This article originally appeared in MindBodyGreen.

In case we haven't burned it into your brain already: The area around your eyes is super thin and delicate, so it's important to tend to it with extra care. That includes hydrating the skin with nourishing actives, as well as introducing ingredients that increase elasticity and firmness. 

For the latter, many eagerly turn to retinoids, as the vitamin A derivatives can promote cell turnover and collagen production. But before smearing product under your eyes and calling it a night (be it an OTC or prescription-strength version), there's something you need to know: You should probably apply an eye cream first.