17 Best Eye Creams for Wrinkles That Address Crow’s Feet and Sagging Skin

Allure posted "17 Best Eye Creams for Wrinkles That Address Crow’s Feet and Sagging SkinIn this product spotlight, a fellow dermatologist praises Visha Skincare founder, Dr. Patel's Visha Skincare Advanced Bright Eye Booster for its combination of moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and skin-evening properties. 

These rich eye creams from RoC and SkinCeuticals target fine lines on your delicate eye area over time.

Wrinkles are a natural part of the skin's process of maturing, and we'll all have some fine lines and crow's feet to some degree as we age. With that being said, if you're on the hunt to find the best eye cream for wrinkles, we do know of some over-the-counter options to peruse. Though you shouldn't expect any OTC skin-care product to completely erase fine lines and wrinkles, Canton, Michigan-based board-certified dermatologist Fatima Fahs, MD, says that the key to a great eye cream is what's listed in its ingredient list.

One of the top ingredients for targeting fine lines is retinol, according to Dr. Fahs. In case you're not familiar with this vitamin A-derivative, she says it increases collagen production to improve the look of fine lines while evening skin tone and reducing signs of hyperpigmentation. (Bye-bye, dark circles.) However, we will note that retinol is an intensive active ingredient that might irritate sensitive skin types, so always patch test new products before applying them to your entire face.

Another ingredient Dr. Fahs says is a skin-brightening essential is vitamin C, an antioxidant powerhouse that fights free radical damage and helps fade pigmentation concerns. Dehydration is also a wrinkle-causing issue, so if you notice you have dry skin, she suggests incorporating a hyaluronic acid-infused product into your skin-care regimen. "[Hyaluronic acid] is a humectant that plumps and hydrates the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines," she says.

Few skin-care ingredients come close to the firming powers of peptides, according to Dr. Fahs. "They act as the building blocks of proteins like collagen and elastin to boost skin's firmness and improve texture," she says. Speaking of proteins, Dr. Fahs also says to look for growth factors, "signal proteins that promote the production of collagen and elastin."

Now, it's time to put all of this precious skin-care knowledge to practice. Below, take a look at some of the best eye treatments and creams to combat crow's feet and crepiness on your delicate skin.

RoC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream

The RoC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream is a fragrance-free drugstore favorite that's won multiple Allure Best of Beauty Awards (our highest accolade) for its intensive formula. Both Allure editors and Dr. Fahs are fans of this under-$30 retinol eye cream because its retinol-powered formula helps diminish the appearance of fine lines. Meanwhile, a mineral complex of zinc, copper, and magnesium provides antioxidant benefits to your eye skin and aid in collagen formation.

Neocutis Illuminating Eye Cream

Dr. Fahs says the Neocutis Illuminating Eye Cream is one of her favorite wrinkle-preventing eye creams, thanks to its potent blend of growth factors and caffeine "to hydrate and plump the skin while promoting collagen production." This dermatologist-favorite eye cream also contains antioxidant vitamin E for its moisture-retaining properties and hyaluronic acid to replenish skin hydration. Its formula provides such line-reducing results that it's even become a best-seller at Dermstore.

SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex

SkinCeuticals is known for its impressive lineup of skin-enhancing essentials, and the A.G.E. Eye Complex lives up to this brand's Best of Beauty-winning reputation. This rich, decadent cream provides gentle exfoliation courtesy of antioxidant-rich blueberry extract, which also protects skin from free radical damage and retains moisture.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream

Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream is one of the best drugstore skin-care products for addressing signs of aging on the skin around your eyes. It's infused with line-targeting retinol and hydrating hyaluronic acid, two skin-care powerhouses that attract water to the skin's surface layers and boost cell turnover to minimize the appearance of crow's feet.

Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream

The Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream is an Allure Best of Beauty winner that took our staffers' breaths away when they witnessed its skin-firming properties firsthand. This ultra-rich cream contains 21 different peptide chains to boost elasticity, minimize puffiness, and reduce the look of crow's feet and wrinkles.

Ren Skincare Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel

Puffy eyes don't just happen at 5 a.m. — sometimes they happen in the middle of the day after you've been staring at a computer screen for hours. That's when Ren Skincare's Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel comes in handy. The cooling gel formula has ginseng extract to depuff and refresh tired eyes and it won't mess up your makeup (you can even tap it on over concealer).

Visha Skincare Advanced Bright Eye Booster

Visha Skincare's Advanced Bright Eye Booster has an impressive formulation that was made by board-certified dermatologist Purvisha Patel, MD, but supporting a fellow derm isn't the only reason why Dr. Fahs loves this eye cream. "It's an amazing, dermatologist-developed eye cream that depuffs, brightens, and firms the delicate skin around the eye," she says.

This eye cream's innovative formula diminishes the appearance of dark circles and fine lines with a slew of skin-nourishing ingredients including hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing aloe vera, and caffeine to boost blood-vessel circulation. It also soothes dryness with the help of moisturizing, antioxidant-rich extracts derived from primrose and gooseberry.

Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum

As its name suggests, the Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum contains powerhouse ingredient retinol and antioxidant ferulic acid, the latter of which is known to stabilize and improve the efficacy of other skin-care additives (like a skin-care version of Robin to your eye cream's Batman). This Dr. Fahs-approved cream is also infused with bakuchiol, a sensitive-skin-friendly line-smoothing ingredient that has similar effects to retinol.

Colleen Rothschild Beauty Retinol Supreme Eye Serum

Dr. Fahs says that Colleen Rothschild Beauty's Retinol Supreme Eye Serum provides a double-dose combination of wrinkle-targeting retinol and brightening vitamin C to noticeably illuminate and tighten undereyes. She also loves that this eye cream has a metal tip applicator so you can indulge in a cool, soothing massage each time you swipe it on.

True Botanicals Resurrection Radiance Eye Cream

Brighter undereyes are a jar of True Botanicals' Resurrection Radiance Eye Cream away, thanks to its radiance-boosting and skin tone-evening blend of caffeine, turmeric, and licorice root extract. These ingredients work alongside moisturizing mango seed butter, glycerin, and jojoba oil to address dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles all at once.

Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb

K-beauty powerhouse Belif is no stranger to nailing hydrating skin care, and the Moisturizing Eye Bomb is no exception. Laced with skin-conditioning glycerin, ceramides, and squalane, the formula keeps undereyes looking supple throughout the entire day — and then some. Not to mention, it also contains some of the best anti-inflammatory ingredients like tiger grass and oat kernel extract to de-puff eye bags and soothe irritation.

Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel

It's not every day that you come across an eye cream that effectively hydrates and plays nicely under makeup. The Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel was invented by the brand's co-founder and makeup artist Patricia Santos, who was tired of product pilling when she applied concealer over eye cream. That's why this gel formula also acts as an impressive undereye primer.

In addition to being a quality base for your makeup, it's also a nourishing, depuffing, and cooling moisturizer that's infused with skin-firming peptides and soothing allantoin. Plus, with its rose-gold packaging, what's not to love?

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate

We'll admit it: we initially fell in love with Fresh's Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate, an Allure Best of Beauty Award winner, just because of its rich and cooling feel. When we saw how much brighter, smoother, and softer our undereyes looked — thanks to the antioxidant-powered black tea and lychee seed extracts in the formula ­ — we knew our feelings were real.

L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Eye & Lip Contour

L'Occitane's Immortelle Divine Eye & Lip Contour is divine French skin care at its greatest. This lightweight eye cream is infused with the line's staple ingredient, antioxidant-rich immortelle oil extract, which is abundant in omega-six and nine fatty acids and thus intensively moisturizing.

Dr. Brandt Needles No More Expression Line Smoother

Dr. Brandt's Needles No More Expression Line Smoother isn't a replacement for Botox, but it is one of our favorite products for targeting the appearance of fine lines and crow's feet. This firming eye cream contains moisturizing glycerin along with texture-smoothing AHAs glycolic and lactic acid to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while preventing future ones from forming.

Kat Burki Complete B Eye Creme Complex

Wrinkle-targeting creams that actually perform are few and far between, but The Kat Burki Complete B Eye Creme Complex meets all the qualifications. It's spiked with five different B vitamins, including vitamin B3 (known as niacinamide), that work together to provide free radical protection as well as decrease hyperpigmentation. To top it all off, this formula also contains hyaluronic acid to pull water into the surface layer of your skin, resulting in a plumper appearance.

Genaissance de La Mer The Eye and Expression Cream

The Genaissance de La Mer The Eye and Expression Cream's main function is to soften "expression lines" (e.g. wrinkles caused by smiling, laughing, and general emoting). We love how it contains hyaluronic acid that hydrates and softens the appearance of crow's feet, but it can also be used on forehead and smile lines with similar results.

When applied daily — and trust us, you'll want to put this stuff on all the time with its cooling, soothing applicator — the formula fades dark circles and tamps down puffiness, thanks to antioxidant-rich algae. While there's no denying this little jar of La Mer is pricey, we're here to tell you this stuff works on every front. Plus, the gorgeous package itself is (almost) enough justification to shell out the big bucks.

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