The Amazing Benefits of Retinol Eye Cream

September 24, 2021

Benefits of Retinol Eye Cream

No one who uses eye cream has ten different ones on their countertop.

While it's true that eye creams these days can help you with many skincare concerns, many of them only target one or a few main concerns, like fine lines or dark circles.

And if you have a number of under-eye issues you'd like to correct, it's both expensive and inefficient to buy a new eye cream for every single one.

But what if there was an ingredient that does it all? Enter retinol eye cream, a product that can help you take care of a variety of skin concerns in one jar.

Want to learn more about the benefits of retinol eye cream? Our guide has everything you need to know.

What Is Retinol?

Retinol is a type of vitamin A that you can use on your skin. It is part of the group of vitamin A derivatives called retinoids.

Retinoids come in many different forms with different strengths. Retinol is one of the best for your skin because it is okay for most people to use.

Retinol works by encouraging rapid cell turnover. This means that retinol encourages surface skin cells to die faster and reveal new skin cells underneath.

Retinol also stops collagen from breaking down and increases your skin's production of collagen.

Collagen is responsible for keeping your skin elastic and hydrated, and wrinkles happen when collagen breaks down. So, one of the best ways that retinol helps your skin is that it brings it back towards a more youthful state of functioning.

This is why retinol has many benefits for a variety of skincare products, whether that's retinol serum or retinol night cream.

Fine Lines

If you start to notice (or already have) fine lines under your skin, don't worry, as these are the natural result of aging.

But certain habits can make fine lines worse and can make them happen earlier. These include sun damage, smoking, and pollution. While you can undergo laser treatment to fix very deep fine lines, retinol is a safer and more cost-effective way to treat your fine lines.

The reason that fine lines show up so easily on the skin is that the skin under the eyes is four times thinner than the rest of your skin. Regular eye creams don't usually work for these fine lines because they can't target the collagen breakdown that causes these fine lines.

But retinol works on fine lines because it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which keep your skin supple and firm.


There are many creams and ingredients out there that target wrinkles, but many of these creams are too harsh to be used under the eyes.

Like fine lines, wrinkles are a normal part of the skin aging process. As you age, your skin cells divide more slowly. This makes the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) thin out. And inside the dermis? Collagen and elastin fibers.

As the collagen and elastin break down, they offer less support to your skin, which causes the depressions known as wrinkles.

Of course, certain factors can make wrinkles appear earlier or look worse. These include:

  • The contractions of your facial muscles 
  • Smoking
  • Sun damage 

Smoking causes wrinkles because it creates a very noticeable reduction in how many collagen fibers your skin produces.

Sun damage causes wrinkles because it triggers abnormal enzymes that make your collagen fibers rebuild less efficiently as time goes on.

One of the best solutions to help combat wrinkles is to buy a retinol eye cream. As we've discussed, retinol helps to both stimulate the production of collagen and stops the collagen from breaking down. This in turn helps to prevent wrinkles.

For the best results with wrinkle prevention, combine a retinol eye cream with healthy habits like drinking lots of water. Make sure to wear sunglasses on sunny days, apply sunscreen, and wear a hat to protect your under-eye area.


Puffy eyes, or eye bags, have many causes, some of which you can control, and some you can't.

Usually, puffy eyes are caused by lack of sleep, allergies, or smoking. They can also be caused by fluid retention if you had a salty meal the night before.

Bags under the eyes happen due to puffiness or mild swelling. As you age, the skin and muscles around your eyes become weaker.

Plus, the fat that supports the top of your eyes might move underneath your eyes, which causes that puffy look. If you have hereditary eye bags, you can try a cold compress in the morning or purchase a retinol eye cream.

Since retinol helps your skin create collagen and elastin, it also strengthens the area around your eyes. Keeping these tissues strong and firm helps to prevent puffy eyes.

Puffy eyes are usually harmless, but make sure to contact your doctor if you have any pain, itchiness, or redness.


As we've seen, retinol itself is an effective ingredient for targeting anti-aging on its own. But the best retinol eye creams also include other ingredients that work together with retinol for anti-aging.

For example, Aprisa Skincare's Replenish Retinol Eye Cream has ingredients like hyaluronic acid to complement the retinol. Our eye cream also contains caffeine to help reduce puffiness, as well as aloe for a boost of hydration.

No matter what anti-aging protocols you're using for your skin, you want to avoid ingredients like alcohol. These can make the aging process speed up and counteract any anti-aging measures you're taking.

Smoother Skin

Most of the time, your skin gets rough or bumpy either because it's dry or because it there is a buildup of dead skin cells.

While the skin does renew itself naturally, this process slows down as you age.

Since retinol prevents impurities and dead skin cells from building up on the surface of your skin, it helps to fight acne. This exfoliating effect of retinol helps to keep your skin smooth and prevents your pores from clogging.

If you've already added retinol eye cream to your skincare routine, consider adding retinol face cream to make your skin as smooth as possible.

If you are already using acne products such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, be careful when using retinol so you don't irritate your skin.

And if you have scaly, red, or thick patches of skin on your face, make sure to contact a dermatologist.

Skin Tone

Uneven skin tone is also called hyperpigmentation. It happens when melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its color, is overproduced.

The result is an uneven skin tone, with some parts appearing lighter than others. A few causes of uneven skin tone include sun damage, pollution, and hormones. It can also be caused by post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is a darkening of the skin that's caused by scarring and injury.

The reason that retinol can help you get a more even skin tone is because it gives an exfoliating effect to your skin.

Remember how retinol helps stimulate skin cells to die and regenerate faster? This means that newer skin cells will come to the surface of your skin faster. Not only does this give you smoother skin, but it evens out your skin tone.

Retinol also stimulates the production of blood vessels. This keeps the colors and tones of your skin more even.

Sun Spots

Sun spots are a type of hyperpigmentation that can happen where your skin is most exposed to the sun.

Although sun spots may look like freckles, they're not the same thing. Freckles are usually smaller than 5mm, and their color ranges from red to brown. Your skin only makes freckles if you have a specific "freckle gene."

Sun spots can range from anywhere between 0.2 and 2 cm in diameter and are more common the older you get. This is why sun spots are also called age spots or liver spots. Unlike freckles, anyone can get sun spots.

Luckily, sun spots aren't always permanent, and a retinol eye cream can help target the sun spots around your eyes by helping to regenerate the skin and renew your cells.

Remember that retinol isn't an overnight solution, so don't get discouraged if it doesn't work right away.

If a sunspot looks suspicious, make sure to have a dermatologist check it as soon as you can.

How Often Should You Apply Retinol Eye Cream?

You may have heard of some retinol "horror stories" where people ended up with unpleasant side effects such as dry and peeling skin.

Keep in mind that these often come from very strong retinol products like Accutane, which can only be prescribed by a medical professional.

And while people with sensitive skin should be careful when using retinol, it's safe for the majority of people to use.

But the key to avoiding any unpleasant side effects from using retinol is to start slow and then build up. Start by using retinol a few times a week at night and then work your way up to once a night only if your skin reacts well.

Make sure to always follow the instructions on the product package and remember the slogan "low and slow" when applying any retinol products.

You also want to use a lower strength retinol product, and only build up to higher strengths after a few months and only if you don't experience any irritation.

Remember that retinol takes time to work, so don't give up after only a few weeks of treatment, especially if you're using lower-strength retinol.

How To Use Retinol Eye Cream in Your Skincare Routine

If you've ever used retinol skincare products before, you've likely heard that you should follow up retinol products with a moisturizer. This is because retinol can be drying to the skin if you're not careful.

But with retinol eye creams like ours at Aprisa Skincare, the cream is already hydrating and you don't need to add anything on top of it.

With a gentle hand, take a small, pea-sized amount and pat it around your eye area.

While you can use retinol eye cream up to twice a day, only use it as tolerated by your skin. If you can only use it a few times a week, that's okay too—you'll still get the benefits of retinol.

You can also apply retinol eye cream on top of eye gel or serum to layer the benefits of your skincare. But you need to be careful that you don't use retinol on top of serum that has vitamin C in it.

This is because vitamin C is quite a strong ingredient on its own, and the combination of vitamin C and retinol can be too irritating for most skin types.

Most retinol eye creams work well underneath makeup, so don't be afraid to use retinol in your morning routine!

Take Advantage of the Benefits of Retinol

The best eye creams target multiple skincare concerns and nourish the skin to give you the best value for your money.

Whether you want to combat fine lines for a more youthful complexion or you want to give your skin a boost of radiance, retinol eye cream has the answer.

At Aprisa Skincare, we focus on effective, high-quality formulations that are clinically tested and customer-approved. Our experience in the pharmacy, food, and personal care industries helps us develop scientifically-based skincare products that won't aggravate allergies or autoimmune conditions.

Our retinol eye cream is hydrating, plumping, and refreshing, all while giving you the best benefits of retinol. To give your eye area the boost you've been looking for, check out our retinol eye cream today.

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