Do You Really Need Eye Cream?

One of the most common questions we hear from people has to do with eye cream. Or, more specifically, "Why can’t I just use a regular moisturizer for my eyes?" That might seem like an easy fix, but the truth is that moisturizers don’t offer the targeted benefits that an eye-specific product can provide. Not to mention they also aren’t ophthalmologist tested for safety.

From crow’s feet to puffiness, there are an array of issues that are unique to the eyes. To help you understand exactly why an eye cream is a must for any skincare routine, we’ve put together a list of the most common eye issues, plus the products that can help and tips on how to get the most out of an eye cream.

Which Eye Cream is Best for Your Concern?

Our eye creams and eye serums. are uniquely formulated to help replenish moisture, smooth, soften, and/or specifically target the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet, puffiness, or dark circles around your eye area. We know finding the best eye cream can be hard, so use our guide to help you choose the best formula for your skin!

Kiehl’s Best Eye Cream For Dark Circles

Powerful-Strength Dark Circle Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum

There are different types of dark circles, which are caused by different factors, such as sleep, sun exposure, lifestyle, and skin tone. Dark circles can appear brown or blue and not all eye creams address both types. Brown dark circles are caused by hyperpigmentation, whereas blue circles are often caused by excess fluid under the eyes that can make your under eyes appear puffy.

Our Vitamin C eye cream visibly brightens the eye area and diminishes the appearance of dark circles. Formulated with 10% Pure Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Tri-peptide our eye cream visibly reduces both blue and brown dark circles.

Kiehl’s Best Eye Cream For Dryness


The eye area doesn’t have as many oil glands as the rest of the face, meaning it has less natural hydration and is more susceptible to the visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and crepey skin. Cream formulas especially are ideal for optimal skin hydration, as they are a mixture of oil and water.

Our bestselling Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is formulated with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter to gently hydrate the delicate eye area. Its unique texture won’t migrate into your eyes, so it stays where it’s needed most to effectively deliver its benefits. Water-in-oil creams like Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado are especially moisturizing because they are designed to provide an oily barrier, which reduces water loss from the outermost layer of the skin.

KIEHL’S TIP: Create a refreshing and hydrating eye mask! Refrigerate Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and apply a rich layer around your eye area. Relax for 10 minutes and tissue off.

Kiehl’s Best Eye Cream To Reduce Puffiness


Speaking of puffy eyes, undereye bags are a very common issue for people of all ages, skin types, and tones. They’re caused by a build-up of fluids underneath the eye that creates a puffy appearance.

Help smooth, support, and restore the eye area while you sleep with a restorative concentrate of essential oils and botanicals. Infused with Butcher’s Broom Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Squalane, our replenishing eye cream for puffiness is formulated so you can wake up to fresher, younger-looking eyes by morning.

KIEHL’S TIP: For an extra de-puffing effect, try using a jade roller. After patting in the eye cream, glide the roller across the undereye in smooth, sweeping strokes to help push the fluid build-up from under the eye.

Kiehl’s Best Eye Cream For Crow’s Feet


That thin skin and fewer fat pockets also makes eyes more susceptible to crow’s feet. Squinting, smiling, and other movements can cause fine lines over time. They will eventually turn into deeper wrinkles as you age and collagen and elastin decrease in your eye area.

Visibly lift, firm, and restore youthful-looking shape to eyes with a powerful anti-aging eye serum formulated with 10% Botanical extracts, Sodium Hyaluronate, and Skin Illuminating Minerals. This lightweight eye serum, suitable for sensitive eyes, visibly firms, and diminishes the appearance of crow’s feet to help restore a youthful appearance.

DID YOU KNOW? Just as face serums feel less heavy than creams, eye serums feel lighter on the skin too.

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