Some of the best eye creams will work wonders for even the darkest of under-eye circles, but if your current eye cream doesn’t reduce fine lines and/or wrinkles, maybe it’s time to replace it with one that does.
It’s easy to forget to apply eye cream while performing your morning and nighttime skincare rituals, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still important to wear it. “Most people forget to moisturize around the eyes,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, board-certified dermatologist. “This can lead to sensitive skin, and the eyelids will look even more wrinkled due to the irritation. Starting eye creams early will let you age better, and your eyelids will be more comfortable,” she explains.
According to Dr. Marmur, “eye creams can treat multiple different issues like wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, under-eye bags, and dryness,” and they’re also really simple to use. Just “tap a small amount into the skin around the eyes once or twice daily, as directed,” Hadley King, MD, board-certified dermatologist says.
Even though these creams do hydrate, they can’t achieve the same benefits as your regular moisturizer. Eye creams are often “less potentially irritating because the skin around the eyes is particularly thin and delicate. And they have other ingredients to target the eye area and its specific concerns,” Dr. King notes.
If you notice more wrinkles appearing around your eyes—and you’re looking for the best kind of eye cream to help reduce them—there are a handful of ingredients you should look for.
- Retinol: Dr. King suggests looking for a cream that contains retinol that stimulates collagen and increases cell turnover.
- Antioxidants: “Eye products containing antioxidants may also be helpful,” Dr. King says. According to her, antioxidants improve pigmentation and prevent free-radical damage from UV light exposure that causes signs of aging.
- Hyaluronic acid: According to Dr. Marmur, hyaluronic acid “will plump the eye area and lock in moisture.”
- Caffeine: “Helps the eye area look more awake and well-rested. It also helps with dark circles and eye bags,” Dr. Marmur explains.
- Vitamin C: Per Dr. Marmur, vitamin C “will help eyes appear glowy and more awake.”
- Green Tea Extract & Arnica Montana Extract: “Tightens and nourishes the skin around the eyes,” Dr. Marmur notes.
Whether you’re looking to reverse lines, wrinkles, or crow’s feet that have already appeared, or want to take preventative measures, read ahead to shop 16 of the best eye creams for wrinkles.
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True Botanicals Natural Resurrection Radiance Eye Cream
This eye cream fights dark circles and treats fine lines and wrinkles. It’s crafted with a moisture retention complex from the resurrection plant to target signs of aging, and also includes coffee extract to leave the under-eye skin looking youthful.
Summer Fridays Light Aura Vitamin C + Peptide Eye Cream
Peptides are key if you’re looking to treat under-eye wrinkles. The creamy texture absorbs instantly into the skin. Vitamin E delivers a dose of moisture to the skin while the vitamin C and peptide blend firms, brightens, and smooths.
Ghost Democracy Boomerang Firming Eye Concentrate
Dr. King recommends this eye cream because of its inclusion of bakuchiol and niacinamide, “which helps with tone and texture.” It also contains hydrating and moisturizing ingredients as well as antioxidants.
Clarins Double Serum Eye
If you’re looking for an eye cream that actually works fast, then make this serum a part of your skincare routine ASAP. The serum tightens skin like a gel but leaves a refreshing feel of a cream. The formula is packed with 13 plant extracts that penetrate the skin to leave skin youthful-looking and preserved.
Plantkos Phyto Vitality Eye Cream
Another favorite with bakuchiol, this eye cream decreases the appearance of dark circles and shows some extra love to dehydrated skin under the eyes.
RoC Retinol Correxion Under Eye Cream
Dr. King suggests this retinol-based eye cream for treating crow’s feet. The retinol increases collagen production and makes skin look smoother.
Clinique Smart Clinical Repair™ Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream
This formula helps to boost collagen, which helps to keep wrinkles at bay thanks to a proprietary peptide complex. Hyaluronic acid adds a dose of suppleness for dewy skin that looks plump, smooth, and even.
MMSkincare Bright & Tight Retinol Eye Cream
Dr. Marmur typically recommends this eye cream to patients because it’s “the perfect combo of gentle yet effective ingredients to help with brighter, tighter, smoother, and more radiant skin around the eyelids.” Those ingredients include retinol, caffeine, and green tea.
Revision Skincare D.E.J Eye Cream
This eye cream “includes moisturizing ingredients to plump and support the skin barrier, as well as antioxidants to help protect the skin from damage from free radicals, and peptides to help stimulate collagen production,” Dr. King explains.
Dermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel
Improve fine lines with this multi-tasking gel, which takes care of pesky dark circles, improves elasticity, and diminishes signs of aging around the eyes.
La Roche-Posay Redermic R Eyes Retinol Eye Cream
Retinol boasts a laundry list of benefits like treating acne, reducing lines and wrinkles, and smoothing skin—which makes it a great addition to your eye cream. This one is packed with the ingredient, along with caffeine to help smooth skin and revive aging eyes.
Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Power Eye Cream
This one is a great option for those with sensitive skin. Not only does it feature a blend of acetyl hexapeptide-8 (specific to the brand) that combats wrinkles, but it also contains chamomile and algae to hydrate and reduce crow’s feet without causing any irritation.
Tula Revive & Rewind Revitalizing Eye Cream
Wear this cream day or night and watch your eye wrinkles basically disappear. Tula’s formula incorporates squalane—a natural antioxidant that acts as an emollient—and probiotic extracts that improve skin elasticity and firmness.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal
Wrinkles are no match for this eye cream—per a product description, it’s clinically proven to “significantly reduce the appearance lines and wrinkles in 14 days.” What’s the secret? The blue green micro-algae firms the skin around the eyes to effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Cocokind Revitalizing Eye Cream
If plant-based ingredients are important to you when it comes to skincare, then you’ll want to add this to your cart now. The creamy textured treatment is made from Persian silk tree extract, hibiscus flower acids, and oat extract, which all work together to create supple and smooth skin around your eyes. Plus, it also fades crow’s feet and other tell-tale aging signs with consistent use.
Youth To The People Superfood Hydrate + Firm Peptide Eye Cream
This superfood cream is packed with skin-nourishing ingredients like kale, spinach, and green tea that supply the skin with the right amount of vitamins and antioxidants for healthy (and youthful!) looking skin.
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