How to find the right eye cream for your skin concern

Say ‘bye-bye’ to dark circles and ‘seeya!’ to puffiness.

By Erin Cook

Eye creams. They sound pretty straight-forward until you actually need one. Decide to go down that path and suddenly, you're confronted with 20,000 different under-eye potions, all of which claim to improve your life dramatically.

To find a product that will give you the results you're after, you need to identify your major concern and work backwards. I.e. what made you want to buy an eye cream in the first place? Was it wrinkles; puffiness; dehydration; dark circles?

Once you've figured out what you want your skincare to do, the next step is easy. All you have to do is scroll down and continue reading this article! Simple, huh? (Especially since you've already come this far.) Here, we explain the best eye creams for your skin concern — plus, the hero ingredients doing all of the heavy lifting:

Best eye cream for dark circles

Hero ingredient: Vitamin C.
When it comes to getting rid of dark circles and brightening the under-eye area, vitamin C is your best pal. Vitamin C is the ultimate overachiever: it exfoliates, fights free-radicals, fades dark spots and increases the turnover of cells.

Cosmo loves: Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, $93 at Mecca; Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème, $55 at Sephora; Dr. Dennis Gross C + Collagen Brighten + Firm Eye Cream, $95 at Mecca.

Best eye cream for puffiness

Hero ingredient: Caffeine.
You know how your morning coffee sends a shock through your system, waking you up and bringing your tired, sorry ass back to life? Well, the caffeine in eye cream does the same thing — except for your under-eye bags. Applied topically, caffeine-based eye creams de-puff by stimulating lymphatic drainage.

Cosmo loves: Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Eye Gel Cream, $49 at Adore Beauty; La Roche-posay REDERMIC C, $45 at Priceline; First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy, $57 at Sephora.

Best eye cream for hydration

Hero ingredient: Hyaluronic acid.
When it comes to hydration, hyaluronic acid is a game-changer. While it may sound scary, hyaluronic acid is super gentle; your body is naturally full of the stuff. Technically, it's a sugar molecule that draws in moisture, making skin look so plump it should be illegal.

Cosmo loves: Derma E Hydrating Eye Crème, $29.99 at Priceline; Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, $26 at Mecca; Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair, $80 at Adore Beauty.

Best anti-wrinkle eye cream

Hero ingredient: Retinol.
Retinol is a skincare powerhouse and dermatologist favourite. It helps delay the onset of wrinkles by boosting cell turnover. It's not a new ingredient but boy is it effective.

Cosmo loves: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Anti-ageing Eye Cream, $34.99 at Priceline; Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti Aging Eye Serum, $135 at Adore Beauty; Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum, $118 at Sephora.