Yes, you need to start using one. Here, experts share their picks for the eye creams and serums that will keep signs of aging at bay.
Why You *Need* to Use an Eye Cream
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As the saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul—but they're also where signs of aging can show up first. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on the body, making it the most susceptible to damage. That's why you may start to notice pesky crow's feet even if the rest of your skin still looks flawless.
The good news: Because the skin is so thin, this is also the area where you'll see the benefits of any topical products the most quickly—making a good anti-aging eye cream all the more essential. Take your pick from any of these 10 A+ eye creams.
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By Terry Hydra Éclat Eye Contour
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Nothing adds unwanted years to your appearance quite like puffy, tired eyes. This formula combats puffiness and dark circles, while also smoothing skin, making you look instantly wide awake (and younger). Credit a blend of rose extracts that help maintain water content in cells, so they stay hydrated, not puffy. Ideal for mornings, you can also use it at night. Either way, follow our lead and stash it in the fridge so it'll feel extra refreshing.
Related: 8 Beauty Solutions for Puffy Eyes
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème
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Think of this as somewhat of a skin-care/makeup hybrid. On the skin-care side, vitamin C brightens skin and helps minimize wrinkles. By working as an antioxidant, the vitamin keeps free radicals from breaking down both collagen and elastin (which keep the skin firm). Plus, some studies have also shown that vitamin C stimulates fibroblasts, cells that produce collagen, notes Emily Arch, M.D., a dermatologist at Dermatology + Aesthetics in Chicago. Those effects will come with time. But for a little instant gratification, this cream contains special yellow pigments (hence the banana name) that instantly neutralize dark circles. It also creates a smooth canvas that improves the wear of your concealer.
Revision Skincare D.E.J. Eye Cream
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There are all kinds of youth-boosting ingredients in this peeper protector, specifically vitamin C and peptides, both choice for helping to make skin look firmer and smoother. It also contains antioxidants to protect from environmental damage, and, unlike many other eye creams, can be used on both your upper and lower lids. We're also big fans of the pump bottle packaging, which dispenses the perfect amount and keeps germs at bay.
Lancer Eye Contour Lifting Cream with Diamond Powder
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Diamonds are a girl's best friend, especially when they come in this eye treatment. Diamond powder naturally brightens your eye area (yes, please), while time-released hyaluronic acid and shea butter deliver consistent hydration all day (or all night) long.
Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream
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Why target just one of your peeper problems when you can knock them all out at once? This formula addresses three major concerns—dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness. Oh, and it hydrates, too, thanks to peptides and vitamins. Even better, the slight tint—a universal hue that blends with all skin tones—acts as a touch of concealer, ideal for no-makeup days.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex
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In as little as three weeks, this eye cream can both brighten the look of dark circles and fight fine lines. It's also full of antioxidants to thwart damage from UV exposure and pollution. This is super important since both can lead to the formation of damaging free radicals in the skin, which inhibit the way the skin builds and repairs itself, explains Vincent DeLeo, M.D., a chairman of dermatology at New York's St. Luke's-Roosevelt and Beth Israel hospitals. Oh, and did we mention it also hydrates for up to 24 hours? Multitasking for the win.
Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital Eye Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
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It's essential to use sunscreen all over your face, but many of us forget to apply it close to our eyes or choose not to because we're worried about stinging. That's why an eye cream with built-in SPF, like this one, is such a great option. Not only do you get that all-important sun protection, but this formula also has caffeine to combat puffiness and dark circles, making it the perfect morning eye cream.
Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream
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Sure, the classic Cetaphil cleanser is beloved by all, but we're willing to bet this eye cream, the brand's first, will give it a run for its money. The unique gel to cream texture goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly (that's the gel part), but is super hydrating (the cream part), thanks to hyaluronic acid. It's also non-irritating and hypoallergenic, always nice when you're dealing with the sensitive skin around your eyes.
L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream Treatment
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Pro-retinol plus centella asiatica (a plant-based ingredient, also known as tiger grass, that's anti-inflammatory and helps with collagen production) go to work here, knocking out wrinkles and firming skin in as little as four weeks. It's also super budget-friendly.
Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment
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Delivering both instant benefits and long-term results, this eye treatment works immediately to smooth the look of fine lines; silk powder extract blurs away imperfections, while the subtle tint (it comes in three shades) and pearl extract camo dark circles. Over time, that pearl extract also helps to support collagen production, boosted by the addition of niacinamide.