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As a beauty editor, one of the questions I hear most is “But do I really need an eye cream?” And to be honest, I can never give a straight answer. If your face creams, serums and oils make their way up and around your eyes, shouldn’t that be enough? After all, it seems that eye creams have many of the same ingredients as face products, just in different concentrations and tinier, cuter jars that are near impossible pass up.

And of course there are the lofty promises set forth by skincare brands, which often includefading under-eye circles, de-puffing bags and smoothing crow’s-feet and wrinkles among the many benefits. As someone who has gotten Botox for the latter, I can assure you no cream I’ve tried has been as quick and effective (and I have tested many).

But on the other end of the spectrum, the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the face. It has fewer sebaceous glands, which makes it harder to ward off environmental aggressors and rid the area of toxins. This also means that sometimes the products we slather on are much harsher on our poor eye area, often leading to milia (those tiny white bumps), dryness and overall irritation. And—this is a big one—what about all the harmful UV rays and blue light we can never fully avoid given our desk jobs, our attachment to our phones and, you know, stepping foot outside? How do we protect our skin from all those?

My answer came in a yellow-capped vessel, straight from one of my favorite SPF brands, Supergoop. I’m already a huge fan of its 100% Mineral Zincscreen as my everyday UV protection, and the bottle of its new Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40 looks identical, so I hoped it would at least be good in the SPF department.

At first pump, I noticed the consistency was a bit like a mousse—thicker than you’d expect, but not chalky-looking whatsoever, thanks to its slightly pinkish tint (much like that of the Zincscreen). One pump visibly brightened my bags in mere seconds. It has a similar effect to Meghan Markle’s favorite Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Pen, but with way more benefits (caffeine for puffiness, green tea extract for free radical protection and wild butterfly ginger flower, which helps protect against blue light) and the addition of SPF, of course. 

So now when people ask me the eye cream question, I have a suggestion. Whether or not you believe a standard formula can provide Botox-like results, the brightening, de-puffing and SPF benefits of Supergoop’s Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream are things you just can’t get in most products. And while I’ll probably continue on my Botox journey for my crow’s-feet, I’ll be keeping one of these stocked at all times to help with the other things (and yes, you should too). 

Buy It ($36)

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3 More PureWow-Approved Eye Creams

Bed Bath and Beyond

1. NEUTROGENA RAPID WRINKLE REPAIR EYE CREAM

Oh, Neutrogena, how we love you. And we love the results of this Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream even more. As the product name suggests, this treatment works rapidly—as in you will notice results in as little as one week, thanks to a powerful dose of retinol and skin-plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

BUY IT ($21)

Skinceuticals

2. SKINCEUTICALS A.G.E. EYE COMPLEX FOR DARK CIRCLES

Although the product name suggests that this eye cream is only for dark circles, it’s actually a fader of fine lines in disguise. Thanks to a cocktail of peptides, its silky texture goes on smooth to nourish the delicate under-eye skin, plumping it to diminish wrinkles. What about the dark circles? This SkinCeuticals cream also includes light-diffusing pigments that brighten skin and immediately remedy those dull, tired-looking bags.

BUY IT ($98)

Dermstore

3. SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL EYE UV DEFENSE SPF 50

Remember when we mentioned SPF for your eyes? This formula is the best of the best. Made with moisture-locking ceramides to plump skin and battle fine lines and wrinkles, plus a big hit of sunscreen to protect skin from photoaging and crow’s-feet, it’s our go-to treatment for those days when we need a little extra protection.

BUY IT ($30)

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