What’s a Good Eye Cream?

Patients ALWAYS ask me about eye creams. The short answer: if you have lots of wrinkles, then most creams won’t make any difference. The best nonsurgical treatment for wrinkles around the eyes is Botox® — it is remarkably effective in treating crow’s feet and can help open your eyes giving you that wide-eyed, 20-something model look (if you go for that sort of thing).

As far as creams are concerned, tretinoin is far superior to any over-the-counter cream for fine lines. Your dermatologist can prescribe it as generic tretinoin for about $60 a tube, which is a good value. It is generally used once a day in the evening, but you should follow your physician’s directions.

If you are looking for a nice over the counter eye cream, my patients and my nurses have liked the new Oil of Olay Definity Eye Illuminator. It lightens the area around the eyes, giving you a brighter, fresher look, and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines. At about $25 a bottle, it is reasonably priced compared to much pricier department store and celebrity dermatologist brands. It is available at most major retail stores.

Conflict of interest: I do not have any financial interests in or take any free samples from these recommended products. In fact, if you sign up for Club Olay, they might send you free samples. Then you can write me and tell me what you think.

28 thoughts on “What’s a Good Eye Cream?”

  1. is there any particular ingredient in the Oil of Olay cream that make it a great eye cream?

    Also, i’ve read that eye creams that contain caffeine and vitamin K help puffiness… is that true?

  2. I don’t have a comment, but a question which I am hoping you will be able to answer. At 31 I thought it would be a good idea to start some kind of anti-wrinkle regimen. I believe I don’t have wrinkles yet, but would like to prevent them or at least attempt to slow down the process. After doing a little research I decided to try out the Olay Definity line. I looked at the ingredients in some of these products, however, and I’m wondering if it is of any danger to my skin. Some articles show that triethanolamine, and dimethicone, both of which are found in the night cream, may be harmful. Is this true? Any advice would be gladly appreciated. Thanks!–Arlene

  3. Everybody is aging. But with the professional anti-aging solutions and resources provided in this website, you will certainly be able to slow down the tick of your biological clock!

  4. I’m not even quite 20, so I don’t have problems with wrinkles yet, but I have tried the Olay Derma-Pods sample. The sample was too small to really be able to tell how well it worked over a long term, but after the first use I found my eyes having a slight sting, almost similar to what you feel when you cut an onion, just not as strong. For the next day I found myself to randomly be tearing, which I imagine to be the release of the water caught under the eyes. It did do the trick in helping to minimize the staying-up-late-studying-for-midterms under-eye bags.

  5. Hello all – I would like to say that I tried Estee Lauder Creme de la Mer its it did NOTHING for my skin.

    It is very expensive at $165 for 2 ounces! It was supposedly to heal burns received in an accident; The reality is that this very chemical laden cream doesn’t contain anything particularly extraordinary ingredients. In fact, the majority of ingredients can be found in CVS-Brand Moisturizers.

    For long term effect on wrinkles and a treatment that naturally aided my skin, I used the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum from the Made from Earth skin care line. This serum uses natural organic ingredients to improve your skin cells around your eyes and I have already seen a MAJOR DIFFERENCE AROUND MY EYES.

    In 3 days around my eyes, I have seen a reduction in the fine lines. . You can actually feel it working right after you put it on. . . .I highly recommend it as an EX-crème de la mer user….and a woman who is healthy…and a woman who is tired of all the different expensive creams out that that make promises that they do not live up to….you can find them at madefromearth.com.

    I recently switched to only using face creams that contain real plants, fruits and/or juices. No more chemicals for me! Chemicals in skincare products will cause your skin to sag in the long run. That’s because those chemicals don’t belong there and impact your skins elasticity.

  6. It must have alot of DMAE in it because right after I apply it to my skin, I feel it tightening already.
    Highly recommended for healthy women who want a healthy way to remove wrinkles.

  7. I’ve been using the Made from Earth VITAMIN ENHANCED FACE FIRMING SERUM as an eyecream for about 2 months now and i can honestly say that i’ve seen a MAJOR difference!!

    i’ve always had dark under eye circles and now being in my late fourties, fine lines have really started to appear. I use serum for my undereyes but i’ve also been using it on my forehead. My dark circles are ALMOST COMPLETELY GONE! i can defintely see a difference and my friends have mentioned it too.

    In terms of wrinkles i have seen a big difference on my forehead…the fine lines that were starting to look prominent are starting to disappear. I’m really glad i purchased this Made from Earth product…it actually works. i purchased on their website at madefromearth.com

  8. I always enjoy a good eye cream review, just to see how other people feel about products. I normally find that people have the same opinion on products. If you would like to see my team’s take on this product,I invite you to read the eye cream review.

  9. I am wondering what percentage of tretinoin in the cream is necessary to treat fine lines effectively. My doctor perscribed me tretinoin some time ago for acne. Can I use it under my eyes as well?

  10. Britney P says:

    I bought four products from the Made from Earth skincare line–the Face Firming Serum, the Pure Aloe Face Serum and the Olive Night Cream. After two weeks of using the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum, I’m pretty pleased.

    I’m skeptical by nature, and I wonder if anyone notices the change produced by skin products like these other than the user. But, I think the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum does make the skin around my eyes look smoother and lighter, and it certainly moisturizes without being greasy. I have pretty sensitive skin, and I haven’t had any redness or irritation, and certainly no pimples. I also don’t notice any scent. I find eye creams especially irritating (Clinique was AWFUL for me!) but this Made from Earth serum is very soothing. I’m pleased with the results and certainly the price!

  11. Yeah, I agree with some comments. You can’t stop from aging but you can make it slow. Not just by putting cream but also eating a good diet and drinking water.


  12. There are two easy things you can do to avoid puffy eyes and eye bags: drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep!

  13. wayne Bradbury says:

    Hi everyone, My name is Wayne Bradbury, and I have spent 11 years studying wrinkles, and now I have formulated my own. Bradbury Wrinkle Delay… There is a face cream and an eye cream, and YES YES YES it actually works…. I have converted lancome users and people paying $270 for an eye serum alone. I have formulated the eye cream for dark circles and bags plus wrinkles. And the Face cream is for wrinkles and hydration. Let me tell you I have sold many to my own clients and after 5 mins of applying you can visibly see the difference. I only do 1 side of their face so they can see results!!! It really is amazing and all my hard work is now paying off. It is sold in a 15g for the eyes at $69.95 and the face cream is sold $69.95 for a 50g. I have a paypal and do post. so if you would like some please email me waynebradbury@bigpond.com

  14. wayne Bradbury says:

    by the way everyone my cream is almost 100% natural so if you have sensitive skin give it ago!!!!! IT WORKS

  15. wayne bradbury, GET YOUR OWN BLOG!!!

    Dr. B, thanks for your post!

  16. wayne bradbury says:

    sorry I thought this was I am very sorry how do I do my own I am not sure and would love to. If I have done something wrong with what I have said how do I delete it. once again sorry.

  17. Though Botox was initially approved for use in fighting wrinkles around the frown and forehead lines, readers, please know its use around the eyes is not formally FDA approved – though it is known to be used to alleviate eye twitches.

    I am in my 60’s and have had three-years positive experience with botox for use with wrinkles in the frown line area. Unfortunately, in Jan. I visited what I thought was a very experienced dermatologist who suggested botox for the eye area after I mentioned my dismay at fighting crows feet with OTC eye creams.

    In less than two weeks, I noticed on one of the eyes both a drooping of the upper eye lid and a swelling in the outer (upper) eyelid area. The eye itself felt irritated and extremely dry. I saw an eye doctor who prescribed drops and ointment to combat the dryness and recommended waiting 2-3 months to see if the swelling and drooping disappeared because the effects of botox usually disappear in approx. 4 months.

    Unfortunately, even after almost six months from the initial botox treatment, both symptoms persist and are exacerbated by a lump under my upper,outer eye lid. I am now being sent to a surgeon who focuses on eyes to determine what can done, if anything, to correct these problems.

    Please beware if your Dr – whether dermatologist or plastic surgeon – recommends botox for the eye area. You could be opening yourself up to more expensive medical procedures that will leave you scarred, which is worse IMHO than crows feet around the eyes.

    Buyer Beware.

  18. I agree with you, it’s not always best to listen to your Doctor, they can sometimes flat out lie to you and try to line their pockets!

  19. hi Wayne, your product looks interesting. Any chance you could send me a sample in exchange for a full review on my anti wrinkle treatment review site?

  20. i’ve always had dark under eye circles and now being in my late fourties, fine lines have really started to appear. I use serum for my undereyes but i’ve also been using it on my forehead. My dark circles are ALMOST COMPLETELY GONE! i can defintely see a difference and my friends have mentioned it too.

  21. yes, oil of olay will give you free samples, but after signing up for their club I had to ask for them. I definitely liked the price of this product, but I must admit the results were a bit lacking compared to results of other creams I have used (revitol, lifecell). thanks.

  22. It’s great to see such a good recommendation for a more affordable product. The eye area is often so neglected and yet it’s such a giveaway when it comes to age and one of the first places to show wrinkles. I have written an article on how to make the most of any eye cream by applying and storing it correctly. http://tinyurl.com/28x48xs Hope that is useful for your readers Dr Bebabio.

  23. It definitely stretches the limits with the mind when you go through very good info and make an effort to interpret it properly

  24. I prefer applying natural skin care products on my skin. Olay is a good brand,however, I’ve tried their eye cream and did not work on me. But I love their total effects face wash.

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