12 Best Eye Creams for Wrinkles 2024, According to Derms

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These deeply hydrating formulas go the extra mile to target crow’s feet, sagging skin, and more.

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Fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet are a natural part of the skin’s maturing process, but the best eye cream for wrinkles can help give the area an all-over smoothing effect. If that’s what you’re after, your usual eye cream might not meet your needs. When it comes to targeting and minimizing deeper etches, you need a formula that not only hydrates, but also firms sagging skin and boosts collagen.

While you shouldn’t expect any over-the-counter skin-care product to completely erase fine lines and wrinkles, Fatima Fahs, MD, a Canton, Michigan-based board-certified dermatologist, says that the key to a great eye cream is what’s in its ingredient list. For immediate results, consider gentle ingredients that either boost skin hydration or prevent loss of hydration—such as hyaluronic acid, squalane, glycerin, and ceramides.

“Because the skin surrounding the eye area is incredibly delicate, it often requires ingredients with different formulations and potencies to minimize the risk of irritation,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology in New York City. For wrinkles specifically, she recommends retinol to “stimulate collagen production,” she says. Ahead, we rounded up the best eye creams for wrinkles to treat crow’s feet and crepiness over time.

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SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Advanced Eye Complex


SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Advanced Eye

Why it’s worth it: SkinCeuticals products are known for their cutting-edge ingredients, and the newly revamped A.G.E. Advanced Eye Complex lives up to this reputation. “It improves the appearance of crow’s feet through its potent combination of proxylane, blueberry extract, and a complex of flavonoids and synergistic peptides,” says Lauren Penzi, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, NY. Instead of simply delivering collagen to skin, this 2023 Best of Beauty Award winner encourages cells to produce it, which helps firm skin and minimize fine lines over time.

It has optical effects that help brighten eyes on the spot, although commitment nets you the best long-term results. “With regular use, patients have definitely noticed a decrease in the appearance of fine lines around the eyes,” says Dr. Penzi.

Key ingredients: proxylane, peptides, glycyrrhetinic acid | Who it’s for: people with deep wrinkles and lines | Fragrance-free: yes

Best Fast-Acting Eye Cream: Dermalogica Phyto Nature Lifting Eye Cream


Dermalogica Phyto Nature Lifting Eye Cream

Why it’s worth it: Formulated to mimic a surgical-like lifting of the eyes—albeit to a much subtler extent—the Dermalogica Phyto Nature Lifting Eye Cream is designed for use all around the eye area, including the upper lids, to reduce folds and tighten skin. It works through a blend of protein-rich quinoa extract as well as peptides and adaptogenic plants, and the brand claims that the lightweight, serum-like formula can lift the eyes after a single use. Despite its high content of active ingredients, it also includes squalane, green tea oil, and oat extract to soothe and nourish the area.

Key ingredients: quinoa extract, peptides, matcha butter | Who it’s for: those with sagging or hooded eyes | Fragrance-free: no

Best Korean Eye Cream: Beauty of Joseon Revive Eye Serum

Beauty of Joseon

Beauty of Joseon Revive Eye Serum

Why it’s worth it: Two percent retinal liposome (also known as retinaldehyde) is the star of the show that is Beauty of Joseon’s fine-line-targeting Revive Eye Serum. What is retinal, anyway? Compared to other over-the-counter retinoids, retinal is more powerful than retinol since it only requires a one-step conversion to the active form of retinoid acid. (Retinol, meanwhile, requires a two-step conversion.) That means slightly faster results—use consistently, as with any skin-care product—with less irritation, due to fewer chemical conversions. Another key ingredient is 10% ginseng root extract, a traditional Korean ingredient that helps boost hydration and elasticity.

This TikTok-viral (and affordable!) formula is an editor-favorite, too. “This eye serum has a slight balm-like consistency that absorbs quickly without spreading far from the specific eye area that I’m focusing on—which I find is harder to control with more fluid formulas,” commerce editor Sarah Han says. “My undereyes feel smooth and refreshed each morning, and since I’m in my 30s, I’m definitely paying more attention (and treating) the crow’s feet area as a precaution.”

Key ingredients: retinaldehyde, ginseng root extract, glycerin | Who it’s for: people who can’t tolerate traditional retinol or have sensitive eyes | Fragrance-free: yes

Best Luxury: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream


Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream

Why it’s worth it: Despite its high price point, David Kim, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Idriss Dermatology in New York City, says this thick, rich eye cream is great for people who need lots of hydration around the eyes. One swipe of this luxurious formula, and you’ll understand why: In addition to classic soothing ingredients such as squalane and glycerin, Dr. Kim calls out ginseng and retinol, which help with fine lines and wrinkles—as well as licorice for a brightening effect.

Key ingredients: ginseng, retinol, licorice | Who it’s for: people with a rough, crepey texture | Fragrance-free: no

Best Drugstore: RoC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream


RoC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream

Why it’s worth it: The RoC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream is a fragrance-free best-seller that’s won multiple Allure Best of Beauty Awards (our highest accolade) for its intensive formula. “Retinol helps boost collagen production, improve skin texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes,” says Dr. Penzi, who considers it one of her favorites. “It also contains hydrating ingredients like glycerin and panthenol that immediately provide hydration and plumpness to the eye area.” Meanwhile, a mineral complex of zinc, copper, and magnesium provides antioxidant benefits to your eye skin and aids collagen formation.

Jenny Liu, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Minneapolis, also backs this particular retinol eye cream, pointing out “The brand has over 25 patents, so it’s well-respected in the retinol space.”

Key ingredients: retinol, glycerin, panthenol | Who it’s for: anyone who can tolerate retinol | Fragrance-free: yes

Best for Daytime: Senté Labs Illuminé Eye Cream

Senté Labs

Senté Labs Illuminé Eye Cream

Why it’s worth it: Once available only through derms and other medical professionals, Senté Labs’ Illuminé Eye Cream is now available to the masses. “This uses the same heparan sulfate analog used in their other products to enhance growth-factor formation and decrease lines and wrinkles around the eye,” says Dr. Nazarian. (For reference, heparan sulfate analog is a version of a molecule naturally found in skin that helps dial down inflammation.) It also contains niacinamide and peptides to brighten and firm the eye area over time, but you’ll also see an improvement ASAP: Dr. Nazarian calls out its light-reflecting sheen that immediately lends a bright-eyed look, making it a good option for daytime.

Key ingredients: heparan sulfate analog, niacinamide, peptides | Who it’s for: everyone | Fragrance-free: yes

Best for Nighttime: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex

Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Creme

Why it’s worth it: Having a separate eye cream for your nighttime routine seems extravagant, but allow us to make a case for Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Creme (which, we might add, took home an Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2022). “The combination of extracts, antioxidants, and peptides helps improve signs of aging such as crepey skin and fine lines, while the hyaluronic acid hydrates and softens the appearance of skin,” says Dr. Nazarian. The ophthalmologist-tested, fast-absorbing gel-cream is also safe to apply all around the eyes, including the inner corners and on the lids.

Key ingredients: peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E | Who it’s for: people targeting uneven skin tone and texture | Fragrance-free: yes

Best with Retinol: Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum

Dr. Dennis Gross

Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum

Why it’s worth it: As its name suggests, the Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum contains two retinoids and antioxidant ferulic acid, which is known to stabilize and improve the efficacy of other skin-care additives. These ingredients “can transform the look of crow’s feet,” says Dr. Penzi. “Trans-retinol and encapsulated retinol smooth texture and boost collagen, while ferulic acid counteracts irritating effects of retinol—making it powerful yet tolerable for even those with sensitive skin.” (In fact, the eye treatment is gentle enough to use on the eyelids.) Dr. Fahs is also a fan of the formula, which is infused with bakuchiol, a sensitive skin-friendly ingredient with similar effects as retinol.

Key ingredients: retinol, bakuchiol, rambutan | Who it’s for: those with more intense lines or sagging | Fragrance-free: yes

Best Retinol-Free: Chanel No.1 de Chanel Revitalizing Eye Serum


Chanel No.1 de Chanel Revitalizing Eye Serum

Why it’s worth it: For those who aren’t quite sold on or can’t tolerate retinol, Chanel’s No.1 de Chanel Revitalizing Eye Serum subs the ingredient for red camellia, a go-to active among the fashion house’s skin-care offerings. The extract of the flower targets eye wrinkles, dark circles and discoloration, and sagging, while the yeast extract derived from camellia also supports the skin barrier. The packaging is also refillable and comes with a metal, rotating applicator that (gently!) massages and cools the skin as you apply it, making quick work of puffiness, too.

Key ingredients: camellia flower water, squalane, coffee seed oil | Who it’s for: anyone who wants to skip retinol but not results | Fragrance-free: yes

Best for Sensitive Skin: L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum

L’Oréal Paris

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + Caffeine Under Eye Serum

Why it’s worth it: Dermatologists consider the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum a hidden gem, especially for those with sensitive skin. “It contains hyaluronic acid that provides intense hydration and caffeine to help create a tightening and smoothing effect,” says Dr. Penzi. She also likes that the formula is free of fragrances and parabens as well as allergy-tested, “making it safe for those with sensitive skin,” she says. L’Oréal Paris also offers a 2.5% HA eye serum if you desire more hydration, but on the flip side, it contains retinol—so sensitive skin be warned.

Key ingredients: hyaluronic acid, caffeine, glycerin | Who it’s for: everyone, but especially sensitive skin types | Fragrance-free: yes

Best for Depuffing: Neocutis Illuminating Eye Cream


Neocutis Illuminating Eye Cream

Why it’s worth it: This hydrating eye cream has a potent blend of growth factors and caffeine “to hydrate and plump the skin while promoting collagen production,” says Dr. Fahs, who counts it among her favorites. (If you’re not familiar with them, growth factors are “signal proteins that promote the production of collagen and elastin,” says Dr. Fahs.) It also contains antioxidant vitamin E for its moisture-retention properties, and hyaluronic acid to replenish skin hydration. Caffeine is a powerful ingredient for puffiness, too, since it helps stimulate circulation.

Key ingredients: growth factors, peptides, vitamin C | Who it’s for: people with undereye bags or puffy eyes | Fragrance-free: yes

Best for Firming: Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème

Tata Harper

Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème

Why it’s worth it: Get yourself a lightweight under-eye eye cream that does it all. Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème plays host to a long list of puffiness-minimizing, elasticity-boosting ingredients like arnica, red algae, caffeine, dabberlocks seaweed, and daffodil bulbs, while Spanish lavender and safflower oleosomes plump and smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Just when you think its antioxidant-rich properties run low, there’s vitamin C to brighten the look of dark circles. Better yet: Once you’re through with your bottle, you can buy refill pods for $110 a pop (saving you $20).

Key ingredients: safflower oleosomes, calcified red algae, Spanish lavender | Who it’s for: those targeting multiple concerns | Fragrance-free: no

Frequently Asked Questions

What to look for in an eye cream for wrinkles

One of the top ingredients for targeting fine lines is retinol, says Dr. Nazarian. In case you’re not familiar with this vitamin A derivative, it increases collagen production to improve the look of fine lines while evening skin tone and reducing signs of hyperpigmentation. (Bye-bye, dark circles.)

Worth noting, however: Retinol is an intensive active ingredient that might irritate sensitive skin types, so always patch-test new products before applying them to your entire face— and especially your under-eye area—and be sure to follow up with sunscreen.

Another ingredient Dr. Fahs says is a skin-brightening essential is vitamin C, an antioxidant powerhouse that fights free radical damage and helps fade pigmentation concerns; not surprisingly, it’s a regular among brightening eye creams. Really, any antioxidant is a good idea. “Antioxidants are a bonus in eye creams, since they protect against environmental damage and help preserve skin from premature aging,” says Dr. Nazarian. “Everyone benefits from that.”

Dehydration can also exacerbate the look of wrinkles, so if you notice dry skin, consider incorporating a hyaluronic acid-infused product into your skin-care regimen. “[Hyaluronic acid] is a humectant that plumps and hydrates the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines,” says Dr. Fahs.

What else? “Peptides can be a great alternative to retinol,” Dr. Liu notes. “Peptides help to signal the skin’s internal production of collagen and have hydrating benefits to improve the appearance of crow’s feet.”

When to start using an eye cream

There’s no right age, but “you can start using eye creams preventatively—and the earlier the better,” says Dr. Nazarian. While this might not be the case elsewhere on your face (after all, you might not want to sweat future jowls when you’re a teenager) the eyes are particularly vulnerable to showing wear-and-tear. “This area of the body is so thin that even a small amount of damage shows dramatically early in life,” she says, adding that she also recommends wearing sunglasses as a preemptive protective measure, too.

Meet the experts

  • Fatima Fahs, MD is a board-certified dermatologist in Canton, MI
  • Rachel Nazarian, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist in New York, NY
  • Lauren Penzi, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist in New York, NY
  • David Kim, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist in New York, NY
  • Jenny Liu, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist in Minneapolis, MN

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