Best Eye Cream Picks to Freshen Your Look

A woman typically starts to develop lines around her eyes in her 30s. It's important to use eye creams that add moisture and volume to the delicate skin around the eyes. Look for eye creams with one of three ingredients: retinoids to stimulate cell growth, peptides to boost collagen production, and antioxidants, which fix free radical damage caused by sun damage and other environmental factors.

Here are our picks for the best eye creams on the market today.

This is a serum created for the face but is used by many beauty experts on the delicate eye area. A great buy at under $20.

Kate Gosselin called this eye gel her "Botox in a jar" in People Magazine and her claim had women scrambling to get a jar for themselves. So is it really worth Gosselin's claim that she doesn't get Botox, she uses this instead and it made her eyes look younger? Probably. The Ultimate Eye Gel consistently makes the "best" lists for beauty editors and the ingredients are winners. Calendula and cucumber revitalize fatigued and puffy eyes while intensely hydrating humectants plump up the eye area.

Consistently named a "Best Beauty Buy" by the editors of Allure Magazine, renowned dermatologist Patricia Wexler's eye gel gets rid of puffiness in the under eye area thanks to caffeine, a main ingredient. Allure's editors love it because it's a clear gel, so it goes on easily without interfering with your makeup. I love it because it really does work, just make sure to keep it in the refrigerator. Wexler was quoted in Harper's Bazaar saying, "You'll get more of a lifting effect from your products if they're cold." At room temps, this could take up to two hours to work. Refrigerated, it takes about 10 minutes. Sold!

This product gets rave reviews by the editors at Lucky Magazine and the reviewers on Makeupalley. Formulated with ginseng extract and vitamin C derivative, Shiseido's eye treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and may also be used around lips.

These eye patches are a favorite of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, who suffers from under-eye puffiness due to her hectic lifestyle.

Zoe recommended these patches in one of her daily "Zoe Report" newsletters. “When my routine Venti Awake Tea (+2 Splenda, please) doesn’t cut it, I rely on these paraben-free, fragrance-free patches of wonder to liven up,” she wrote.​

These gel patches were created with soothing ingredients to fix puffy eyes.

MAC is known more for its makeup lines than its skincare products, but this caffeinated eye cream is a hit with my readers and Makeupalley reviewers. It de-puffs, erases the look of dark circles, firms, soothes and softens the skin around the eye. Special optics act like magic to fade away lines.

If you suffer from dark under eye circles and are looking for your miracle product, this just might be it. At $88, it's not cheap, but put this on your eyes in the morning and at night and you'll likely see a huge difference. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe swears by it and I had a chance to try it out myself and loved how it felt on my skin (I don't have under eye circles so I can't make claims to how it works on them). Keep in mind that this product is paraben-free and comes in recycled packaging, all good things for the eco-conscious woman. 

Beloved for its de-puffing and brightening abilities, this eye cream gets rave reviews on Makeupalley. It's also great for lightening dark circles under the eyes.

Dr. Brandt's eye cream contains peptides, one of the important ingredients to look for in a good eye cream. This cream is rich and moisturizing and inspires intense devotion in its fans.

Packed with retinols and antioxidants, this is a great eye cream for reducing fine lines and dark under eye circles. Apply this at night.

A relatively inexpensive eye cream, Olay contains hydrating glycerin and peptides known to increase collagen production (we lose collagen in our skin as we age).

The light texture makes this eye cream perfect for wearing under eye makeup. It's a Real Simple Magazine "best pick" and is beloved for making fine lines around the eyes disappear.