The 10 Best Caffeine Eye Creams of 2023, Recommended by Dermatologists and Beauty Experts

Ask anyone and they'll tell you that caffeine is the most important ingredient in getting up in the morning. Butttt, did you know it has the same effect when used topically? Caffeine eye creams are the solution to perk up your face in the morning, as some eye creams can visibly lift, plump and firm skin in just minutes. 

"Caffeine is a great ingredient that helps reduce eye puffiness because it constricts blood vessels and tightens the skin," says Corey L. Hartman, founder of Skin Health Dermatology in Birmingham, Ala. Corey L. Hartman said. Depending on the ingredients in caffeine eye cream, it can also lighten dark circles and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Remember, the skin around your eyes is very thin and therefore one of the most sensitive on your body. People with sensitive skin can still use caffeinated eye creams and other dark circle eye creams, but be sure to give them a try before going all-out. 

To find a high-end drugstore eye cream that ticks all the boxes, we consulted several dermatologists and our Beauty Director to find options worthy of a permanent spot on your dressing table. If you're ready to explore caffeine's anti-inflammatory properties, here are the 10 best caffeinated eye creams, according to dermatologists and beauty experts. 

1. La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Dark Circle Eye Cream: If you're looking for a caffeine eye cream to combat blue and brown circles, Pigmentclar by La Roche-Posay is your choice. "La Roche-Posay's formula contains caffeine, glycerin, and niacinamide," says Thomas Griffin, MD, director of the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery at Plymouth Meeting Dermatology Associates. 

"These ingredients work together to reduce puffiness, hydrate, and lighten dark circles." The Griffin tube's metal applicator has a cooling effect on the skin. This cooling effect helps further relieve eye puffiness and puffiness. 

Rave Review: "It applies easily and is scentless. I have sensitive skin and it's not irritating at all. I noticed a difference in puffiness and dark circles under my eyes. The tube lasts a while, so it's a steal value." 

2. Dermalogica Awakening Peptide Anti-Puffing Eye Gel: Dermalogica's Awakening Peptide Eye Gel is slightly thicker to ensure the skin under your eyes is super moisturized and relieves puffiness. “This gel formula works wonders for reducing swelling!” says Dr. Griffin. 

"It contains caffeine and peptides to help brighten the skin under your eyes and reduce puffiness and congestion." You should be careful not to apply too much, though, as some customers say the cream pills or leaves a white residue. However, reviewers say it feels smooth when using it. 

Rave Review: "I have a few of these around the house because my husband and I use it every day. It's lightweight and doesn't clog pores. But boy, does it help with puffy eyes." 

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost+ Eye Cream: Neutrogena's caffeinated eye cream contains no parabens, phthalates or dyes and is gentle enough to use day or night. "It's fragrance-free and great for sensitive skin," says Dr. Griffin. 

Made with caffeine, hyaluronic acid, and peptides, the cream fights dark circles and puffiness while also moisturizing the skin. "The addition of hyaluronic acid is great for dry skin because it helps moisturize the skin by drawing moisture into it," says Dr. Griffin. 

Rave review: "This eye cream made my eyes shiny and reduced puffiness and dark spots! I was so impressed that I bought another one!" 

4. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermallergo Eye Cream: This is another top pick from La Roche-Posay because this brand is just so awesome. Hartman said several of his patients like to use Toleriane eye cream because it works well under makeup. 

"This is especially important around the eyes, where the skin is thinner and more likely to look cakey with multiple layers of product," says Hartman. In addition to caffeine, the cream also contains vitamin C, which has a brightening effect on the skin. 

Rave Review: "It really moisturized the thin skin around my eyes. Other creams or lotions I've tried have given me mild irritation and slight itchiness, but this product didn't do that. I love it It’s worth every penny!” 

5. Younique Eye Cream: Suitable for all skin types, Younique's YOUOLOGY Eye Cream nourishes skin with a powerful blend of peptides, caffeine and vitamins A, C and E. Hartmann. "With continued use, it can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles." 

The cream comes with a metal applicator that has a flat end and a rounded end - the flat end is for taking out the product, while the rounded end is for taking the product out. Use to massage product into skin and ready to use. The cream feels velvety soft when applied to the skin. 

Rave Review: There are no reviews for this product on the website, but it is a dermatologist-approved choice. 

6. RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream: RoC's Retinol Correxion Eye Cream really does it all, as it helps reduce puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. "This eye cream combines retinol, glycerin, vitamin E, and vitamin B5 to reduce the appearance of dark circles," Dr. Hartman. 

"Plus, it delivers moisture to the skin for an instant radiant glow." While Correxion Eye Cream is powerful enough to treat three skin concerns, the non-greasy Correxion Eye Cream is gentle enough for daily use. 

Rave Review: "This is a very soft cream, but it covers the skin immediately and keeps it soft all day long. I've only been using it for a week, but I can already see a reduction in the fine lines under my eyes." 

7. Olay Regenerating Micro-Sculpting Eye Swirl: Dermatologist Margarita Lolis, MD, previously told Women's Health magazine that Olay's eye cream contains peptides, which are great for making skin look firmer and firmer. She's also very focused on consistency. 

"When you apply it under your eyes, it's really smooth and lightweight," she says. This eye cream is actually a combination of hydrating gel and firming cream, hence the name "Eye Swirl." It feels thicker than some other eye creams, but customers say it's super hydrating and absorbs quickly. 

Rave Review: "I think it's as good as some of the more expensive brands. It has almost no reflective particles so it enhances concealer/foundation [during the day]. I also use it at night. I love the delivery system - I think it’s better than a tube.” 

8. INKEY List Caffeine Eye Cream: The Inkey List has loyal beauty fans for its affordable and effective products, and this caffeine eye cream is no exception. It contains all the essential ingredients to fight dark circles and puffiness and costs under $15. Additionally, it can also be used as a base for eye makeup. 

Rave Review: "I love this eye cream! I've always struggled with dark circles - they're so dark. This helps brighten the area and wake her up. I would highly recommend it! Plus, the price is super affordable!! !” 

9. Garnier SkinActive Lightweight Anti-Puffy Eye Roller: Garnier's caffeinated eye cream is WH Beauty Director Brian Underwood's favorite because it's easy to apply. The tube is equipped with cooling balls that reduce expansion almost immediately. 

The bottle contains a gel-like blend of caffeine, peppermint, and brightening vitamin C to provide an extra cooling sensation, leaving you feeling refreshed after use. 

Rave Review: "I love applying this product with a roller and it soothes the eye area. I noticed a slight improvement in the bags under my eyes—at least that's what my photos show." 

10. CeraVe Skin Renewal Eye Cream: Alexis Young, MD, a dermatologist in Paramus, New Jersey, previously told Women's Health that she likes this eye cream because it contains niacinamide in addition to caffeine.

Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide improves skin hydration by stimulating collagen and fatty acid production to calm redness and inflammation. This eye cream is formulated to restore skin's natural barrier, leaving it looking healthy and soft. 

 Rave Review: "I'm allergic to a lot of creams. This is great and doesn't bother my skin. The area around my eyes feels hydrated the morning after use. I would buy them again."
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