Eye Cream vs. Eye Patches: Which One is Right for You?

There are a lot of products on the market that claim to improve your under-eye skin, but it can be challenging to know which ones are worth your money. If you're considering adding an eye cream or eye patches to your skincare routine, it's important to understand the difference between these two products.

Both eye cream and eye patches can be used to address a variety of concerns, including dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness. However, it is essential to know the key differences between the two and when to use each of them to get the most out of your skincare routine.

What is Eye Cream, And Do You Need It?

Eye cream is a type of moisturizer that is specifically designed to nourish the delicate skin around your eyes. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and hydrate the skin for anti-aging effects. 

woman applying eye cream under the eyes

How Does Eye Cream Work?

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common eye condition, yet many people don't realize they have it. There are fewer oil glands around the eyes, so the skin there tends to dry out quicker. To protect delicate skin and provide maximum hydration, eye creams tend to be thicker and contain more oil than other moisturizers. This locks in moisture and prevents the skin from drying out.

Eye creams also contain ingredients that target common skin concerns around the eyes, like fine lines and wrinkles. For example, peptides, Vitamin C, and retinol help stimulate collagen production to build elasticity and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

When Should I Use It?

Since the skin around the eyes is so delicate, we suggest using eye cream in both your morning and night skincare routines after cleansing and applying serum. Eye cream is typically applied with a finger or cotton pad and is massaged into the skin around the eyes.

Best Anti-Aging face Cream

For anti-aging effects, the best eye creams contain ingredients that specifically target fine lines and wrinkles. The Dēpology Anti-Aging Retinol Night Face Cream has all of the important components found in the majority of eye cream products. Instead of spending more money on a specialized area product, our top pick contains ultra-hydrating retinol, which speeds up cellular turnover under the eye areas for a youthful glow face, so you can kill two birds with one stone.

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What Are Eye Patches, And Are They Worth It?

Skincare eye patches are a newer product on the market, and they offer various benefits. These patches are typically made of hydrogel and are soaked in essence or serum. They are infused with ingredients that target the under-eye area, depuffing and hydrating the skin.

Microneedle patches are another type of under-eye patch that use tiny needles to penetrate the skin slightly. This painless process allows your skin to absorb ingredients with 80% more efficiency. Read here on why Microneedling is a very simple, safe effective, and minimally invasive therapeutic technique.


woman applying Depology black caviar hydrogel eye patches under the eyes

How Do Eye Patches Work?

Like eye cream, eye patches hydrate the skin around the eyes to help with dryness. Eye patches specifically target the under-eye area, depuffing and reducing the appearance of dark circles.

Eye patches also contain ingredients that target common eye skin concerns. Vitamin E reduces puffiness, and Vitamin C brightens the skin to reduce eye bags and dark circles.

When choosing any skincare item, it's important to choose products that suit your skin type. For example, if you have sensitive skin, you will want to choose fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products.

When Should I Use Them?

You can wear eye patches on any day at any time. In the morning, they can be applied after cleansing and before applying other products to provide a quick boost to brighten tired skin. They can also help nourish your skin after a long day when used in the evening (also after cleansing). Some patches are also designed to be worn overnight, but only do this if the instructions say so.

Read More: How To Use Under-Eye Patches For Wrinkles And Puffiness

Best Eye Patches by Skin Concern:


  • Best Depuffing Eye Patches

Our Serum-Infused Depuffing & Brightening Micro Dart Patches use microneedle technology to reduce eye bags, brighten dark circles, and hydrate the skin for younger-looking eyes. You can also wear them overnight for optimal results.

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  • Best Anti-Aging Eye Patches

Our Black Caviar Collagen Under Eye Patches contain black caviar extract to plump the skin and hydrolyzed collagen to restore damaged skin. You can wear these patches daily to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce inflammation and redness, and deeply moisturize the skin.

Read more: Caviar Eye Patches?


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  • Best Brightening Eye Patches

Our Restoring Day Under Eye Patches are infused with gold to brighten skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles for a quick boost in the morning.

Read more: Brightening Patches for Under Eye Wrinkles


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  • Best Hydrating Eye Patches

Our Replenishing Night Under Eye Patches use hydrolyzed collagen to boost collagen production and plump the skin right before you sleep, when collagen production is most active.

Read more: Hydration Patches for Under Eye Wrinkles

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The Final Verdict

So, which one should you choose?

Eye cream is a good option if you're looking for a product that targets only the under-eye area to help with daily hydration and protection against wrinkles. Dēpology's eye patches may be a better choice if you want to target the under-eye area for hydration, depuffing, and reducing dark circles. Luckily, you can easily incorporate both into your daily skincare routine. Ultimately, it's up to you to determine what type of results you're looking for, and we can help you figure out which product will best help you achieve those results.