The 17 Best Eye Creams to Try In 2021

Find your perfect match.

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Eye cream feels so adult! And yet, if you ask dermatologists, the sooner you start a grown-up skincare routine—which includes SPF, daily cleansing, a nighttime treatment, and yes, eye cream—the better off your complexion will be today, tomorrow, and every day in the future. If the past year has given you decision fatigue (among all the other kinds of fatigue), good news: We've combed the market, tapped experts, and read countless reviews to find the very best eye creams on the market today.

When looking for an eye cream, consider first what exactly you need. Go for thicker ones that have ingredients like shea butter or glycerin if you find that the delicate skin around your eyes tends to get roughy or patchy. If your skin tends to be itchy or reactive—and the dermis around your eyes is biologically the most sensitive—neutral oils like avocado or grape seed might be a good bet. And of course, hyaluronic acid is a solid idea for most anyone.

Then, start thinking about other concerns you want to address. Soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients can help minimize redness around your eyes, and skin brighteners like vitamin C may address dark marks caused by sun damage. And anti-aging ingredients like retinol, niacinamide, and other workhorses can help to downplay wrinkles and re-establish strong, taut skin structures.

You'll also want to consider your budget. Price isn't indicative of quality, but do keep in mind that a little eye cream goes along way—most derms suggest tapping the tiniest amount both above and below the eye with your ring finger. Which is to say: If you want to splurge, you'll likely be able to enjoy your spoils for quite some time. Ahead, our definitive guide to the best eye creams around.