The day we first discovered baby crow’s feet shooting out from the sides of our eyes like sunbeams was a shock to say the least. We know aging is inevitable, but how could it happen to us? It was at that very moment we made it our mission to find the best eye cream for wrinkles. The only problem? We discovered it’s not as simple as picking the prettiest (or most expensive) eye cream online.
See, some are specifically formulated with caffeine to reduce puffiness from one too many glasses of wine the night before. Others are packed with vitamin c to restore brightness and minimize dark circles. And what about those of us who want anti-aging without having a Botox needle anywhere near our eyes? (Raises hand.)
Let’s take a step back and talk about why this area is so prone to wrinkles in the first place: it’s because the skin is a lot thinner and more delicate than anywhere else. So years of smiling, laughing and, yep, squinting at computer screens makes the skin stretch and then inevitably sag prematurely. But (we’re about to get philosophical) it’s not the worst thing—it just means we’ve done a lot of laughing in our lives.
And the great news is, it can be remedied without needles. It just comes down to using the right eye cream and choosing ingredients that best address your concerns. Look for things like peptides, antioxidants, retinol, hyaluronic acid and SPF (yes, your eyes need it, too), all of which not only help to reverse the signs of aging, but also prevent further damage.
Ready to bid farewell to crow’s feet forever? Us, too. Here are eight treatments that fade fine lines and wrinkles without the slightest amount of discomfort—at every budget.
SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex for Dark Circles
Although the product title suggests that this eye cream is only for dark circles, it’s actually a fine line-fader in disguise. Thanks to a cocktail of peptides, its silky texture goes on smooth to nourish the delicate under eye skin, plumping it to diminish wrinkles. Where does the dark circle part come in? This cream also includes light-diffusing pigments that brighten skin and immediately remedy those tired, dull-looking bags.
Buy It ($98)
Sisley Paris Supremÿa Eyes at Night Cream
Don’t let the steep price scare you. First of all, this eye cream comes in a hefty 0.52 oz. pump, and if you only use a tiny dab at a time, it lasts for months on end. Second, it’s made with some of the most potent ingredients (like acai, plum seed oil and soy peptide extract) to target the signs of aging without over-working your delicate skin. It also contains Sisley’s patented Phyto-Complex LC12 (which stands for 12-hour longevity concentrate), a quad of plant-based active ingredients that improve the quality of skin at the cell level for dramatic results. If that’s not enough to sway you, our girl Meghan Markle is a fan of the brand. Have you seen her skin? Exactly.
Buy It ($315)
RoC Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Eye Cream
This drugstore staple has been a beauty industry favorite for as long as we remember. It’s packed with enough retinol to zap fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and even puffiness without an astronomical price tag. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, so it won’t disrupt the skin’s barrier or cause irritation. Dermatologists tested it and saw noticeable fading of crow’s feet in 12 weeks.
Buy It ($16)
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery
Unavoidable aspects of everyday life (think: lack of sleep, UV rays, pollution and blue light) can speed up the formation of crow’s feet and wrinkles. But this super concentrated reparative eye cream helps to reverse those signs of damage. Not only does it nip fine lines in the bud, but it also hydrates the delicate under eye skin for a full 24 hours, and even provides eight hours of antioxidant protection from pollution and free radicals. Estee Lauder formulated its own ingredient called ChronoluxCB to help promote the skin’s natural repair process for speedy results.
Buy It ($53)
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
Oh, Neutrogena, how we love you. And we love the results of this eye cream even more. As the product name suggests, this treatment works rapidly—as in you will notice results in as little as one week thanks to a powerful does of retinol and skin-plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
Buy It ($17)
SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50
Remember when we mentioned SPF for your eyes? This formula is the best of the best. Made with moisture-locking ceramides to plump skin and battle fine lines and wrinkles plus a big hit of sunscreen to protect skin from photoaging and crow’s feet, it’s our go-to treatment for those days when we need a little extra protection.
Buy It ($30)
SKII RNA Power Eye Cream
When we think of eye cream, we expect something that feels nourishing—and this one has the most divine-feeling formula we’ve ever tried. It goes on like butter (and, OK, kind of looks like it, too), but there’s no greasy after-effect. It sinks in almost instantly to fill fine lines and leave the skin around our eyes feeling so soft and smooth. Beyond actually working, it feels super luxurious to apply. #self-care
Buy It ($119)
La Mer the Lifting Eye Serum
La Mer is like the Hermès of beauty—it’s luxe and has the price tag to prove it. But it’s more than worth it once you see the results of this eye serum. While most eye treatments take a few weeks before you notice results, this one is so potent that you’ll see the lifting and tightening effects immediately (no, really—apply it to one eye and peek at the difference before moving onto the next). What makes it so effective? It’s a combo of sea botanicals, which help promote the natural production of collagen and elastin (the two things most responsible for keeping our skin tight and supple), and the applicator, which helps to accelerate the sculpting benefits. Think of it like a jade roller on steroids.
Buy It ($260)
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