As for ingredients, you’ll want eye creams that include occlusives, humectants, emollients, and/or barrier ingredients. Gmyrek breaks down what those terms mean below. She notes that your eye cream doesn’t have to contain all of these ingredients, but you’ll probably find a combination of the ingredients from different categories in products.
Occlusives: These form a barrier over the skin surface to prevent evaporation of water from the skin into the environment. They reduce transepidermal water loss. Examples include dimethicone, petroleum, shea butter, and colloidal oatmeal.
Humectants: These attract water and moisture. When humectants are present on the skin, water from the deeper level of the skin, the dermis, is absorbed into the upper skin, or the epidermis. Water is also attracted and absorbed from the environment, but this is minimal. Examples include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, glycerol, urea, lactic acid, shea butter (butyrospermum parkii), and colloidal oatmeal.