10 Preventative Eye Creams That Are *Extra* Strategic Once You Hit Your 40s

If you deal with puffiness, fine lines, or dark circles, it's high time you add an eye cream into your skincare routine. Eye cream is a good thing to start using at any age, but it becomes especially important once you hit your 40s.


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"Collagen production steadily declines starting in our 30s, but by the time we’re in our 40s, the signs of the collagen loss are more visibly apparent,” says triple board-certified dermatologist Mamina Turegano, MD, FAAD. "The first area where signs of aging are often observed is around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most delicate, so signs of dehydration and loss of collagen show up as crepey skin with wrinkles earlier than other parts of the face.”

What kind of eye cream should I choose?

For this reason, it’s particularly important to treat the skin around your eyes with an eye cream. Loretta Ciraldo MD FAADfounder of Dr. Loretta skincare and a Miami-based board-certified dermatologist with over 40 years of experience, recommends looking for an eye cream you can apply all around the eye area, not just to the under-eye area. 

As far as texture goes, you can choose a cream based on your personal preference. If you wear makeup during the day, Ciraldo says to opt for a quick-drying gel to avoid feeling tempted to skip your eye cream in the morning.


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What ingredients should I look for in an eye cream?

Look for ingredients proven to help build collagen, decrease puffiness and dark circles, and add moisture to the skin. Ciraldo and Turegano recommend looking for ingredients like peptides, antioxidants, vitamin C, ceramides, squalane, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. Keep reading to see Ciraldo and Turegano's recommendations for the best eye creams to start using in your 40s (or before!).


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The 11 best eye creams for people in their 40s:

1. Best Overall: SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex

2. Versed Smooth Landing Advanced Retinoid Eye Balm

3. Dr. Loretta Tightening Eye Gel

4. Biopelle Emepelle Eye Cream 

5. The Ordinary Caffeine 5% + ECGC Depuffing Eye Serum

6. Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment

7. Neocutis Lumière Firm Illuminating and Tightening Eye Cream

8. Murad Vitamin C Dark Circle Correcting Eye Serum

9. Skin Better Science Interfuse Treatment Cream Eye 

Editor's picks:

10. Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream

11. U Beauty The Return Eye Concentrate

Other essential products to keep in your arsenal once you hit your 40s:

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated. 

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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.