The eyes are said to be the windows to the soul. But no matter how young at heart you feel, wrinkles and dark circles can age you. Give your peepers an instant makeover with these eye creams that come packed with dermatologist-approved anti-aging ingredients.
RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream ($22.99)
If you want to see an eye wrinkle vanish, well, before your eyes, top it with retinol, one of dermatologists' favorite anti-aging ingredients. This gentle, nongreasy cream is infused with a mild retinol that helps obliterate crow's feet and dark circles.
By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer ($47)
It’s an eye cream, it’s a concealer…it’s a super product! This tinted eye primer contains light-reflecting mineral pigments to give eyes a quick hit of illumination, plus plumping hyaluronic acid. “Eye creams that have hyaluronic acid (a water-binding molecule) tend to have more instant results than others,” says Purvisha Patel, M.D., a dermatologist in Germantown, Tennessee. “The molecule binds to water and hydrates the thin skin under the eyes.”
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment ($25)
Forget the cup of coffee for a jolt! In addition to hyaluronic acid and moisturizing glycerin, this lightweight cream contains caffeine, a natural anti-inflammatory that blasts puffiness and gives eyes the beauty boost they need after a late night.
Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector ($39.50)
Studies have shown that after 8 weeks this half-gel, half-lotion concoction reduces the look of dark circles by 30 percent. The secret? By thickening the skin under the eyes with hydrating ingredients, the blueish hue (created by blood vessels) doesn’t show through thin skin.
Bonus: The cool-to-the-touch metal applicator tip and light tint give eyes an instant lift.
Ahava Gentle Eye Cream ($32)
To see the quickest effects from your eye cream, make sure it's pumped with moisturizing ingredients like the provitamin B5, aloe vera leaf, and calendula infused into this a.m./p.m. pick. "Moisturizing plumps the skin around the eyes and causes a sudden change in wrinkles," says Tanya Kormeili, M.D., a clinical instructor at UCLA.