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 minimize 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 to build elasticity and reduce the appearance 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 Eye Cream

The Dēpology Peptide Complex Wrinkle Defense Eye Cream is a perfect choice if you are looking for an anti-aging eye cream to hydrate your skin and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. This eye cream contains ultra-hydrating peptides like Argireline™, which targets dynamic wrinkles. It also contains nourishing ingredients like heart leaf extract and the natural protein EGF that help to keep the delicate skin around the eyes properly hydrated, further reducing the appearance of wrinkles by plumping the skin. This eye cream can be incorporated into your daily skincare routine after cleansing and applying serum.

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:


The Dēpology Serum-Infused Brightening Micro Dart Patches use microneedle technology to decreases darks spots brighten hyperpigmentation troubled areas, and hydrate the skin for younger-looking skin. You can also wear them overnight for optimal results.



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

Read More: Caviar Eye Patches 



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

Read More: Brightening Patches for Under Eye Wrinkles



The Dēpology Replenishing Night Under Eye Patches use hydrolyzed collagen to help skin suppleness and plump the skin right before you sleep, when collagen levels is most active.

Read More: Hydration Patches for Under Eye Wrinkles

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Is Better: Eye Cream Or Eye Patches?

Choosing between eye cream and eye patches can be difficult. Eye creams are often thicker than other facial moisturizers, so they can provide maximum hydration to the delicate skin around the eyes. They also contain ingredients to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, eye patches are specifically designed to target the under-eye area and help with issues such as dark circles and puffiness.

These patches are usually soaked in essence or serum and can penetrate the skin quickly with microneedle technology for a more targeted and effective result. Both types of products have unique benefits and can help moisturize, improves wrinkles, and brighten the skin. Ultimately, deciding which is better—eye cream or eye patches—will depend on your specific skin concerns and what results you are looking for.

Can I Use Eye Cream And Eye Patches?

The answer is yes— you can use both eye cream and eye patches in your skincare routine. Both eye cream and eye patches can be used morning or night after cleansing and applying serum. If you are combining eye cream and eye patches, you can use the eye patches after cleansing, gently rub in any excess serum, and then follow up with eye cream and moisturizer.

How Many Times A Week Should I Use Eye Patches & Eye Cream?

Unless they contain harsher ingredients like exfoliants, both eye patches and eye creams can be used on a daily basis. However, how often you use them ultimately depends on the individual product and its instructions. For example, some eye patches or eye creams should be used up to three times a week, while others can be used daily. It is always best to read the instructions and determine the best frequency of use for each specific skin care product.

At What Age Should I Use Eye Patches?

You can use eye patches at any age! Even if you don't have wrinkles or dark circles yet, you can use eye patches to hydrate and protect the delicate skin around the eyes. Regular use of eye patches helps nourish the skin and can prevent future signs of aging. If wrinkles and other age-related signs are already present, though, eye patches can help improve those signs and promote healthy skin. Whichever age group you belong to, eye patches are a great investment for any skincare routine.

Which Is More Effective: Eye Cream Or Eye Mask?

The term "eye mask" is often used interchangeably with "eye patches." However, this can also include other types of masks, such as clay or peel-off gel masks that you can use under your eyes. As mentioned above, eye cream is designed to hydrate and nourish the skin while locking in moisture. The thicker consistency and hydrating ingredients make it a great choice for the delicate skin around the eyes.

Eye masks are designed to be used less frequently and, like eye creams, contain special ingredients to target specific concerns, making them equally effective. Eye creams are perfect for daily use, while eye masks take slightly more effort since you have to wait for them to activate and then wash or peel them off, so you might only use them 2-3 times per week, depending on the strength.

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.