Allure posted "17 Best Eye Creams for Wrinkles That Address Crow’s Feet and Sagging Skin" In 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
Visha Skincare Advanced Bright Eye Booster
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
True Botanicals Resurrection Radiance Eye Cream
Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb
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
L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Eye & Lip Contour
Dr. Brandt Needles No More Expression Line Smoother
Kat Burki Complete B Eye Creme Complex
Genaissance de La Mer The Eye and Expression Cream
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.