14 best eye creams for mature skin that hydrate dry areas and tackle wrinkles (2023)

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We start to see dark circles, wrinkles or dehydrated skin around the eyes when collagen in our skin starts to break down as we get older. As well as good old natural ageing, sun damage and lifestyle choices – such as diet and how much sleep we’re getting – can also affect our appearance.

The anti-ageing skincare market is huge, with many brands investing in eye creams that hydrate the skin and leave it looking fresh and less tired come morning. But, what exactly should you be looking for?

Retinoids such as vitamin A, otherwise known as retinol, work to boost the production of collagen in your skin, helping increase the appearance of fine lines. Vitamin C works as a preventive measure, helping to protect the skin from sun damage and reduce further ageing. Peptides also help to stimulate the natural collagen in your body, while hyaluronic acid hydrates the under-eye area and makes the skin look more plump.

Emma Appleby from L’Atelier Aesthetics says: “Wrinkles appear over time because of two reasons – intrinsic, which takes into account internal or genetic factorsand extrinsic, which is external factors such as sun damage and lifestyle factors such as stress.”

The skincare specialist goes on to reveal some of the key ingredients we should look out for in eye creams for mature skin: “Hyaluronic acid holds on to water, leaving the skin hydrated and plump while a low dose of retinol strengthens the skin, improves skin quality, elasticity and collagen levels in the skin, increases skin cell turnover.”

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“Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage from pollution, while SPF should be used every day to prevent further damage to the skin-DNA and collagen destruction,” she adds.

We tested a range of eye creams from a variety of brands on how they were packaged, how they felt on our skin, if they helped with fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles - and if they were worth the price tag.

The best eye creams for mature skin for 2022 are:

  • Best overall –Elemis pro-collagen eye revive mask: £55, Elemis.com
  • Best for brightening –La Roche-Posay redermic [R] eyes dermatological anti-wrinkle treatment: £27, Escentual.com
  • Best for anti-ageing –Drunk Elephant c-tango multivitamin eye cream: £54, Cultbeauty.co.uk
  • Best luxury skincare –Irene Forte skincare almond eye cream: £89, Ireneforteskincare.co.uk
  • Best budget buy –Lacura moisture boost eye cream: £4.49, Aldi.co.uk
  • Best for retinol –Dermalogica age reversal eye complex: £69, Dermalogica.co.uk
  • Best for puffiness –Susanne Kauffmann eye cream line A: £158, Susannekaufmann.com
  • Best for dark circles –Murad vita C eye dark circle corrector: £56, Murad.co.uk
  • Best for hydration –Kate Sommerville KateCeuticals lifting eye cream: £105, Katesomerville.co.uk
  • Best for sensitive skin –Clarins total eye lift: £58, Escentual.com
  • Best for fine lines –Freya + Bailey WINK! eye cream: £40, Freyaandbailey.com
  • Best organic skincare –Upcircle eye cream with coffee and maple: £14.99, Upcirclebeauty.com
  • Best high moisture cream –Shiro kombu eye cream: £58, Shiro-shiro.uk
  • Best for skin firming –Ren Skincare dark circle eye cream: £42, Renskincare.com

Elemis pro-collagen eye revive mask

Best: Overall

Elemis skincare always feels luxurious – from the packaging to the feel of the cream on your skin. Its eye cream is no different. The jelly-like consistency slides on to the skin and gives it a moisturised glow from the offset. The eye cream, which comes in one of the brand’s classic transparent pots, is filled with hyaluronic acid, watermelon snow algae and bush clover, which is said to be rich in antioxidants.

When testing, the cream hydrated our skin straight away and after a week of using it twice a day, our fine lines became less visible. It also worked well as primer, too, before we applied our make-up. It’s a great all-round eye cream if you’re looking to boost tired eyes.

La Roche-Posay redermic [R] eyes – dermatological anti-wrinkle treatment – intense

Best: For brightening

One of the lightest creams we tried, this has a barely-there feel. We loved the handy squeezable tube and how it melted into our skin – hydrating it as soon as it touched it.

The formula is made up of 0.1 per cent pure retinol, plus 0.2 per cent caffeine, which helped brighten our eye bags on days when we were reaching for the coffee, while it also contains a high concentration of La Roche-Posay’s signature thermal spring water. We loved how gentle the cream was on our skin, but still gave us the results we wanted – and at under £30 you really can’t go wrong.

Drunk Elephant c-tango multivitamin eye cream

Best: For anti-ageing

Drunk Elephant is known for its vibrant packaging and sell out skin care – and its eye cream is no different. Housed in a fun orange and white bottle, you twist the lid to open it and reveal the pump. Aiming to brighten the skin and combat signs of ageing, it features a combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C and cucumber extract to create a sleek moisturiser which applies well to the skin.

We did feel a little tingle when we first applied the cream, but the next day we could see a brightening effect on our under-eye area. It’s a pretty average price for an eye cream, especially one from a well-known brand, and we feel it would work well on skin that is seeing the early signs of ageing.

Irene Forte skincare almond eye cream

Best: Luxury skincare

If you have a little more room in the budget and want to indulge, then Irene Forte’s almond eye cream is a silky and luxurious choice. We found it worked particularly well when our skin felt dry, with the hyaluronic acid and aloe leaf ingredients soothing and hydrating the area quickly.

The cream, which also contains pro-vitamin B5 and avocado oils, has a light consistency and comes in a small cylinder-shaped bottle with pretty gold writing. The only drawback was our skin felt a little tight after applying the cream – but the next morning our skin looked fresh and as though we’d drunk a litre of water. It’s great for tired eyes, and lacklustre-looking skin.

Lacura moisture boost eye cream

Best: Budget buy

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You wouldn’t guess that this is a budget Aldi eye cream from the luxury jar it’s housed in. When we applied the peach-coloured cream, which has no scent, it went on smoothly and gave a shine to our dark circles and puffiness without leaving a sticky residue. The lightweight formula, which is suitable for all skin types, contains caffeine and green tea and definitely moisturised our skin, but we didn’t see a visible difference when it came to eradicating fine lines. However, at just under a fiver, it’s a great addition to your skincare routine.

You can buy the Lacura moisture boost eye cream from Aldi instore or online, but sadly it’s out of stock right now. However, we’ve found it here on Amazon (albeit for some extra pennies!).

Dermalogica age reversal eye complex

Best: For retinol

This cream is for those with dark circles, prominent eye bags and deeper lines under the eyes – with its main ingredient being an advanced retinol. Housed in a sleek tube, you only need a small dab under each eye every other night.

We love how well it applied on the skin, leaving a glossy but firm finish. We did feel a slight tingle from the formula, which could be due to vitamin C or peptides which are also present in the cream – but after using it consistently for a couple of weeks we saw a visible reduction of fine lines and our eyes looked plumper and refreshed each morning. A clear winner for anyone hoping to reduce those tell-tale lines under the eyes.

Susanne Kauffmann eye cream line A

Best: For puffiness

At over £150 we had high expectations for this formula – especially as it was over double the price of most of the other eye creams we tested. Presented in a box and sitting in a small glass container, with an easy to pump nozzle, the scented cream melted into our under-eye area.

The formula, which has active ingredients like ectoin to increase cell protection, and silk proteins for moisture, felt sticky as it sunk into our skin, but went on to give it a firming feel. After one use it reduced dark circles and puffiness from under the eyes, making them look fresh and easy to apply make-up to. Plus, after consistent use we loved how hydrated our skin looked with darker lines fading. It’s a great investment if you have a bigger beauty budget.

Murad vita C eye dark circle corrector

Best: For dark circles

Housed in one of Murad’s signature quirky bottles, the formula helps to combat dark circles with vitamin C. Easy to pump and apply, the bestselling eye cream also includes red algae and giant kelp extract, which helps to soothe and hydrate your delicate eye area.

We found the cream-coloured formula a little sticky as it was applied, but instantly hydrating, firming the skin and brightening dark circles. The long-term effects of using the cream were brighter looking skin and less noticeable discolouration under the eye. A great everyday eye cream if you suffer from dark circles – and it’s a reasonable price too.

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Kate Sommerville KateCeuticals lifting eye cream

Best: For hydration

This lifting eye cream comes in a striking silver pump – which looked attractive next to our other beauty products. Thicker than some of the other formulas, it contains a peptide complex which aims to relax and reduce fine lines and dark circles. Once applied it took a little longer to sink in, but gave our delicate under eye area an instant boost – looking hydrated and brighter than normal.

After just a few uses, fine lines looked less ingrained. However, it isn’t cheap, and at just over £100 it’s one of the more expensive creams on the market – but you really are paying for Kate Somerville’s knowledge when it comes to anti-ageing skincare.

Clarins total eye lift

Best: For sensitive skin

Another well-known brand, Clarins has been perfecting its skincare for over 60 years. The cream comes in a vibrant red pump, which is small enough to store on your dressing table or tuck away in a drawer. The light consistency of the formula was a real plus, and felt silky as we applied it on to our skin.

One of the eye cream’s main ingredients is cassie wax, a flower which helps to soothe – an element which we found to work well on our sensitive skin. After a few days we saw a noticeable difference in fine lines under the eyes, while it also gave us a well-rested look.

Freya + Bailey wink! eye cream

Best: For fine lines

The pretty bottle design for this eye cream from Freya + Bailey really stands out, with the rose gold finishing and push down pump. The thick consistency of the cream doesn’t weigh the skin down and spreads along the under eye with ease – giving it moisture straight away.

We used a small amount in both the morning and evening, and the sweet-scented moisturiser gave our skin a more hydrated feel every time. Plus, after using it for a week we could definitely see improvements of our fine lines which sat at the edge of our eyes. The formula, which is made up of hyaluronic acid, wheat germ and green tea also reduced inflammation on sensitive skin around our eyes – although it did sting slightly on drier skin, so not one for you if you have sensitive skin.

Upcircle eye cream with coffee and maple

Best: Organic skincare

If you’re not a fan of coffee then this eye cream may not be for you – as the scent is infused with the stuff, along with a hint of maple. Housed in a small glass bottle, which can be reused for your next purchase of the cream, we loved the easy-to-use pump and light consistency of the formula. Made from natural ingredients – including coffee oil and repurposed maple bark extract – it is also great for vegans, while being cruelty free.

We loved how much brighter our skin looked after using this eye cream, while the hyaluronic acid seemed to plump the appearance of our skin every morning. One of the cheaper eye creams, it’s great if you are looking for a natural product which brightens.

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Shiro kombu eye cream

Best: High moisture cream

One of the more unusual formulas we tested – its ingredients include gagome kombu, a rich nutrient from the sea, along with fucoidan and alginic acid, which both help skin retain its moisture.

Easy to squeeze from the long white tube, the lightweight cream goes on smoothly and brightens up eye bags after a couple of days. It did feel a little greasy at first, but once it sinks into the skin, it leaves it highly moisturised and hydrated. Great for those with sensitive skin, it left the delicate area under the eyes looking plumper – especially after lack of sleep.

Ren Skincare dark circle eye cream

Best: For skin firming

It may be small, but Ren’s dark circle eye cream is one of the best at eliminating, not just dark circles, but hydrating the skin too. We applied the cream, which had a medium consistency, morning and night - and loved how bright our under-eye skin looked every time.

Filled with 95 per cent natural-origin ingredients, including elderberry flower extract and glycogen, it hydrated our skin every time we used it and reduced shadows under our eyes in a little over a week – leaving them looking firmer and brighter. We also love that the bottle is made from 97 per cent recycled products, too.

The verdict: Eye creams for mature skin

Elemis pro-collagen eye revive mask was a treat to use both day and night. From the packaging to the way it constantly hydrated our eyes, the cream was a clear winner. Our fine lines were a distant memory after using the eye cream regularly. La Roche-Posay’s anti-wrinkle treatment is a worthy runner up – we loved how gentle it felt on our skin, but also gave us some great results. It’s also perfect if you can’t shell out for expensive skincare every month.

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FAQs

How do you hydrate dry skin around your eyes? ›

Make a habit of washing your face every day, morning and night. Switch to a mild, soap-free facial cleanser, and use gentle strokes and lukewarm water instead of hot. Find a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer and apply it after patting the skin dry. Lightly dab onto the sensitive eye area.

How can I fix aging skin around my eyes? ›

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  1. Decrease Sun Exposure and Tanning. ...
  2. Quit Smoking. ...
  3. Consider a Humidifier. ...
  4. Take Care with Cosmetics Around the Eye Area. ...
  5. Decrease Stress Levels. ...
  6. Hydrate and Eat Clean. ...
  7. Use an Effective Eye Cream.

What is the best anti wrinkle cream for the over 60s? ›

Best Overall: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

This cream contains hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, amino peptides to firm the skin, as well as niacinamide (a.k.a. vitamin B3), a potent antioxidant that helps improve the appearance of enlarged pores and dullness, says Dr. Jaliman.

What cream can I use for dry skin around my eyes? ›

We recommend applying Vaseline® Jelly on eyelids because some regular moisturizers and creams are not always safe to use on the eye area. The skin around the eyes is much more sensitive to irritants, so it's best to use a hypoallergenic product that contains pure ingredients.

How do you add moisture to your eyes? ›

Tips to Keep Your Eyes Hydrated
  1. Use artificial tears throughout the day if you are prone to dry eyes. ...
  2. Remember to blink when you use your computer, read, or play video games. ...
  3. Use a humidifier in your home during the fall and winter to keep the air moist.
  4. Stay away from cigarette smoke, which tends to dry out your eyes.

What tightens wrinkles under eyes? ›

Non-surgical and minimal invasive, tear trough fillers are an effective way to tighten skin under the eyes, treat wrinkles, improve the hollowed-out look under the eyes and brighten dark circles. Hyaluronic acid fillers are made of a transparent gel that mimics the natural substance that our bodies produce.

How can I make my 60 year old skin look younger? ›

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  1. Exercise Is the Ultimate Facelift.
  2. Limit Alcohol.
  3. Limit Sun Exposure.
  4. Don't Smoke.
  5. Stress Is Bad For Your Skin.
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Is there a cream that actually reduces wrinkles? ›

Retinoids. This term is used for vitamin A compounds, such as retinol and retinoic acid. These ingredients have long been used topically to help repair sun-damaged skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

What is the best moisturizer for around your eyes? ›

Keep Your Under-Eyes Supple And Smooth With The 15 Best Hydrating Eye Creams
  1. Best Overall:Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream. ...
  2. Best Ophthalmologist-Tested:Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream. ...
  3. Best For Crow's Feet:Eva Naturals Youth Restoring Eye Gel. ...
  4. Best Long-Lasting:Olay Deep Hydrating Eye Gel.
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Which oil is best for eye wrinkles? ›

Castor oil can be safely used around and near your eyes. Many people report it helps minimize and reduce wrinkles in the eye area.

Why is the skin around my eyes so dry and wrinkled? ›

According to the Mayo Clinic, as you get older, your skin decreases its production of natural oils, which dries out your skin. The skin around your eyes is naturally thinner than the rest of your skin and, in turn, it's more prone to visible signs of aging like dryness, dark circles, and fine lines and wrinkles.

What deficiency causes dry skin around eyes? ›

Your skin makes vitamin D when you're exposed to the sun. You can also get it from supplements and some foods. A deficiency in vitamin D can cause dry eye symptoms. However, supplements may help by reducing inflammation on the eye's surface, according to a 2020 article .

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What causes really dry skin around eyes? ›

What can cause dry skin around the eyes? A person can experience dry skin around the eyes as a result of aging or the weather. It can also occur due to various skin conditions, such as eczema, contact dermatitis, or conjunctivitis.

Why is the skin around my eyes dry and flaky? ›

There are numerous underlying skin conditions which can cause dry skin around the eyes, including contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, blepharitis and rosacea. These vary in severity and treatment, depending on the condition. Atopic dermatitis on the eyelids is also referred to as eyelid dermatitis or eyelid eczema.

What causes dry around eyes? ›

Common causes of decreased tear production include: Aging. Certain medical conditions including Sjogren's syndrome, allergic eye disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, graft vs. host disease, sarcoidosis, thyroid disorders or vitamin A deficiency.

What causes dry skin around the eyes and eyelids? ›

External irritants, your environment, and aging can all cause dry eyelids. There are other factors that cause dry skin on eyelids that may require more medical care. These underlying conditions vary in severity and outlook. Some of them include contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, or blepharitis.

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