Eye Creams That Really Work

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The delicate skin around your eyes is one of the first spots on your body to fall victim to age-related thinning of fat stores, causing wrinkling, bagging and sagging, explains Rod Rohrich, chairman of plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, in "Elle" magazine. Using an effective eye cream can help forestall the damage so that your eyes don't tell the world how old you really are.

Creams With Epidural Growth Factor

Epidural growth factor, or EGF, is a type of protein molecule that significantly steps up cell turnover and regeneration, making wrinkles less noticeable and improving skin tone and texture, says skin care expert Marcia Kilgore in the "Wall Street Journal." Kilgore recommends RéVive Eye Renewal Cream, which has antioxidants and skin firming ingredients in addition to EGF.

Creams With Hyaluronic Acid

If you want an eye cream that plumps up skin to make wrinkles and fine lines almost instantly less noticeable, look for one that contains hyaluronic acid, recommends Jeannette Graf, author of the book "Stop Aging, Start Living" in "Elle"magazine. Graf says hyaluronic acid can soak up moisture from the atmosphere and hold as much as 1,000 times its weight in water. Graf says Estee Lauder Time Zone Anti-Line/Wrinkle Eye Creme, which contains moisture-retaining ceramides as well as hyaluronic acid, is a good choice.

Creams With Black Rice Peptides

Gentler than retinol creams and able to almost instantly improve the appearance of wrinkles, peptides -- sometimes called neuropeptides -- plump up the skin around your eyes by jump-starting protein production, which improves skin tone and texture in addition to minimizing lines. Perlier Extreme Age-Defying Line Reducing Moisture Eye Cream contains black rice proteins that are especially good for your eye area.


If you don't have sensitive skin, try an eye cream with retinol. Dermatologist Doris Day says in "Elle" magazine that retinoic acid, which exfoliates skin to improve skin tone and texture in addition to stimulating collagen production to plump up wrinkles, is one of the most effective eye cream ingredients. Choose one for your bedtime eye cream rather than using retinol in your day cream, since it can increase your skin's sun sensitivity. Day recommends retinol-based Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex as a good option.