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When it comes to eyes, fine lines and wrinkles are the biggest concern for 85% of women, followed closely by lack of firmness, dark circles and undereye bags, according to a Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty, Health & Sustainability Lab survey of over 1,000 readers. Eye-area skin ages faster than the rest of the face, which can make you look up to 20 years older, Olay research found. Since the area around the eyes has the thinnest skin with the lowest elasticity and moisture, it's important to invest in an eye cream tailored to address these stubborn issues.
Ahead, the GH Beauty Lab's top-tested, dermatologist-recommended and editor-approved best eye creams of 2023 that actually make a difference for every concern, whether you're in your 20s, 30s, 40s or beyond.
Our top picks:
"Eye creams differ from face creams because they're formulated specifically for the delicate eye area. It's important to use one to keep skin hydrated and plump," explains GH Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek. "Plus, some also contain brighteners to mask undereye darkness and help you look more awake." It's worth it to invest in a great eye treatment to prevent and treat signs of aging around the eyes, including lines and wrinkles, as well as help with dryness and puffiness.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab tests thousands of skincare products every year, including eye creams (our scientists evaluated more than 5,900 data points in our most recent eye treatment test!). These tests consist of weeks-long Lab and consumer tests across several price points to help you find the most effective products on the market. Many of the eye creams below have also earned the Good Housekeeping Seal, our guarantee that they work as claimed.
You can read more about how we evaluate eye creams in our Lab and consumer tests — plus everything you need to know to shop for your perfect eye product — at the end of this guide. Looking for more ways to improve your eye area? Check out our guides to the best anti-aging serums and the best under-eye patches as well as our round-up of the best under-eye concealers if you need a quick fix.
April (she/her) is the beauty director at Good Housekeeping, Prevention and Woman's Day, where she oversees all beauty content. She has over 15 years of experience under her belt, starting her career as an assistant beauty editor at GH in 2007, and working in the beauty departments of SELF and Fitness magazines.
Catharine (she/her) is the beauty assistant at Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day and Prevention, working closely with the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab to write science-backed beauty content. She was previously an assistant beauty editor at Group Nine Media and returned to Hearst in 2022 after having held editorial internships at Harper’s Bazaar and CR Fashion Book. Catharine received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
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