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8 best retinol eye creams for every under-eye concern

It goes without saying that dermatologists adore retinol. The vitamin A derivative has been shown to increase collagen production, eradicating fine lines and wrinkles. When it comes to your eyes, however, a product created particularly for the delicate skin around the eyes is preferable to your normal retinol cream. So we’ve compiled a list of the top retinol eye creams you should be using right now.

Because it has the thinnest skin on the body, the under-eye region is extremely sensitive. According to experts, retinol in this region may be overly irritating and, if not used correctly, might potentially induce inflammation. If you’re concerned about irritation, only apply the product in the evening. Retinols have traditionally been used at night because UV exposure can inactivate vitamin A derivatives, and retinols can make the skin more UV sensitive, according to dermatologists.

When used on a daily basis, retinol will tighten and smooth the skin beneath and around your eyes. The best part is that there are so many eye cream compositions available that there is no need to use a one-size-fits-all strategy. Instead, we discovered 8 retinol eye products, each of which addresses a distinct issue while leaving all skin types smooth, moisturised, and irritation-free.

Best retinol eye creams to include in your beauty regimen

Charlotte’s Magic Eye Rescue dramatically enhances elasticity and firmness with a cocktail of cell-energising winter daphne stem cell extract, rice and soy peptides, saccharide isomerate and free radical-fighting vitamins A, C and E – all alongside a proprietary ‘botanical eye contour complex’ that works to increase ‘stretch’, resilience and density for younger-looking eyes. Reparative and protective, this replenishing cream has an instant skin-smoothing and ‘lifting’ effect – ideal for disguising signs of a too-late night – while the inclusion of moisturising coconut oil and shea butter helps to lock in precious moisture to restore skin’s ‘bounce’ and softness.


Intensely nourishing, this luxurious Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask is crammed with moisturising, age-defying and brightening ingredients to leave you looking bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning. Rich in antioxidants including conditioning vitamins E and C, avocado oil and extract soothe and nourishe the delicate under-eye area while protecting it against harmful environmental aggressors like free radicals.

Other hard-working ingredients include niacinamide, which helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier while visibly improving the appearance of dullness, fine lines and wrinkles, along with caffeine-laced coffeeberry to reduce puffiness and dark circles. The star of the show? Encapsulated retinol, which helps to firm, smooth and plump fine lines and wrinkles without the harsher side effects often associated with retinol.


Vitamin A derivatives have been proven to work at the cellular level to brighten skin and stimulate collagen production. The INKEY List Retinol Eye Cream offers an alternative to traditionally irritating retinoids: a ground-breaking slow-release formula plus rich but lightweight oils so it’s gentle enough to use around the eyes. This night-time eye cream is formulated with Shea Butter to moisturise and soothe while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s an eye cream that actually works.


This hydrating formula instantly smoothes and brightens the appearance of the undereye area while reducing the look of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles in as little as two weeks. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly and smoothly and feels lightweight on the skin. It’s formulated with pro-retinol, red grapeseed extract and vitamin C. The concentrated grape seed extract provides a natural-looking peachy color to the formula.


RoC is likely the drugstore’s name for retinol, so it’s difficult to go wrong with the brand’s line-smoothing eye cream. The hypoallergenic solution produces significant effects in as little as four weeks.


A supercharged treatment for skin that shows signs of a cellular slow-down, this revitalising serum is jam-packed with instant and time-released retinol to rev your cells’ engines and rapidly minimise lines while recovering radiance. From firmness to furrows and texture to tone – this breakthrough formula has a rapid impact; smoothing and softening wrinkles and boosting resilience, leaving your face looking less lined and youthfully dewy. Created to deliver results without retinol’s side-effects, this non-irritating elixir is great for all skin types


For those with extremely sensitive skin who desire the benefits of retinol but without the aggravation, bareMinerals uses phyto-retinol, a faux retinol, to get the same results without the drawbacks. It will still attack fine wrinkles, but those who are sensitive to retinol can use it without fear of an allergic reaction.


This silky, weightless eye cream improves the appearance of skin firmness, texture and elasticity and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the eye area. It firms with retinol and bioretinols, natural ingredients that mimic the effort of retinol but with less sensitivity. Hyaluronic acid increases hydration and helps smooth the appearance of skin.

Anushka Narula
Anushka likes to write about fashion, beauty, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she likes to make her Pinterest boards come to life.
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