Shop: 15 Dermatologist-Approved Eye Creams

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Can buying a beauty product solve all your problems? Maybe not—but we know full well how powerful a brand-new lipstick (or perfume, or serum) can make us feel.  With that in mind, we present to you our new Shop series—a carefully curated collection of all the buzziest beauty products to feast your eyes on, maybe lighten your wallet with, and definitely feel great about. Our market editors will be scouring the interwebs and our favorite retailers to bring you the noteworthiest new beauty gems before you see them everywhere else. So, go ahead and shop—you deserve it.

If eyes are the windows to the soul, ours are revealing a lot these days. After all, this ultra-sensitive area is the first to show signs of aging in the forms of fine lines and wrinkles and the first to reveal our sleeping schedule (or lack thereof) in the form of puffy, dark eye circles.

To combat these skincare woes once and for all, we went straight to the experts, sourcing everyone from dermatologists and skincare experts to our own beauty editors to find the best science-backed brands and products. We were looking to not only combat our current issues but also prevent future ones (without spending our whole life’s savings). Check out their tried-and-true recommendations at every price point below.

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You can thank resveratrol, a natural ingredient derived from the grapevine, for this highly effective formula. Not only does it lift and smooth wrinkles, but it also increases collagen and enhances your skin's ability to produce hyaluronic acid.

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Dermatologist Karen Hammerman, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group swears by this formula because it "works through multiple pathways to visibly diminish the look of dark under-eye circles, reduce the appearance of puffiness and smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles," she says.

Filled with vitamins K, E, and C as well as green tea extract, this powerhouse formula works to brighten dark circles and minimize under-eye puffiness. Sodium hyaluronate deeply hydrates and calms irritation, and peptides smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

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Made from refreshingly natural ingredients such as green tea, kiwi extract, and kombucha extracts to firm eye contours, this formula diminishes fine lines, clears dark circles, and neutralizes free radicals. 

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This under-$50 option is oil free and hydrates and visibly lightens dark circles while also strengthening the skin.

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A personal favorite of Shereene Idriss, MD, this time-released retinol cream has been proven to build up your own collagen over time while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Seeking instant gratification? Idriss recommends this gel cream for instant de-puffing and soothing of the skin. 

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As editors, we swear by this brand for all our skincare woes, and it's no different when it comes to the sensitive skin under our eyes. A longtime favorite of dermatologist Julie Russak, MD, this formula reduces the appearance of crow's feet and wrinkles but also helps to combat further signs of aging.

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This antioxidant-rich eye cream brings a brighter, more youthful look to the eyes and is great for all skin types since it is nonirritating.

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Looking for a quick fix for de-puffing and improving the overall appearance of your under-eyes? Celebrity plastic surgeon John Diaz swears by this brightening formula.

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If you suffer from sensitive skin, especially near the delicate eye area, Diaz suggests this overnight formula for its soothing essential oils.

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This dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested eye cream is 99% natural and delivers serious results. Thanks to clary sage, the formula increases your skin's ability to retain moisture and smooths your skin.

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Developed in conjunction with dermatologists for science-backed safety, this budget-friendly formula contains three essential ceramides to repair and restore your protective skin barrier while the hyaluronic acid helps to retain moisture.

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Mara Weinstein, MD, FAAD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC is a big fan of this drugstore option thanks to its peptides and antioxidants. 

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Engineered with Nobel Prize–winning science and 10 years of biotechnology, Bioeffect products are no joke, and this formula is no different. With a high concentrate of EGF (one of the most important growth factors for skin cells), this formula supports the production of collagen and elastin and increases the skin’s ability to store water and maintain healthy, youthful-looking, and dense skin.

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This 13-peptide cream combats all the visible signs of aging and smooths and brightens the under-eye area to combat winkles and crows feet while also hydrating.