The 17 Best Eye Creams for Mature Skin, According to Experts

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When looking for the best eye cream for mature skin, there's a lot to consider. After all, our eye area gets a lot of attention (and does a lot of work) over the years. Think smiling, squinting, furrowing—even things as small and instinctual as rubbing your eyes—can exacerbate the effects of aging. “In skin-of-color patients, especially if there is a history of allergies and chronic skin rubbing, skin discoloration and skin thickening can also be an issue,” says Kseniya Kobets, MD, a dermatologist and director of cosmetic dermatology at Montefiore Einstein Advanced Care in Elmsford, New York. Unfortunately, even the best moisturizers for mature skin will not be enough to address signs of aging in the eye area. The skin around the eyes also happens to be the most delicate, meaning it naturally ages faster. Needless to say, by the time we reach our 40s and beyond, there's going to be some evidence of all the expressions made throughout those four or more decades. “Over time the area can become crepey,” says Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, a dermatologist, and founder of Hudson Dermatology & Laser Surgery in New York City. “There is also hollowing as collagen breaks down.”

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What happens to the eye area as you age?

Dark undereyes, bags, and puffiness are common concerns regardless of age, but for mature skin the struggles differ with new challenges such as “dehydration, cross-link wrinkles, dark circles, loss of elasticity, or sagging of the upper eye lid and brow,” says Aislinn Woodward, an esthetician at Penelope and the Beauty Bar San Francisco.

Which ingredients should I look for in eye cream for mature skin?

“I love peptides for strengthening the skin and improving elasticity,” says Dr. Roberta Del Campo, founder of Del Campo Dermatology in Miami. “I also recommend vitamin C for those with pigmentation, and hyaluronic [acid] is always a must for plumping and blurring fine lines and wrinkles.” For more of the usual eye concerns such as puffiness and undereye bags, Purvisha Patel, MD, a dermatologist in Memphis and founder of Visha Skincare, says to go for caffeine, which helps to stimulate circulation, vasoconstrict blood vessels in the skin, and decrease puffiness. In general, when trying to find an eye cream, look for words on the label like hydrating, firming, and antiaging, recommends Sarah Akram, a celebrity esthetician in Alexandria, Virginia. Do I need to use eye cream if I’m already using moisturizer? Simply put, your eyes may be at a different stage than the rest of your face, requiring more potent ingredients and a richer cream. Dr. Del Campo says that skin around the eyes is often more crepey and dry, so moisturizer that treats those concerns could be too heavy for the area. You wouldn't put a lip balm everywhere, right? Plus, if you're shelling out money for pricey actives in a tiny jar, it's more budget-friendly to reserve it for a smaller area (your eyes) rather than slather it all over your face.

I have sensitive eyes. What should I avoid?

Most derms will tell you to avoid anything with fragrance. “Sensitive-skin patients do not react well to products that have fragrance and are at a higher risk of developing an allergic contact dermatitis,” says Lian Mack, MD, a dermatologist and founder of GlamDerm in New York City. Another sensitive-skin saboteur is retinol. Although most are formulated with ingredients that will temper its harsh effects, it's still an aggressive ingredient that can cause an adverse reaction, especially for someone who's prone to irritation. Dr. Kobets also tells her patients to avoid “chemical UV-blocking ingredients like avobenzone and oxybenzone that can make eyes water and irritate the sensitive skin around the eyes.”

What is the best way to apply eye cream?

The ring finger is best for applying eye cream. The reason? It's the weakest, so it won't tug or pull on the delicate eye area. It may seem obvious, but in order to get the best results, you must use the product regularly. “It’s important to know that products will give you the best results when they’re used regularly,” Woodward says. Twice a day is a good goal. Kim Nichols, MD, a dermatologist and founder of NicholsMD in Greenwich, Connecticut, says to “look for a lighter eye formula, maybe something with caffeine for your morning routine to reduce puffiness and then a richer, more corrective formula your nighttime regimen.” It can actually help to use some pressure while applying, but it's different than tugging or pulling. Woodward says that doing tapotement (a technique using tapping motions) as you apply your eye cream will stimulate the eye area and help to nix puffiness. Do this in circles around your whole eye, up the ocular bone and even to the brow for a more lifted look. Our top picks:
  • Best Overall Eye Cream for Mature Skin: Science EyeMax AlphaRet Overnight Cream, $120
  • Best Drugstore Eye Cream for Mature Skin: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for Eyes, $23
  • Best for Dark Circles: Isdin Isdinceutics K Ox Eyes, $97
  • Best for Wrinkles: Biologique Recherche Crème Contour Yeux et Lèvres Biofixine, $199
  • Best for Dryness: Dieux Auracle, $44

Skinceuticals AGE Eye Complex for Dark Circles

The eye area is thin as it is, but with age comes thinner skin all over. For under the eyes, this means a crepey texture and even more pronounced dark circles. Dr. Nichols recommends this rich cream because it improves the signs of aging such as crow’s-feet, dark circles, and puffiness. “I like this formula because it is gentle enough for such a delicate area of the face,” she says.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for Eyes

If you notice more pronounced undereye crepiness and that makeup doesn't go on as smoothly as it once did, you could probably use some moisture. Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate and protect the delicate skin around the eyes, says Dr. Patel, who picked this budget-friendly eye cream.

Visha Skincare Advanced Bright Eye Booster

From Dr. Patel's own brand, this formulation “shows results in just six minutes.” It taps plant-based peptides along with emblica extract to help decrease the appearance of dark circles and caffeine to help stimulate circulation, vasoconstrict blood vessels in the skin and decrease puffiness.

Roc Retinol Correxion Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream for Dark Circles & Puffy Eyes

“I like anything with a retinol,” says Dr. Bhanusali. He recommends Roc in particular because it's well tolerated, even by sensitive-skin types. Pro tip: If you have easily irritated skin, do a patch test on your arm before applying to your face to ensure you don't have any adverse reactions.

Skinbetter Science InterFuse Treatment Cream Eye

This brand comes highly recommended by dermatologists because the formulas are science-backed and yield impressive results. Dr. Kobets likes this eye cream because it has youth-boosting peptides and hydrating hyaluronic acid, which make for an instant smoothing effect.

Biologique Recherche Crème Contour Yeux et Lèvres Biofixine

This eye cream is a bit pricey, but for good reason. It smooths and plumps to visibly fill in fine lines like crow’s-feet. Woodward says it's a great smoothing and wrinkle-reducing eye cream that can also be used around the lips. We love its luxe texture and the cooling dispenser tip. Note: Check with your local retailer as price can vary.

Doctor Babor Lifting RX Dual Eye Solution

Fortified with 2.5% tripeptide solution, this formula strengthens and firms the delicate skin around the eyes, while caffeine depuffs, says Dr. Del Campo.

Dieux Auracle

Dr. Bhanusali loves the great ingredients and glycerin in Diex Skin's eye cream. Bonus: Try pairing it with their Forever Eye Mask. “Occlusion helps penetration of ingredients, and it’s a really nice way to maximize effect,” he says.

Paula’s Choice C5 Super Boost Eye Cream

Packed with vitamin C to brighten and rebuild collagen, Nichols recommends this eye cream for keeping undereyes hydrated all day.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Eye Cream

Dr. Mack says, “This product has a lightweight gel-cream texture that feels very hydrating and soothing to the skin.” She recommends it for dry, sensitive, and allergy-prone patients because it's packed with soothing thermal spring water.

Auteurs Definitive Eye Cream

It's an investment for a small bottle, but Akram swears it’s worth it. “This luxurious cream-based formulation does it all: reduces lines, hydrates and nourishes the undereye area, brightens, and reduces puffiness,” she says.

Neocutis Lumière Firm Illuminating & Tightening Eye Cream

Collagen is essential for plump, youthful skin, but it starts decreasing after the age of 20. This is why using ingredients that help to boost collagen production are essential. Dr. Del Campo says this eye cream “contains peptides and growth factors to build collagen and elastin as well as vitamin C for brightening.”

Isdin Isdinceutics K Ox Eyes

Dark circles have different causes, some of which are untreatable with topicals (if your bone structure causes shadows, a cream isn't going to change that), but vitamin K is very effective at brightening the stubborn undereye area. For that reason and because this formula has hydrating hyaluronic acid, Dr. Kobets recommends this pick.

Monat Eye Smooth

“The formulation contains caffeine that helps to reduce puffiness, plus squalane and peptides that help to hydrate and tighten the under eye area,” says Dr. Mack, who instructs patients to refrigerate its applicator for a cooling effect.

Environ Vita-Peptide Eye Gel

Akram describes this formula as “a hydrating gel loaded with antiaging peptides and protective antioxidants that executes the job perfectly and works well for sensitive eyes.” She says that it plumps lines, smooths skin, and hydrates.

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Eye Cream for Dark Circles

“I love this brand since it offers clean and sensitive-skin-conscious products and is available over the counter,” says Dr. Kobets, who likes this formula for its lengthy ingredients label. It has caffeine, glycerin, niacinamide, dimethicone, ferulic acid, rice protein, and shea butter. An added bonus is its massage tip. Dr. Kobets recommends storing it in the fridge to help nix puffiness in the morning.

Skinbetter Science EyeMax AlphaRet Overnight Cream

“The AlphaRet combination along with antioxidants and niacinamide helps to reduces the appearance of fine lines, discoloration, and puffiness in as little as four weeks,” says Dr. Mack. This heavy hitter combines retinol with lactic acid, which is well tolerated by most skin types. 
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