There’s a good reason we all need a cup of coffee in the morning and that’s because nothing will wake you up like caffeine and that goes for tired eyes rimmed in dark circles as well! Caffeine is known for its ability to lessen the appearance of dark circles and to temporarily reduce the appearance of puffiness. Add to that that it’s a powerful antioxidant that can protect the skin from environmental stressors that can cause wrinkles and you can see why caffeine is such a favorite, effective eye cream ingredient!
It’s like the Dolly Parton song, “9-to-5” says: “Stumble out of bed, stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition!” That’s why in this article we’ll look at the 7 Best Caffeine Eye Creams!
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Main Takeaways: Caffeine is a remarkably effective ingredient in eye creams. It’s excellent for curing the look of puffy eyes and reducing the appearance of dark circles. It also helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Good to Know: Whether you’re looking for a drug store brand or even something to make your skin glow, there’s a caffeine eye cream out there for you!
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1. Best Caffeine Eye Cream for Anti-Aging
Fleur & Bee: Eyes Eyes Baby Natural Anti-Aging Eye Cream
Made for all skin types, Fleur & Bee’s Eyes Eyes Baby Natural Anti-Aging Eye Cream is our best seller for a multitude of reasons. In addition to containing caffeine, it also contains vitamin E, which is known for its incredible hydration properties, olive oil-derived squalane, which hydrates and soothes the skin, and matrixyl 3000, a natural peptide that smooths the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. It also contains vitamin B3, or niacinamide, which is fantastic for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which are especially prevalent around the eye area. Not only is it great for its anti-aging abilities, it also gets to work on those pesky dark circles and puffiness! It’s gentle enough to be applied twice daily, along with your moisturizer. Just remember to use your ring finger so you’re not tugging at that delicate skin.
2. Best Caffeine Eye Cream to Restore Glow
Origins: GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream
For that glowy, dewey, just-got-10-hours-of-sleep-and-I-feel-incredible look, try Origins’ signature GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream. Made with caffeine from coffee, ginseng, and hyaluronic acid, it really restores that “awake” look to tired eyes. It also has a teeny tiny tint to make your skin look just that much more radiant. And if you have puffy eyes, it also happens to help with that as well!
3. Best Caffeine Eye Cream in a Gel Form
Not everyone loves the feeling of a cream which is why we made sure to include an eye cream gel on our list! Loréal’s Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel uses a combination of caffeine and Manuka honey, a nurturing form of honey usually found in the Manuka tree in New Zealand to help puffy eyes. The gel’s rollerball also makes application very easy and is easier on some eyes that are dry and sensitive to tugging the skin. This non-sticky formula is also paraben free. We also love it, because as a drug store brand, it’s more affordable than many other eye creams for puffy eyes!
4. Best Caffeine Eye Cream for a Splurge
La Mer: The Eye Concentrate
We’ll admit it: you might want to sit down before you look at the price of this “Best Eye Cream” on our list, but since the eyes are a super-sensitive, wrinkle-prone part of the face that really doesn’t produce the same amount of oil as the rest of your skin, we thought we’d include one really good super splurge! Using caffeine combined with a lime tea concentrate, this eye cream hydrates skin and helps reduce the look of dark circles. It’s said that you can take the metal applicator it comes with and keep it in the fridge for a few minutes for a little extra zing! Again, it’s expensive, but those who use it swear by it.
5. Best Caffeine Eye Cream for Puffiness
100% Pure: Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream
If the above is just completely out of your price range, Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream from 100% Pure is a great alternative, especially if your problem is puffy eyes. Even if you’ve been up crying all night, studying, or dealing with allergies, this affordable brand will have you de-puffed, especially if you use it regularly. Extracting its caffeine from green tea and coffee, it also uses one of our favorite ingredients--rosehips--to help soften the delicate eye area. Not surprisingly, this eye cream, was shortlisted for a major beauty award.
6. Best Caffeine Eye Cream for Dark Circles
Kiehl’s: Eye Fuel
Yes, we know this is for men, but when something works, it works (also, your eyes aren’t going to know it’s for men!). This eye cream uses a winning combo of caffeine and vitamin B3 to rid your eyes of those dark circles that appear after a long sleepless night of too much fun or too much work. The great thing about this caffeine eye cream is that it’s not heavy so it works especially well under make-up! Try it the next time you’ve been burning the midnight oil or just want to look a little more rested.
7. Best Caffeine Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin (and Eyes!)
Clarins: Total Eye Lift Eye Cream
The skin around the eye area is very thin--much thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. For that reason, it can be very sensitive and delicate but it still needs hydration, especially since it doesn’t produce a lot of oil. Even those with normal skin will sometimes feel a sensitivity around the eye area (and may even have trouble with their actual eyes when a cream is applied.), which is why this very gentle caffeine eye cream from Clarins is such a great choice! Containing, among other ingredients, organic guarana extract, Cassie flower wax, and plant-based caffeine, this very lightweight eye cream is great for sensitive skins and it’s especially good for those who wear contacts or have eye sensitivity.
We hope that gives you some great options for caffeine eye creams! It’s so very important to take care of the delicate skin around the eye area, especially since it’s so moisture depleted and so prone to showing the effects of a bad night’s sleep. The next time you want to look alert and rested, we strongly recommend one of these great caffeine eye creams!