I follow a simple Korean skincare routine (which is helping me to keep acne at bay and fade my hyperpigmentation), but this winter I’ve noticed I actually have quite a lot of fine lines underneath my eyes. So, I’ve decided to include an eye cream in my skincare routine to: 1.) try to prevent any worsening of wrinkles, and 2.) hopefully fade the fine lines I’ve already developed as best as I can.
Since I really love the results I’ve seen with Korean skincare products so far, I’ve decided to opt for a Korean eye cream too. So, as usual I’ve dug deep to find out what the best Korean eye creams are for fine lines and wrinkles – and of course, I will be sharing what I found here.
In short, I narrowed down 10 Korean eye creams that are fantastic for fading fine lines and wrinkles. However, if you don’t have enough time to read this whole article now and you just want to know which eye cream to buy, then I highly recommend these 3 Korean eye creams:
- the Innisfree Jeju Orchid Eye Cream for those like me on a budget (available at Yesstyle and Amazon),
- the Missha Geum Sul Giyoun Eye Cream for those that can afford to spend a little more (available at SokoGlam and Yesstyle), or
- the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream for those that are looking for an high-end eye cream with a LOT of anti-aging power and don’t mind spending substantially more (available at Jolse).
The Causes Of Wrinkles Under Eyes
Why is it that we see fine lines and wrinkles appear under our eyes before anywhere else on our face – sometimes what seems like overnight?
The answer is that the skin underneath and around our eyes is very thin and delicate, making it much more likely to become dehydrated and the degradation of collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin to appear more obvious.
Although the appearance of wrinkles under and next to the eyes is a natural part of aging, there are some factors which contribute to their formation:
- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation – you’re probably sick of hearing it, but sun exposure really is the number one cause of premature aging. In fact, UV radiation is responsible for 80% of visible signs of aging in the skin! On top of causing wrinkles, UV radiation also results in hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, red blotches, and tough, leathery skin (which all contribute to premature aging).
- Smoking – Tobacco smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals, and many of these cause oxidative stress to your skin, which damages collagen and elastin – resulting in skin sagging and wrinkles.
- Facial movements and expressions – Everybody smiles, frowns and furrows their brows. These facial expressions cause creases on the skin that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles (as the elasticity of your skin decreases). Avoiding making facial expressions is unrealistic, so don’t stress about trying not to smile! You can however prevent squinting by always wearing UV protective sunglasses when outdoors.
- Not moisturizing your skin – Did you know that people who have dry skin tend to notice wrinkles more than people with oily skin? This is because when the skin is dry, any wrinkles or fine lines present on the skin appear more obvious. Using a moisturizer every day helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles (I can see a huge difference if I skip just one day of using moisturizing products).
- Poor diet – As the saying goes – you are what you eat. We know that eating healthy and cutting out processed and sugary foods and drinks results in a healthier body. The same goes for our skin. The best foods for preventing wrinkles are those that are high in antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water every day too.
- Genetics, ethnicity and gender – Studies have shown that the age at which you start developing wrinkles under your eyes (and other areas of the face) is partially determined by your genes, ethnicity and gender. But before you start worrying about the fate of your skin, just remember that lifestyle choices and a good skincare routine have a much bigger affect than genetics.
Do I Need To Use An Eye Cream?
I have seen some people debating online whether an eye cream is absolutely necessary in your skincare routine. Some people ask – why not just use a moisturizer under your eyes since it probably does the same thing?
While I do agree with this argument to some extent, I think that your skin can really benefit from a quality eye cream that is formulated well and contains the right ingredients to address skin concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles.
This is because the skin under your eyes is a lot thinner and more delicate than the skin in other areas of your face – making it much more prone to dryness and UV damage (AKA photo-aging). A well-formulated eye cream can help to keep the skin around the eyes hydrated as well as protecting the skin from UV damage (through antioxidant ingredients), which both lead to fine lines and wrinkles.
Can Undereye Wrinkles Be Reversed? Why Prevention Is Key
Studies have shown that retinol (and other retinoids) is currently the only skincare ingredient that is able to reverse fine lines and wrinkles. This is why it is so important to focus on prevention when it comes to wrinkles (by having a good skincare routine and improving lifestyle factors).
So why am I recommending eye creams to you in this article if most won’t reverse fine lines and wrinkles? Because a good quality eye cream can help to prevent any additional fine lines and wrinkles from forming (by hydrating the skin and preventing UV damage through antioxidant properties of some ingredients) AND also prevent any wrinkles that are already present from deepening.
In addition, the hydrating properties of eye creams can temporarily decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by keeping the skin under the eyes plump.
When In Your Routine Should You Apply Your Eye Cream?
Depending on the richness of your eye cream, you can apply your eye cream both morning and night. I prefer to only apply richer eye creams in the evening because I have oily skin.
It’s best to apply your eye cream after serums and essences, but before spot treatments, facial oils, sunscreen (if in the morning) or sleeping packs (if in the evening). If you’re layering more than one eye product, you should apply the thinnest or most watery product first, finished by the thickest or most oiliest product.
The Best Korean Eye Creams For Fine Lines And Wrinkles
If you’ve got fine lines and wrinkles under your eyes and you’d like to prevent them from getting worse and make them less obvious, then I highly recommend giving one of the Korean eye creams below a go. Even if your skin is not showing any visible signs of aging yet, you can definitely benefit from these products as they also help to prevent wrinkles.
I’ve done hours of research narrowing down what I believe are the best Korean eye creams for fine lines and wrinkles, and I’ve divided them into three different price ranges (affordable, mid-priced and high-end).
To tell you the truth, it was painfully difficult writing this article. If you’ve read some of my other articles (such as The Best Korean Centella Asiatica Products or The Best Korean & Japanese Water-Based Cleansers For Oily & Acne Prone Skin), you will know that I don’t just pick out the “top 10 bestsellers” from Yesstyle or Amazon. It’s really time-consuming for me to research each product individually (which includes analyzing full ingredients lists, scouring scientific literature and reading countless reviews on multiple platforms).
The whole point of this website is to help people like you improve your skin with ingredients and products that work (while learning about the science of skincare too).
Anyway, I digress! Scroll down for the Korean eye creams I think are suitable for fine lines and wrinkles.
The Best Affordable Korean Eye Creams:
Okay, I have to be honest – it was really hard to find affordable Korean eye creams that are suitable for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. This is because although affordable Korean eye creams are great at hydrating and nourishing the skin – this means that they are only good at preventing fine lines and wrinkles. They usually don’t contain stronger antioxidant ingredients that are required to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
So it turns out that it’s perhaps better to spend a little more if you have mature skin and/or are after an eye cream that is effective at improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
However, that being said, I think any of these affordable Korean eye creams would be beneficial in keeping the fragile and thin skin under your eyes hydrated throughout the day (since dry and dehydrated skin is more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles).
1. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream
I really like Etude House. Their skincare products are affordable and I have really enjoyed the ones I have tried so far (especially the Soon Jung line).
This eye cream is one of the brand’s best sellers. It’s lightweight enough that it can be used in the morning underneath sunscreen and makeup. It’s also suitable for oily skin.
This eye cream works really well at firming fine lines and wrinkles, while keeping the skin plump and hydrated, thanks to two star ingredients: baobab tree extract and collagen (63.6% super collagen water).
Full ingredients list: Hydrolyzed Collagen (63.6%), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Dimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Water, Carbomer, Kaolin (CI 77004), Phenoxyethanol, Poloxamer 407, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phytantriol, Tromethamine, Fragrance
Packaging: 28 ml tub.
2. SCINIC Snail Matrix Eye Cream
I really am in love with snail mucin, mainly because of how soft and instantly moisturized in makes my skin feel. Did you know that snail mucin has actually been scientifically proven to have anti-aging properties?
It’s true. Snail mucin contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid – which increases collagen and elastin production in the outer layers of your skin and also keeps your skin super hydrated and plump.
You can read more about the anti-aging benefits of snail mucin in an article I wrote here).
The SCINIC Snail Matrix Eye Cream contains 23% snail filtrate, as well as heaps of beneficial herbal ingredients, including ginseng seed extract, pomegranate seed extract and aloe vera leaf juice powder.
It also contains panthenol (also known as pro-vitamin B5) and sodium hyaluronate (the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid), which help to keep the skin hydrated AND vitamin E, which acts as a strong antioxidant and protects the skin from damage.
Full ingredients list: Water, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Beeswax, PEG-100 Stearate, Betaine, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Polygamma-Glutamate, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng Seed Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Brassica Napus (Canola) Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Sorbitan Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Human Oligopeptide-1, rh-Polypeptide-7, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, BHT, Fragrance
Packaging: 30ml tube
Available at: Yesstyle
3. Secret Key Starting Treatment Eye Cream
This eye cream is a great choice if you’re not only on a budget but looking for something that will address wrinkles as well as brighten the skin under your eyes.
The key ingredients in this eye cream are galactomyces ferment filtrate, niaciniamide, shea butter, adenosine, numerous floral extracts including Centella asiatica, chamomile extract and ginseng root extract, macadamia seed oil, jojoba oil and rice extract.
Full ingredients list: Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Niacinamide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate Cyclopentasiloxane, Beeswax, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Adenosine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract, Human Oligopeptide-1, Lecithin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Ceramide 3, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Perfume
Packaging: 30g tube
The Best Mid-Priced Korean Eye Creams:
I found that it was a little more difficult to find quality eye creams (for fine lines and wrinkles) in the mid-priced range. I think this is because quality formulations that are highly effective at reducing wrinkles are expensive to produce.
However, after many more hours of research, I was able to narrow down four beautiful eye creams that I would happily use myself and recommend to others:
1. Hanyul Baek Hwa Goh Intensive Care Eye Cream
Hanyul is a brand that I hadn’t heard much about, however it’s known and loved for it’s hanbang (traditional Korean herbal medicine) formulations.
The star ingredient of this anti-aging eye cream is the baek hwa goh extract (the extract from shiitake mushrooms), which has powerful antioxidant effects.
Along with many other additional hanbang ingredients, this eye cream also contains ginseng (in the form of hydrolyzed ginseng saponins and ginseng root extract).
After scouring the web about reviews for Hanyul skincare products, I realised that this brand doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Hopefully this brand is marketed more to the West in the future, because I think many people would love their products.
Full ingredients list: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Dimethicone, Coco-caprylate/Caprate, Trioctyldodecyl citrate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 methylglucose distearate, Phytosteryl/Behenyl Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Glyceryl polymethacrylate, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract, Adenosine, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Aspergillus Ferment, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Theobroma Cacao Extract, Agar, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated lecithin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Dextrin, Polysorbate 20, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Polyaspartate, Sodium methyl stearoyl taurate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Packaging: 25ml tub
Available at: Jolse
2. Innisfree Jeju Orchid Eye Cream
This eye cream from Innisfree addresses signs of aging because it’s key ingredient (Jeju orchid extract) is naturally high in antioxidants.
The Jeju orchid can be found naturally growing on Jeju island, South Korea – although it is an endangered species. I found out that Innisfree doesn’t use wild Jeju orchids in their products (instead only cultivated plants are used).
This is the eye cream I’ve been using for the past 6 months and I love it so much. It’s so hydrating and even though I only use it at night time, my fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out so much and my skin stays plump the whole following day! I don’t usually like sweet scents, however I really like the slight orchid scent of this eye cream.
I also find that a little goes a long way with this eye cream (I’m even still on my first jar!). I’ve also found that it helps to minimize dark circles (which is probably due to the caffeine and niacinamide that are included in the ingredients).
If you want an affordable eye cream (it will last you forever!) that will make your fine lines and wrinkles smooth out almost instantly, then I really recommend this one. I don’t plan on giving up this eye cream any time soon (although I do want to try one of the high-end eye creams below at some stage).
Full ingredients list: Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glucose, Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyacrylate-13, Betaine, Orchid Extract, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Palmitic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Caffeine, Niacinamide, Adenosine, Myristic Acid, Squalane, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Arachidyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, C14-22 Alcohols, Glyceryl Caprylate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lauric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cyclohexasiloxane, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Disodium EDTA, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol [Jeju Cymbidium Kanran Extract 210ppm]
Packaging: 30ml tub
3. MISSHA MISA Chogongjin Eye Cream
If you would like to benefit from some of the traditional Korean hanbang (herbal medicine) ingredients without spending a tonne of money, then you should definitely try the Missha MISA Chogongjin Eye Cream.
This is a luxurious anti-aging eye cream featuring so many hanbang ingredients that help to firm the skin around the eyes, minimizing wrinkles and preventing the loss of elasticity.
If you use this cream, your skin will be benefiting from two different types of mushroom extract, red ginseng extract, pomegranate extract, Chinese cinnamon extract, adenosine, cacao extract AND niacinamide.
Plus, I really like the royal imperial touch to the packaging of this eye cream.
If you have mature skin (I’d say 35 years or older), then this eye cream is definitely for you!
Full list of ingredients: Phellinus Linteus (medicinal mushroom used in Korea and Japan) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Dimethicone, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Behenyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Cyclohexasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss) Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Root Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia (Chinese cinnamon) Bark Extract, Pueraria Mirifica Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Indian Lotus) Seed Extract, Red Ginseng Extract, Cimicifuga Dahurica Root Extract, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Velvet Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Betula Alba Bud Extract, Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dextrin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Soy Isoflavones, Cetearyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, CI 77861, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 77019, CI 77891
Packaging: 30ml tub
4. MISSHA MISA Geum Sul Giyoun Eye Cream
This eye cream is a favorite choice for many people who don’t want to (or can’t afford to) spend a lot on a high-end eye cream.
It’s formulation is super gentle, while being effective against fine lines and wrinkles.
I recently wrote an article about the skincare benefits of ginseng (probably the most popular and widely used hanbang ingredient). I also recommended this eye cream in that article because it contains ginseng water and wild ginseng extract, as well as deer antler extract (harvested without harming deer) and Reishi mushroom extract. That’s a pretty powerful combo of traditional herbal ingredients!
Once again, I just love the elegant look of the jar that this eye cream comes in, and I like that it has a pleasant and earthy ginseng scent. Also, the consistency of this cream is quite thick (yet extremely moisturizing), so you only need to apply the tiniest amount to see visible results.
Full list of ingredients: Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Water, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Water, Velvet Extract, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Propanediol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Panthenol, Phellinus Baumii Mycelium/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Extract Filtrate, Sorbitan Olivate, Gold (CI 77480), Tissue Cultured Wild Ginseng Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Poria Cocos (Fu-Ling) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Honey Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, sh-Octapeptide-4, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Oil Soluble Licorice (Glycyrrhiza) Extract, Dextrin, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Beeswax, Polyacrylate-13, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyisobutene, Arginine, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77489), Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance
Packaging: 30ml tub
The Best High End Korean Eye Creams:
The Korean eye creams that have the most visible effect on fine lines and wrinkles (and are therefore best for mature skin) are high-end creams.
It was really easy for me to know which eye creams to talk about here because I have been wanting to try all of these since writing my first hanbang article. I absolutely am in love with all of the brands below (Donginbi, The History of Whoo, and Sulwhasoo) as they focus primarily on hanbang ingredients and formulations (which have very powerful antioxidant effects).
While these products do cost significantly more, I think it’s worth it if you have a lot of fine lines and wrinkles already or you’re over the age of 35 and need something more powerful.
1. Donginbi – Red Ginseng Moisture & Firming Eye Cream
You may not have heard of the brand Donginbi, even if you’ve been using Korean skincare products for a while.
This is because this high-end brand hasn’t taken off in the West yet (although it’s hugely popular in South Korea, with products from this brand often given as gifts). There are four reasons for this I think: 1.) the products from this brand are considerably more expensive than other Korean skincare products; 2.) the brand focuses heavily on ancient hanbang ingredients and formulations from ancient Korean culture; 3.) the products really haven’t been marketed towards Westerners (yet); and 4.) the earthy scents of hanbang skincare products are a bit unfamiliar for Westerners.
The reason why this eye cream (along with other products from this brand) is so pricey is because it contains the highest quality and most potent red ginseng available in the world. And not only that, but this eye cream contains ginseng root water, ginseng root extract and ginseng root oil.
It also contains many other anti-aging Korean herbal ingredients, as well as niacinamide, pearl extract, panthenol, ceramides, adenosine and beta-glucan.
Full ingredients list: Panax Ginseng Root Water, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Stearyl Alcohol, Octyldodecanol, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylyl Methicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Panax Ginseng Root Oil, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Leonurus Sibiricus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Aspergillus Ferment, Pearl Extract, Cetearyl Olivate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Panthenol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceramide NP, Adenosine, Beta-Glucan, Cholesterol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Phytosphingosine, Tocopherol, C12-16 Alcohols, Alcohol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.
Packaging: 25ml tub
Available at: Yesstyle
2. The History of Whoo – Jinyulhyang Jinyul Eye Cream
The History of Whoo is another high-end Korean skincare brand which is known for its quality hanbang formulations. Unlike Donginbi, this brand is a little better known in the West.
The Jinyulhyang line from this brand uses 5000 year old royal court formulas which combine numerous hanbang ingredients that have anti-aging benefits for the skin. Apparently, these formulas were used by ancient empresses, who were known to have the most beautiful and youthful skin.
Upon checking out the ingredients list of this eye cream, I am amazed at just how many herbal ingredients it contains! This is one serious anti-aging eye cream!
The texture of this eye cream might be a little different to what you’re used to. It’s more of a velvety balm, that looks a little like whipped honey, but it sinks into the skin very well without feeling sticky. The tightening effect of this cream is almost instant and it leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft like velvet.
Again, I’m a total sucker for beautiful packaging, and The History of Whoo products are no exception.
Although this eye cream is very pricey, the anti-aging effects it has make it worth every penny.
Full list of ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, C14-22 Alcohols, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Peg-100 Stearate, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Panthenol, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Beeswax, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Mineral Oil, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Asparagus Cochinchinensis Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Leaf Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Ziziphus Jujuba (Red Date) Fruit Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Atractylodes Japonica Rhizome Extract, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Cedrol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Tro methamine,Fragrance, Velvet Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Ginsenosides, Trisodium Edta, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer
Packaging: 20ml tub
3. Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream EX
Sulwhasoo has become quite popular outside of Asia for the brand’s high quality anti-aging formulations. This is especially the case for people with mature skin who already have visible fine lines and wrinkles.
This Sulwhasoo eye cream is the renewed formulation of the non-EX version (with a stronger ginseng scent and creamier consistency). It contains red ginseng root extract, which gives it its strong anti-aging effects.
I’ve mentioned my Ginseng article twice already, but I highly recommend you give it a read if you’d like to know about some of the scientific research which has shown the anti-aging effects that this herb has on skin.
Speaking of science, clinical tests of this eye cream showed a 24% improvement of wrinkles under the eyes over a 7 week period (in women aged 42-55 years old). It also showed a 20% improvement of wrinkles on the tail of the eyes (AKA crow’s feet).
This is an incredibly rich and hydrating cream that doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky. From the reviews I read, this eye cream seems to minimize fine lines and wrinkles almost immediately – so much so that people call it a miracle cream.
Full Ingredients list: Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Water, Squalane, Glycerin, Propanediol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyglyceral-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Honey, Hydrolyzed Red Ginseng Saponins (Enzyme-treated Red Ginseng Saponins), Panax Ginseng Flower Extract, Caffeine, Phytosphingosine, Dextrin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Sodium Polyaspartate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitic Acid, Polyisobutene, Sodium Polyacrylate, PEG-100 Stearate, Methoxy PEG-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Packaging: 20ml tub
What Else Can I Do To Prevent Getting Wrinkles Under My Eyes?
If there’s one thing you can take home from this article, it’s that the skin underneath your eyes is more thin (and therefore delicate) than anywhere else on your face – therefore making it much more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
I’ve mentioned some of the things that can increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (with exposure to UV light without proper sun protection, smoking, and not moisturizing your skin being the biggest culprits).
Using one of the 10 eye creams I’ve recommended in this article will definitely help to keep the skin underneath your eyes hydrated and therefore minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Some of the creams I’ve mentioned also contain ingredients which have strong antioxidant effects (such as ginseng) which helps to prevent new wrinkles from forming.
But what else can you do to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming under your eyes? Follow these tips below to prevent the aging of the skin around your eyes:
- Wear sunscreen everyday. This includes wearing sunscreen even if it’s cloudy weather or you don’t plan on going outside and make sure you’re re-applying it accordingly. I’m currently using the MISSHA All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF50+ PA+++ (which I buy from Yesstyle).
- Use a quality vitamin C serum. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from UVA and UVB damage and boosts the production of collagen. I’ve written an article on what you should be looking for in a vitamin C serum here. I personally use the Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum (which I buy from Yesstyle).
- Consider adding a retinoid to your skincare routine. Retinol (and other retinoids)are extremely powerful anti-aging ingredients. They delay the production of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating new collagen production and exfoliating superficial dead layers of the skin – revealing new, fresh skin. However, retinoids are often seen as a last-resort skincare ingredients since they can be extremely sensitising for some people and also increase the photo-sensitivity of the skin (which can lead to hyperpigmentation). Unfortunately, you likely won’t find any Korean skincare products containing retinol as in Korea it’s still viewed as a very harsh skincare ingredient.
- Look for skincare products that contain niacinamide (vitamin B3). I recently wrote an article about the skincare benefits of niacinamide and I found out that this skincare ingredient not only prevents fine lines and wrinkles, but it also improves skin barrier function, helps fade hyperpigmentation, improves the appearance of enlarged pores, improves acne and regulates sebum production. The benefits of niacinamide is backed by a tonne of scientific research, and the good news is that many Korean skincare products do contain at least 2% niacinamide. My current favorite niacinamide-containing skincare product is the iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum (which I buy from Yesstyle).
- Keep your skin well hydrated. Not only are fine lines and wrinkles much more visible when your skin is dry or dehydrated, but this can actually contribute to their formation. Eye creams are formulated to provide the hydration that the fragile skin underneath your eyes requires. If the skin under your eyes can tolerate your face cream or facial oils, you can also bring these up into eye area for extra moisturization.
- Live a healthy lifestyle. Eating bad foods, smoking and drinking alcohol has negative affects on your skin. Try to eat healthy, drink plenty of water and stay active.
- Consider some other essences, serums and ampoules. It’s likely that some of the other skincare products you’re using would be beneficial to the skin underneath your eyes too. This is because these products are ‘treatments’ that contain beneficial ingredients that provide your skin with nourishment and hydration. In particular, I like to also use the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence underneath my eyes in the morning and evening, which helps to keep the skin super-hydrated (I buy mine from Yesstyle).
Although eye creams are sometimes touted as being hyped-up and unnecessary skincare products, I really do believe that there are fantastic Korean eye creams available that can help decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes.
Lower-priced Korean eye creams tend to focus mainly on providing skin hydration, whereas higher-priced eye creams contain powerful anti-aging hanbang ingredients (such as red ginseng) that have strong antioxidant effects.
Of course, just like with anything in the world of skincare, eye creams aren’t an overnight fix and there are other things you will need to do consistently to reduce the visibility of wrinkles and prevent additional ones from forming (especially wearing SPF every day and keeping your skin hydrated).