12 Best Under Eye Creams, According to Derms

Published on January 24, 2017


If you’re like most people, you may be using a regular facial moisturizer for the area under your eye. But experts agree that eye cream is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine.

“Signs of aging often first appear around the delicate eye area because this skin is thinner and more fragile than the rest of the complexion,” Joel Schlessinger, MD, board-certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor, explains. “Not only does this mean that your regular moisturizer isn’t going to cut it, but using it around your eyes can also cause irritation because this skin’s much more sensitive.”

But choosing the right under eye cream for your skin type and lifestyle can be challenging, especially when there are so many to choose from. “If you have an active lifestyle, you want to focus on products that don’t go on too thick. Otherwise the cream can mix with sweat and clog pores, which causes acne, skin inflammation and other issues,” Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD, founder and owner of The Dermatology & Laser Group in New York, explains. To find out which under eye creams are truly the cream of the crop for all ages, budgets and skin types, we asked top dermatologists to share their go-to picks.

For the Sleep-Deprived

Although not quite an eye cream, these gels accomplish the same thing and especially cater to tired, sleep-deprived peepers. “The gel patches are coated with a serum rich in hyaluronic acid, caffeine and antioxidants,” Dr. Schlessinger explains, “so they have a highly advanced way of delivery essential ingredients to your under eye area.” They are applied for five minutes to the under eye areas and then removed. Massage any remaining serum into your skin.
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