Eye Cream Skeptics, Bow Down—These Wrinkle-Reducing Formulas Are Crazy Effective


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If you're not careful, fine lines can appear around the eye area at any age. Believe me, I know. I used prescription-strength tretinoin for years without enough hydration, and crow's feet did not hesitate to form around the area. Luckily, with the right eye cream, my eye area is now firmer, more hydrated, and overall brighter. I know some folks are skeptical about eye creams and if they actually work, but I swear by them. Various creams have pulled my dull, dehydrated eye area out of a very sad state.

Hydration is key, and if you find yourself in a similar bind or could use some help in that department in general, we've got you covered. I asked a dermatologist to share tips on what ingredients to look for if you're searching for an eye cream for fine lines and wrinkles. Keep reading for all his advice and a few of his top product picks.

What to Look for in a Wrinkle-Reducing Eye Cream


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If you're dealing with dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, or dark circles around the eye area, don't worry. Board-certified dermatologist Bradley Glodny, MD, says there are several options out there that can help. "There are many ingredients found to be helpful in eye creams to combat wrinkles and fine lines," he says. "I like to think of these ingredients [as] best used for prevention, so early intervention is key. Some of these ingredients include retinol (vitamin A), human growth factors/peptides, hydroxy acids, vitamin K oxide, and vitamin C (ascorbic acid)."

To firm the skin and reduce the appearance of crow's feet and fine lines, you'll definitely want to gravitate toward products with peptides, growth factors, and retinol the most. These ingredients are great at reducing wrinkles individually but work even better together. Keep scrolling for a few of Glodny's recommended eye creams for wrinkles and a few of our favorites.

Best Overall Wrinkle-Reducing Eye Cream: Versed Smooth Landing Advanced Retinoid Eye Balm

Innbeauty Project Bright & Tight Dark Circle Firming Eye Cream

Tru Alchemy Eye Elixir

ISDIN K-Ox Under-Eye Brightening Cream

CeraVe Skin Renewing Eye Cream

SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex

Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Firming & lifting Eye Cream

Cocokind Revitalizing Eye Cream

Olay Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 Gel Eye Cream

Emepelle Eye Cream

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.