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7 Dermatologist-Approved Eye Creams That Work Better Than Botox

November 2, 2019 by Robyn Turk
shefinds | beauty

Is there anything worse than dark circles under your eyes? No matter your age, skin type or skin tone, dark circles will always make your face look ten years older than you actually are. We all know the struggle of trying to get rid of dark circles, too. It’s almost always an uphill battle, not just to remove the circles, but also to keep them gone.

There are many causes for dark circles under eyes. While the most common factor is a lack of sleep, they can also be caused by allergies, smoking, a poor diet, aging or even just genetics.

How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Eyes

For some people, lifestyle changes like getting more sleep or eating healthier foods might improve dark circles. But the rest of us are going to need a little more help.

If you find the right one for your skin’s specific needs, an eye cream can work wonders in smoothing out your face – even better than botox. The important thing to remember with any eye cream is to use it consistently without over-using it so that you are sure to prevent dark circles from forming without irritating the sensitive skin around your eye.

The Best Dermatologists-Approved Eye Creams For Dark Circles

best anti aging eye creams dermatologists recommend

1. Monat Eye Smooth

What It Does

- Uses clinically-proven ingredients like plant stem cells and squalane to nourish and revitalize skin

- Gives a more youthful, radiant and energized appearance to the eyes and face

- Wakes up the eyes with caffeine

Key Benefits

- Targets puffiness, dark circles and crow’s feet under the eyes

- Rejuvenates and hydrates skin for a more youthful appearance

- Supports hydration and skin elasticity

Promising Review

The most promising review for the Monat Eye Smooth is that the eye cream sold out within a month of launching and currently has a 13,000-person waiting list. While you can shop another eye cream in the meantime, we suggest you get on this wait list before it gets any bigger. Plus, if you’re on the waiting list, Monat will throw in a free facial massager with your Eye Smooth.

best anti aging eye creams dermatologists recommend

2. Fré Skincare Brighten Me Eye Cream

What It Does

- Increases the skin’s natural collagen production to improve the appearance of under-eye skin

- High-performance formula that promotes healthy skin for bright eyes

- Restores the skin’s protective barrier to repair environmental damage

Key Benefits

- Deeply moisturizes skin and improves elasticity

- Reduces hyperpigmentation and dark circles

- Protects and revitalizes stem cells

Promising Review

“New Staple - The perfect harmony of Revive & Recover Me - targeted for your eyes. Well done - I love it!” - Marlena

Fre Brighten Me Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream ($45)

best anti aging eye creams dermatologists recommend

3. OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème

What It Does

- Targets signs of aging with a brightening formula rich in Vitamin C

- Reduces the appearance of dark circles with banana power

- Improves concealer application and wear

Key Benefits

- Combats dark circles and bags under eyes

- Hydrates skin and locks in moisture

- Smooths out fine lines and wrinkles

Promising Review

“I was never a big OH fan bc I tried a few products from this brand and they had my skin looking crazy on these streets and I don’t play that. Bought this based on all the great reviews I’ve seen, didn’t expect anything really. I’m 41, have a lot of fine lines under my eyes and under eye bags. Fast forward my fine lines have minimized (I’m shocked) and my under eye area looks renewed. Idk if that makes sense but I look refreshed when I use this. The formula is creamy and melts into your skin. I look forward to using this product and I’m looking at OH like y’all did that. If you are on the fence about purchasing, I’d say try it. For me it has exceeded my expectations.” - barefootcontessa

OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème ($38)

best anti aging eye creams dermatologists recommend

4. RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

What It Does

- Visibly reduces puffiness and dark circles under eyes in just one month of use

- Smooths out fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet within 12 weeks

- Uses retinol and a mineral complex for powerful results

Key Benefits

- Provides dramatic results while remaining gentle enough for daily use around the eyes

- Clinically proven to rejuvenate delicate, sensitive under-eye skin

- Improves the look of skin for an overall younger-seeming appearance

Promising Review

”I've been using this product consistently for 20 yrs. For the past 5 yrs I've started using the rest of the roc line. I simply put it on before I put my makeup on and at night before going to bed. I'm now 44 and people think I'm in my late 20's...hey I'll take it! I've let everyone know what I use faithfully and they've tried it as well and love it! Never had an issue with skin irritations either. I highly recommend the whole line, but this product is off the chain. Thank you roc for a product that is as close to the fountain of youth as you can get!” - Anonymous Target shopper

RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream ($15.99)

best anti aging eye creams dermatologists recommend

5. SkinFIx Barrier + Lipid-Boost 360° Eye Cream

What It Does

- Uses an unprecedented and concentrated formula of clinical actives to get results

- Treats dark circles, puffiness and fine lines around eyes and eyelids

- Moisturizes the skin for a smoother appearance

Key Benefits

- Uses saccharomyces complex to reduce the appearance of dark circles

- Diminishes under-eye puffiness with alfalfa seed complex

- Creates a smooth look to the skin by pulling moisture in

Promising Review

Absolutely AMAZING! I inherited the puffy bags under my eyes from my dad and I didn't think any eye cream could beat genetics. I'm so glad I was wrong. I've been using for only two days (morning and night) and the bags under my eyes are half the size they were before. I will definitely purchase again!” - Pallotta

Skinfix Barrier+ Lipid-Boost 360° Eye ($40)

best anti aging eye creams dermatologists recommend

6. Burt’s Bees Eye Cream

What It Does

- Clinically proven to hydrate the delicate eye area without causing redness or irritation

- Softens the keep and helps it to retain moisture using a formula of 98.9% natural ingredients

- Perks up the appearance of the eyes

Key Benefits

- Provides a luminous, youthful-seeming complexion

-Combats under-eye puffiness

- Smooths sensitive skin gently

Promising Review

“Absolutely love this cream. My face was so dry this winter, no amount of my regular moisturizer was working. I was miserable. With the Night Cream and the Cleanser for Sensitive Skin I'm so very happy. I use the Night Cream morning and night. The extra on my fingers gets rubbed into my hands and has made a them feel better too. And I have to say I'm not using very much.” - psyche 1954

Burt's Bees Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin ($9.97)

best anti aging eye creams dermatologists recommend

7. The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream

What It Does

- Wakes your eyes for a rejuvenated, energized and brightened look

- Reduces puffiness and dark circles under the eyes

- Smooths out fine lines and wrinkles with peptides

Key Benefits

- Supports collagen production for a smooth texture and youthful appearance

- Removes dark circles and puffiness in the sensitive under-eye area

- Lightweight cream that also works as a makeup primer

Promising Review

”I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect eye cream and have tried many in different price ranges and this ended up being one of my favorites. It’s not a miracle worker but It keeps my skin hydrated and I do notice my circles look a little lighter and less puffy. It’s a great buy and certainly worth the money. Most of all I did not have any allergic reactions which is why I gave it 5 stars. Sadly I don’t think any cream will make me look like I sleep 8 hours a night.” - AnitaMarlene

The INKEY List Caffeine Eye Cream ($9.99)

Author:

Robyn Turk is a style and beauty writer, contributing to the SheFinds team. Her work has appeared in StyleCaster, Business Insider, Refinery29, DailyMail and others. You can reach her at [email protected]

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