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How to Pick the Right Eye Cream for Your Age

how to pick the right eye cream for your age
Is a Solution for:
Crow's Feet, Dark Circles, Fine Lines, Puffy Eyes, Sagging Skin, Wrinkles
January 13, 2015 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments

A damn good eye cream is a beauty essential as far as I am concerned. Choosing the right one depends on your main concerns, and they can be very different if you are 60-something or 20-something. There are some wonderful eye creams these days, and there’s at least one that’s perfect for you — whatever your age.

The Right Eye Cream for 20-Somethings

Perhaps it is wistful thinking on my part, but I like to think that the only concerns that 20-somethings have when it comes to choosing an eye cream are those brought on by too much partying. Anyway, there are ingredients to tackle dark circles and lead the world to believe that you are getting plenty of early nights.

VOYA Bright Eyes has been formulated with natural ingredients to give a wake up call to tired eyes. The key ingredient is Voya’s signature seaweed, which has vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes that are antioxidants with skin-healing and rejuvenating properties.

Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99) has a natural peptide formula that targets wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. It features Eyeliss, a combination of three natural peptides, to combat dark circles, eliminate under-eye bags and improve puffiness.

The Right Eye Cream for 30-Somethings

It is in your 30s that the first signs of skin dehydration start and perhaps even a little laugh line or two.

La Vie Celeste Restorative Rose Hydrosol Eye Cream ($60 in the shop) is a gentle, silky cream. The key ingredient in this hydrating eye cream is R-lipoic acid, a chirally correct form of alpha lipoic acid. This “universal antioxidant” helps fight both future skin damage and repair damage done in the past by diminishing fine lines, giving skin a healthy glow.

Innarah VenoDefense Eye Treatment Sèrum Hydrating Eye Treatment Sèrum ($150) is a hydrating eye serum that strengthens the connective tissue around the eye area while firming skin and smoothing fine lines. It has apolactoferrin, which stimulates natural hyaluronic acid production, snow algae to prevent UV damage and Syn-ake to prevent expression lines.

Skinfinite LOL Eye Serum ($49 in the shop) is a soothing gel that decreases eye puffiness while reducing dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes by firming the skin. There’s a good blend of peptides and botanicals in this formula.

The Right Eye Cream for 40-Somethings

This is typically the decade when those laughter lines start to give some character to the face and crow’s feet become something of a permanent feature. This is where a good anti-aging eye cream comes in.

Sciote Peptide+Defense Firming Eye Creme ($65 in the shop) is an excellent value eye cream that has an aloe base along with glycolic and lactic acids. These exfoliants help clarify and smooth the skin, encouraging wrinkle repair. There’s also coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that helps neutralize harmful free radicals, one of the causes of aging.

Skinfinite LOL Eye Serum ($45) is a soothing gel that decreases eye puffiness while reducing dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes by firming the skin. There’s a good blend of peptides and botanicals.

Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream has a 3.8% concentration of retinol coupled with a nano-encapsulated epidermal growth factor. This is a good and very well formulated eye cream for tackling fine lines and is surprisingly non-irritating despite the dose of retinol.

The Right Eye Cream for 50-Somethings

The biggest change (which came for me around late 40s and 50-ish) may be the arrival of crepiness under the eyes and on the lids. This is also the decade where the menopause can bring on some confusing hormonal changes that effect the skin and especially the eye area. Worry not, there are some eye creams that will help make your 50s your favorite decade.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime for Eye ($98) has been specifically formulated for the menopausal among us. It has a hefty dose of copper peptides, acetyl tetrapeptide-2 (a peptide that is supposed to firm the skin) and Matrixyl 3000. It smooths crepey skin and gives the lids a lift.

Lumavera Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($80) has Matrixyl 3000 and Lumavera’s signature veggie blend of way too many plant extracts to mention. It’s a go-to for a brighter, more refreshed eye area and smoothing of crepe.

The Right Eye Cream for 60-Somethings

Lid lifting is often the most common goal for 60-somethings and above. Until recently, this has been a toughie without resorting to an actual surgical lift. OK, I’m not promising a miracle, but there are some very new actives that have been formulated to lift the lids.

Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop) has recently been given a new formula, and I think this version may be a breakthrough (look out for my full review in a few weeks). Correct has always been good at smoothing crepy skin, but now it is tackling lid droop with an ingredient called Uplevity. This is tetrapeptide-2 and it works on a gene that catalyzes the first step in the formation of crosslinks in collagens and elastin.

E’shee Alpha Omega ($284 in the shop) is a stellar eye cream that utilizes trifluoroacetyl tripeptide-2. Known as TT2, this peptide can reduce “sagging and slacking” (according to the manufacturer), as well as improve firmness and elasticity.

  • January 29, 2015

    by Pam Freeman

    I, too am over 50 and I'm looking for something for creepiness, crows feet that are extending down my upper cheeks. I'm a skin junkie who has already wasted too much money and then some through the years. Any specific help for me ? My eyes make me look even older and they were my asset! I've had cancer 4 times and its taken its toll. My last surgery was in December 2014. Still recovering but ready for a good fight to look and feel better. What retinol product should I try? By the way, I'm lucky enough to not have sensitive skin. Any samples? Thanks for your help!

  • January 14, 2015

    by Wendy Clark

    I'm 48yrs old and have been blessed to look young for my age most of my life. However, dealing with an intense and chronic pain... neuromuscular disease/s etc.. since early-mid 2012.. has taken its toll on my body, face, skin and even hair! One of the most significant differences is in my eyes... Lids are sagging and get crepey, crows feet and fine lines at outer edges as well as under my eyes, also under.. Serious puffiness and dark area at inner lower inner corner, redness at inner edge... The list goes on and on! I also experience brief periods of sudden severe swelling to my face and eyelids rendering them almost unrecognizable at times. I would sooooo Love to find an eye creme to help at least my eyes look like my own again!

  • January 13, 2015

    by Lena

    I am almost 40. I think the skin under my eyes makes me look at least 50. Nothing I tried (oils, thick creams, retinol) can improve the situation. I have very dry skin and this winter on the East coast made it unmanageable (I moved here from the West coast recently). I would love to see if Innarah cream can save my desert-dry skin and help sooth my under-eye area and minimize wrinkles.

  • January 13, 2015

    by Barb

    I have a stressful, 60+hr a week job, and I am really noticing how tired my eyes are looking. Saggy eyelids, baggy under eyes, crepey lids. Sigh...... Help!!

  • January 13, 2015

    by Noel

    I dare to try the Innarah Eye Treatment Cream! I'm desperate to find a treatment to address the issues I'm encountering in my 50's: eye bags, sagging, crepey tissue, dark circles, puffiness. In fact, I just ordered YBF Correct to see if it is truly as magical as the reviews declare. It would be great to test these two eye treatments side by side, especially since I could start them at the same time on the same "canvas" (it wouldn't be like I had already been using one and then started testing the other to see if it could play catch-up).
    Thank you,

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