5 Medical-Grade Eye Creams That Are Borderline Genius

While some skincare products may as well not bother turning up for work (naming no names), others are truly worth their weight in gold. And we get it, there are so many products out there, it’s hard to keep track of what’s trustworthy when it comes to offering visible results.

In terms of medical-grade skincare, however, you know you’re getting what you paid for… and then some.

And when you combine these clinically-proven products with the advice of a fully-trained aesthetic physician who has examined your skin inside out (not, literally, that would be weird!), well, you really can’t go wrong. As your physician, their job is to not only nail your Botox/filler/peel and so on, but to point you in the right, most effective skincare direction, so you can carry on the good work at home.

Take eye creams, for instance. The skin around the eyes is thin, fragile and prone to dryness, meaning it ages swiftly and totally gives the game away when you’re tired. It also gets a pretty vigorous, daily workout because it’s subject to squinting, frowning and constant movement from muscles all over the face, which work like a finely-tuned army to exacerbate crepiness, fine lines and wrinkles.  

So, what’s a girl to do when searching for the ultimate eye cream that doesn’t make false claims? Well, don’t think you can just slap any old moisturizer around your eyes. The skin around the eyes is generally dryer than the rest of your face, so it requires extra moisturization. It also needs specific attention and targeted ingredients if you’re looking to treat things like dark circles or puffiness.

The answer? Get thee to your physician’s office and go medical-grade, all the way, baby. End of. Here are some of our latest must-tries…

1. Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50

We’re firm believers that sunscreen is your best skincare defense against premature aging. So, why dismiss the delicate skin around your eyes?

You won’t find many eye treatments on the market containing such an effective sun protection as this 100 percent mineral-based gem from Skinceuticals. With a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and sheer, universal tint it defends, enhances and beautifies the entire eye area. And if you’re concerned about it running into and stinging your eyes, don’t. It’s clever, non-migrating formula simply does not budge.

2. Alastin Skincare Restorative Eye Treatment

If you’re yet to try Alastin, this eye cream is a great place to start. Formulated with the brand’s patented TriHex Technology, it contains a blend of active peptides and botanicals that work together to remove old collagen and elastin to make way for the fresh, new stuff. And we all know that a boost of healthy collagen and elastin equals healthier, youthful-looking skin, right?

This treatment works hard to improve texture around the eyes, while helping to reduce puffiness and dark circles.

3. SkinBetter Science InterFuse Treatment Cream

Another great all-rounder that uses calming peptides to help relax crow’s feet, caffeine to relieve puffiness and antioxidants to protect and brighten the skin. We’ve found this one to be extremely effective for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, so it’s well worth a try if crinkly eyes are getting your goat more than anything else.

4. Neocutis Lumière

Top New York dermatologist, Dr. Sandra Kopp counts this as one of her must-have nighttime skincare secrets and we can see why. Powered by antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and a patented blend of peptides called PSP (Processed Skin Cell Proteins), Lumière not only helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, but it brightens the skin, reduces puffiness and targets those telltale dark circles all-in-one. It’s so good, you may never need to wear concealer again.  

5. Skinmedica TNS Eye Repair

Genetics, sudden weight loss or a reduction of soft tissue can all contribute to a sunken, hollowed look around the eyes, so if this is your main concern, try an eye treatment containing both retinol to strengthen, and hyaluronic acid to plump the skin under your eyes. We’re big fans (like, huge) of SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair for its almost genius-like way of supporting and strengthening the skin. It contains retinyl palmitate – a natural lipid soluble form of retinol – plus peptides, antioxidants and human growth factors to also help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness. Too good to be true? Nope. We love.