While ageing is a wonderful part of life, the urge to preserve our skin's youth and wellbeing is only natural. Certain areas such as under our eyes are especially prone to wrinkles and dark circles due to how thin and delicate the skin is. Luckily, eye creams can help us maintain that radiant, youthful look for a little while longer.
As technology has advanced, eye creams now work to restore our skin's natural properties, using ingredients such as vitamin C, retinol, Hyaluronic Acid and many more. Even if your wrinkles are few and far between, we recommend getting a headstart, because - in truth - it's never too early to start taking care of your skin.
Choosing the right skin care product is never an easy task, so to make things easy, we've rounded up the best anti ageing eye creams for over 50s.
What to look for in eye cream?
When it comes to anti-ageing eye creams, there are certain ingredients that are known for their age-defying properties.
Hyaluronic acid: This substance is key to the hydration and plumping of your skin which, in turn, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Antioxidants: Ingredients with antioxidant properties will be your skin's defence against environmental damage, and help with the regeneration of your skin cells. Vitamin C and vitamin E are the main ones to look out for, as well as plant extracts.
Retinol: Also known as vitamin A, retinol smooths fine lines, exfoliates your skin and brightens under your eyes.
Peptides: Peptides repair damaged cells, signalling the skin to produce more collagen, resulting in a firmer appearance.
The best anti ageing eye creams for over 50s
1. La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Eyes, 15ml
This anti-wrinkle solution will restore and replump sensitive eyes with testers finding their eye bags were reduced by 25 per cent after just four weeks. The active ingredient B5 boosts the skin's natural repairing and renewal process, whilst the duo of hyaluronic acids will provide all the hydration you need for more uniform and refreshed skin. We'd recommend applying daily, morning and evening, for best results.
Review: "I've bought this recently having tried quite a few eye creams. It's slightly tinted and slightly creamier than other creams but it blends in very well, gives some coverage and of course there is no irritation. My eyes are looking less tired already."
2. L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Anti Wrinkle + Firming Pro Retinol Eye Cream, 15ml
With Pro-Retinol A, Fibrelastyl, and Red Ginseng, you can expect firmer and smoother results with the help of this eye cream. And with a great price at that! The dermatologist-inspired anti-wrinkle ingredient, Pro-Retinol, slowly releases to help you achieve a healthy glow and smoother skin whilst the Red Ginseng's stimulating properties will help to boost your skin and fight fatigue. Use daily, morning and evening, by delicately patting around the eye area until absorbed.
Review: "I've been using this for a couple of weeks now and I've noticed a reasonable improvement in the crows feet and lines under my eyes. It's not a miracle cream but for the price and with continued use it does seem to help, so I can't complain!"
3. Liz Earle Superskin™ Eye Cream, 15ml
The Liz Earle Superskin™ Eye Cream brightens the appearance of dark circles and targets the eye area to light and firm the skin. It's packed with natural ingredients and plant extracts, such as firming paracress flower extract, antioxidant pomegranate fruit, and green tea to brighten, plus alfalfa to ease under-eye puffiness. After cleansing and toning, apply a grain of rice-size amount in a circular motion around the eyes prior to moisturising and use sparingly.
Review: "I am about a month in with using this twice a day, every day. The cream that I used to use just wasn't moisturising my under eye area anymore (I am menopausal!). So I tried a different one that was for anti ageing but that just dried my skin out even more making my lines and wrinkles look horrendous. Then I came across this, saw the reviews and hit the buy button straightaway and I haven't regretted it. It took a while but my eye area is now properly moisturised. "I can't say I've noticed any difference yet with the fine lines and wrinkles but they look much healthier. My dark circles have reduced by about 40 per cent as well. It recommends using the amount the size of a grain of rice on each eye which does the job for the whole of the eye area including your orbital bone so it will last for quite a while. Never switching from this product - very happy."
4. RoC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream, 15ml
With over 4,500 reviews rating an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars, this eye cream is a firm favourite for reducing the appearance of fine lines. The clinically proven formula targets puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles, powered by pure RoC Retinol and an exclusive mineral complex to rejuvenate the delicate skin in a matter of weeks. Apply small dots around the eye area. Gently smooth until fully absorbed.
Review: "Feels lovely on application, and I have found a noticable difference to my under eyes, using fairly regularly over a few weeks. Only a small amount needed so lasts well!"
5. Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Eye Cream, 15ml
Suitable for all skin types, the Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Eye Cream is designed to smooth the skin around your eyes, leaving your skin feeling immediately hydrated, radiant, and lifted. Enriched with MT Technology, it targets multiple layers of the skin's epidermis for deeply nourishing results. Apply and blend a small amount of cream between two fingertips before smoothing over the upper and lower eye contour and crow's feet with light strokes. Gently pinch the eye contour to stimulate and firm.
Review: "I really like this eye cream. It smooths my tiny lines and helps to keep the puffiness down. Plus, it does not irritate my skin as many other eye creams do! Thanks Lancome for a great product!"
6. Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Eye Cream, 15ml
Packing two of the most powerful skincare ingredients, retinoid complex and Vitamin B3, the Olay Retinol24 eye cream delivers these anti-ageing ingredients up to 10 layers deep into the skin's surface. Delivering visibly smoother wrinkles, an even texture, and radiant eyes, you can wake-up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Use in the evening, smoothing the product around your eye area.
Review: "I don't know how to describe this cream. I've been suffering with a bad eye bag under my right eye (yes only one eye). Been trying cheaper creams but it was getting worse. I was getting obsessed with it and really self conscious as I do look young for my age and have felt very proud of that fact. I put this cream on last night and it is unbelievable. At least 80 percent improvement in one night. I guess you get what you pay for. Can't wait to see what it's like in a few days!"
7. Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream, 15ml
Whilst this eye cream is great for all skin types, its velvety smooth texture is particularly useful for improving the appearance of fine lines caused by dryness. Deeply moisturising and formulated with Aqua Peptide and a rare form of Japanese algae, it'll help plump tired skin for a softer, more youthful-looking under-eye. Apply morning and evening as the last step of your skincare routine.
Review: "I have tried so many high-end eye cream products (brands like Guerlain, Sisley etc.) but I keep returning to this one. It is the only one that keeps my eye area hydrated and, although it doesn't get rid of fine lines (nor that other eye creams do though) but it does minimise them. And it does a great job in preventing new ones from appearing. Also, I have very sensitive eyes and this product never irritates them."
8. Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal Cream, 15ml
Elemis has some of the best skincare products, which is why it's no surprise that it takes a spot on our list of the best eye creams. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal Cream has been specifically designed for mature skin and works to firm, smooth, and hydrate. With key ingredients including Padina Pavonica, Chlorella, and Buckwheat, these help to improve the skin's hydration, protect collagen and elasticity in the skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth. Apply daily, morning and evening. Apply one pump to both ring fingers and gently pat around the eye contour.
Review: "Yes this is expensive but it works for me and you only need a tiny amount. Initially used by a spa during a treatment and so nice I purchased this to bring home. Best decision ever. You only need a tiny amount but this has worked wonders for me."
9. Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream Rich, 15ml
The name of this Clinique product speaks for itself! This cream is dedicated to your eye area to improve multiple visible signs of ageing and fatigue. It reduces the appearance of dark circles, under-eye puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles whilst boosting natural collagen production for revitalised, brighter eyes. The lightweight eye cream quickly absorbs into the skin whilst the cream/gel formula helps to hold your makeup in place, great if you're looking for an option that doesn't risk shifting your under-eye concealer or foundation. With your ring finger, apply the eye cream sparingly, morning and night, to the delicate skin under the eye using a gentle patting motion.
Review: "I've used this product for years and I always go back to it if I've tried something else. A tiny amount goes a long way & keeps my eyes feeling comfortable & moisturised all day."
10. First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid, 15ml
Suitable for sensitive skin, the First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream includes triple Hyaluronic Acid for a potent, yet gentle rejuvenating eye cream that helps to combat the signs of ageing. The appearance of fine lines are reduced and the eyes are left looking firmer and smoother. After cleansing, apply over the entire orbital eye area, morning and night.
Review: "Favorite eye cream. I have used so many different eye creams, but for whatever reason this one was the only one that helped with the milia under my eye and my smile lines in the corners."
11. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex, 15ml
Last but not least is Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex. This lightweight eye cream uses a range of ingredients to reduce puffiness, lines, and dryness, help to brighten dark circles, and hydrate the skin. The Hyaluronic Acid provides a potent hydration boost, while Estée Lauder's exclusive ChronoluxCB helps promote the skin's natural repair process to reduce the visible impact from pollution, UV, and blue light. We recommend applying a small amount to the area around your eyes before bed.
Review: "I was definitely skeptical about using this product because i have oily skin under my eyes. This product is wonderful. The dark circles and puffy bags are gone and my under eye skin feels firmer than before. I will continue to use this product as a part of my day/night routine."
What age should you start using eye cream?
Most people will generally wait until their 30s to use eye cream, once they notice the first signs of ageing, but we recommend starting even before the appearance of your first wrinkles. Prevention is the most effective weapon against age, so it's truly never too early.