The Scoop on Eye Cream—and How to Choose the Right One for You

Rachel Krause


Eye cream is divisive: some people swear by it, while others see it as an unnecessary step in their skin care routine. Does the eye area really call for a designated moisturizer in addition to a regular moisturizer that you already apply beneath your eyes?

The answer isn’t so simple—while there are certainly some precautions you should always take to protect the eye area, whether or not you use an eye cream is really a matter of preference. If you feel like yours is making a difference, there’s no reason to stop, but there are plenty of eye creams that are really just moisturizers that say “eye cream” on the label.

To make sure you’re getting the most from that extra step, turn to the ingredients list. And remember, prevention is key, so preserve your eye area now with good skin care habits and stress less later. We will say that one of the most important things you can do is to protect your eye area with SPF every day—it’ll make a world of difference to the way your skin ages. With that said, here’s what to look for next time you spring for a new eye cream.

For Dryness
The skin around your eyes is incredibly fragile, so it’s more prone to dryness than the rest of your face. As such, most people can benefit from a bit of moisture, which often goes hand-in-hand with anti-aging ingredients. First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm is our pick for a rich, creamy night treatment that really does it all. Packed with nourishing shea butter, flower waxes, and jojoba, it’s got everything you need for smoother, better-hydrated skin.

For Fine Lines
Fine lines are one of the most common complaints when it comes to the undereye area—squinting, smoking, and… facial expressions are just some of the factors that contribute to crow’s feet and lines. Retinol is inarguably the best ingredient for fighting and preventing fine lines, and Glow by Dr. Brandt Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream is a gentle formula that works wonderfully to smooth away wrinkles. It also helps to prevent moisture loss, courtesy of a powerhouse blend of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and glycerin.

For Dark Circles
Caffeine works wonders for brightening up dark circles—when applied topically, it encourages blood flow and constricts the vessels to reduce that shadowy look in a big way. The cult favorite Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, formulated with both coffee bean and optical brighteners that restore radiance instantly, is the best in class for giving dark, puffy undereyes a much-needed makeover.

For Prevention
If you’re not yet in need of serious treatment but still want to tackle signs of aging, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream covers all the bases: it addresses those early signs while brightening and protecting the eye area with antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and that promised lotus flower extract, which defends against free radicals that can cause wrinkles.

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