14 Best Eye Creams For Wrinkles of 2020 - The Dermatology Review

14 Best Eye Creams For Wrinkles of 2020



Your eyes are the first thing that people see, and when your eyes look fatigued, wrinkled or puffy, you come across as being tired, no matter how radiant the rest of your face may look. The delicate eye area is one of the first places on the body to show the signs of aging. Whether you call them laugh lines or crow’s feet, these lines may be souvenirs of happy beach vacations and plenty of laughs, but nobody wants under eye wrinkles to be the first thing someone sees on their face. Here’s a look at what causes eye wrinkles, and the best anti-wrinkle eye creams to treat them.

What Causes Eye Wrinkles?

Lines around and under the eyes are simply a normal part of the aging process. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and thin, so it ages faster than other parts of the face. Eye wrinkles are caused by a loss of collagen and elastin, which are the skin’s support structure. But aging isn’t the only cause of fine lines. Too much, squinting, smoking and rubbing your eyes can all contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Even how you sleep is a factor – if one side of your face is constantly squashed and folded against a pillow, this can deepen wrinkles and crepey looking skin around the eyes.

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How To Prevent Eye Wrinkles

Prevention is half the battle when it comes to eye wrinkles, so a few lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Always slip on a pair of sunglasses when driving and in the outdoors – otherwise the constant squinting in the sunlight can contribute to lines around the eyes. Choose a large frame or wraparounds for maximum eye protection. Hydration is also key as the eye area skin is so thin and delicate that it’s prone to dryness. Drink plenty of water and avoid salty foods, and consider adding a humidifier to the bedroom.

Although it’s not easy, sleeping on your back can help prevent unnecessary creasing of the face. Specialty pillows can help make this easier, and some people swear by silk pillowcases to prevent creasing.

Other ways to keep eye wrinkles at bay include choosing an eye cream with a high SPF, limiting alcohol consumption and quitting smoking. Try to avoid rubbing your eyes too; if your eyes are always itchy, consider if seasonal allergies are a factor.

A healthy, well-rounded diet is also key. Nutrient rich foods that are packed with vitamins C, E, and A can help reduce and prevent the signs of aging.

Related: How to get rid of under eye wrinkles

How To Treat Eye Wrinkles

While eye wrinkles cannot be magically erased, there are plenty of things you can do to help reduce their appearance, whether you have mature skin or are in your 20s. Since the delicate area around the eyes is very thin, it can also be become quite dry, which just exaggerates the appearance of fine lines. Some people like to massage the delicate eye area with an oil, such as coconut or olive. Remember to be gentle and use your pinkie, and don’t pull the skin.

Under eye pads, which can be picked up at the drugstore, are also great for when you need a quick boost or an eye pick-me-up in the morning or before a big night out. These skin savers are soaked with skin plumping ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to help reveal brighter, smoother and more refreshed looking eyes. Eye pads can also help the eye area look firmer and have a temporary tightening effect.

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Why You Need an Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Even if you’re armed with a silk pillow case, extra large sunglasses and chilled cucumber slices, you still need an eye cream. It’s a common mistake to think that your regular moisturizer can be applied around the eyes. Eye creams are formulated differently to facial moisturizers. Because the skin around the eyes is so thin, they formulas tend to be thicker, richer and contain oils and other deeply hydrating ingredients.

Investing in a good eye wrinkle cream helps prevent fine lines as well as treat existing ones. The best eye creams pull double duty; they hydrate the eye area and also help to fill in lines, which means that everyone can benefit from using one, whether you’re in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or 60s, and have mature skin or a youthful glow.

There are plenty of eye creams to choose from, whether you like to shop at your local drugstore or if you prefer boutique brands. Eye creams come in three different type of formulas- gels, creams and serums. While the right formula is a matter of choice, other factors come into play. Skin type, makeup and temperature should all be taken into consideration. Creams are thicker and richer while gels and serums are more lightweight and absorb easily, which means your makeup is less likely to slide off.

Many people choose a thicker eye cream for night time and wear a gel during the day. If you’re worried about pulling and tugging on the skin, try an eye cream with a metal applicator tip.

Top Rated Ingredients In Anti-Aging Eye Creams

The best eye creams for wrinkles are packed with targeted ingredients to help improve the appearance of fine lines while also helping to firm and lift the eye area. Read the label carefully and look for ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid. These powerhouses help to add moisture as well as prevent water loss and improve elasticity. Vitamin C gives skin a glowing boost while peptides are thought to help firm the skin.

Arguably the most important ingredient to look for in an anti-wrinkle eye cream is retinol, which is available over the counter. This Vitamin A derivative helps encourage cell turnover and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Retinol can be drying and cause irritation, so look for a formula that also contains moisturizing powerhouses like hyaluronic acid. As with any retinol product, start slowly and remember that less is more. Start by applying a tiny amount of the cream a few times a week and build up to using it daily to prevent any redness, peeling or irritation.

The Best Eye Creams for Wrinkles

The best eye cream for wrinkles is Formulyst Complete Anti-Aging Eye Cream.

Read on to see the full list.


1Formulyst’s Complete Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Eyes may be the window to the soul, but they can also be host to a wide range of skin concerns including wrinkles, puffiness and bags. Formulyst’s Complete Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a multi-tasking formula targeting the various signs of aging around the eyes. The powerful cream contains retinyl complex and peptide technology to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while hyaluronic acid and cucumber extract soothe and hydrate the delicate eye area.

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2 Advanced Dermatology’s Youthful Boost Eye Gel

A youthful boost? We could all use one, couldn’t we? Advanced Dermatology’s Youthful Boost Eye Gel claims to reduce dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles with its formula of tetrapeptides and plant extracts. Tetrapeptides have shown in studies to be effective at stimulating collagen and increasing hyaluronic acid levels. Collagen is the protein that gives skin its structure. Without it, our skin would be loose and saggy. In fact, as collagen degrades, that’s exactly what happens to skin. Tetrapeptides can potentially help prevent this or at the very least simply prolong our skin’s firmness for a few more years.

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Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream

3 Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream

As we age, the elastin fibers in our skin decrease. As these elastin fibers degrade, skin becomes saggy and lax. Around the eye area, this results in droopiness and crepiness that is often unattractive and unwanted. Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream helps to reduce this laxity (that ultimately also results in wrinkling, it should be noted) by a combination of bi-mineral complex and malonic acid, two of its most active ingredients. In a study specifically on wrinkles around the eye area, bi-mineral complex (a combination of the minerals copper and zinc) was found to improve elasticity and moisture content of skin. The study showed “significantly enhanced moisturization,” “significant reduction” in the amount of wrinkles and a reduction in overall skin roughness/crepiness. Moreover, 80% of the subjects in the study reported being either very or somewhat satisfied with the results. Bi-mineral complex appears to work as a result of zinc and copper having a positive effect on the synthesis of fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen and elastin). The malonic acid in this formula is also said to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Like the bi-mineral complex, this ingredient can significantly diminish wrinkle formation like crow’s feet around the eyes. In short, this is an eye cream that is great for the reduction of wrinkles, though it may not necessarily depuff or treat dark circles.

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4 Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment

Avocado toast is great for brunch, and it turns out avocado oil is great for your eyes. (Is there anything avocado can’t do?) Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment will rejuvenate your eye area, taking years off your face. This product is loaded with luscious ingredients that restore moisture and smooth wrinkles around the delicate eye area. Let’s break them down.

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5 Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream

Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream is a triple threat. It fights puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles all in one convenient formula. Niacinamide and palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 are the main ingredients in this formula. Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, is a skin brightener that targets discoloration or hyperpigmentation. It can successfully brighten dark circles for an instantly younger and more luminous look. Dark undereye circles can make you look tired and older than you really are, hence the desire to be rid of them. Niacinamide is also quite the multitasker. In studies, it has shown to improve fine lines, redness, yellowing and discoloration. Elasticity also showed marked improvement. Quite a lot of work from one little vitamin! This ingredient can potentially improve wrinkling and dark circles around the eye area.

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6 Roc Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

Roc Retinol has spent a lot of time studying the effects of retinol, or vitamin A. According to the company, retinol begins working from week one and continues to work at the same rate in the following weeks, without hitting a wall. But we don’t solely have to trust the company’s research as retinol is a highly studied ingredient in skincare. In studies, retinol has been shown to stimulate collagen production with wrinkle reduction occurring after 12 weeks of use. Meanwhile, only four weeks of treatment were necessary to show an increase in thickness of the epidermis. In addition to retinol, this formula contains panthenol, or vitamin B5. In a study, panthenol, alongside niacinamide (vitamin B3) and tocopherol (vitamin E), showed improved skin texture, lightening of the skin, improved overall skin tone and smoother texture. All good things when it comes to common eye skin concerns like dark circles and wrinkles.

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7 Neocutis Eye Cream

This eye cream is packed with ingredients to brighten and smooth for an ultra luminous and attractive look. It features processed skin proteins (PSP), vitamin E, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and hyaluronic acid as its main ingredients. All of these work hard to get your eye area looking its absolute best by shedding wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.

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8 Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream

Shiseido’s Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream purports to address five different types of eye wrinkles: crow’s feet, undereye wrinkles, vertical wrinkles, corner creases and lid creases. That seems like a tall order, but there are plenty of active ingredients in this formula to address these issues effectively.

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9 SK-II R.N.A. POWER Eye Cream

Loaded with vitamins with proven track records, the SK-II R.N.A. POWER Eye Cream is the real deal. Vitamin B3, E and B5 are all present in this formula. Vitamin B3, or niacinamide, is an especially effective ingredient that has shown itself quite capable of targeting a variety of skin concerns, including wrinkles and discoloration. It has also shown capable of improving bad texture, making skin appear more refined overall.

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10 La Mer Eye Concentrate

Peep the ingredients on the La Mer Eye Concentrate and your head may spin. There’s a lot to take in, but don’t be intimidated. We’ll break down exactly which of the active ingredients help make this eye cream so effective.

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11 Vichy LiftActiv

Common eye concerns include puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles, and this cream targets all of those. It even goes one step further and lifts sagging eyelids. The main ingredients as defined by the company are Vichy mineralizing water, rhamnose and caffeine. Vichy mineralizing water contains 15 minerals and is said to be able to strengthen the skin barrier. The skin barrier is often likened to a wall. Consisting of non-living skin cells known as corneocytes and lipids that filter in between the corneocytes, it is similar to a brick and mortar system, where the corneocytes are the bricks and the lipids are the mortar. The main function of the skin barrier is to keep moisture in and keep pollutants and irritants out. When the skin barrier is disrupted for any reason, it may lead to conditions like atopic dermatitis, or symptoms like flakiness, itching, redness and swelling.

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12 Skinmedica TNS Eye Repair

Skinmedica TNS Eye Repair uses human fibroblast conditioned media (TNS) to help fight wrinkle formation along the eye area. TNS is a “combination of multiple natural messenger proteins.” Essentially, a progenitor cell is taken from a human fibroblast (cells that synthesize collagen production) and used to form thousands of new cells. These cells promote collagen synthesis in the skin. Skin with abundant collagen is less likely to wrinkle than skin where collagen has become degraded. In a study featuring 14 participants, TNS was found to significantly improve wrinkles and texture through new collagen formation, particularly in the eye area.

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13 Skinceuticals Eye Balm

The key ingredients in this Skinceuticals Eye Balm formulation are soy isoflavones, alpha tocopherol, or vitamin E, and silymarin. This is a great formula for mature skin, as soy isoflavones are a category of phytoestrogens that mimic estrogen in the body. As women age and pass the point of menopause, collagen begins to degrade more readily and skin becomes characterized by looseness, not to mention wrinkles. Soy isoflavones have been shown in studies to counteract this skin laxity and wrinkling by up to 24% and 22%, respectively.

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14 Caudalie Resveratrol Lift

Resveratrol is a plant polyphenol and antioxidant found in red grapes. If you’re a wine drinker, you may have heard the term before. It is a main ingredient in Caudalie’s eye cream, and has shown promise in studies as an anti-aging ingredient by binding to specific sites in the epidermis and preventing cell death.

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15 Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream

If you’re feeling fancy, you can certainly give Chanel’s Le Lift Eye Cream a go. Chanel scientists reportedly spent 12 years finding the perfect ingredient to make this product the absolute best it could be. They isolated an extract from the Edulis Morning Glory to create a patented ingredient “50 times more concentrated than the original.” That certainly sounds impressive, but what does it really mean? The morning glory extract, called 3.5-DA, or dicaffeoylquinic acid, shows potent antioxidant activity. As previously discussed, antioxidants are necessary in the fight against free radicals and the signs of aging that they cause.

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