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These Anti-Aging Eye Creams Will Help With Unwanted Puffiness

Oprah Magazine Logo By Brigitt Earley of Oprah Magazine | Slide 1 of 16: Because the area around your eyes is so thin, it’s one of the first places to reveal that you're not exactly a teen anymore. (The same goes for your hands, by the way.) That's why it's so important to start (or continue) using an eye cream daily—whether you're in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or beyond. Now, we know what you're thinking: Won't my anti-aging moisturizer work? "Using a moisturizer for an eye cream is like using dish soap to wash your hands," says Dr. Mona Gohara, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University. "It may get the job done, but it isn’t optimal. The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate, so many eye creams contain unique ingredients—or ingredients at lower concentrations—to effectively treat the area without causing irritation."So, what ingredients should you look for? If your main concerns are dark circles or puffiness, pick a product packed with caffeine and antioxidants like vitamins C or E, says Gohara. To diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a retinoid or the OTC version, retinol, are key. "Regardless of your unique needs, everyone benefits from SPF and hyaluronic acid," says Gohara. "We're born with hyaluronic acid, but it declines as we reach our 30s, causing dryness and wrinkles. A boost via your eye cream will immediately help plump the skin." Here are the best (and relatively affordable) anti-aging eye creams out there, according to dermatologists.

Because the area around your eyes is so thin, it’s one of the first places to reveal that you're not exactly a teen anymore. (The same goes for your hands, by the way.) That's why it's so important to start (or continue) using an eye cream daily—whether you're in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or beyond. Now, we know what you're thinking: Won't my anti-aging moisturizer work? "Using a moisturizer for an eye cream is like using dish soap to wash your hands," says Dr. Mona Gohara, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University. "It may get the job done, but it isn’t optimal. The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate, so many eye creams contain unique ingredients—or ingredients at lower concentrations—to effectively treat the area without causing irritation."

So, what ingredients should you look for? If your main concerns are dark circles or puffiness, pick a product packed with caffeine and antioxidants like vitamins C or E, says Gohara. To diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a retinoid or the OTC version, retinol, are key. "Regardless of your unique needs, everyone benefits from SPF and hyaluronic acid," says Gohara. "We're born with hyaluronic acid, but it declines as we reach our 30s, causing dryness and wrinkles. A boost via your eye cream will immediately help plump the skin."

Here are the best (and relatively affordable) anti-aging eye creams out there, according to dermatologists.

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