The 17 Best Eye Serums for Under-Eye Circles and Puffiness

As for the bad news, while they can help reduce the appearance of these annoyances, they can’t work big miracles. Board-certified dermatologist Flora Kim, MD, FAAD, always wants her patients to have realistic expectations about these products. “There may be subtle improvements in dark circles, puffiness, or wrinkles, but there is no miracle topical eye formulation,” Kim explains. “Having said that, the eyelid skin is the thinnest on your body and needs TLC. Thus, an eye serum or cream plays an important role in your daily skincare regimen.”

She says that serums are good if you are prone to developing milia around the eyes or if you want a sheer formulation that absorbs quickly. Creams, on the other hand, are better for mature, dry skin that needs more intense moisture and is not milia prone. Whether you prefer a cream or serum can also depend on personal preference, as the serum has more of a fluid, gel-like consistency.

With my realistic expectations set, I decided to task myself and my colleague, Editor in Chief Kat Collings, with testing out an eye serum of our choice to see if it delivered some results. Here’s how we did.