Fine lines and dark circles are no match for fall’s cozy knits and statement coats. But beyond coordination, the eye area is home to the most delicate spot on the face, and as temperatures begin to drop, special attention need be paid. With more than a few hard working eye creams on the market to choose from, heed the seasoned advice from top dermatologists. Here, eight experts share their tips for hydrated eyes, as well as the best solutions to solve flaky, dry patches and more.
“Having a dedicated eye product is very important for people over the age of 25. Elizabeth Arden’s is my favorite product because it contains peptides to support collagen and elastin to firm the look of sagging skin, while hyaluronic acid and ceramide plumps and smooths. Also, the capsule form ensures that each is one usage, which just makes it easier! Throwing them in the fridge adds a de-puffing effect. It cools the delicate eye area and makes the underlying blood vessels smaller.”—Dendy Engelman, M.D.
“I am currently using Neocutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream myself, [which is] gentle and hydrating. [I] always gently massage in a cream after using a makeup wipe or washing my face.”—Mary Stevenson, M.D.
“I like two eye creams, and both are for different uses. The first one, Shiffa Rejuventaing Eye Remedy is luxurious, organic, and very effective for those with dark circles under their eyes. Another eye cream I like is Murad Retinol Youth renewal eye serum. Using products with retinol under your eyes is very important, but due to the nature of it, some cause excess dryness. This eye cream is well tolerated and allows the magic of the retinol to work in, tightening your under eye skin and softening wrinkles.”—Lamees Hamdan, M.D.
“After applying a prescription retinoid to my entire face at night (including a very small amount on the under eye area), I apply either Aquaphor or Vaseline ointment to my upper and lower eyelids to help maintain and seal in hydration. And remember to be gentle with application: Never tug or rub at the eyelid skin, but instead gently pat products on with your ring finger, since it has a lighter touch than the index finger.”—Shari Marchbein, M.D.
“I personally use a recovery complex directly under my eyes. If I need extra moisture, I use this TNS eye cream. You can also use this around your lips, especially the upper lip, so to help with lines. I pat gently and up starting from the center and out along the bone.”—Jennifer Levine, M.D.
“Not all eye creams are the same. The formulations that diminish wrinkles, plump, while de-puffers do the opposite. Anti-agers may smooth, tighten, lighten, brighten, and so on. Read the labels! My favorites are La Prairie Platinum Rate Cellular Eye Essence, because it moisturizes and tightens, and SkinBetter Science Interfuse Eye Cream, a neurocalming peptide that has a wrinkle diminishing effect. And don’t apply within 30 minutes of hitting the pillow. If you are a tosser and turner, it can migrate into your eye and you can wake up puffy.”—Francesca Fusco, M.D.
“The MDNA Skin Eye Serum is the ultimate luxury treatment to target the look of under eye puffiness, fine lines, and crow’s feet. The Eye Serum delivers a concentrated dose of healing hydration with a blend of Hyaluronic Acid, a proprietary blend of holy water and antioxidant-rich lotus flower extract. The Eye Serum works best with The MDNA SKIN Eye Mask, which helps to de-puff, tighten, and invigorate the eye area before further application.” —Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D.