Eye cream for men UK: Fix tired eyes, dark circles and bags with our pick of best eye creams and serums
Fine lines. Eye bags. Dark circles. If your eyes are starting to age you, or you’ve had a couple of heavy nights, check out our best eye cream for men list for inspiration
T here’s been a huge surge in male grooming and self-care during lockdown. We know men want to feel good inside and out and there’s been a surge in searches for advice surrounding men’s skincare routines.
When it comes to looking fresh and youthful, however, the biggest giveaway of your age is the under eyes. Late nights and a lack of sleep can make you look five to 10 years old literally overnight.
If you’re looking for both a way to beat these bags and prevent the inevitable of ageing for a little longer, we’ve put together this best eye cream for men list, with something for all budgets.
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Eye cream for men: Is eye cream important for men?
Eye products come in two main types – creams and serums. Within the best eye cream for men category, you can get thin creams, thick creams, gel-like creams and more. Eye serums are much thinner in consistency meaning they penetrate the skin more deeply.
Both eye creams and serums are designed to fix tired eyes, help with sagging, fine lines, dark circles, and dry skin.
This is because the skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than the rest of the face, and tissue and muscles that support the eye start to weaken as we get older. If you don’t keep this skin hydrated, it can start to sag. If you think of it like the skin on a grape, over time the skin shrinks and becomes crepey.
This, in turn, can lead to fine lines, and the weakening around the eye allows the fat surrounding the eye to bulge out and cause under-eye bags. This can also cause dark circles to appear and make you look like something from the Night of the Living Dead.
The skin around your eyes also doesn’t contain oil glands in the way the rest of your face does so it can’t hydrate itself with sebum or oil.
This is why the skin around your eyes gets drier more quickly, and why it shows signs of ageing soon.
In particular, eye serums and creams are a lot lighter than standard moisturisers. This means they sink into the skin better.
Obviously, using any moisturiser on the skin around your eyes is better than using nothing at all, but it’s best to buy an eye cream for men that has been designed specifically for this region.
Serums go deeper than creams but they both help to depuff around the eye area if you’ve had a late night. They keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay and can reduce dark circles.
What age should men start using eye cream?
If you’ve reached this page because you’re wondering what age you should start using eye cream, chances are the answer is “now.” You may be starting to see the signs of ageing around your eyes, or want to get ahead of it.
Realistically, you are never too young, or too old to start using eye cream. Men’s skin is typically thinner than women so they can get away with delaying the use of eye cream or serum for longer. However, by the time we reach as young as 25, our bodies start producing less collagen and this has a direct knock-on effect for eye bags, sagging, and more.
Best eye cream for men UK
1. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream – £12.50
2. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG – £6.40
3. Elemis Men Time Defence Eye Reviver – £41.50
4. Nivea Men Hyaluron Eye Cream for Men – £5.48
5 . The Inkey List Retinol Eye Cream – £9.99
1. Editor’s Pick: CeraVe Eye Repair Cream
£12.50 | Buy now from Feelunique
This eye cream from CeraVe is simple, clean, and hydrating. It supports your natural skin barrier, keeping the skin hydrated all day or evening. It is also fast-absorbing so there’s no need to hang about for this to sink in if you do choose to use it in the morning.
As its name suggests, it will help repair and care for the skin around your eyes and reduce dark circles and puffiness. All with the aim of creating a brighter and smoother eye area.
An eye cream can be slightly heavier than a serum but packs a punch. The key to using eye cream is to not apply too much; a small amount is enough. Remember the skin around the eye is a lot thinner.
Eye cream is best used in the evening, it can help keep the area around the eye hydrated throughout the night, plus this gives it time to sink in at the same time as your skin is repairing itself.
How to use: Apply small dots around the eye area using your ring finger. Pat around the eye orb until fully absorbed. This can be used twice a day.
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2. Budget Buy: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG
£6.40 | Buy now from Cult Beauty
The Ordinary makes simple, effective skincare products and this eye serum is one of the brand’s bestsellers. The 5% concentration of caffeine reduces puffiness, while EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside) helps reduce dark circles around the eye contour area.
This serum eye solution brightens and tightens around the eye. We like how this product is no-frills and does what it promises for an affordable price.
How to use: This solution in a UV-protective bottle because EGCG is sensitive to light. This is why it helps to keep this bottle out of direct sunlight. Use the pipette to drop a small amount on the eye contour and gently massage it onto the eye contour, this can be used in the morning and evening.
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3. Luxury Buy: Elemis Men Time Defence Eye Reviver
£41.50 | Buy now from Amazon
If you have sensitive skin around your eyes, or generally, this eye cream for men should be your go-to. It gives great moisture around the eye and the hydration is long-lasting. All the while helping to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
It has a unique gel-cream formula that contains ginseng, hydroxyproline and acacia and these ingredients help support the elasticity of the skin around the eye. This helps the area feel toned, firm and cared for.
How to use: Dot small amounts around the eye contour and massage gently into the skin using your ring finger. This is because the ring finger is typically the weakest finger so you’re less likely to damage the skin by pulling or dragging it. This eye cream for men can be used in the morning and night.
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4. Nivea Men Hyaluron Eye Cream
£5.48 | Buy now from Amazon
The “Hyaluron” in this eye cream for men’s name refers to the fact it contains a chemical called hyaluronic acid.
This is widely considered a wonder skincare ingredient because not only does our skin produce it naturally, meaning products that contain it shouldn’t cause irritation and redness, but it can hold four times its weight in moisture.
This makes it an ideal ingredient for treating your under-eyes where the skin is thinner and drier than elsewhere on your face.
Despite this being a cream, it has a light, non-greasy formula which absorbs super quickly and is said to provide hydration for 24 hours. It’s gentle enough to be used on the upper lid, as well as under your eyes and it promises to help with dark circles, sagging skin, eye bags and signs of tiredness as well as fine lines and deep wrinkles.
How to use: Dot small amounts around the eye contour and massage gently into the skin using your ring finger.Buy now from Amazon
4. L‘Oréal Men Expert Eye Roll-On
£11 | Buy now from Amazon
This eye serum for men is fuss-free. Its gel-like formula creates an almost ice-cool sensation to instantly awaken your eye area. A sensation helped by the addition of a metal rollerball. MBman tip: You can enhance this sensation further by putting the roll-on in the fridge.
This design makes it easy to gently roll around the eye area, without running the risk of pulling or damaging the skin, and it helps reduce bags and puffiness thanks to the addition of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is great for brightening the skin which, when combined with B5 helps hydrate the entire area.
How to use: Use morning and night. Apply the eye roll-on gently under the eyes. Use your ring/fourth finger and pat around the eye orb until the formula is gone.
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5. The Inkey List Retinol Eye Cream
£9.99 | Buy now from Boots
Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that has been proven to help skin cells regenerate, and help stimulate collagen. It is strong stuff but it improves skin texture, reduces fine lines and tightens the skin around the eyes.
The Inkey List has formulated this eye cream to be less irritable than standard retinol/Vitamin A products because at their most potent, these ingredients can cause skin sensitivity. To help soothe things further, this night-time eye cream contains shea butter to help moisturise and soothe the skin.
How to use: Use only at night. Apply a small amount on your ring finger and gently pat around the contour of the eye. We highly recommend doing a patch test first before directly applying it to the eye area. Always introduce retinol products gradually into your skincare routine and stop using if sensitivity occurs.
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6. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff
£24.50 | Buy now from Boots
This eye cream is great for tired-looking eyes, it instantly revitalises tired eyes. With coffee, ginseng, the magnolia extract helps energize the eye area. It helps diminish signs of fatigue and dark circles.
This eye cream does have a tiny (and we mean tiny) hint of shimmer but don’t worry this helps give the appearance of awakened eyes.
How to use: Gently massage around the eye area with your ring finger, use in the morning for that zing!
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7. Clinique Anti-Ageing Eye Cream for Men
£29 | Buy now from Amazon
This is one of the more expensive entries in our best eye cream for men list, but a little goes a very long way and the results are worth the cash.
This eye cream absorbs quickly and helps get rid of the appearance of puffiness. Over time, you’ll also start to notice that your dark circles don’t look so noticeable and that the skin doesn’t sag or appear as creased.
This takes around three to four weeks of continuous use, but a small tube of this eye cream will easily last you six months or more so you should get your money’s worth.
As the brand explains: “Eye-area skin is usually first to show signs of ageing. This hydrating treatment reduces the appearance of eye-area lines and wrinkles for a younger look. Soothes with moisture, brightens. Ophthalmologist tested. ”
How to use: Gently pat or tap underneath the eye area with your ring finger. Use morning and night for the best results.
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