When you meet someone for the first time, their eyes are probably the first thing you see. It makes sense: Countless studies have shown that eye contact facilitates communication and, in general, elicits a positive emotional response.I Unsurprisingly, your eyes are critical to how people perceive you. Those with dark circles, for example, are typically perceived as more fatigued than those with fresh, bright-looking eyes. While many women use makeup to help brighten their eyes, it's a less common practice for men. As such, eye cream that helps keep the area looking its best is essential for an effective men's skincare routine.
Here, we'll introduce you to a few of the best eye creams for men to stash in your toiletry bag. We'll also let you in on a few tips and tricks that you can incorporate into your routine to help keep your eyes looking smooth and hydrated. Keep reading to learn how to keep your "windows to the soul" fresh and healthy-looking with the best Kiehl's eye creams for men.
For Basic Daily Hydration:
Avocado Eye Cream
If you're looking for an all-purpose eye cream, try Avocado Eye Cream. This Kiehl's favorite, made with emollient shea butter and avocado oil, provides lasting hydration to instantly improve the look and feel of under-eye skin.* When used consistently, the rich formula is clinically-demonstrated to help de-puff and brighten tired-looking eyes. It also helps defend against aging stressors, including blue light (emitted from electronics), and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
To use this eye care essential, start with a clean, dry face. Use your ring finger to lightly tap the creamy, concentrated formula around your eyes, focusing on areas prone to puffiness or discoloration. Allow the rich cream to soak into your skin for a few minutes before continuing with the rest of your skincare routine.
*Results based upon expert grading evaluated with the product in a four-week clinical test.
For Dark Circles:
Powerful-Strength Dark Circle-Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum
Dark under-eye circles are among the most common eye-area concerns for adults. For some, they only develop after a sleepless night or a particularly stressful week. For others, dark circles and other eye-area discolorations are persistent and remain visible regardless of how much beauty sleep you get.
Managing dark circles requires both addressing the underlying cause (if possible) and using the right skincare products. If dark circles are your primary eye area concern, we recommend adding Powerful-Strength Dark Circle-Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum to your routine. While this is an eye serum, not a cream, it's a must-have for managing dark under-eye circles. This concentrated formula with 10% vitamin C immediately smoothes and hydrates the delicate under-eye area to refresh tired-looking eyes. It's clinically-demonstrated to decrease the appearance of both blue and brown under-eye circles.* (The color of your dark circles can differ depending on your skin tone.) It also helps address puffiness, under-eye wrinkles, and crow's feet, and helps reveal brighter, fresher-looking eyes over time.
Kiehl's Tip: If your eye area is prone to dryness, layer your eye serum under a richer eye cream for added hydration.
*Clinical grading of the full panel tested in an eight-week study.
Age Defender Eye Repair
Because the skin around your eyes is so thin, it's one of the first areas to show visible signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. These changes may be accompanied by other eye-area concerns, like dark circles or dryness.
You can help address these skin concerns with an anti-aging eye cream, like Age Defender Eye Repair. This men's eye cream, made with cocoa butter and rye seed extract, helps smooth and firm the skin to diminish the appearance of crow's feet and under-eye wrinkles. It also helps brighten the under-eye area and minimize the appearance of dark under-eye circles. This multi-action eye cream for men is suitable for all skin types and can be used daily as part of your men's anti-aging skincare routine.
For Puffy, Tired Eyes:
Puffiness—often known as "bags under the eyes"—is another common eye-area concern. It's typically associated with aging and can result from a confluence of factors, including fluid retention and a loss of skin elasticity.
To help improve the appearance of puffy under-eye bags, try Eye Fuel. This eye cream for men stars caffeine, a natural antioxidant commonly used to help improve the appearance of under-eye bags. It also contains vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide. The refreshing formula smoothes the under-eye area with weightless hydration and helps visibly diminish the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. It's suitable for all skin types and can be used morning and night.
Kiehl's Tip: Pop your eye cream in your skincare fridge for five to 10 minutes before applying it. The cooling sensation feels especially refreshing on heavy, tired-feeling eyes.
For Your Nighttime Routine:
Midnight Recovery Eye
How much—and how well—you sleep has a huge impact on your skin's overall health and appearance. This is especially evident in regards to the eye area, which (as we mentioned above) is uniquely susceptible to the damaging effects of sleep deprivation. In addition to getting enough sleep, we recommend caring for your eye area with a nighttime eye cream, like Midnight Recovery Eye.
This replenishing eye cream is formulated with several skin-friendly emollients, including olive-derived squalane and evening primrose oil. The luxurious yet lightweight cream visibly smoothes and restores the eye area while you sleep to help diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. When used consistently, it leaves the eye area feeling strengthened and helps to promote a fresher, more youthful appearance. Use your ring finger to gently tap the lavender-scented formula around your under-eye area and along your orbital bone. For a truly restorative nighttime ritual, smooth an overnight mask onto your face to help nourish and hydrate your skin while you snooze.