A Dermatologist Says These 4 Eye Creams Will Actually Deliver Results

Updated 12/17/18
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The skin surrounding the eye area can be ultra-sensitive to what seems like a long list of culprits—certain foods, a lack of sleep, too many tears, and the all-too-obvious passage of time, for instance—and sometimes it feels as though nothing can be done to smooth and tighten its appearance. However, with a combination of a few lifestyle changes (such as upping your hydration, getting enough sleep, and good sun protection hygiene), as well as a solid eye cream, smooth sailing is in reach.

"An optimal eye cream can help tighten this thin eyelid skin, preventing wrinkles and eye bags," says dermatologist Ronald Moy, MD, FAAD, of MFC Dermatology in Beverly Hills, and the founder of DNA Renewal skincare.

In the years that Moy has focused on treatments and products that help reverse wrinkles and sags that tend to occur around eyes, he's found a few ingredients that make an eye cream "optimal." The first and most important one, he says, is epidermal growth factor, which boosts the collagen production needed for skin to appear more youthful. "It has been proven to 'thicken' under-eye skin over time and counteract bone loss," he says.

Other active ingredients like algae and plankton are also best to combat environmental damage brought on by sun exposure. Lastly, Moy recommends considering brightening agents for their ability to diminish the look of dark circles.

How to Apply Eye Cream

To apply eye cream, place a pea-sized dollop of cream on your ring finger and dot around eye area in a semi-circle, from the inside corner around to the brow bone. Then tap to work the product into your skin; try to avoid pulling or stretching as the skin around your eyes is delicate. And, when adding a new skincare product to your routine, be patient for best results. Most products takes at least several weeks of consistent use before changes occur.

That said, which products works best? Scroll down for dermatologist recommended eye cream picks, according to Moy. We also scoured Sephora's top reviews to bring you six more products for a total of 10 best eye creams to try.

DNA Renewal

DNA Renewal DNA Eye Balm
DNA Renewal DNA Eye Balm $80
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"Ingredients that contain epidermal growth factor and DNA repair enzymes like the DNA Eye Balm make for the best eye creams," he says. It also contains algae and plankton ingredients he recommends. 

Estée Lauder

Dermatologist-Recommended Eye Creams Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex $62
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"This also repairs and brightens dark circles and prevent further damage," he notes. 

Neutrogena

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Gel Eye Cream Dermatologist-Recommended Eye Creams
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Gel Eye Cream $24
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Other than helping to de-puff and soothe eyelids, Moy says that this cream is also a "good moisturizer" that will help keep this area hydrated—therefore keeping wrinkles and fine lines at bay. 

La Mer

La Mer The Lifting Eye Serum Dermatologist-Recommended Eye Creams
La Mer The Lifting Eye Serum $260
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Although Moy does note that this option is much more of a splurge than his other recommendations, La Mer's serum can treat dark circles, prompt circulation, and build elasticity. In other words, the cost can definitely be worth it. 

Below, read on for top eye creams, according to Sephora product reviews.

Fresh

Fresh Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream Dermatologist-Recommended Eye Creams
Fresh Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream $68
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This popular day-to-night eye cream works on all skin types, and clinical studies have shown it to smooth out wrinkles, promote moisture, and block against environmental damage. Its key ingredient, black tea ferment, also brightens skin.

Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream Dermatologist-Recommended Eye Creams
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream $64
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Thanks to its five forms of vitamin C and eight peptides, this award-winning pick manages to soften and smooth skin as it illuminates and strengthens. 

Kiehl's

Kiehl's 1851 Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Mini Dermatologist-Recommended Eye Creams
Kiehl's 1851 Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Mini $30
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If you've been noticing that your eyelids are dry, then this option from Kiehl's—which is specially formulated to boost hydration using avocado oil and shea butter—is a wise choice. 

Philosophy

Dermatologist-Recommended Eye Creams Philosophy Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Retinoid Eye Repair Cream
Philosophy Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Eye Cream $60
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All skin types can benefit from the high-performance retinoid in this cream, which lessens the appearance of dark circles and fine lines as it prompts collagen production. 

SK-II

SK-II R.N.A. Power Anti-Aging Eye Cream Dermatologist-Recommended Eye Creams
SK-II R.N.A. Power Anti-Aging Eye Cream $139
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Amino acids, organic acids, vitamins, and a peptide combine in this pick, which spurs cell renewal, diminishes wrinkles, and leaves skin feeling firm yet soft.

Caudalie

Dermatologist-Recommended Eye Creams Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Hyaluronic Acid Eye Lifting Balm
Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Hyaluronic Acid Eye Lifting Balm $62
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This non-toxic and fragrance-free option uses ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid to create a smoother skin appearance, and its natural plant complex fights against puffiness and dark circles. 

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