As a beauty writer, I think the best anti-aging eye creams deserve their own title. But I get it: it’s easy for an eye cream to feel like an unnecessary step in your skincare routine, and in the beauty world, that might seem like a moisturizers, serums, retinoidsand leaf masks get all the attention.
Of course, it doesn’t help that eye-centric products tend to be a bit pricey. Couldn’t you just apply regular old moisturizer around that area and call it a day? The harsh truth, however, is that the skin around our eyes is often the first to show signs of aging– and this sensitive area requires the best anti-aging eye creams on the market.
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Why do you need eye cream
While we’re all about coming to terms with aging, you may still want to look your best even if you feel more comfortable in your own skin. Luckily, the best anti-aging eye creams are formulated to give the area the extra, gentle attention it deserves.
“There is a lack of soft tissue to provide the eye area with support such as fat or muscle. This particular area is also excessively mobile: squinting, smiling, laughing; that’s why the ” resting bitch face” was born”, explains Roberta Moradfarnurse practitioner specializing in aesthetics and founder of Erased Aesthetic in Los Angeles. “We can also add aggravating factors such as excessive sun exposure, stress, poor diet and lack of sleep to the appearance of aging skin around the eyes. It can also simply be hereditary.
Ingredients to Look for in the Best Anti-Aging Eye Creams
So what gives eye creams their unique anti-aging powers? There are a few key ingredients to look out for:
- Hyaluronic acid for a moisture boost.
- peptides for the production of collagen.
- Antioxidants like vitamin C, E and ferulic acid for inflammation and sun damage.
Another benefit of eye creams is being able to target very specific issues like puffiness or dark circles. And although the bottles are small, a little is enough for the delicate (and more absorbent) skin around the eyes. So don’t be put off by the cost. Plus, many drugstore finds come highly recommended.
To help you find your perfect eye cream, we tapped Moradfar to share her favorites for every type of skin concern.
The best eye creams for mature skin
SkinCeuticals AGE Eye Complex
Nourishing and effective, this eye cream contains peptides that work hard to reduce puffiness and restore moisture. Instant, brightening results await.
Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream
This popular cream uses retinol and hyaluronic acid to pull off its firming magic.
The best eye creams for dark circles
Skinmedica Instant Bright Eye Cream
I love an eye cream that not only delivers immediate real-time results, but also uses its powerful ingredients, protecting skin health for years to come.
Olehenriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream
The cult eye cream deploys collagen and vitamin C for instant brightening. (The “banana” simply refers to its yellow hue.)
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Vitamin C Eye Cream
This one really harnesses the power of peptides. With eight of the anti-wrinkles and five forms of vitamin C, this powerful product provides a much-needed boost.
Elta® Renew Eye Gel
“In addition to niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, the eye gel also contains glycosaminoglycans to increase collagen support to reduce and stop dark circles under the eyes. I love the makes it possible for people with oily skin to use this oil-free product while being hydrated with hyaluronic acid. —Roberta Moradfar
Best Pharmacy Finds
RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
With gentle retinol and hyaluronic acid, the product provides instant rejuvenation and may reduce signs of aging over time.
Cerave Repairing Eye Cream
This contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and ceramides to help repair and restore the skin’s natural barrier. It is an excellent choice for those who are more prone to skin allergies and sensitivity.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
The dermatologist-approved drugstore contains retinol and hyaluronic acid for powerful hydration.
For solid sun protection
Super goof! Bright-Eyed Mineral Eye Cream
Finding a good eye cream with SPF isn’t easy, but leave it to the innovators at Supergoop! to cover you.
Revision Skincare DEJ Eye Cream
This dermatologist-favorite brand’s eye cream tops many lists of the best anti-aging eye creams, and for good reason. From dark circles to puffiness, it can apparently target just about any problem you might have.
This post was originally posted on August 16, 2021 and has since been updated.