Eyes contribute so much to your visage, it's little wonder that a plethora of creams cater to different purposes -- at any given cosmetics counter, you'll find eye creams that target fine lines, dark circles and of course, puffy under-eye bags. Although your budget and personal preferences ultimately dictate your purchasing choices, beauty-industry pros chime in with some helpful recommendations for the very best anti-bag wrinkle creams.
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Dermalogica Total Eye Care makes the 2014 “Marie Claire Edits the Best” list due to its ability to reduce dark circles and under-eye bags while delivering SPF 15 sun protection. The beauty mag also likes the lightweight, puffiness-reducing Decleor Expression de L'Age Relaxing Eye Cream, specifically recommended for women who are just starting to notice signs of aging around the eyes. For all-purpose anti-aging in the eye area, "Woman's Day" calls the affordable Olay Total Effects 7-in-One Eye Treatment a “cure-all” option, as its B3, B5 and E vitamins work against bags, dark circles and fine lines.
Some creams tighten up saggy under-eye bags with a cooling effect. "Allure" calls Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator the best eye cream for puffiness; it contains caffeine, a skin-tightening agent, and a cool ceramic tip -- permanently chilled via NASA technology -- that instantly helps to deflate bags. "Cosmopolitan" champions L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment for its cooling metal applicator, which distributes caffeine and moisturizing hyaluronic acid. Similarly, Bakel Cool Eyes Open Eye Cream creates a cooling sensation with eye-refreshing menthol. In addition to targeting bags, this cream's tetrapeptide content bolsters firmness and elasticity.
Easing the appearance of under-eye bags requires a well-rounded and consistently practiced skin-care regimen, but some creams offer a quick -- though perhaps temporary -- fix. Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash comes recommended by "Marie Claire" for its ability to quickly tighten, lighten and de-puff the eyes. Another option is the roll-on Aveeno Smart Essentials Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment, as it boasts an antioxidant-rich composition and instant deflating and brightening power. "Elle" notes the effectiveness of Nars Total Replenishing Eye Cream, which uses light reflectors to brighten the eye area, minimizing the appearance of bags and circles.
If you prefer eco-friendly natural creams, which serve as gentler alternatives to chemical -heavy products, "Allure" suggests the Korres Quercetin and Oak Anti-Ageing Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream with natural puffiness fighters, such as rhodiola rosea extract. Particularly potent for sensitive skin, the same source recommends the chamomile-infused Eau Thermale Aven Soothing Eye Contour Cream. In this cream, dextran sulfate eases puffiness, while hyaluronic acid hydrates and thermal spring water softens the skin.