How to Find the Best Eye Creams for Dark Circles and Puffiness

The eyes are often called the window to the soul, so make sure yours leave a good impression. Since the skin around the eyes is especially delicate, it's prone to redness, puffiness, fine lines, and dark circles. Give your eyes the attention they need by finding the best eye cream for your skin type. 

How to Pick the Best Eye Cream for Your Needs

When shopping for the best eye cream to buy, you need to take the time to research the ingredients in each formula. Here are some ingredients to keep an eye out for.

Hyaluronic Acid

This is a must-have when picking the best eye cream to buy. Hyaluronic acid is a type of polysaccharide naturally produced by the body. It can attract and hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in moisture. When applied to the under eye area, hyaluronic acid basically pulls a bunch of moisture to your eyes, targeting fine lines and plumping the area. 

Keep in mind that hyaluronic acid comes in many forms. When shopping for the best eye creams, you may find that some use sodium hyaluronate instead. Found in creams like grace & stella's brightening & moisturizing eye cream, sodium hyaluronate is essentially just a shelf stable, slightly more bioavailable form of hyaluronic acid.


Niacinamide shows up in all the best eye cream brands for a reason. This ingredient is a form of vitamin B-3 that has major lightening powers, so it is necessary in the best under eye cream for dark circles. In addition to helping with hyperpigmentation, niacinamide also minimizes fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

Found in options like our anti wrinkle & energizing eye masks, vegetable protein helps to strengthen the skin. Since it assists with improving elasticity too, vegetable protein is a must have in the best eye cream for wrinkles.


When looking for the best eye cream for dark circles, you need to find something that helps soothe inflammation and boost circulation. This is where caffeine comes in. Caffeine is a natural, antioxidant-rich ingredient that stimulates blood flow while reducing inflammation. The end result is under eye bags that look lighter and less noticeable.

Licorice Root

When looking for the best under eye cream for dark circles, licorice is another helpful, all-natural ingredient. Licorice is an antioxidant, so it helps protect skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. If your dark eye circles are caused by acne scars, inflammation, or other damage, licorice can gently lighten them.


Glycerin helps seal moisture in the skin. It's a must-have ingredient in the best eye cream for bags because it provides lasting hydration. Hours after you've used your eye cream, glycerin ensures you are still getting hydrating benefits. Its plumping ability smoothes out fine lines, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. You can find this ingredient in our anti-wrinkle + energizing eye masks.

The Best Eye Cream Application Method

So you've picked out the perfect eye cream and are wondering, "Now what?" Next you need to figure out how to apply your grace & stella eye cream for maximum efficiency.

First of all, let's talk about timing. The majority of eye creams should be applied once a day. Since they contain richer ingredients, a nighttime application is best. It gives your cream plenty of time to sink into skin, and it ensures your cream won't interfere with makeup application. If you want even more benefits, consider picking a cream that plays nice with your makeup, so you can apply it in the morning too.

Since eye creams are packed with helpful materials, a little goes a long way. You do not need to scoop up a full tablespoon for each usage. Instead a small, pea-sized amount should be more than enough. It can take a bit of time to find the right amount for your needs. Get enough that your eye skin looks refreshed, but don't add so much that it just sits on top of skin without being absorbed.

When applying eye cream, most people focus on the area under the eyes. While it is true that this is the area where a lot of wrinkles and darkness show up, it's not the only spot you need to focus on.  Remember that you can get dull, drooping skin along the tops of the eyes too. For maximum effect, make sure you apply your cream along your under eye area, eye lids, and brow region.

Finally, make sure you aren't worsening wrinkles with your application technique. Under eye skin is incredibly delicate. Pulling, stretching, or vigorously rubbing your skin is a bad idea. Instead, gently pat the cream into your skin and give it time to absorb. Dermatologists recommend you use your ring finger, since it applies the least amount of pressure. 

Explore Our New Eye Cream Sets

When you are shopping for the best eye cream, the Let It Glow Set is a great place to start. Our helpful eye cream set contains all the top products for refreshing your eyes. This bundle combines multiple options for one super affordable price.

Give your eyes a complete refresh with the anti wrinkle & energizing eye masks. They're loaded with sodium hyaluronate and glycerin for extra hydration. Next, try out the brightening & moisturizing eye cream from our set. It's filled with nourishing and soothing ingredients like green tea extract, licorice root extract, and caffeine. 

Some of the other great things you can find in our Let It Glow include mud masks and serum. The hyaluronic acid serum provides a targeted boost of moisture for areas that need a little extra care. Meanwhile, the Dead Sea Mud Mask detoxifies impurities, giving you soft, radiant glow.

Just like all the other products at grace & stella, the Let It Glow Set is certified vegan and cruelty-free. Our items are always paraben-free as well, so they're good for you and the earth. Check out our products today to get started on the path to fresh, radiant skin.

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