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The Best Korean Eye Creams – The Ultimate Guide for 2017

THE ANTI-AGING FIGHT STARS HERE...

Did you know the skin around your eyes is the most sensitive area on your face? It also tends to be the first place to show any sign of aging.  It's no wonder women have been obsessed with skincare, especially eye creams. We've even reviewed the latest craze in Korea - eye patches!

Yet it's not an easy task to find the perfect cream that will gel with your lifestyle and skin. Of course there are tons of creams out in the market, but how many do you have to go through to find the perfect match?!?  Well look no more, we did the research for you, we present to you "The Best Korean Eye Creams." 

The Best Korean Eye Cream - Pricing Table

Korean Eye Cream

Name

Moisture

Featured Ingredient

Fragrance

Packaging

Mizon - Snail Repair

Oil Based/Moisturizing

Non-Irritating

None

Glass

Mizon Collagen

Collagen/Moisturizing

Non-Irritant

None

Glass

Skinfood - Black Raspberry

Organic/Moisture

Non- Irritating

Herb

Jar

Innisfree - Green Tea

Light Moisture

Non-Irritating

Green Tea

Glass

Tonymoly - Panda Dream

Cell content

Cell content

Cell content

Cell content

HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT EYE CREAM

Featured Ingredient

Ingredients such as niacinamide, caffine and retinol can be highly beneficial when alleviating tired eyes, these are the basic ingredients contained in most of the creams here. We highlight the featured ingredient in each eye cream for you.

Moisture/Hydration

Depending on your skin type you may benefit from oil free ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid.  If you have dry skin and suffer from fine lines oil based moisturizers may be the most beneficial for you. 

Packaging

Since antioxidants and other ingredients degenerate from the air it's important to find a cream that is enclosed in an air-blocking package.  Tubes seem to be better than jars for your fingers can contaminate your eye cream. 

Fragrance

Fragrance is key to buying the right eye cream.  Some may like a heavier scent as opposed to a light scent; but remember you will be wearing it all day so make sure you love the fragrance!  In addition, make sure you purchase a scent that compliaments your pH balance. 

THE BEST KOREAN EYE CREAMS

Snail Mucus Filtrate

Glass Jar

Oil Based Moisture

None/Natural

What exactly is snail mucus filtrate? Snail mucus is great (although it may seem a bit odd) because it contains proteins, elastin, glycol in acid as well as many antioxidants. Studies have shown that it promotes healing scars/wounds as well as repairing photo damage. Therefore it's great for acne damage, scarring and skin tone. ​

Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream is known to regenerate skin, help dark circles, wrinkles and brighten your skin. Containing a snail mucus filtrate the eye area and will reinvigorate and revitalize rather quickly. Because of its firm texture it will further heighten the absorption process.

The fragrance is an all natural free from paragons, artificial color and wonderful for sensitive skin. With fresh looking skin you will no longer have to cover up with foundation!


Mizon - Collagen Power Cream

Marine Collagen

Glass Jar

Collagen Mositure

None

This Eye Creme contains 42% marine collagen and adenosine to brighten up your skin. This anti-aging creme keeps skin moisturized and smooth while maintaining elastic around the eye area.  It contains organic argan oil, adenosine, hylaronic acid and Copper Tripeptide that revitalizes damaged tissue and increases synthesis of elasticity and collagen.


It is fragrance free and free from ethanol, benzophenone and paragons for sensitive skin. This hypoallergenic cream is safe to use everyday  and will fade those pesky wrinkles.  You can also use it around other problem areas (such as the corner of your mouth) as it works just as wonderfully!

Skinfood - Black Raspberry Eye Cream

Black Rasperry

Jar

Organic/Moisture

Herb Scent

This medical anti-wrinkle cream contains jayangboeumdan, cheongyeondan (taken from twelve different kinds of oriental medical herbs) and raspberry extract. Due to its ingredients it keeps your eyes moisturized and hydrated. It will give you a smoother look to your skin as well as a more elastic and younger look in the eye area.

The packaging comes in a paper like top and a cute glass jar containing 25 grams of eye cream. The illustrations and font have an organic feel which gives it a fun yet sophisticated look. The scent of this cream is a bit heavier than other creams but its known to be extremely smooth and moisturizing. It absorbs nicely into your skin and gives you a matte look instead of a shiny or heavy appearance.

Innisfree - The Green Tea Seed Cream

Green Tea

Glass Jar

Light Moisture

Green Tea


This cream contains antioxidants for hydration and nourishment. It is suppose to give your skin moisture with 100% squeezed green tea. It also contains minerals, amino acids, green tea which is used for hydration. One important feature that sets this products apart from others is that it has a dual moisture rising technology which is derived from green tea seed oil and green tea. The green tea sea oil creates a moisture barrier while the green tea hydrates your skin for long lasting moisture.

 Although this is a cream, this product is extremely light! I've used this product for a couple weeks and my eyes feel softer, younger and refreshed. Overall I would recommend this product, but if you have dry skin I would go with something that is heavier.

Tony Moly Pandas Dream So Cool Eye Stick

Cooling Effect

Eye Stick

Hydrates

Melon

Tony Moly Panda's Dream So Cool Eye Stick is a soothing and cooling eye serum stick that will hydrate your skin. It is made for all skin types and comes in a 9g/.3 ounce container. These eye sticks have been quite popular in Korea and has been popping up in the United States as well.

The packaging is one of the best features yet. The top of the container comes in the shape of a panda (how cute)! With it's light scent of melon and is user friendly, you simply pull the top off and apply it directly to your skin. When you have a long day at work or on your computer for hours at a time your eyes tend to get tired and puffy. This stick is the perfect solution to soothe and gives you a nice chilling effect for those tired eyes. Your skin will feel moisturized and tighter although the cooling sensation will only last for a few minutes.

Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream

Salmon

Jar

Moisturizes

N/A

Skin Food Salmon Brightening Eye Cream was made to lighten dark circles and brighten the skin around your eyes. It contains extracts of Omega 3 and salmon roe. This cream is a lot thicker and oiler than most under eye creams but it does absorb nicely. If you have dry skin (like I do), it's essential that the cream moisturizes very well and this cream does exactly that.

Although this is a great eye cream, it does not completely erase dark circles under your eyes but it does brighten and de-puff the eye area. Therefore your eyes will significantly look youthful and not look as tired throughout the day.  

After using this product for a few weeks I did not have to use my concealer as frequently and hopefully one day I can completely stop using it!

AHC Private Real Eye Cream

Collagen

​Tube

Hydrates

Shea Butter

The AHC (Aesthetic Hydration Cosmetics) private real eye cream is made to whiten the area around your eyes and works as an anti-wrinkle formula. It is a luxury home total esthetic care with eye cream. The key ingredients contains eight peptides, collagen, Bio Metic Water, Eco Cert, and ten different types of natural extracts.

Known as the "celebrity cream" the design of the product is pretty simple, it is a tube with a long mouth for hygienic reasons. The cream is extremely smooth, light  but resilient. The scent of the product was quite light, it has the scent of a light shea butter. The cream gives moisture, hydration, resilience and emollient to the skin around your eyes. Because the texture of the cream is so light, it can be used on different areas of your face. 

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream

Collagen

Glass Jar

Non-Mosturizing

Citrus

When I first purchased this product I thought the packaging looked great. It comes in a peach translucent glass jar with a large white screw cap. The design is simple and a bit larger than other under eye creams but because it works so well the packaging is not the focual point of this product. When I first opened the jar, I absolutely loved the scent; like many of the Etude products, it's very light and citrusy.

You may not notice any recognizable changes when first using this cream but after continuous use for about three weeks you will see your fine lines disappear. If you have dry skin one would think a collagen cream would moisturize very well, but on the contrary it does not.  On a positive note, this cream will make your skin smoother, brighter and will add elasticity!

Natural Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream

Deep Sea Ingredients

Glass Jar

Hydrates

Citrus Scent

Nature Republic's Super Aqua Max Combo Watery Cream contains ingredients such as deep sea materials such as seaweed, plankton, chlorella, collagen and hyaluronic acid which is made to moisturize your skin. It also comes with a spatula that helps with hygiene problems.

The scent of the cream has a very light citrus/perfume scent. The light mint color of the cream gives it a clean and fresh look. The texture is also amazing, it is lightweight, moisturizing but not too oily. Actually it is so light you can wear it during the day as well as night.

Some products do not spread evenly but this cream does spread evenly and very nicely. After using this cream for a few weeks, you will see your pores diminish as well as evening and soothing your skin. Although the cream is moisturizing, to my surprise it does flake a bit after applied to the skin.


Everything You Need to Know About Eye Creams

Eye Creams provide moisture and increased hydration to your under-eye area. Increased hydration can result in plumping which will smooth out lines and wrinkles. I can lighten and brighten and de-puff the area under your eyes.

Why do we need eye creams?

Couldn’t we just use regular moisturizer? The reason is that the skin underneath your eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. Therefore the area is much more sensitive and could get irritated with your regular moisturizer. Eye creams are specifically formulated to be less irritating to this delicate area.

When should I start using eye creams?

It’s never too young and too late to start using eye creams

What should I look for in an eye cream?

It’s better if it is free of fragrances if you have sensitive skin.

Here are some ingredients that you should look out for:

Hyaluronic Acid aka Sodium Hyaluronate

Helps to retain moisture and is hydrating. It stimulates collagen production, which goes down as you age, which is what causes wrinkles and discoloration to occur.

Ceramides

Ceramides are found in your skin membrane and they are a type of lipid. They work to prevent moisture loss keeping skin looking youthful and plump.

Retionol

Retional is a Vitamin A derivative which helps to speed up cell turnover and cell regeneration which results in smooth skin and an even skin tone. It also works to unclog pores during the cell turnover process and boosts fine lines by increasing collagen.

Neuropeptides

Neuropeptides stimulate collagen production and cause the nerve cells in the skin to relax which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and result in tightened skin.

Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is an anti-aging rockstar! It’s a powerful antioxidant that boosts collagen production and protects against free radicals. It also reduces brown spots. BTW, there are several different types of Vitamin C that you should look out forAscorbic Acid is most commonly used and is generally the most effective, it absorbs super fast and is the most potent when applied to the skin.Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) can also be effectiveEster-C which is a trademarked form of Vitamin C - the jury is still out on how effective Ester-C is.

Vitamin E​

Vitamin E has been used for a long time in skincare. It teams up great with other antioxidants to protect against free radicals. It also nourishes and soothes the skin

New peptides, formulas and ingredients are always being added into the skincare market. Other notable ingredients include: vitamin K , Kojic acid, arnica, hydroquinine, licorice, chamomile, tea extracts, and of course cucumber.

When will I see results?

Unfortunately if you are an instant gratification junkie like me you are probably not going to see results the next day. It takes about 4-6 weeks for a good eye cream with regular use for results to appear.

How to apply

Apply delicately with your ring finger. Outer corner to inner corner

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