By Sophia Hussain
Sad but true: as we age, we need organic eye creams more and more. Why? Well, the skin around the eyes is thinner than it is on the rest of your face, and gets even thinner as we age. And chemicals found in non-organic eye creams can irritate the delicate skin around the eye socket.
So to stave off the signs of ageing, it’s essential to take care of this fragile area with a great organic or at least, an all natural, eye cream – after all, it’s usually here that wrinkles first turn up. But even if you’re still in your 20s, signs of fatigue will show up here too.
Luckily, the best organic eye creams in the market are specifically designed to help minimise the appearance of fine lines, diminish non-hereditary dark circles, and relieve puffiness – all through the power of nature.
To target fine lines/wrinkles, look for products containing anti-ageing ingredients like vitamin C, E, peptides, and omega fatty acids. For non-hereditary dark circles caused by tiredness or poor microcirculation (which results in blood vessels under the eyes to take on a bluish hue), look for products containing stimulating ingredients such as caffeine to encourage circulation, as well as nourishing hydrators like omega fatty acids to plump the skin up.
Puffy bags, on the other hand, are caused by the accumulation of fluid, often whilst sleeping. Depuff with products containing vitamin C-rich ingredients and try this cool tip – store your eye cream in the fridge, as the cold helps to dilate blood vessels and the cooling sensation helps soothe and tighten the area, too. Another great tip is to put two teaspoons in the fridge, and once they’re cool, shut your eyes and cup them with the spoons – in a few minutes, the cold will diminish puffiness.
No matter what eye cream you use, though, take note: because the skin here is so delicate, be very careful when applying any cream. Simply dot your product a few millimetres below the lower lashline, starting from the inner eye towards the outer eye (to prevent from getting into your eyes), then gently pat (rather than rub) the product in, using your ring finger.
Not sure which product is best for you? Here, we’ve chosen some of the best cruelty free, natural and often organic eye creams and treatments. After all, who wants potentially irritating toxins so close to their eye area?
The Best Organic Eye Creams & Natural Eye Treatments
Packed with organic, plant based, anti-ageing ingredients, Juice Beauty’s top selling natural eye treatment wins rave reviews for good reason: it penetrates the skin deeply to restore a youthful glow to skin. Use a gentle circular massaging notion with the applicator tip to stimulate blood flow and reduce puffiness; soon you’ll see why so many women using this product swear it removes wrinkles and dark circles in a matter of weeks!
Price: Around $50 Why we love it: A cult favourite, it’s light, organic and only a little is needed to see the effects.
Whether you’re looking to combat ageing or looking for a preventive beauty cream, this antioxidant rich eye treatment works by aiding your skin’s natural regenerative functions and halting the process of ageing by refining the delicate skin around the eyes (where we often show first signs of getting older, boo!). It also gives skin’s elasticity a boost whilst improving your skin tone, all whilst leaving skin instantly smoother and more hydrated.
Price: $50 Why we love it: Goes on smoothly, feels light when on. Wrinkles are less notable after 1 week of use.
If you’re tired, stressed, or dehydrated, this will show up immediately on your skin, as beauty expert Jane Scrivner knows well. For that reason, she created this ‘Dream Team’ duo for the eye area, which is great news if you’re looking for a beauty boost! The all natural ingredients work to address all the situations mentioned above and more, leaving you fresh faced with skin that not only feels awake and hydrated but looks the part, too.
Price: $60 Why we love it: This is literally two products in one: a mask for really dry, tired skin, and a serum for nightly use.
This sheer fluid literally applies like silk, since it actually contains Persian silk extract which helps combat the visible signs of skin fatigue. This formula uses 18 radiance-revitalizing botanicals to energize and protect the skin, by targeting all visible signs of fatigue around the eyes: dehydration, fine lines, and puffiness. The addition of saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast rich in oligosaccharides helps reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Price: Around $48 Why we love it: This is nice and light, for those who don’t like putting thick creams around the eye
This eye cream harnesses the power of nature to make your eyes more beautiful! Its echinacea based GreenEnvy™ formula contains a high concentration of the phytochemical cichoric acid, a potent natural antioxidant which helps protect and firm the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen. Algae and rose hip extract are added to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, whilst hyaluronic acid—nature’s moisture magnet—goes deep within the skin’s surface to boost moisture and elasticity.
Price: Around $38 Why we love it: This cream gets ridiculously AMAZING reviews from all who try it! See them here.
Aromatherapy Associates has created a rejuvenating eye cream using the power of nature and blending that up with natural technology. The lotion is infused with hydroxyproline to retain elasticity and combat dark circles, and the tech part is found in the stem cells extracted from edelweiss, which are known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Pure rose and anti-ageing frankincense essential oils work together to soothe and protect delicate skin, too.
Price: Around $118 Why we love it: Smells like a dream, is absorbed easily and plumps the skin notably, right away.
The difference between a cream and a balm is the richness, and this one lavishes your eye area in a layer of nourishing hydration that really lasts. Its unique formula of sea kelp, vitamin E, shea butter, and pomegranate work together to truly quench your eye area with plenty of moisture and antioxidants, whilst encouraging brighter, smoother, firmer skin.
Use it sparingly during the day for effective layering, and more liberally at night for a deeply restorative treatment.
Price: Around $49 Why we love it: Seriously rich, and gentle enough for even those with sensitive and allergic skins.
The name of this product is a pretty bold statement, but this eye cream lives up to its name! It was picked by both Elle and Vogue (and hey, Eluxe!) Magazines as being one of their top skincare picks because it immediately visibly improves the appearance of the eye area.
Mineral-rich blue green algae, vitamin E, and jojoba oil are just a few of the all natural ingredients that combine to reduce the look of fine lines, puffiness, and dryness, but there’s also hyaluronic acid and pomegranate to promote firm and rejuvenated skin.
Price: Around $95 – but worth every penny Why we love it: It’s so rich and creamy, you only need a few tiny drops for it to work.
This unique 2-in-1, 87% organic eye cream delivers line-smoothing power to the areas around the eyes and the lips, helping reduce fine lines around both. It also helps de-puff and define contours around the eyes.
It contains mainly evening primrose seed oil, which is extremely high in linolenic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid that is essential in skin regeneration. It’s also noted for its anti-inflammatory properties. This rich, top selling formula is also packed with skin-firming ingredients like gotu-kola extract, known to increase collagen production, and Inca nut oil, which delivers antioxidant vitamin E to protect skin and promote its renewal.
There’s scientific proof it works, too: independent studies demonstrated that 83% of those surveyed saw smoother skin around the eyes, and 70% saw stronger eye contours.
Price: Around $30 Why we love it: It’s super-efficient for its price range, and it smells and feels great going on. Plus, it’s a 2-in-1 product, since it works on lips, too!
Want to glow like Gwyneth? Perk up the delicate skin under and around the eye by using this skin-enhancing formula by her clean beauty brand GOOP. This eye perfecting cream includes concentrations of what you should be eating for good skin: fruit juice, olive oil and sunflower seed oil, to name but a few ingredients. It’s effectiveness has made it a top-seller on GOOP.
Price: Around $90 Why we love it: It’s nice and thick and rich – really hydrating.
Say goodbye to fine lines, dark shadows and puffiness with Tata Harper’s 100% organic eye creams! This one is bursting with a long list of natural active ingredients, including carrot seed oil to nourish delicate skin, and date palm extract to smooth wrinkles.
The star ingredient though, has to be eyebright flower, which is actually so-named for its ability to brighten the eye area – it can even cure eye infections. There’s also a high concentration of anti-inflammatory ingredients like buckwheat extract and arnica to reduce puffiness and prevent premature ageing.
Price: Around $90 Why we love it: Notably depuffs the eyes pretty much immediately.
12. Kahina Giving
This rich, natural and vegan-friendly eye cream is so effective, it’s won awards! It’s packed with high concentrations of Vitamin E, Argan Oil and Green Tea to boost collagen production and decrease puffiness. It also aids in moisture retention, making the delicate area appear firmer and smoother. Over 70% of all ingredients are organic, and the brand is socially responsible, too: Kahina Giving Beauty donates a percentage of its profits to supporting programs that improve the lives of Berber women.
We love how this smells! Not like coffee at all, but a bit like vanilla popcorn. Weird, but true. Antioxidant-rich green tea here avoids the free-radical damage that causes wrinkles and coffee’s here too, to help prevent swelling and improve circulation. To use, dot a pearl size amount on your finger, gently smooth under each eye from inner to outer corner twice with your ring finger, then lightly pat in.
Price: Around $26 Why we love it: Smells weird, but good. Is slightly addictive. In our experience, it works!
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