Thanks to its delicate skin, the area around the eyes shows wear and tear first, before it may appear on the rest of the face. "As you get older, the skin foundation weakens, so when you smile or squint, the skin folds, leading to crow's feet and wrinkles," explains dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner "Plus, chronic rubbing from allergies or removing makeup—combined with sun exposure—creates uneven under-eye pigmentation as well."
Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take— and products you can use— that help fight the aging of the oh-so delicate eye area. Namely eye cream. We talked to Dr. Howard Sobel, a dermatologist in NYC about when you should start using an eye cream, and the ingredients you should reach for.
First and foremost, Sobel suggests beginning to an eye cream during you 30's, because that's when fine lines around the corners of the eyes start to appear. As a rule, "Eye creams formulated with hyaluronic acid help with dark circles and hydration, but once you are over the age of 25, you should look for eye creams that have peptides to support collagen and elastin—and firm the look of sagging skin."
Here are our 11 favorite eye creams to keep your peepers line-free.
We love the metal applicator on this under eye wand, which deposits just the right amount of product while simultaneously relieving puffiness. Pro tip: store it in the fridge and you'll get maximum impact from the cool tip.
The ultimate in luxury eye creams, this concentrate boasts a blend of three unique forms of the La Mer Miracle Broth, which was developed from nutrient rich algae. And the cooling metal applicator? It's the icing on the lavish cake.
Those with dry skin around their eyes will rejoice thanks to this emollient filled option. A little goes a long way.
Inkey List's latest is an eye cream infused with vitalease, a stabilized retinol compound with a slow release formula so the sensitive skin around the eyes doesn't get irritated. But Sobel reminds, "As with all retinoid products, start slow and only use a small amount till you build up a tolerance for us. Make sure to always follow up with an SPF during the day!"
Even if you're diligent about sunscreen, the sensitive area around the eye tends to be overlooked on sunny days. UV exposure is the quickest way to age yourself, so apply a mineral-packed SPF formula underneath your favorite pair of shades.
Perfect for travel or a midday refresh, this multi-tasker works on eyes and lips to nourish dry skin and diminish fine lines.
This uber-moisturizing eye cream is packed with hyaluronic acid, and it's gentle enough to use twice a day for those who are particularly diligent about wrinkle prevention.
A one-two-punch in the eye cream arena: packed with not only retinol, but hyaluronic acid, so you can support collagen production and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, all while plumping and smoothing the skin.
The little black dress of eye creams. This ultra-rich cream will visibly reduce signs of aging and fatigue thanks to ingredients derived from the vanilla plantifolia plant. And it is l-u-s-h.
If you're looking to keep the delicate skin around the eye bouncy and crow's feet-free, try the ultra-moisturizing blend of squalane and wrinkle-blasting marine algae complex. Bonus: it's gentle and a great starter eye cream.
Pause well-aging formulated their new eye renewal treatment with their proprietary Pause Complex, as well as caffeine, ginko biloba, sodium hyaluronate, acetyl tetra-peptide and phylloquinone, to address the degradation of collagen in the skin as we age. Rich and nourishing, with regular use the entire area will have diminished signs of aging. That could be dramatically brightening dark circles, minimized puffiness, the evening of skin tone—and yes, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.