cream (especially when our peepers are tired from staring at a screen for hours, or when our puffy under-eye circles won’t go away). But when it comes to slowing down signs of ageing around the eyes (such as lines, wrinkles, crow’s-feet and crepiness), we’re now firmly aboard the eye-serum train.
Just like their face-specific counterparts, eye-serum textures are much lighter than creams and absorb much faster, which makes them an ideal option if you have oily skin or find traditional eye creams a little too heavy. But the main reason eye serums are so great for tackling signs of ageing is that—again, just like face serums—the formulations allow for a much higher concentration of potent ingredients.
Since serums aren’t packed with the thick moisturisers and emollients you’ll find in creams and balms, there’s more room for extra-good stuff. Namely moisture-boosting and collagen-plumping ingredients like peptides, retinols, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and vitamins A, C and E.
Serums also tend to use these ingredients at a lower molecular weight than creams are able to, meaning that the powerhouse molecules are able to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin and take action down where they’re really needed. A non-greasy formula can also sit better underneath makeup (which, if you ask us, is a bonus every day of the week).
To help you find the best anti-ageing eye serum for you, we’ve rounded up a few of our current favourites below. Keep scrolling to shop the eye serums we swear by right now.
While light-reflecting particles help to blur lines in the short term, moisture-binding hyaluronic acid and line-plumping glycine betaine complex get to work on long-term prevention.
Though this one's a pricey option, Dr Dennis Gross is a cult favourite thanks to its potent formulations. This serum combines antioxidant ferulic acid with retinol to replenish crepiness, fade lines and restore skin elasticity.
This formula contains sodium hyaluronate (a salt derivative of hyaluronic acid with a super-low molecular weight) along with minerals and botanical extracts to target sagging and crow’s-feet.
This formula is jam-packed with line-fighting ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, peptides and vitamins A and C. No7’s serum also blurs imperfections instantly thanks to its brightening soft-focus spheres.
This formula that’s rich in vitamins A, E and F is a powerful blend of skin-conditioning botanicals to plump and smooth the complexion.
Niacinamide (aka vitamin B3) plays a key role in this serum to smooth lines, repair skin damage and fend off pollution.
With a focus on collagen-boosting peptides, this roll-on serum also comes with a cooling metal applicator to soothe and refresh tired peepers.
Sleep is essential to keeping skin healthy, but this serum can help if you’re lacking pillow time. Retinol and hyaluronic acid tackle lines and crepiness, while plant extracts recharge tired-looking skin.
Next, see the 10 hydrating serums that come beauty editor–approved.