We get it: We need thin skin around our eyes so we can move them, but does it have to get quite so wrinkly quite so soon? And those pesky fine lines appear without warning! One day the skin is plump, youthful, smooth as silk, with those expression lines dissolving when your face is still, smooth like a cherub. But just like that (*clicks fingers*), like creases in crêpe paper, those lines won't go, no matter how still and limp you try to make your face (and boy, have we tried).
There are a few factors at play here: In our 20s, those fine lines are often temporary; usually, you can put them down to dehydration—easily fixed with a moisturising eye cream, a bottle of Evian and an early night. Because environment plays a part, with pollution and UV rays breaking down the skin, you can (and should) prevent it with an antioxidant-rich product that will also put up a fight against wrinkle-causing free radicals. And then, of course, there is the natural movement in our faces that causes wrinkles to appear. To tackle these, you need to look to plumping ingredients to fill in the fine lines, softening their appearance. Luckily we have recommendations whatever type of lines you're trying to firefight.
Keep scrolling for the nine best eye creams for wrinkles…
With hydrating aloe vera and squalane, this Bobbi Brown eye cream is seriously hydrating and works to keep the skin smooth for 24 hours. It will sit perfectly under any makeup you apply after.
With phloretin to accelerate cell turnover and vitamin C to protect from photo damage, this lightweight gel will prevent lines from forming too soon.
A two-step line-filling system. The first pot contains a gel that instantly tightens the eye area while the second pot is home to a smoothing cream containing light-diffusing particles to soften the look of stubborn lines.
Apply at night, and the calming and hydrating eye cream forms a patch over the delicate eye area to help the ingredients drive deep down into the skin. Expect to wake with smooth, hydrated and rested-looking eyes.
This eye cream takes a two-pronged attack against lines. Blurring particles work instantly to disguise fine lines while antioxidant Pro-Retinol A works over time to boost collagen production.
Like a drink of water for your eyes, this serum instantly refreshes the delicate eye area, softening fine lines in its path. Water lily stimulates lymphatic circulation in the eye area to leave it looking brighter and fresher, too.
You can use this eye cream day and night. It has time-released retinol to boost collagen production and hyaluronic acid to draw moisture into the eye area to plump. It also has light-reflecting properties. In short, it pretty much does it all.
Kiehl's eye cream contains copper PCA, an ingredient found to fight inflammation (inflammation is a cause of wrinkles known as inflammaging), while calcium PCA works to strengthen the skin's barrier to help prevent TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss) that can cause fine lines to appear. The result is smoother-looking skin around the eyes.
This eye cream works to fight free radicals thanks to antioxidant-rich pomegranate seed oil while borage oil locks in moisture to prevent fine lines. Paracress flower extract known as the "toothache plant" alleviates muscle tension that can cause unwanted lines.