You guys seem to like this post. A lot. Probably because you, like me, have the bags, the wrinkles, the post-Friday-fun puffiness galore. I hear you. This was one of my first posts ever, and I’m excited to be updating it over a year later. A fresh crop of amazing cruelty-free eye creams
Why eye creams? Well, for one, I TURN THIRTY IN LESS THAN 2 MONTHS AND MAYBE I SHOULD START TAKING CARE OF MY SKIN. Minor life-crisis aside, I really struggle with dark circles and puffiness around my eyes. It’s not something I noticed until very recently, when trying to figure out “Why on earth do I need to wear makeup every day?” and I examined my face in all its makeup-less glory. Yep, it’s my eyes.
They almost always look red and swollen, and obviously giving up salt in my diet is not an option. It is important to note, though: the appearance of your eye really, really does boil down to lifestyle and genetics. Just something to keep in mind, as we should all be realistic that creams cannot be magic (sadly)!
I will caveat and say I have yet to try these eye creams, mostly because I am still considering which one to buy. However, all of these ones have really good reviews in either the UK or USA (often both), claim to get rid of dark circles and puffiness and do not test on animals or do not use ingredients that do (i.e. are cruelty-free).
The Best Cruelty-Free Eye Creams for Puffiness, Dark Circles & Fine Lines
2 | ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY EYE ELIXIR
So I have tried this one, and I have to say — it’s brilliant. A wonderful price point, great packaging (pumps will keep the active ingredients fresher longer), and a really moisturizing product.
3 | PERRICONE MD H2 ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY DE-PUFFING EYE GEL
I am currently in the process of testing this one (it was a PR sample). However — and I say this honestly — this is probably the best eye cream I’ve ever used. It’s moisturizing and cooling, which is like the Holy Grail of eye cream activities. I’ll be doing a whole blog post about the range soon.
7 | THE ORDINARY CAFFEINE SOLUTION
A really good option if you’re on a budget. At only £6, this huge bottle will last you forever — and, best of all, it works (it’s my go-to for the morning after the night before).
8 | AVEDA BOTANICAL KINETICS ENERGIZING EYE CREAM
This one is so great it made BOTH versions of this list. While some of the other ones featured before have either been discontinued or reviews have tanked, this wonder product remains stalwart. You can read Ruth Crilly’s full review over on A Model Recommends (she’s also featured in my blog roundup here!).
You can also shop my roundup below — with a few extras with great reviews!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2016 and has been revamped and updated in August 2017 for your reading + shopping pleasure.