Nip & Tuck: The 9 Best Eye Creams for Men

Aug 17, 2015

Category: Grooming

Men used to be proud of their weathered skin. An aged face was distinctive, showing that a guy had really lived life in the hard winds, bright sun, and pounding surf of the world. Now, rather than giving you an air of authority and wisdom, allowing the skin on your face, particularly around your eyes, to atrophy just makes you look old and tired. No matter how hard-bitten you are, that look says “old timer” not “elder statesman.” To avoid this doddering grandfather chic, you need a good eye cream.

There is one issue with eye creams, and it’s that they are one of the snake oil arenas in the modern world. Like protein bars, every manufacturer makes a big, bold claim that they rarely deliver. They tell you everything from anti-aging to ultimate moisturizing while often being little better than a bottle of Jergen’s, while costing 8 times as much. So that these shills and charlatans were removed, we hunted down creams that actually delivered moist skin, firmed and toned, lessened dark circles, smoothed out wrinkles, and polished up the area around your windows to the soul. When you’re ready to look younger, one of the 9 best men’s eye creams can actually help.

RoC Retinol Correxion

RoC Retinol Correxion

Pro: Hypoallergenic
Con: Must be used at night

Overnighter: At least once you probably saw your mother emerge from the bathroom with a masque on her face meant to fight lines and wrinkles. While we can’t erase that particular trauma, we can explain that she was probably using something similar to the Correxion. Since mother knows best, it’s time to follow in her footsteps. Meant for overnight use since it uses a large quantity of retinol, which degrades in light, it firms up skin and reduces wrinkles and crow’s feet. Non-comedogenic, it won’t clog up your pores to degrade your lovely new visage. [Purchase: $16]

InstaNatural Eye Cream

InstaNatural Eye Cream

Pro: Inexpensive
Con: Limited protection against damage

The Natural: Mostly comprised of vegan products and naturally-occurring plant materials, InstaNatural is a pleasant change of pace from the lab-built creams on the market. In addition to being an inexpensive choice for the average buyer, it helps add elasticity to sagging skin so it can bounce back into shape as tiredness and gravity do their wicked work. Best used to combat the aging process and revitalize skin, it doesn’t have much that will protect against future damage, so make sure you pair it with a facial moisturizer and decent sunscreen. [Purchase: $20]

ClarinsMen Anti-Fatigue Eye Serum

ClarinsMen Anti-Fatigue Eye Serum

Pro: Works quickly
Con: Only works to supplement regular eye cream

Backup Serum: Alone, this won’t be much help at eliminating crow’s feet or smoothing out wrinkles since it lacks many of the vitamins necessary for long-term building. On the other hand, when paired with a heavy duty cream, particularly an overnight one, this is a dynamo at picking up the slack. Dump off puffiness or bags under your eyes and restrict your capillaries for a fresher, younger, cleaner experience during those days when you need a little extra pickup. Keep this at work for a better appearance during meetings, or in your car to freshen your face before chatting up the fillies. [Purchase: $22]

Clinique For Men Anti-Age Eye Cream

Clinique For Men Anti-Age Eye Cream

Pro: Feels great
Con: Requires repeated application

Forever Young: Mostly a heavy moisturizer this works best as a preventative for keeping the skin around your eyes supple and hydrated. Reduces the appearance of damage and bags for a more youthful appearance that also makes your face feel rejuvenated. Tested by ophthalmologists it can help keep skin from sagging by giving it a cellular workout, offering the building blocks necessary for the body to repair itself and fight off future problems. [Purchase: $29]

Yonka for Men Under Eye Gel

Yonka for Men Under Eye Gel

Pro: Active ingredients are entirely natural
Con: Poor repairing properties

Quick Absorption: Eye creams can be time consuming to rub in thoroughly, which takes precious time out of your day. Following with the quick-absorbing properties of gel deodorants this goes on fast and uses mostly natural ingredients to complete your daily moisture ritual. Arnica, cypress nut, roman chamomile, and peppermint are used to infuse your face with non-synthetic products that work for any lifestyle. Works equally well for the weather-beaten as for those who prefer an indoor kind of life. You’ll find it better for preventing damage than from eradicating the ravages of age or sun. [Purchase: $32]

Dr Dennis Gross Eye Serum

Dr. Dennis Gross Eye Serum

Pro: Works on all facial skin
Con: Overpriced

Over, Under, Around: A real powerhouse when it comes to caring for your eyes, the Eye Serum kicks off with retinol, used to combat aging. Then goes in for a one-two punch with antioxidants for further protection and a caffeine and licorice-root extract backing that deals with more immediate issues such as puffiness and sagging skin. It moisturizes fast for quick application and works on not only the skin beneath the eyes, but all around. Use it on your whole face if you have the cash. [Purchase: $40]

DDF Protective Eye Cream with Sunscreen

DDF Protective Eye Cream with Sunscreen

Pro: Sunscreen included
Con: Does little to combat bags or circles

On Guard: The sun, that which gives life to our little blue ball, is also murder on your skin. Rather than slathering on an SPF 100 each day, you can use this as a way to not only nourish the skin around your eyes, but also help mitigate some of the harm from UV rays. First it moisturizes to reduce the appearance of wrinkles naturally, then it protects with a low and light SPF 15 sunscreen. Antioxidants help keep your face clearer and cleaner so that poisons don’t have a chance to gain a foothold. It won’t do much to repair existing damage, but sensitive skin will find it kind and defensive. [Purchase: $52]

Biotherm Homme Force Supreme Yeux

Biotherm Homme Force Supreme Yeux

Pro: High restorative properties
Con: Can feel oily

Renew and Repair: This is the big gun you want to pull out if you’re only pushing 30 and have a face like a catcher’s mitt, or are looking to change your Tinder age from 50+ to something a little more youthful. Cedar bud extract entices cellular regeneration to help build your skin back up to its radiant glow. It also helps give cells more moisture so they appear thicker and healthier, rather than haggard. The detoxifying agents work to eliminate problems before they become permanent and allow abused cells to revitalize and clear up existing problems. [Purchase: $55]

Tom Ford Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment

Tom Ford Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment

Pro: Softens and protects
Con: Ridiculously expensive

Put Some Pep in Your Step: Made specifically for the rigors of urban life, this anti-fatigue eye cream has been formulated to defend against toxins, pollutants, and airborne contaminants that bombard the skin of anyone near to an urban or industrial center. Using a metal applicator that helps reduce puffiness the cream is exceedingly thick and soothing to lower irritation. Smooths out wrinkles well and leaves your skin feeling sleek as a surfboard and young as a pup. [Purchase: $92]

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