16 Amazing K-Beauty Eye Creams That Are All About the Hydration

In 2021, not a lot of things are certain, but one thing that is? The influence of Korean beauty on our skincare routines can’t be overstated. We have the industry to thank for sheet masks, facial essences, BB cream, and so much more, but one category has been a sleeper hit: eye cream. According to Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach & Lily, there are two key factors that make Korean eye products so great.

The first is one of the pillars of Korean skincare. "Hydration is one of those fundamental things that you want to get right for skincare because there can be a domino effect on a lot of other aspects of your skin health,” says Yoon. "Even when I’m applying my skincare products, and I’m doing my serums and essences, I’m treating the eye area as well. You want a really great eye cream to kind of lock in all that hydration.” 

The other factor is the focus on preventative skincare. "There is this notion of saving your skin, cherishing your skin,” says Yoon. And while many products can and do address skin damage that’s already occurred, you’ll see many products address overall skin maintenance. "When it comes to eye creams, I think that there is a bit more of a range,” says Yoon, "It’s around how we prevent the eye area from going through the wringer.” 


(Image credit: Courtesy Alicia Yoon)

Yoon adds that social media and even the skincare boom during the pandemic have added to the preventative-skincare movement. "We are getting a lot of DMs from people in their 20s being like, ‘I feel like I should start using an eye cream right now,’” she says. Interested in trying out a K-beauty eye cream? Whether you’re looking for hydration, prevention, or something in between, we’ve rounded up 16 great ones you can get stateside.

1. Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream

2. Shangpree S-Energy Repair Eye Cream


(Image credit: Courtesy Peach & Lily)

3. Peach & Lily Pure Peach Retinoic Eye Cream

4. AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel

5. I'm From Ginseng Eye Cream

6. CosRx Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream


(Image credit: @aimeesong)

7. AHC Eye Cream for Face

8. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Eye Cream

9. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Intensive Hydrating Eye Cream

10. Hanskin Real Complexion Hyaluron Eye Serum

11. Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel

12. Tonymoly Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum


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13. Sulwhasoo Essential Refining Eye Cream

14. Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask

15. Donginbi Red Ginseng Moisture & Firming Eye Cream

16. Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb

Also, did you know people go bananas for this Korean-born skincare line?

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Lindy Segal is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. She's originally from Atlanta, but she's sorry to report she doesn't have an accent. However, she does still have her taste for carbohydrates, love of losing sports teams, and fear of driving during rush hour. She's been in editorial for over eight years as a social media manager and writer covering beauty, fashion, and lifestyle at Glamour and People. Most recently, she was the women's editor at Express. These days, in addition to Who What Wear, you can see her byline at places like Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Ipsy, and WeWork. Both a skincare obsessive and a minimalist, she keeps her routine short, sweet, and effective—and she doesn't go a day without sunscreen. She's also deeply passionate about sustainability, and she strives to recommend products she truly believes are worth the investment. When she's not writing about the best and brightest beauty finds, she can usually be found hunting for vintage and secondhand treasures, attempting to find zen at a yoga class, bingeing Bon Appétit YouTube videos, or napping under her weighted blanket.