13 Best Eye Creams for Wrinkles and Fine Lines of 2022 – Cosmopolitan

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Khadija Horton

First the facts: The skin around your eyes is super thin and delicate and has fewer and less concentrated oil glands than the rest of your face to keep it plump, smooth, and bright, says dermatologist Shari Marchbein, MD, which leads to the obvious dark circles, dryness, puffiness, and under-eye bags. It also means your eye area will be the first part of your face to get fine lines, wrinkles, and crepey texture. Not only that, but your eyes are incredibly expressive, so years of constant squinting, smiling, and frowning eventually leads to “expression lines,” like crow’s feet and “elevens” (the horizontal lines between the eyes), says Dr. Marchbein.

which means if you want to smooth the skin around your eyes, you’re gonna need to add a targeted eye cream for wrinkles to your daily skincare routine. To help you narrow down the options, I reached out to three board-certified dermatologists (shoutout to Dr. Marchbein and board-certified dermatologists Marisa Garshick and Joshua Zeichner) for their favorite anti-wrinkle eye cream picks, below.

Keep reading for the full list of the 13 best eye creams for wrinkles—plus the most important things to keep in mind before purchasing a new eye cream.

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Best Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream with Vitamin C

BeautyStat Universal Universal C Eye Perfector


Best Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream for Dry Skin

Drunk Elephant Ceramighty AF Eye Balm


Best Overall Eye Cream for Wrinkles

Skinbetter Science EyeMax AlphaRet Overnight Cream


Best Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream


Best All-Natural Eye Cream for Wrinkles

Tata Harper Restorative Anti-Aging Eye Cream


Best Splurge Eye Cream for Wrinkles

Augustinus Bader The Eye Cream with TFC8


Best Drugstore Eye Cream for Wrinkles

RoC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream


Best Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream with Peptides

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C & Tri-Peptide Collagen-Protecting Eye Cream


Best Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream for Under Makeup

Rose Inc Eye Revival Brightening Eye Cream


Best Celeb-Favorite Eye Cream for Wrinkles

Shani Darden Skin Care Intensive Eye Renewal Cream


Best Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream with SPF

Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35


Best Multitasking Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Epi.logic by Dr. Jeanniton Eye Contact


Best Overnight Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Charlotte Tilbury Refillable Magic Eye Rescue Cream with Retinol


How to choose the best eye cream for wrinkles:

Take a look at the active ingredients.

Not all anti-wrinkle eye creams are created equal. The best ones will contain one (or more) of the tried-and-true anti-aging ingredients, below:

  • Retinol: Derm-favorite anti-aging ingredient that jumpstarts cell turnover and stimulates collagen and elastin production.
  • AHAs: Exfoliating acids that resurfaces and smooths skin.
  • Peptides, stem cells, and growth factors: Skin regenerating ingredients that improve skin function and signal collagen and elastin production.
  • Vitamin C and niacinamide: Two of the best brightening and firming antioxidants that protect skin from the aging effects of free radical damage.
  • Hyaluronic acid: Humectant that hydrates skin to temporarily plump fine lines.
  • Ceramides: Lipids that help moisturize skin and strengthen its protective barrier.

Think about your skin type.

When choosing an eye cream, it is important to select a product that’s designed for your skin type, says Dr. Zeichner. “Your best friend’s favorite product may not be right for you.” For example, if you have sensitive skin, you may not be able to tolerate an eye cream with retinol or acids and should look for something with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and/or niacinamide instead.


Can I use my face moisturizer as an eye cream?

Sorry, but using your anti-wrinkle face cream or lotion as your eye cream isn’t always the best idea. Most face creams contain some sort of fragrance, which can aggravate eye skin. And thick ones can also cause the under-eye area to retain moisture and look puffy. Unlike face creams, eye creams are formulated with sensitivity in mind and usually contain a lesser concentration of active ingredients to prevent your delicate eye area from getting irritated.


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Why trust Cosmopolitan?

Lauren Balsamo is deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan with nine years of experience researching, writing, and editing skincare stories that range from the best anti-aging moisturizers to the best lasers for acne scars. She’s an authority in all skincare categories but an expert when it comes to anti-aging products and eye creams for wrinkles. She regularly tests and analyzes anti-wrinkle eye creams for efficacy, while working with the industry’s top dermatologists and estheticians to assess new formulas, brands, and technologies.

Deputy Beauty Director Lauren Balsamo is deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, where she writes, edits, and produces all types of beauty content—from product reviews to personal essays and trend reports.

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