The 12 Best Eye Creams Under $20 That Really Work
Sure, we'll admit it: There is something undeniably satisfying about using a luxurious eye cream. You know, the kind that comes in a fancy glass jar that feels heavy in your palm and smells like a fresh rose garden (or something equally sublime). Problem is, the novelty tends to wear off when you see the price tag, which can run upwards of $100 (and beyond).
The good news? You don't actually have to fork over half your paycheck to get your hands on an excellent eye cream. In fact, there's a bevy of worthy options patiently waiting on the shelves at your local drugstore, and promise the same line-smoothing, wrinkle-fighting, dark circle-reducing work as the expensive versions. Dermatologists are down with affordable eye creams, too, which is just another reason you should drop what you're doing and go see what the drugstore aisle has to offer. But first, check out the undereye treatments we're personally partial to, along with a few formulas recommended by skin-care professionals. (Did we mention they're all under $20?)
According to New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, the undereye skin becomes crepey over time because the elastin gets damaged by environmental factors, including pollution and sun exposure. "Think of your skin like a rubber band; when elastin is damaged, the skin cannot bounce back to its original shape when stretched," he says. To prevent the aforementioned stretching, Zeichner recommends an eye cream, like this one by Aveeno, which contains ingredients — blackberry and dill extract — that aid in keeping elastic fibers strong.
Infused with cooling cucumber, super-hydrating jojoba and anti-oxidant rich vitamin E, the creamy formula packs a powerful punch against sallow under-eyes. Plus, the tiniest dab of product does the trick — so you don't have to worry about repurchasing for a long time.
This gentle eye cream is anything but wimpy: It's packed with aloe, along with a handful of extracts, including cotton and white genepi, to gently de-puff and nourish the eye area. It's also fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and allergy-tested, so your sensitive eyes can remain unbothered.