7 Eye Creams Dermatologists Actually Use on Themselves
You kind of have to play Goldilocks with an eye cream. It can't be too thick or too subtle—it has to be just right. Creams that are too emollient wreak havoc on thin, impressionable under-eye skin, which can lead to milia (tiny cysts underneath the skin), and creams that aren't moisturising enough are just kind of… there. But because there's seemingly a new eye cream (or serum or gel) popping up every day, it's hard to test every single formula to find the ones that work the best.
Instead of sifting through endless piles of bottles and tubes, we went straight to a few dermatologists (they know a thing or two about skincare, after all) to find out which products they use on themselves for bright, taut under-eyes. As it turns out, many of their tried-and-true formulas are fairly under the radar. Below, take a look at their top picks.
Caudalie Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm ($75)
"This natural eye balm is powered by a patent combining vine resveratrol with hyaluronic acid for an age-reversing effect," explains dermatologist Karen Hammerman, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group. "Formulated with advanced peptides and an anti-puffiness plant complex, this eye balm helps lift the skin of the eyelids, reduce puffiness and dark circles, and smooth the appearance of wrinkles. The texture is silky and melts into skin without the use of synthetic emulsifiers, and it works especially well under makeup."
RéVive Intensité Les Yeux Firming Moisture ($320)
Put simply Melissa Doft, MD says this is a "hydrating lotion which decreases dark circles and puffiness." It'll cost you a pretty penny, but one customer swears it's worth the price tag: "I am always looking for the 'fountain of youth' in a cream—this is the closest to that I have found."
Clinique Even Better Eyes ($55)
While it's a bit more of a colour-corrector than your typical eye cream, dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, founder and director of Capital Laser and Skincare says this is a good staple formula for camouflaging dark circles. While one of its main functions is to conceal, it's a hybrid treatment that's clinically proven to visibly lighten dark circles by 30% in 12 weeks.
"First Aid Beauty's Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream is great for those seeking instant gratification," says dermatologist Shereene Idriss, MD. "It's a potent combination of peptides, seaweed, and red algae extract that helps soften imperfections while hydrating your skin."
Nia24 Eye Repair Complex ($95)
"The Nia24 eye-repair complex cream is a great treatment especially after a long night out," says Idriss. "It's caffeine content helps to de-puff the under-eyes, while the combination of vitamin C, licorice, and white botch help to brighten up the dark circles. I personally apply this first before any primers or concealers, as it offers an opaque luminescent sheen that instantly lightens you up."
"It's one of my longtime favourites," beams dermatologist Julie Russak, MD. "A.G.E. Eye Complex is a silky formulation that comes in a balm texture, perfect for the delicate eye area. Not only does this eye cream reduce the appearance of crow's feet and wrinkles, it helps to combat advanced glycation end products, a major factor in the ageing process. SkinCeuticals' science is always impressive."
Tatcha Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream ($39)
"Known for its honeysuckle and peony extracts, Tatcha Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream will give your skin that extra boost of energy that it needs," says Russak. "Ideal for all skin types, this eye cream will visibly diminish lines along with offering powerful anti-ageing benefits. It's great for sensitive skin, as it's non-irritating."
While we know these eye creams are bit more on the expensive end of the spectrum, here are some top-performing drugstore eye creams.