The Best Retinol Eye Creams to Try Now

We rounded up the best retinol eye creams you really need to try.

In the world of anti-aging skincare there are two big guns: sunscreen and retinol. We’re sure you know by now that you should wear sunscreen every day, but what about retinol? This heavy hitter used to be elusive without a prescription, but now you can buy anti-aging retinol products in most drugstores. Retinoids are used to do everything from helping to shrink nose pores, to making hands look younger. It’s not all serums either — the best retinol eye creams are out there waiting to keep you help you keep even your eye areas dewy and young-seeming.

Before getting into the meat of the best retinol eye creams recommendations, we had a chat with Dr. Craig Kraffert, dermatologist and president of Amarte all about these wonder moisturizers.

Are retinol eye creams even worth it? Dr. Kraffert says yes. “After over forty years of research and clinical study, there is an increasingly solid body of evidence that retinol regulates skin function in a positive way. There is no scientific evidence of skin damage by long term retinol application.”

Retinol products work by stimulating underlying collagen (that we lose as we age) as well as improving the texture and tone of your skin. “Retinol is thought by dermatologists to be the most effective cosmeceutical rejuvenating ingredient” says Dr. Kraffert. For anti-aging skincare, retinol is your holy grail. “It alters the behavior of aged epidermal and dermal cells so they act in a more youthful manner, while preserving and enhancing skin’s supportive blood vessel network.”

So, add retinol eye creams to your beauty arsenal alongside these makeup tricks for eye bags.

Dr. Kraffert says anyone in their 20s and up can benefit from using retinol eye creams. “Retinol does not discriminate based on age.” Meaning you don’t need to wait till you start seeing wrinkles to use it. “Today’s message is: start young, stay young.”

We are here for that. If you too want to stay young forever, it’s a good idea to work one of these top 9 best retinol eye creams into your skincare routine.

Dr. Brandt Skincare 24/7 Retinol Eye Cream – $55.00

Weekend brunch and this Dr. Brandt Retinol Eye Cream go hand in hand. Not only is it hydrating and packed with time-release retinol but it has an illuminating sheen to wake up your under eyes.

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum – $85.00

Okay, we said no serums, but this is a serum designed for your eye area. The Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum not only attacks wrinkles but under eye darkness with marine kelp complex.

Kate Somerville + Retinol Firming Eye Cream – $85.00

Kate Somerville is the master of chic, effective skincare. Her Retinol Firming Eye Cream has a handy golden applicator tip to smooth the product over your under eyes as gently as possible. It’s also packed with hyaluronic acid, a super hydrator for dry under eyes.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream – $68.00

The Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream is the perfect choice if you are getting that crepey skin look. Ferulic acid helps to fight aging free radicals and the retinol helps to build up that collagen to give you youthful eyes.

Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream – $80.00

We’ll let Dr. Kraffert take it away on why the Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream is so great. “It gives vitality and resiliency to the eye area, and because the retinol is nanoencapsulated, it’s extremely stable, so it delivers results quickly but with zero irritation”

ROC Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Eye Cream Treatment – $13.40

Budget conscious skincare addicts probably know all about the ROC brand. Their low prices and wide availability make it an easy entry point to the world of retinol eye creams. Give the ROC Retinol Correction Eye Cream a try and dip your toes into the retinol waters without spending an arm and a leg.

La Roche-Posay Redermic R Eyes – $46.95

The La Roche-Posay Redermic Eyes eye cream has a blend of just about everything you could want in an eye cream. The retinol, of course, there’s hyaluronic acid for hydration, caffeine for diminishing dark circles, and adenosine to increase firmness.

 

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Magic Eye Rescue’ Rejuvenates, Smoothes & Repairs – $60.00

What can’t Charlotte Tilbury turn to magic? Her Magic Cream is an industry secret no more for super hydrated, dewy skin, so it’s no wonder she turned her hand to retinol eye creams. The Magic Eye Rescue is best suited to the most dehydrated under eyes.

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Advanced Repair Retinol Eye Cream – $125.50

Our choice of the most luxe and pricy retinol eye cream is Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Retinol Eye Cream. Not only does it have retinol to help smooth fine lines, but antioxidants to help prevent wrinkles.

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