Above the Mask: Innovative Eye Creams For Her and Him

Eye creams

With the eyes taking centre stage these days, we look at the latest eye-care innovations to take care of the delicate skin around your peepers. Photo: Alistair Berg/Getty Images

Eye creams are becoming an important part of our daily self-care routine.

Did you know that the eye is surrounded by 22 muscles and engages in approximately 10,000 movements a day? The eyes, as they say, are the windows to the soul but now, with most of us wearing masks when we’re out and about, they’ve been called into even greater focus. 

“Our eyes are our new smiles,” says Marie-Hélène Lair, Clarins’ scientific communications director, over a Zoom presentation along with her boss, Olivier Courtin-Clarins, during the launch of Clarins Total Eye Lift this past summer. As Lair succinctly puts it, “All our expressions are on our eyes.” 

Here, we take a look at some of the latest eye-care innovations to take care of the delicate skin around your peepers. 

For Her

Clarins Total Eye Lift Replenishing Eye Concentrate

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Plant-based ingredients are formulated to reduce fine lines, puffiness and dark circles and to instantly lift and replenish the fragile skin around the eyes – eyes of all ages. 

Available at clarins.com, shoppersdrugmart.ca and Hudson’s Bay.


Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

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We’re loving everything that’s happening way down under in New Zealand, from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to the Kiwi people’s connection to nature. New to Canada is Antipodes, a female-led, organic and vegan-friendly skin-care line that plays on Indigenous plant-based ingredients. Kiwi seed oil is rich in vitamin C, a key ingredient in skin brightening that also helps to moisturize and soften fine lines; Vinanza grape seeds are high in polyphenols and antioxidants to protect the delicate skin around the eyes.

Available at  antipodesnature.com and thebay.com/brand/antipodes.

GoopGenes All-in-One Nourishing Eye Cream

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GP (that’s Gwyneth Paltrow to you and me) is obsessed with the company’s new eye cream, launched this past summer. “I even got my mom on it,” she says about the fragrance-free cream and Blythe Danner’s appreciation for it. Active ceramides and botanicals including Schisandra fruit, which comes from the berry of the Chinese magnolia vine, and Arjuna contain polyphenols, flavenoids and antioxidants to help support the elasticity and firmness and help reduce puffiness, dark circles and the appearance of wrinkles.

Available at sephora.ca.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream

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Developed by dermatologists Katie Rodan and Kathy A. Fields, this all-in-one formula can be used day and night. It contains grape extract, which softens fine lines and wrinkles, and vitamins C and F, which help to strengthen, lift and firm the delicate skin around the eyes. Daisy flower extracts brighten, and antioxidants protect and nourish for a multi-tasking effect. Good for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Available at rodanandfields.com/ca.

Swiss Line by Dermalab Cell Shock Magic Eye Mask

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This blend of Swiss science comes out of the tube in a blue-ish–off-white shade. Applied with a cooling applicator in a thin layer for about 10 minutes, the hyaluronic acid, oligo minerals and niacinamide work to eliminate fatigue with the company’s secret weapon, Cellactel 2 complex, to soothe, de-puff and gently exfoliate, while targetting wrinkles and dark circles. Also good for overnight for a regenerating effect. Combine it with the line’s two other stellar products, Luxe-lift eye cream and Brightening Eye Veil, which has vitamin E to hydrate and UVA/UVB broad spectrum to protect. At luxury prices, the products are an ultimate-in-eye-care full service line.

Available at swissline-cosmetics.ca.


Vivier Radiant Eye Contour Cream

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Vivier is a Canadian pharmaceutical-grade skin-care brand with formulas developed to prepare, target, moisturize and protect the skin. Ideal for all skin types, this lightweight cream is suitable for use under makeup and enriched with ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, peptides and Pro-Vitamin B5 to moisturize the delicate eye area while helping to reduce the appearance of signs of aging and fatigue. Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and recommended by physicians to boot.

Available at vivierskin.com.


For Him

No7 Men Energising Eye Roll On 

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The application alone is like an extra bit of self care: the roll-on tip soothes and cools, while the product infused with caffeine will perk up and hydrate the skin around the eyes, to help improve dark circles and puffiness.

Available at shoppersdrugmart.ca.


Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair

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This anti-aging eye cream for men is good for all skin types, including sensitive skin. The formulation, made with rye seed extract, targets wrinkles, crow’s feet and dark circles while helping to firm and lift the skin in the eye area.

Available at kiehls.ca.


Dermalogica Biolumin-C Eye Serum

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This unisex serum infused with brightening vitamin C takes on the daily stressors on eyes, from the environment and from those 10,000 eye movements we make every day. The lightweight formula contains tremella mushroom and micro-algae, the company’s sources of bioavailable vitamin C, to help firm and brighten.

Available at dermalogica.ca


L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Vita Lift Anti-Ageing Eye Cream

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Wrinkles, dark circles, tired eye contour, puffy bags, lack of firmness – what doesn’t this multi-tasker address? Designed specially for men’s eyes to help soften these signs of aging, this ultra-light gel formula is made with French vine extract and antioxidants and penetrates quickly with a non-greasy, non-sticky finish. It also helps skin defend against pollution and de-puffs eye bags.

Available at shoppersdrugmart.ca and londondrugs.com