Glamour posted “The 17 Best Eye Creams for Mature Skin, According to Experts.”Like with any other bruise, Visha Skincare founder, Dr. Purvisha Patels Visha Skincare Advanced Bright Eye Booster is the one-stop shop to reduce swelling and brighten hyperpigmentation around the eyes.
Unfortunately, even the best moisturizers for mature skin will not be enough to address signs of aging in the eye area. The skin around the eyes also happens to be the most delicate, meaning it naturally ages faster. Needless to say, by the time we reach our 40s and beyond, there’s going to be some evidence of all the expressions made throughout those four or more decades.
“Over time the area can become crepey,” says Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, a dermatologist, and founder of Hudson Dermatology & Laser Surgery in New York City. “There is also hollowing as collagen breaks down.”
What happens to the eye area as you age?
Dark undereyes, bags, and puffiness are common concerns regardless of age, but for mature skin the struggles differ with new challenges such as “dehydration, cross-link wrinkles, dark circles, loss of elasticity, or sagging of the upper eye lid and brow,” says Aislinn Woodward, an esthetician at Penelope and the Beauty Bar San Francisco.
Which ingredients should I look for in eye cream for mature skin?
“I love peptides for strengthening the skin and improving elasticity,” says Dr. Roberta Del Campo, founder of Del Campo Dermatology in Miami. “I also recommend vitamin C for those with pigmentation, and hyaluronic [acid] is always a must for plumping and blurring fine lines and wrinkles.” For more of the usual eye concerns such as puffiness and undereye bags, Purvisha Patel, MD, a dermatologist in Memphis and founder of Visha Skincare, says to go for caffeine, which helps to stimulate circulation, vasoconstrict blood vessels in the skin, and decrease puffiness. In general, when trying to find an eye cream, look for words on the label like hydrating, firming, and antiaging, recommends Sarah Akram, a celebrity esthetician in Alexandria, Virginia.
Do I need to use eye cream if I’m already using moisturizer?
Simply put, your eyes may be at a different stage than the rest of your face, requiring more potent ingredients and a richer cream. Dr. Del Campo says that skin around the eyes is often more crepey and dry, so moisturizer that treats those concerns could be too heavy for the area. You wouldn’t put a lip balm everywhere, right? Plus, if you’re shelling out money for pricey actives in a tiny jar, it’s more budget-friendly to reserve it for a smaller area (your eyes) rather than slather it all over your face.
I have sensitive eyes. What should I avoid?
Most derms will tell you to avoid anything with fragrance. “Sensitive-skin patients do not react well to products that have fragrance and are at a higher risk of developing an allergic contact dermatitis,” says Lian Mack, MD, a dermatologist and founder of GlamDerm in New York City.
Another sensitive-skin saboteur is retinol. Although most are formulated with ingredients that will temper its harsh effects, it’s still an aggressive ingredient that can cause an adverse reaction, especially for someone who’s prone to irritation. Dr. Kobets also tells her patients to avoid “chemical UV-blocking ingredients like avobenzone and oxybenzone that can make eyes water and irritate the sensitive skin around the eyes.”
What is the best way to apply eye cream?
The ring finger is best for applying eye cream. The reason? It’s the weakest, so it won’t tug or pull on the delicate eye area. It may seem obvious, but in order to get the best results, you must use the product regularly. “It’s important to know that products will give you the best results when they’re used regularly,” Woodward says. Twice a day is a good goal.
Kim Nichols, MD, a dermatologist and founder of NicholsMD in Greenwich, Connecticut, says to “look for a lighter eye formula, maybe something with caffeine for your morning routine to reduce puffiness and then a richer, more corrective formula your nighttime regimen.”
It can actually help to use some pressure while applying, but it’s different than tugging or pulling. Woodward says that doing tapotement (a technique using tapping motions) as you apply your eye cream will stimulate the eye area and help to nix puffiness. Do this in circles around your whole eye, up the ocular bone and even to the brow for a more lifted look.
Our top picks:
- Best Overall Eye Cream for Mature Skin: Science EyeMax AlphaRet Overnight Cream, $120
- Best Drugstore Eye Cream for Mature Skin: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for Eyes, $23
- Best for Dark Circles: Isdin Isdinceutics K Ox Eyes, $97
- Best for Wrinkles: Biologique Recherche Crème Contour Yeux et Lèvres Biofixine, $199
- Best for Dryness: Dieux Auracle, $44