Just the term “crow’s feet” can make anyone cringe. We spend our 20s and 30s meticulously trying to prevent and get rid of them, slathering on sunscreen and patting in copious amounts eye cream. (At least ideally we do.) However, no matter how regimented your skincare routine was, under-eye aging is sort of inevitable. Even though it is a natural part of aging, it’s nice to know how to deal with it when the time comes.
As we mature and change, our skincare routines need to as well. So we reached out to a bunch of Byrdie readers over the age of 40 to hear about the best eye creams for crows feet, dark circles, and puffiness. The Byrdie readers we interviewed include everyday women (including some of our moms!), dermatologists like Debra Jaliman, MD, and plastic surgeons like Melissa Doft, MD, all of whom are between the ages of 40 and 60. Keep scrolling to find out their favorite eye creams.
“I like iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex because it works. It’s not heavy. It reduces puffiness, and that is my main thing. I don’t have dark circles or anything like that, it just reduces the puffiness of my eyes.” — Joy
Goji fruit, or wolfberry, is native to the subtropical regions of China. Goji berries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C that lend their anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and protective properties. They are believed to help clear and brighten skin.
“It has several antioxidants (vitamin C and goji fruit) as well as peptides to reduce fine lines. I also find that it’s very hydrating and soothing without being too thick.” — Melissa
“I love the texture. It doesn’t feel greasy or heavy and soaks right in. I have very sensitive eyes, and I have had no problems.” — Michelle
“This stuff replenishes collagen, repairs sun damage, and inactivates free radicals, reversing the major causes of premature aging. It truly provides both immediate and long-lasting improvement to the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles around the eye area. It is also gentle and non-irritating.” — Debra
“This is a serum that I really like. Sometimes I just put the serum on (the dispenser has a round metal ball), and so I just go over my eyes with that. I like the application because I never have to touch anything. Sometimes I use that first, let it dry, and then put the cream on top of.” — Joy
“The area under my eyes gets dry and dark and wrinkled. Dermadoctor eye cream is soothing and plumps up the area. It makes a big difference and lasts all day.” — Denise
“I love everything Lancôme. I like how it smells, I like the texture, and that it feels good under my eyes when I apply it.” — Connie
“It contains coffee beans and a slight tint that brightens the under-eye area. Smooths lines and reduces puffiness too.” — Neecie
“This comes in a tube, so the ingredients aren't sacrificed when you open it (like they are when you use eye cream from a jar). It has ingredients to fight wrinkles and undo damage. I actually use this entire line, to be honest. It wears well under makeup, and the price kicks ass.” — Jess
Niacinamide (nicotinamide), is a form of vitamin B3, an essential nutrient. It is known for being incredibly restorative and has been used in skincare products to treat acne, redness, discoloration, and wrinkles.
“This product is fragrance-free and contains niacinamide, antioxidants, and peptides, which are all good ingredients for anti-aging.” — Debra
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