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The Best Eye Creams From $20 That Will Do Wonders For Your Peepers

Goodbye tired-looking dark circles.

It’s safe to say a lot of us have been spending our extended time at home in front for various screens, be it in front of a laptop for work, TV, or iPad to de-stress with your favourite K-dramas or on your phone scrolling through your various social channels. But have you stopped to think about the impact extended screen time might have on the skin around your eyes?

The skin around your eyes is five times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, making it really fragile and delicate. On a daily basis, you blink about 10,000 times, squint while looking at your computer or phone screen, rub your eyes when you’re sleepy, apply and remove makeup – all of which causes damage to the skin. And without a collagen and elastin matrix to support it, the skin around the eyes is the first place to show signs of fatigue and damage.

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It’s also a reflection of a bad diet and unhealthy lifestyle. The snacks you ate last night while watching The World of The Married (or watching CLOY yet again)? It shows up as puffiness the next morning. When you stay up till the wee hours of the morning finishing that project for work? It will show up as dark circles.

That’s why it’s best to use an eye cream earlier rather than later. It’s easier to prevent signs of fatigue and ageing rather than fight them when they appear. You can start using an eye cream in your early twenties, but it is never too late to incorporate one into your beauty routine. The great part is you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to buying and eye cream. Here are some to consider, some starting as low as $20.

This article originally appeared in Cleo Singapore.

Garnier Light Complete Multi-Action Brightening Eye Roll-On, $19.90 (15 Ml), Watsons
This counts vitamin C, caffeine, and Pro-Vitamin B5 as key ingredients to target pigmentation, puffiness, and improve skin resilience respectively. Plus, it has a cooling metal tip roller-ball applicator to help massage and decongest the area for instantly refreshed eyes. Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, $30, Sephora
Great for soothing and de-puffing the delicate eye area, this cooling eye cream contains hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and improve skin density. Vichy Mineral 89 Eye Contour Repairing Concentrate, $41 (15 Ml), www.amazon.sg
Made with pure caffeine which relieves fatigue, and dermochlorella to help depuff, the Vichy Mineral 89 Eye Contour Repairing Concentrate is a multi-benefit eye serum which repairs, strengthens, plumps and brightens the eye contour area.   Its lightweight texture absorbs easily, bringing relief to those who experience dehydration, dark circles, eye bags and fine lines around the eye contour. The formula is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark circles up to two times in four weeks. Sigi Skin Pink Nectar, $62, Sigi Skin
Reduce dark circles, nix puffiness, hydrate and firm the skin around the eyes with this lightweight cream that contains five types of hyaluronic acid along with antiageing nutrients like vitamin E and niacinamide, and natural extracts of peach and propolis. It wears well under makeup, so apply it right before your concealer. Drops Of Youth Youth Eye Concentrate, $50, The Body Shop
Nourishing organic babassu oil along with Edelweiss plant stem cells help soften the look of fine lines and refresh the skin around the eyes. Plus, the metal ball applicator is cool to the touch and using it in a figure eight around the eye helps helps reduce puffiness. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream To Brighten And De-Puff, $52, Sephora
Energise, brighten, de-puff and reduce the appearance of fine lines with this cream that is packed with Panax Ginseng and caffeine that help increase micro-circulation so you look wide away no matter how little you’ve slept. Clinique All About Eyes, $62, Sephora
This cream-gel formula is great for all skin types and is lightweight enough to be used under makeup. Gently pat on with your ring finger to refresh skin around the eyes, reduce puffiness and brighten dark circles. The Inkey List Caffeine Under-Eye Serum, $18, Sephora
Key ingredient caffeine helps reduce water retention around the eyes and thus reduces puffiness. It also also help defend skin against free radical damage which can worsen the appearance of dark circles. Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Oxygenating Eye Gel Cream, $52, www.amazon.sg
It’s a deep breath of fresh air for tired eyes. The cooling gel cream contains barley leaf extract that helps revitalise tired skin around the eyes by increasing levels of oxygen. And a blend of peptides and caffeine brighten dark circles, soften the look of fine lines and soothe puffiness.