The eyes are the first place to show signs of age (and insomnia and a disdain for wearing your glasses). That’s because the skin here is the thinnest on the face, it lacks oil glands, and it’s riddled with lots of little capillaries that cause puffiness and dark circles.
This fall there’s a bumper crop of new and natural eye creams with one sharp focus—they use botanicals, not chemicals, to hydrate, firm, and brighten. They’ve arrived just in time to fend off fall’s dry air and protect the skin around your eyes from crinkling like a leaf. Meet the best of the bounty listed in order of price and, alas, potency.
Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment
This new anti-aging range based on blueberries, a source of antioxidants, is from the company determined to put natural products (with some organic ingredients) in drugstores for under $20. With department store eye creams costing upwards of $150, we say bravo to that. $19.99, at Duane Reade and www.yestocarrots.com
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream
The ingredient list—with chamomile, sweet violet, and pansy—reads sounds like a pretty fire-escape window box or a box of herbal tea. But it’s the hat trick of dark-circle erasers that caught my eye: arnica, eyebright, and mica, which reflects light. $40, www.jurlique.com
Suki Eye Lift Cellular Renewal Cream
It contains acai (the popular antioxidant), licorice root (it calms and brightens), and caffeine, which stimulates and flushes the little under-eye capillaries that cause puffiness and dark circles. Warning: the potent rose scent might not be for everyone. $54.95, www.sukiskincare.com
Ole Henriksen Truth is in the Eyes
Both peel and serum, this impressive clinical product packs a one-two punch. It has glycolic and lactic acid, skin-tightening micro algae, nourishing rice bran proteins, and hyaluronic acid that draws moisture to the skin, so it’s not a bit heavy. $65, www.olehenriksen.com