Out of all the skincare steps in your routine, eye cream is arguably one that’s more of a personal preference than a necessity. What’s the reasoning behind this claim? For starters, eye creams are expensive and come packaged in small containers. Another reason is that if you take valuable active ingredients out of the picture, you’re essentially shelling out additional money for another moisturizer

But that doesn’t mean you should skip out on the experience! 

There are good eye creams out there for purchasing at various price ranges. If you’re someone who’s interested in using them, you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your purchase. Here are 3 ingredients that you can look for dark circles, eye puffiness, and eye bags.

1. Retinol

When it comes to wrinkles and aging skin, retinol is an ingredient that’s worth looking into. Originally touted as an anti-acne treatment, retinol is capable of reaching into the deeper layers of your skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Under the eyes, this ingredient translates to youthful and plumped skin with less fine lines. Goodbye crow’s feet! 

2. Vitamin C

If you’re looking for another potent ingredient, vitamin C is another great option. Vitamin C is known for its multi-tasking abilities to stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. Your under eyes are no exception. This powerful antioxidant helps with fighting free radical damage, brighten, and restore plumpness to even the worst cases of sunken eyes.

3. Caffeine / Green Tea

This ingredient is great for those going through rough mornings – and we mean ROUGH. One of the main causes for dark undereye circles is due to the blood vessels dilating underneath the skin. So just like how you reach for your morning coffee to perk yourself up, the same applies to eye creams containing caffeine. Caffeine or green tea are effective ingredients that act as vasoconstrictors. This means they tighten the blood vessels to prevent dark circles from showing through. And if you’re not one for dark undereyes, don’t worry! Caffeine also targets eye puffiness and eye bags too!

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  1. As someone who definitely reaches for the coffee in the morning but still somehow manages to have black bags under my eyes this is really useful. I knew caffeine was meant to help (in an ingredient as well as in a drink!) but I didn’t realise about green tea. Will keep a look out for something with green tea extract on the ingredients list 🙂