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Eye cream is an essential part of any skincare routine—add on one with some anti-wrinkle benefits and you are on your way to your best skin yet. Since your eye area is delicate this is the place where wrinkles tend to show first so it is never too early to try an anti-wrinkle cream here. Whether you are looking for some heavy-duty smoothing or are just getting started on your eye cream journey—we have a pick for you.
Best Overall: La Mer The Eye Concentrate
La Mer was developed by a literal rocket scientist as a burn treatment after he suffered an accident, and the healing treatment he discovered using natural algae turned out to have healing benefits that work incredibly well for beauty purposes, too.
This algae extract, known in the brand’s product mix as Miracle Broth, is believed to protect the skin from free radicals using antioxidants, as well as hydrating skin with vitamins and minerals that can reduce puffiness. An ingredient called cyclopentasiloxane helps seal in moisture and plump up fine lines in the short term, while the artemia extract helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles over the long term.
This pick is not for the budget conscious but many swear by its "miracle" abilities.
Best Brightening: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme
This cheerful little package always makes us smile when we see it in on our shelves, but the pretty jar hides a product that packs a serious punch. This brightening eye cream is super rich in vitamin C, reducing the look of dark circles while improving concealer application and wear—inspired by makeup artist secret, banana powder. It contains collagen to firm and hydrate and contains special yellow pigments to instantly brighten and color-correct the eye area, making your dark circles look instantly brighter.
Reviewers love the ultra-light texture and immediate results, as well as the energizing citrus scent. In an independent, clinical study on 37 women using Banana Bright Eye Crème over 4 weeks, 94% of users experienced a reduction in the look of fine lines and wrinkles by an average of 40%, and all saw a reduction in their signs of aging and fatigue by the 4th week.
Best Drugstore: RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
Retinol is one of the gold standard anti-wrinkle treatments out there, and this beloved drugstore formula contains a tested anti-aging retinol and mineral blend that helps reduce the appearance of crow's feet, dark circles, and puffiness—as well as moisturize the eye area.
Ophthalmologist-tested, reviewers were less impress with how it tackled the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, but as far as visibly reducing wrinkles around the eyes and crow's feet, most saw results within several weeks. There are higher concentrations of retinol available in other eye creams, but for a solid drugstore option, Roc has built its reputation on creating an accessible and effective version.
Best for Older Skin: Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Cream
This anti-wrinkle eye cream uses a bi-mineral complex of zinc & copper, which are clinically shown to improve elasticity and moisture content of skin. It also uses malonic acid, which is said to stimulate collagen and elastin production to help your skin look better from the inside out all around your eye area, including improving crow’s feet.
It’s super targeted at reducing wrinkles, so you may still need to find other methods for depuffing and covering up dark circles, but for fighting the major signs of aging, this is a serious tool for the advanced skincare practitioner.
Best for Daytime: Biopelle Radiance Eye Cream
Not all anti-wrinkle eye creams are appropriate for daytime use—sun-reactive ingredients like retinol are better used at night, and the application process can actually temporarily cause under eyes to appear puffier than before until the product has a chance to sink in and work.
For a morning cream, you want something with a few specific characteristics: growth factors to increase collagen, antioxidants to protect from UV and environmental damage, and emollients and humectants to moisturize. This super-rich formula also uses peptides to stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Reviewers love that the product has a slight tint to brighten dark circles and even out your skin tone, and reviewers say that it can stand in for concealer all on its own.
Best for Nighttime: SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair
Rich in powerful anti-agers like hyaluronic acid, vitamin A, vitamin E, and panthenol, this is an ideal cream to apply at night as it’s designed to fight the signs of past sun damage—and that’s harder to do when you’re continuing to damage your skin in the sun. The rich texture layers on instant moisture to diminish dehydration lines, while Vitamins A, C and E provide antioxidant protection and help to lighten dark under eye circles. Peptides and TNS, a naturally secreted and stabilized growth factor blend that helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, and texture deliver long-term improvement to the texture and performance of your skin.
Best Lightweight: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Gel Eye Cream
While thick eye creams do a great job and infusing the skin with moisture–sometimes they can be too heavy to wear during the day, under makeup, or in hot weather. This favorite from Neutrogena is made with hyaluronic acid which will give your skin that added moisture it needs in a gel application.
Since hydrated skin looks fuller and plumper leaving you with younger looking skin. The gel formula soaks into the skin a lot faster than creams so you can apply your makeup and head out for the day without worrying about smearing.
Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular anti-wrinkle eye cream on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 90 different creams overall, screened options from 65 different brands and manufacturers, read over 50 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 2 of the creams themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.