The Best Retinol Eye Creams And Serums In 2023

Target wrinkles and rough texture? Yes, please.
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You’ve probably seen a meme or ten circulating that features the likes of an iconic ‘90s celebrity, which then proceeds to tell you if you know who it is, you should be using an eye cream.

Hilarious, and true.

Our eyes are one of the first places fine lines and wrinkles like to appear, and so it requires attention early.

But you may have also heard that some eye creams are really just, in the words of beauty boss Zoë Foster Blake,  ‘little pots of expensive moisturiser’.

This can also be true.

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However, if you choose an eye cream or serum with an active ingredient, or in this case retinol, you’ll be doing much more than just simply hydrating your crow’s feet.

Retinol often scares first-time users, but starting out with an eye-specific formula is actually an excellent choice. 

As this area is typically more sensitive, retinol eye creams are formulated to be both gentle enough and effective enough to renew the skin’s surface.

The result? A smoother, plumper and youthful-looking eye area.


Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum

This silky eye serum can be used all over the eye, including the eyelids. It uses retinol to tighten and improve skin texture, while the antioxidants found in ferulic acid help to fight free radicals.

Dr. Dennis Gross Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum, $69 at Sephora.


Retinol24 Night Eye Cream

Gentle enough to use every night, the latest eye cream from Olay contains niacinamide as well as retinol to help rebuild skin firmness.

Retinol24 Night Eye Cream, $33.32 by Olay.

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Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream

If you’re looking to tackle dark circles as well as fine lines, this retinol formula does it best. It can also be used in the morning to reduce puffiness, just ensure you follow with SPF.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream, $71 at Adore Beauty.


Intelligent Retinol Eye TR

This small but mighty serum contains 0.1% retinol, and should be applied just before bed. It’s lightweight and fragrance-free.

Medik8 Intelligent Retinol Eye TR, $49 at Adore Beauty.

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Fab Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream

With hyaluronic acid, caffeine and retinol all involved, this eye cream tackles dryness, puffiness and the signs of ageing all at once. Sensitive skin types will also be happy to know it contains aloe vera and oatmeal to soothe.

First Aid Beauty Fab Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream, $72 at Sephora.


Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum

Sometimes one type of retinol just isn’t enough. This powerful pint-sized hero has three: a fast-acting retinoid, time-release retinol, and a retinol booster. Wrinkles don’t stand a chance.

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum, $135 at Adore Beauty.

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