The first signs of aging often become visible around the eyes. Good skincare for this area is indispensable. However, in the name of simplicity, it can be tempting to slap your facial moisturizer or anti-aging cream around your eyes rather than a product specially formulated for the area.

Keep in mind that not all skin is created equal. Because the skin around your eyes is thinner, and because of all the tiny muscles in the area, it's more sensitive and prone to a variety of issues, like puffiness, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. Plus, there are minimal oil glands around your eyes to help keep the skin naturally hydrated, so finding the right eye cream can help ward off numerous complexion concerns.

To be effective - eye creams should contain antioxidants, cell-communicating, and skin-healing ingredients. They make the skin cells healthier, building collagen, lightening discoloration, and restoring the skin barrier.

For Puffiness:

Undereye puffiness comes from fluid buildup that causes swelling in the tissues around your eyes. This can come from allergies and sinuses, but it can also be a result of sleep deprivation, diet, alcohol, and just plain old aging. Look for ingredients like caffeine or Saccharomyces cerevisiae extract, which can help reduce swelling.

Unfortunately, if you suffer from puffiness because the fat cells under your eyes have sagged, there is no cream that can solve this.

Pro tip: If swollen eyelids are a result of skin irritation and sun damage, Peptide Repair Eye Creme can repair your skin.

For Dark Circles:

Discoloration around the eyes can be a result of various factors, including heredity, stress, smoking, sun exposure, pigmentation, and shadows from the hollowing out of your eyes. Things like fermented ingredients and caffeine can help combat skin discoloration, while ingredients like peptides can help plump up the skin to get rid of any shadows. During the daytime, always use sunscreen along with your eye cream for the skin around your eyes.

For Fine Lines:

Thinner skin mixed with constant muscle action (winking, blinking, even smiling) can lead your eyes to show signs of aging faster than the rest of your face. Make sure you look for collagen-building ingredients, such as soluble keratin peptides, to help boost thinning skin and smooth out fine lines.

Tips and tricks:

• Try storing your eye cream in the refrigerator. The extra shot of coolness will soothe tired eyes and help with puffiness.

• Using eye cream under your makeup can help concealer apply more smoothly and prevent it from building up in fine lines.

• Since the eye area is so sensitive, the best eye creams will be fragrance-free.

In case you hadn't heard - Theraderm Peptide Repair Eye Creme is the perfect eye cream. It contains several active, anti-aging ingredients such as soluble keratin peptides, acetyl hexapeptide-3, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, saccharomyces cerevisiae extract, and aloe, yet is still lightweight and oil-free aiding in the prevention of the formation of milia! What more could you ask for?