This Is the "'Gateway Eye Cream" to Add to Your Routine, Says a Dermatologist

Updated 05/29/18
Hydrating Eye Creams
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It's no secret that extensive skincare routines can get expensive quickly. So knowing which products you should invest in and which are worth skipping can end up saving your wallet while also making sure your routine is effective. Well, as far as essentials, hydrating eye creams are a must. As Dendy Engelman, MD, explains to MyDomaine, "the eyes are always strained, and when we are squinting or rubbing our eyes because of dried eyes, we are contributing to those fine lines," plus, "the area around the eyes is 40% thinner than the rest of the face."

And while certain cosmetic treatments can help as a quick fix, incorporating a hydrating eye cream into your morning and nightly skincare routine can do wonders for signs of premature aging. In fact, Engelman says that "eye creams are important to negate any blue-light, free-radical, and frictional damage from when you are rubbing your eyes." Michelle Henry, MD, echoes this thought, confirming that hydrating "eye creams are an important step in my skincare routine, and I recommend anyone who is looking to add to their regimen to start with a hydrating eye product as soon as possible."

Doctor's orders… So without further ado, read about their go-to eye creams plus a few of our favorites for a surge of hydration and more youthful, healthy-feeling eyes.

Youth Eye Complex, 0.5 Oz
iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex $98
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Celebrity esthetician Shani Darden loves "iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex because it's formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, which is one of my favorite ingredients to keep skin hydrated and plump. It also contains peptides, which help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles."

Dew It All Total Eye Cream with Echinacea GreenEnvy™ 0.5 oz/ 15 mL
Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream With Echinacea GreenEnvy $38
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I just started using this eye cream and already love it. It has a cooling effect and instantly wakes up my eye area, so I like applying it in the morning. Formulated with rosehip. chamomile, and calendula extracts, as well as echinacea purpurea, it aims to fight signs of premature aging and fatigue.

Prime Contour/0.5 oz.
Valmont Prime Contour $145
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Engelman recommends Valmont's Prime Contour cream because it "contains very simple yet effective ingredients: Triple DNA and RNA, urea, and essential fatty acids. I discovered this brand when I was having a facial."

C-Tango(TM) Multivitamin Eye Cream 0.5 oz/ 15 mL
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream $64
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I swear by everything I've ever used from Drunk Elephant, so I recently decided to give this eye cream a try. I haven't been using it long enough to see any drastic transformations, but so far, I'm loving how the antioxidant-rich cream instantly delivers hydration to my eye area.

The Eye Concentrate
La Mer The Eye Concentrate $205 $195
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This luxury cult classic eye cream is one of Engelman's favorites. It "is an extremely emollient treatment that hydrates and softens the look of fine lines upon application," she says.

Restorative Eye Crème
Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème $90
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Designed to replenish tired skin around your eyes, this Tata Harper cream is truly restorative. The vitamin C properties bring back firmness and elasticity while also enhancing the skin's natural protection barrier and locking in moisture.

Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream $14
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When it comes to starter products you can pick up for an affordable price at the drugstore, look no further. "I love Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Cream as a 'gateway' eye cream that doesn't break your wallet," Melissa K. Levin, MD, says. "This eye cream focuses on hydration and brightening since primary concerns are dryness and dark circles. The eye cream is chock-full of hydrating ingredients including vitamin E, vitamin B3, and my favorite, hyaluronic acid, providing 24-hour hydration. It also has brightening ingredients licorice root and grape extract and is gentle enough to be used under the eyes and eyelids," she continues.

Time Response Eye Renewal Creme
Amorepacific Time Response Eye Renewal Creme $260
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For an anti-aging eye cream that smells incredible and feels luxurious to apply, consider this one from Amorepacific. The little spatula it comes with helps you apply it evenly and gently, which will help reduce puffiness too.

TNS Eye Repair, 0.5 Ounce
SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair $102
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Henry recommends this eye cream since it's
"designed to repair, nourish, and protect the delicate skin surrounding the eyes. Its rich texture supplies plumping moisture with hyaluronic acid to diminish dehydration lines and increase radiance and brightness. Vitamins A, C, and E provide antioxidant protection as they condition the skin and help to lighten dark under eye circles. Peptides and TNS awaken and brighten the eye area, helping to preserve a youthful appearance."

D.E.J Eye Cream with Pump, 0.5 Ounce
Revision D.E.J Eye Cream With Pump $97
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"DEJ stands for dermal-epidermal junction, an area of skin where the dermis meets the epidermis," Engelman explains. And "this product uses peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; goji extract, which is known for its antioxidant benefits; sunflower seed oil to enhance the skin’s moisture level; and vitamin C to brighten skin."

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