Under-eye bags and dark circles are the pits. They're tricky to conceal (even with the best celebrity-approved tricks), and difficult to improve the look of without makeup. Unlike discolouration elsewhere on the face (which is caused by hyperpigmentation—a highly treatable condition), the skin under your eyes is so delicate that the "darkness" you see is actually the blood vessels beneath it. The skin in this area is also more prone to dryness (due to a lack of sebaceous glands) which means that if you're not careful fine lines can show up there first.
It makes sense that many of us will try anything—even invasive dermarolling or fillers—to nix our hard-to-treat under-eye issues, but is that really necessary? Can a good old eye cream do the job nearly as well? According to our mates at Rank & Style, that could very well be the case. Once again, the internet has spoken, and apparently, the best eye cream out there costs less than $60. That's a pretty affordable price tag when you consider La Mer's cult Eye Balm Intense will set you back almost 300 clams. Ahead you'll find the top five premium eye creams on the market for less than $100—winners, every one.
This mineral-rich cream is said to reduce wrinkles and fine lines by over 45%. Impressive.
Made with caffeine, a well-known de-puffing ingredient that also targets dark circles.
A good all-rounder, this cream contains antioxidant-rich lotus flower extract to ward off wrinkle-causing free radicals.
Another caffeinated formula, this Origins pick is one of the best brightening eye creams, hands down.
The winner! The cream-gel formula sinks in fast to reduce the look of darkness, fine lines, and puffiness.
For five more best-selling eye creams under $100, head over to Rank & Style.