Best eye creams for dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and beyond

Tired of looking tired?

Dark circles, puffiness and fine lines are all skin care concerns that generally lead back to the heightened care needed for the delicate skin under the eyes.

While all these common concerns may sound familiar, the endless amount of under-eye treatment products can also feel very familiar yet immensely overwhelming -- especially when you don't know where to start.

"Eye creams are specifically designed for the more delicate, sensitive and thinner skin around the eyes," board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tiffany Libby told "GMA." "You can definitely use facial antiaging creams within the eye area, but you may want to exercise caution if you tend to have more sensitive and easily irritated skin, as eye creams tend to account for this and use smaller doses of the potentially irritating ingredients with special attention to avoid sensitivities."

Libby continued, "You may also want to opt for an eye cream if you have specific eye aesthetic concerns you want to address which may not apply to other areas on your face, like dark circles, hyperpigmentation and puffiness."

PHOTO: A woman puts on eye cream in an undated stock photo. (STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images)

Before you start exploring and experimenting with new eye treatment products, experts agree that you should be cautious if you have sensitive or eczema-prone skin.

"Read the label to understand the suggested frequency of use and what concern(s) may be addressed with product use," board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hope Mitchell told "GMA."

She added, "It is very important that you are gentle in the application of your eye cream, because the skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate."

How to apply eye cream

Mitchell recommends applying a small pea-sized amount of product to both lower eyelids as two to three small dabs each. Using the pinky finger, gently tap the eye cream under the eyes, toward the outer brow and toward the inner eye.

She also suggests a "figure eight" technique where you tap your eye cream into the skin as you cross over the nasal bridge, the opposite upper lid and back along the lower lid of that eye toward the inner eye and nose. Repeat these steps along with the other eye.

"Applying your eye creams either way will help avoid pulling the skin downward and increasing the risk of damaging the delicate skin," Mitchell advised.

PHOTO: Top dermatologists break down the best eye creams for every skin concern.  (ABC News Photo Illustration )

Both Libby and Mitchell also highlighted top ingredients ranging from caffeine and vitamin E to retinol and hyaluronic acid that work to treat everything from brightening and tightening to hydration and anti-aging.

Below, find several expert-approved under-eye creams, gels and more that work overtime to give your gaze a good boost.

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Editor's Note: This story was originally published on January 19, 2022.

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