Figuring out the best Korean eye cream, like any other choice in the skincare world, can be a bit overwhelming. If you’ve fallen in love with the K-beauty 10-step routine (and who could blame you) and want to find the perfect eye product, there are dozens to choose from and all swear up and down that they will turn you into a youthful sculpture. I know the promises are temping, but I am here to tell you that before you chase after those promises of lineless, eternally young eyes, it’s better to know exactly what eye cream does so you can make an educated decision on what product is best for you.
Why do I need eye cream?
The skin around your eyes is some of the most delicate skin on your face, which makes it extremely vulnerable to dryness and wrinkles. Some schools of thought believe that the area needs more extensive moisture because of this reason. However, since the Korean skincare routine provides layer upon layer of moisture, you might wonder if eye cream is necessary. And that is an ongoing debate in the world of all types of skincare: do I really need a special cream for my eyes, or is it just another thing skincare makers are trying to sell me?
I can’t conclusively answer this question for you, unfortunately, but there are studies that prove eye creams do have some effect, especially those that utilize ingredients like Vitamin C, caffeine, and peptides. That said, even skincare professionals have different answers depending on who you ask. Personally, I’d rather use it and waste a small amount of money in my lifetime if it does nothing than not use it and find out I’m wrong too late. Also, I have seen less wrinkles and dark circles around my eyes thanks to some of the eye creams on this list, and I like that, so they will stay in my rotation.
One thing I would like to say is I personally am not a huge fan of high ticket eye creams. I’ve used them and never seen any dramatic difference over using eye creams that cost a fraction of the price. Skincare is a personal matter so some may find it worth it to invest hundreds of dollars in pricey ones, but my recommendations below are $75 or less. Blame the bias of the author; I believe your money is better spent elsewhere.
The best Korean eye creams
I’ve extolled the numerous benefits of snail secretion in the the past, and here I will continue: snail is a miraculous ingredient and we are so lucky we get to use it on our faces. COSRX’s Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream is an idea way to use its power in your eye care routine. It is worth mentioning that a dear skincare buddy of mine prefers to multipurpose the COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream as an eye cream, claiming it feels more moisturizing to her (and considering it contains 20% more snail secretion than the eye cream, I can see why). Do with that info what you will.
Price on Amazon: $21
Puffy eyes is a typical skin issue that can be caused by everything from aging to allergies to overconsumption of salt. They also make you look tired and just not cute in general. The Cold Brew Eye Recovery Stick fixes that with a dose of Vitamin C and caffeine, two ingredients with proven performance results. It also contains antioxidant-rich kiwi and cucumber extracts, protective green tea, soothing turmeric, and brightening licorice, making it all around pleasant to use. It also feels cool upon application, which is just about the nicest thing you can imagine for a summer skincare routine.
Price on Peach & Lily: $28
Blossom Jeju is the only camellia-scented K-beauty line I’ve ever come across. The fragrance is aromatherapy in itself, but it also has muscle thanks to a proprietary ingredient called BioDtoxcomplex that inhibits free radical damage and improves elasticity. It’s also packed with essential oils such as rose flower, camellia japonica, olive, and coconut. I see results with consistent AM/PM use, so it’s become a permanent player in my skincare routine (and I sometimes just stick my nose in the jar and huff it sometimes).
Price on Amazon: $40
Laneige products are permanent staples in my skincare arsenal, and the Eye Sleeping Mask EX is a favorite. It comes with an applicator that makes it easy to apply this caffeinated treatment as part of your PM routine. I typically see a nice reduction in puffiness when I use it, but it is worth mentioning that it addresses that issue specifically, so if you need help with dark circles this may not be the product for you. To reduce fine lines and a a tired appearance, though, it’s a solid pick.
Price on Sephora: $34
AHC, which stands for Aesthetic Hydration Cosmetics, has been around since 1999 when the line catered to private dermatological spas and clinics. Today, it’s one of South Korea’s most beloved brands with an eye cream sold every three seconds. This cult product has a very cool twist as well: it’s designed not only to be used as an eye cream, but also all over the face. The idea of this came from a trick used by Korean actresses of using eye cream all over the face to maintain a dewy, ultra-moisturized appearance. But since that’d be quite pricey to do with a tiny jar of eye cream, AHC made this one. It’s really quite a clever product.
Price on Amazon: $28.99
Want to learn more about Korean beauty? Check out our guides to doing the 10-step Korean beauty skincare routine, the best sheet masks money can buy, and why Korean sunscreens are vastly superior to American ones. You can also dig through all our Korean beauty coverage right here.
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