If you're like many adults, the combination of the words "crow's" and "feet" likely makes you cringe. With signs such as this, your eyes can reveal wrongs in your routine: sleep deprivation, overexposure to sun, and habits such as smoking or drinking too much alcohol or coffee. When wrinkles make an unwanted appearance, you might rush out to purchase products to stop lines in their tracks. Eye creams are one of the most common -- and the least invasive -- option for attempting to reverse signs of aging.

The quest to quell wrinkles around the eyes feeds an entire industry dedicated to developing new and more effective moisturizing products that try to reduce the appearance of fine lines and prevent new ones from forming. Other creams also claim to treat puffiness or dark circles. Because there are so many options available, talking to specialists can be the first place to start when you're considering eye creams. A dermatologist can prescribe a product that might give you some visible results quickly, such as a retin-A cream, which has been shown to reduce the appearance of lines in skin.

The good news is that price tags don't always matter in the effort to reverse aging signs, and a less expensive eye cream bought at the drugstore might work just as well as something prescribed by a dermatologist. Consistent use of a product that works combined with a simple cleansing routine is really all you'll need to get started [source: Dover].

If the realities of growing older are interfering with your best skin care intentions, a moisturizing eye cream might be able to help. Which ingredients should you look for?