The best eye creams for getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles
Fine lines? Never heard of her
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / July 08 2019
Do you know what’s not fun? When you start noticing lines and wrinkles around your eyes and you don’t know what the hell to do. You’ve been busy trying to fight those dark circles and now you’ve got a whole other situation going on.
The skin around your eyes is super thin and needy, so it’s no wonder this area is the first place to show the signs of ageing. The answer? It could be time to make the switch to a targeted anti-ageing eye cream. While your eye area (similarly to your skin) was once served best with hydrating moisturisers, it’s now calling out for the big guns – antioxidant-rich nourishment.
You want to look for something that uses proven ingredients to hydrate without causing irritation, while also helping to improve collagen production to reduce the appearance and growth of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. After all, prevention is easier if you have the right products! If you’re consistent, it’s the most effective course to stop wrinkles from forming.
And there’s a whole heap of eye-specific formulas out there that are packed with hardworking anti-ageing ingredients like vitamin A (retinol), hyaluronic acid, peptides, niacinamides and vitamin C – and they can make a world of difference when it comes to tackling fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes.
To save you trawling through a thousand different options, we’ve pulled together some of the best line-smoothing, plumping and brightening eye creams on the market – and the benefits each of them offer – below.
Medik8 r-Retinoate Day & Night Eye Serum
Medik8's r-Retinoate Day & Night Eye Serum is a lightweight, nourishing eye serum that contains retinyl retinoate (a hybrid of traditional retinol and clinical strength retinoic acid) to fade fines lines and improve radiance. Even though it’s stronger than your average retinol, this powerful serum is still gentle enough to be used for daily AM and PM use – you don’t even have to work your way up to daily use – you can use it straight away, every day. Winning.
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème is a lightweight vitamin C-rich eye cream that instantly targets fine lines and wrinkles and reduces the look of dark circles and discolouration, helping to illuminate the entire eye area over time. Plus, it sits like an absolute dream under your concealer.
SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex
SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex is a silky formula containing a potent combination of Proxylane™, blueberry extract, and a complex of flavonoids and synergistic peptides to improve the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and crow’s feet. It also includes optical diffusers to disperse light and immediately improve the radiance of tired, dull-looking eyes.
Paula’s Choice Anti-Ageing Eye Cream
Packed with antioxidants and soothing, hydrating ingredients, Paula’s Choice Anti-Ageing Eye Cream performs on all fronts. It improves multiple signs of ageing, including fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, under-eye shadows and puffiness, while the addition of shea butter adds that extra boost of hydration for bright, supple skin.
Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream
This powerful formula offers all the essential ingredients to fight the signs of ageing, including vitamin B3 niacinamide and peptides. Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, puffy eyes and dark circles, while intensely hydrating and soothing dry skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C™ Power Eye Cream
Peter Thomas Roth's Potent-C™ Power Eye Cream ticks ALL the boxes. It’s made from powerful antioxidants and THD ascorbate (an ultra-stable form of vitamin C that’s 50 times more powerful), vitamin E, ferulic acid, caffeine and hyaluronic acid to help improve the look of dark circles while de-puffing eyes and smoothing crow's feet.
Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift
Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift is a cooling cream-gel formulated with ingredients like fermented yeast and a unique hyaluronic acid blend to firm skin and help generate a lifting effect. It also tackles under-eye circles and those dreaded eye bags with bioactive diglucosyl gallic acid – a powerful ingredient that works with your skin’s natural microbiome (microorganisms) to brighten and energise the eye area.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream
Formulated with a unique patented formula called Accelerated Retinol SA, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream delivers pure stabilised retinol into the skin’s surface to reduce the visible signs of ageing. It fades the look of lines and wrinkles, while evening skin tone (see ya, dark circles) and rejuvenating and nourishing the skin around the eye.
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
If there was a competition for the most peptides, Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream totally wins. The creamy formula contains eight different peptides, five forms of vitamin C, and cucumber extract, which all work together to create firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area. Replenishing ceramides and plant oils keep the eyes hydrated and youthful. It’s super potent, but it’s also extremely gentle and can be used day and night.
Rationale PhotoDynamic Eye Cream
With skin-firming peptides, hyaluronic acid and ceramides, Rationale’s PhotoDynamic Eye Cream targets fine lines, dryness and puffiness in one hit. It’s also a serious winner for tired eyes and dark circles because it contains illuminating pigments to camouflage any signs of discolouration. Bye, concealer!
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream
Is there ever a ‘best eye cream’ article without Antipodes? We think not. That’s because this little beauty does it all – but especially when it comes to anti-ageing. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream offers a powerful cocktail of vitamin C and other antioxidant-rich ingredients to boost collagen production and rescue damaged skin tissue.
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum
This potent yet gentle serum uses Murad’s Retinol Tri-Active Technology, which features a fast-acting retinoid, a time-released retinol, and a retinol booster. It also contains a unique marine kelp complex to help lift and firm the eye contour, while visibly brightening dark circles.
Synergie Skin Improveyes Night
This is a powerful overnight eye treatment designed to restore, hydrate and nourish the eye area. Synergie Skin Improveyes Night contains peptide technology to diminish the appearance of lines, while marine extract tightens, tones and enhances collagen production for youthful-looking eyes come morning.
Société Ultimate Eye Lift Dual Pack
Société’s Ultimate Eye Lift is a comprehensive two-step regimen that targets all signs of ageing. This dynamic duo boasts a combination of hyaluronic acid to hydrate and protect the eyes, and a bioactive complex of peptides to firm and lift the eye area.
Looking for more anti-ageing skin care tips? Check out eight things you can do to slow down the signs of ageing.
What’s your go-to under-eye cream? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.