The Definitive List of Byrdie Editors' All-Time Favorite Eye Creams

We all want to look bright-eyed and awake like we get 10 hours of sleep each night (and, you know, like life hasn't beaten us down yet), but finding an eye cream that visibly helps us get there is a struggle. Eye products are so pricey, and so few of them actually produce results, that sometimes even we Byrdie editors forgo eye cream altogether—though our most trusted skincare gurus say that's a mistake.

"Since the eye area is the first to age due to wear and tear from smiling, squinting, and rubbing your eyes, keeping it hydrated and nourished is essential for preventing premature lines and wrinkles," comments celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau.

The trick is finding an eye cream that's lightweight, fast-absorbing, and full of ingredients that actually work to hydrate the skin, minimize fine lines, and decrease puffiness and dark circles. But those are tall orders. Luckily, we skeptical Byrdie editors have sifted through the stuff that doesn't work (so you don't have to) to put together this list of the 16 best eye creams, gels, and serums. Read on to find one that sounds right for you.

May this skeptic's guide to today's best eye creams give you the most wide-awake impression possible. But also sleep. Go to sleep. Like, now.

Opening image: Katie Nuehof