The 9 Best Eye Creams, According to Dermatologists
Best under eye creams
When it comes to eye creams, one product definitely does not fit all. Find the formula designed to target your under eye issues with this guide to the best eye creams on the market. Whether you're hoping to banish dark circles, soften fine lines, erase sun damage, or minimize the signs of aging, these incredible creams and serums will help treat your specific skincare concern. Best of all, we polled dermatologists to get their top picks—so you know that these formulas will really live up to their claims.
Eye cream for daytime use
To buy: Biopelle Radiance Eye Cream; $80, dermstore.com
"This is a wonderful eye cream for morning application. It contains all the ingredients I look for to help protect and rejuvenate the delicate eye area: growth factors to increase collagen, antioxidants to protect from UV and environmental damage, emollients and humectants to moisturize and plump, and a light tint for both cosmetic coverage and additional protection."
—Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist based in Travis County, Texas
Eye cream for dark circles
To buy: Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream; $97, dermstore.com
"It contains bisabolol, which can stimulate collagen production, as well as caffeine, which can constrict blood vessels, improving the appearance of dark circles. Bisabolol is an anti-inflammatory derived from chamomile, so it is soothing to the delicate eyelid skin. Lumiere also contains glycerin, which is extremely hydrating."
—Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist in the New York City area
Eye cream for skin plumping
To buy: L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Eye Treatment; $7, amazon.com
"This eye treatment is filled with hyaluronic acid, an ingredient found in injectable fillers. As an ingredient in topical serums, fragmented hyaluronic acid benefits the skin by drawing moisture to the epidermis, giving the eye area a plumper and more volumized appearance while filling in fine lines temporarily. This non-greasy formula also contains caffeine."
—S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, a dermatologist based in Miami, Florida
Eye cream for dark circles and fine lines
To buy: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye; $62, nordstrom.com
"I love this product. It's tried-and-true; the Night Repair line has been on the market for a long time and has proven itself with my patients. Most of my ethnic patients complain mainly of dark circles under the eyes, and have found this product to be really helpful in improving dark circles as well as fine lines."
—William Kwan, MD, a dermatologist based in San Francisco
Eye cream for fine lines
Eye cream for fine lines
Eye cream for dry, sensitive skin
To buy: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel; $20, amazon.com
"I recommend this particularly for those experiencing dryness and sensitivity around the eyes, since it does a great job increasing skin hydration and helping the skin repair itself. In addition, my patients prefer the lightweight gel during the summer months. This product absorbs quickly and allows quick application of makeup or sunscreen."
Eye cream for sun damage
To buy: SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair; $102, dermstore.com
"This is meant for nighttime application, when skin cells activate the repair mechanisms to help undo damage from the sun and environment. Using growth factors, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid, TNS Eye Repair supports the skin's renewal process, all in a very elegant cream base. I particularly recommend this for urban Gen-X-ers and Millennials."
Eye cream for people in their 20s and 30s
To buy: SkinCeuticals AOX Eye Gel; $94, dermstore.com
"It contains well-researched antioxidants—vitamin C and ferulic acid—to help prevent and correct signs of UV-induced aging. It also contains caffeine and ruscus aculeatus to reduce under eye puffiness and improve circulation. The active ingredients in this gel make it a good pick for smoothing the under eye area, reducing puffiness, and counteracting sun spots. The lightweight texture is also ideal for use under makeup."