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.