This article originally appeared on Health.com by Braelyn Wood.
We might be getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend thanks to daylight saving time, but it’s not enough to counteract the dark circles, bags, and puffiness that have accumulated over the past several months. So while we’ll gladly cuddle up in the covers for a little longer, we’ll still need a trusted eye cream to conquer undereye issues.
The product we’re turning to first: Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel Eye Cream ($14, amazon.com). The affordable pick was not only previously recommended to Health by Texas-based dermatologist Ted Lain, MD, but it’s a customer favorite, too, with more than 3,200 perfect ratings. In fact, it’s been called everything from “magic in a tube” to the “holy grail of eye cream” by users—and a quick review of the ingredients reveals why.
Unlike most eye creams, the formula is water-based and has a lightweight gel texture. That means instead of sitting on the skin, it quickly absorbs. Despite this, it maintains the long-term moisturizing properties of a cream, mostly due to its hyaluronic acid concentration.
A skincare buzzword, hyaluronic acid is naturally found in skin, where its primary purpose is to keep tissue moist. When applied topically, the humectant attracts and locks in water to keep skin moisturized. Plus, it also prevents irritation, according to Dr. Lain.
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Sounds pretty sweet right? Of course, the rest of the formula lives up to these same high standards. It’s fragrance-free and dye-free, as well as ophthalmologist-tested. Not to mention, it’s made without oils, which makes it an ideal pick for anyone with acne-prone skin or a naturally greasy complexion.
All things considered, it’s obvious why so many reviewers are obsessed. They write it’s not only “the best” undereye treatment, but confirm it’s smooth as silk and actually effective. One reviewer even revealed that it makes her skin appear 10 years younger—and they’re not the only one leaving rave reviews.
“For the past few years, I have tried lotions and creams on my face because I am getting older,” wrote a shopper. “I had very few wrinkles (if any) when I was in my early 50s, but my skin had become so dry and crepey-looking that I decided to give this a try. Rarely do you see a real product that can work on older skin, but this DOES work and I will continue to use this product from now on!”
Another reviewer in their 40s wrote: “In my 20s, I tanned at the beach and never wore sunscreen or used moisturizer—and now it’s starting to show! Wrinkles on my forehead and around my eyes and starting to have dark circles as well. I’ve used a ton of products the last few years and even had Botox. No product has worked as well as this one and it’s so inexpensive! Wish I would have tried it earlier. I even used it on my forehead lines, as well as my eyes, and it has helped a ton!”
Best of all, this Neutrogena eye cream won’t break the bank at only $20. And for a limited time, you can grab a tube for 27% off, dropping the final price down to just $14. Needless to say, you’re going to want to clear some vanity space.