Retinol is a miracle ingredient: It helps fight acne, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and gives you a brighter complexion. But when you include that ingredient in an eye cream, it makes a world of difference between looking put together and looking like you've had a rough night.
When it comes to Byrdie-editor favorites, one product seemed to keep popping up: The Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream. It goes on pretty lightweight and comes with a cooling gold applicator that just feels so nice. It's made with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin around the eyes and, obviously, with retinol to improve the skin's firmness and smooth out texture. Most of us who tried it definitely noticed a difference after a couple of uses.
Even other beauty editors can't get enough of this eye cream. "I love how this eye cream instantly makes me look more awake—I need all the help I can get," says Stephanie Montes, The Zoe Report beauty director. "It's not greasy, so it doesn't make my makeup slide off. And the best part is the gold applicator tip. It stays cool (especially when you keep it in the fridge like I do), which works wonders for eliminating puffiness."
"Aside from its fine line–blurring and skin-firming powers, what I like most about this silky eye cream is its applicator," says Kristina Rodulfo, PopSugar beauty editor. "I rub my eyes a lot throughout the day (a sin, I know), and the gold metal feels cooling and soothing against tired skin. It also ensures I treat the eye area delicately and doesn't waste as much product since the design allows more targeted application. I apply it not only at night but in the morning—it's lightweight enough to wear under makeup and keeps my computer screen–strained eyes looking bright."
It's a great option if you're looking for a retinol-based eye cream. Plus, it's got the beauty-editor stamp of approval.
If you can't get enough of retinol eye creams, click through to see some other great options.
This eye cream is made with a retinol tri-active technology that minimizes the appearance of crow's-feet and fine lines. Also, it works fast, and you'll notice a change after a few uses.
This eye cream is made with a peptide technology that has retinol and plankton extract as its key ingredients. This means you'll have an even skin texture and firmer skin after a few uses.
RoC is a trusted brand when it comes to retinol. It contains an exclusive mineral blend that really reduces the appearance of fine lines. It's non-greasy and quickly absorbs into the skin.
This eye cream mixes retinol with a ruby crystal complex to not only reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eye area but to brighten up any dark circles as well.
This eye cream is made with oat kernel extract, which has tightening properties to give your skin extra firmness. It also contains vitamin E for hydration and vitamin C for a more radiant complexion.
This is another eye cream that mixes retinol and hyaluronic acid. It goes on super lightweight, and you'll notice any lines or spots disappear within a week.
We love this eye cream especially to reduce puffiness. Made with pro-retinol A, this formula will firm up the skin around your eyes within four weeks.
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