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The 8 Best Hyaluronic Acid Eye Creams That Will Reawaken Your Eyes

 

When it comes to taking care of the eye area, it’s not uncommon to assume that your go-to face moisturizer is enough to keep fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and dryness at bay. But even when you’re religiously applying your day and night creams every day, they may not be enough to stop crow’s feet on its tracks and address other common concerns in your eye area.

“The skin around the eyes is particularly thin and delicate, and therefore extra sensitive to age-related changes. In fact, this is the area where many people first start to notice early signs of aging,” explains Dallas-based dermatologist Rebecca Marcus. Needless to say, the skin surrounding your peepers needs an extra dose of TLC. And that’s where hyaluronic acid eye creams come in.

Hyaluronic Acid for the Eyes

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance, which can be found in the skin, eyes and joints, and acts as our skin’s own water-absorber. Known as a super hydrator, it has received nothing but love from skin care experts and enthusiasts alike—thanks to its ability to attract moisture and hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. “This highly hydrophilic (water-loving) molecule functions primarily to hydrate, cushion and lubricate,” adds Dr. Marcus.

As we age, however, our body’s production of hyaluronic acid starts to slow down, leading to loss of volume and dehydration, says Dr. Marcus. This is bad news for your skin because dryness is one of the main causes of fine lines and wrinkles.

“Skin care products containing hyaluronic acid serve to hydrate and plump the skin. It can be produced in various sizes, and the weight of a particular hyaluronic acid molecule determines whether or not it penetrates the skin barrier, and how deeply in the skin layers it settles,” explains Dr. Marcus.

When choosing a product with hyaluronic acid for under eyes, opt for an eye cream formulated with different molecular weights “in order to take advantage of the hydrating, plumping and smoothing properties that each has to offer,” suggests Dr. Marcus.

Hyaluronic acid with smaller molecular weight is especially great for your under-eye area because they are able to go deeper into your skin, replacing the hydration in the thin and delicate skin under the eyes. On the other hand, larger molecules sit on the surface, which “helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crepe-y skin,” adds Dr. Marcus.

When it comes to bags and dark circles, Dr. Marcus says combining hyaluronic acid with other key ingredients can work wonders for your under-eye area. To address puffiness, bags and discoloration, she recommends adding caffeine and vitamin K to help improve circulation. Meanwhile, peptides and antioxidants like vitamin C can help stimulate collagen production. “Anything that helps to thicken the delicate under-eye skin will be helpful in lessening the appearance of dark circles, crepiness and fine lines,” Dr. Marcus adds.

Ready to bring back the sparkle in your eyes? The right eye cream can do that for you! Have a peek at our favorite eye-opening hyaluronic acid eye creams, below.

  1. Neocutis LUMIÈRE® Illuminating Eye Cream (0.5 fl. oz.)
    $97.00 Buy now with Dermstore

    Neocutis LUMIÈRE® Illuminating Eye Cream (0.5 fl. oz.)

    When it comes to bringing back that youthful twinkle to tired, puffy and aging eyes, this eye cream definitely doesn’t hold back. Best for all skin types, this gentle yet potent eye cream features an advanced complex of PSP growth factors that add firmness and reduce wrinkles. Its formula combines hyaluronic acid, matrix proteins and antioxidants to deliver much-needed moisture, lift sagging skin and shied your skin from environmental stressors.

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  2. SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Cream (0.5 oz.)
    $92.00 Buy now with Dermstore

    SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Cream (0.5 oz.)

    Enriched with caffeine, marine extracts, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, the Instant Bright Eye Cream features an ultra-hydrating formula that targets dry and dull skin, dark circles, sagging, puffiness and fine lines. It delivers intense moisture, improves circulation, refines discoloration and protects from free radicals. The result? Radiant and youthful-looking eyes!

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  3. Avene Retrinal EYES (0.5 fl. oz.)
    $52.00 Buy now with Dermstore

    Avene Retrinal EYES (0.5 fl. oz.)

    If you’re mainly battling crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles in your under-eye area, then the anti-aging Retrinal EYES needs to be in your skin care arsenal. Infused with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and retinaldehyde—a more stable version of retinol—it’s the ultimate weapon against visible signs of aging, dark circles and puffiness.

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  4. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes (0.5 fl. oz.)
    $33.99 Buy now with Dermstore

    La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes (0.5 fl. oz.)

    You can’t go wrong with this anti-aging eye cream’s gentle and intensely hydrating formula. Taking advantage hyaluronic acid’s water-locking properties, it delivers long-lasting hydration to plump up the skin and refine the appearance of fine lines. It’s also infused with caffeine that helps reduce puffiness, bags and dark circles, as well as La-Roche Posay’s signature thermal spring water, which cools and soothes the skin while helping provide antioxidant protection.

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  5. First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid (0.5 fl. oz.)
    $44.00 Buy now with Dermstore

    First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid (0.5 fl. oz.)

    Featuring hyaluronic acid in three molecular weights and a sustained-release retinol, the FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid is what eye cream dreams are made of.  Its powerhouse combination of super humectant and anti-aging MVP is further enhanced by micro-pearls, ceramides and antioxidants to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, plump, smooth and soothe your complexion and leave you with luminous, naturally radiant skin.

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  6. Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Dew It Right Eye Gel (0.5 fl. oz.)
    $48.00 Buy now with Dermstore

    Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Dew It Right Eye Gel (0.5 fl. oz.)

    We all love it when a product lives up to its name, and that’s exactly what the Hyaluronic Marine Dew It Right Eye Gel does! With its cooling and ultra-hydrating formula, it provides immediate and up to 72 hours of intense hydration to your under-eye skin with sodium hyaluronate—a form of hyaluronic acid with a smaller molecular structure that penetrates deeper into your skin. It also features marine algae, gorgonian extract, caffeine and sarsaparilla root that all work together to boost elasticity, fill lines and plump up skin and reduce water retention to brighten dark circles and lessen puffiness.

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  7. StriVectin Hyaluronic Tripeptide Gel-Cream for Eyes (0.5 fl. oz.)
    $65.00 Buy now with Dermstore

    StriVectin Hyaluronic Tripeptide Gel-Cream for Eyes (0.5 fl. oz.)

    It’s no secret that we’ve been spending more time in front of our screens, but what many may not realize is that it also adds extra strain not only to your eyes but also to your skin. This anti-aging eye gel-cream features a dual-phase formula that intensely hydrates and reduces visible signs of aging while also protecting your under-eye area from blue light and other external stressors. Hyaluronic acid, blue daisy extract, tripeptides, antioxidants and the brand’s own NIA-114™ all work synergistically to boost moisture, reduce fine lines, dark circles and puffiness and defend against blue light and environmental damage.

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  8. Bioderma Sensibio Gel Eye Contour (0.5 fl. oz.)
    $20.99 Buy now with Dermstore

    Bioderma Sensibio Gel Eye Contour (0.5 fl. oz.)

    Infused with awakening ingredients hyaluronic acid, caffeine, vitamin E and laminaria, this multitasking eye treatment visibly reduces fine lines, crow’s feet and puffiness while nourishing and hydrating the skin. Its airy, gel-cream texture blends seamlessly into the skin, making it perfectly compatible to use under makeup.

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