We know that a bright eye area is essential to looking fresh and alert even when we feel less than. And while a cooling eye gel and brightening concealer can work wonders on a dark and puffy under-eye situation, withered skin and wrinkles are a bit harder to disguise. To get the skinny on the best eye creams for wrinkles, we reached out to dermatologists Michele Farber, MD, at Schweiger Dermatology Group, Ronald Moy, MD of Rodeo Derm, and Julie Russak, MD, for their favorite eye creams that protect against and reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow's-feet.
According to Russak, the “most sensitive skin on your entire body is the area around your eyes,” and this area is “quick to show signs of aging and fatigue.” She adds that eye creams have the ability to combat dryness and dehydration, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles if used religiously and over an extended period of time, of course. For dermatologist-recommended, wrinkle-reducing, and fine line–plumping eye creams, keep on reading.
Whether you're looking to prevent signs of aging or already have some fine lines appearing, this eye cream is sure to do the trick. Thanks to this antioxidant-rich formula made up of multiple fine line–plumping peptides, vitamin E, and caffeine, Farber says this cream will protect against eye-area aging.
If you tend to have sensitive skin, particularly around the eyes, Farber recommends using this gentle eye cream fortified with peptide complexes that "plump creepiness and smooth fine lines" and glycerin and hyaluronic acid that "soothe the gentle skin of the under-eye area" for a smoother appearance.
This recently-launched eye balm by Dr. Moy combines revolutionary ingredients to act as a skin barrier due to their naturally strong DNA-repair process. RMD's award-winning growth factor (sourced from Icelandic barley) works to improve skin thickness, dark circles, fine lines and texture by activating cell renewal.
One of Russak's favorite eye creams is this paraben and alcohol-free moisturizer from SkinCeuticals, as she says it "improves the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and crow's-feet associated with glycation (which is a major factor of the natural aging process)." Furthermore, Russak adds that this cream enhances "radiance around the eyes."
Farber says that retinol, a collagen booster commonly used to fight signs of aging, is another "important adjunct for under-eye wrinkles." While she recommends talking to a dermatologist about a prescription retinol cream, if you do choose to use a retinol formula, she says to proceed with caution and "use these [creams] carefully around the eyes, especially if your skin is more sensitive. "
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