I didn’t really understand the importance of a good eye cream until I hit 30. Now that I’m in my late 30s, I’ve noticed that giving the skin under my eyes a little extra TLC has made a tremendous difference.

While I absolutely love beauty products and good skin care, I am constantly trying to find ways to keep things simple.

I prefer the ‘less is more’ approach, so when I want to enhance my features or give my skin a little extra attention, I would rather do that with two or three amazing products, rather than slathering mountains of different products on my skin.

And with the festive season upon us, those late-night parties can mean less sleep and even less attention paid to our skin.

So whether you’re on the hunt for a new product or are entirely new to the eye-cream scene, I’ve provided my personal top five picks to help get you started.

Fresh’s Crème Ancienne Eye Cream

This product was the first eye cream I ever tried and it’s still a staple in my beauty closet.

If you’re frustrated by stubborn dark circles or just want to nourish the skin under your eyes, this cream is a great place to start. Best of all, a little goes a long way.

The product features sea buckthorn berry oil, which can help to moisturize, and rosewater, which can help to calm and soothe irritated skin.

Drunk Elephant’s C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

One of my favorite things about this product is that it’s lightweight enough to be used both in the morning and at night.

So on the mornings when I wake up and don’t feel as rested as I would like, this eye cream helps wake me up. What’s more, it goes on smoothly and doesn’t leave any residue, so it’s easy to wear under makeup.

In the evenings, I always have that super fresh feeling when I apply this eye cream so that I can go to bed feeling even more relaxed. As for the ingredients, you’ll find five different types of vitamin C and cucumber extract, both ideal for creating firmer skin around your eyes.

Hada Labo Tokyo’s Express Renewal Eye Masks

I’ve got a number of close friends hooked on these eye masks. Not only are they priced well, but I find them to be incredibly effective.

Applying these before a big event or long day of work always makes me feel confident. With just one application, this cotton eye mask treatment can potentially help to firm and smooth fine lines.

They’ve also become a favorite part of my self-care night routine, where I rest and restore from head to toe.

Tata Harper’s Restorative Eye Cream

If you’re in the market for more eco-friendly beauty products, this eye cream is a great place to start.

Let’s start with the ingredients: Tata Harper uses organic ingredients — they state 66 percent of the ingredients listed are from “organic farming” — to potentially help reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles.

Meanwhile, the entire manufacturing process, from making the products to bottling it, is all done on site at the brand’s farm in Vermont. What’s more, the majority of their packaging is recyclable — so don’t forget to recycle your bottle when you’re finished!

Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch (60 pcs) by Petitfee

If you’ve been following the wildly popular trends in the K-Beauty scene, then you’re probably already well acquainted with the use of snail mucin (or secretion).

These eye patches can potentially reduce the visibility of under-eye circles and fine lines, while providing hydration for dry skin.

Pro tip: Keep them in the fridge so that they’re nice and cold when you use them for that extra dose of under-eye support. And for those with sensitive skin, check with your dermatologist before using these.

Nitika Chopra is a beauty and lifestyle expert committed to spreading the power of self-care and the message of self-love. Living with psoriasis, she’s also the host of the “Naturally Beautiful” talk show. Connect with her on herwebsite,Twitter, orInstagram.