Thank you concealer, for all you do for us. Your ability to mask dark circles under our eyes truly cannot be understated. Without you, racoons would likely mistake us for relatives. And eye cream, we haven’t forgotten about you. Thank you for preventing and treating dark circles, so your pal concealer doesn’t have to work as hard.
Why do we have enlist the help of concealer and eye cream in the first place? Ageing and genetics, mainly. But there are other causes of dark circles.
“Dark circles are a common result of poor lifestyle choices such as diet, smoking, drinking too much alcohol and poor sleep patterns,” says dermal therapist Isabella Loneragan. Other causes are excessive rubbing of the eyes and even the state of emotional health. Vitamin deficiencies – including not enough vitamin E, D, K, A and B12 – can also be attributed to causing dark circles.”
How to prevent dark circles under the eyes
“Using nourishing and hydrating eye creams are great for preventing dark circles – especially ones that include vitamin B3 and B5 and vitamin C,” says Isabella. “There is some proof in the effectiveness of using cold tea bags on the eye area. A professional facial with a focus on treating the eyes is also an incredible revitalising option for tired eyes suffering from bags. By and large however, a focus on leading a healthy lifestyle plus a good skin care routine are the best options to reduce the appearance of dark circles.”
How to find the best eye cream for dark circles
Look for nourishing and hydrating creams with vitamins B3 and B5, as well as vitamin C, says Isabella. “Unstable vitamin C and aggressive retinol should certainly be avoided in eye creams. Encapsulated retinyl palmitate in a tiny amount around the eyes can be beneficial.”
Here are some of the best eye creams for dark circles, from high-tech high performers to luxurious concoctions with natural ingredients.
CeraVe, Eye Repair Cream
This fast-absorbing hydrator works to reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
Dermalogica, Age Reversal Eye Complex
This is arguably the best cream for dark circles under eyes. Retinol, tissue-regenerating peptides, Vitamin C, liquorice, soy and rice bran extract work to reduce pigmentation and brighten dark circles.
Shiseido, White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream
This is an intensive anti-dark circle brightening eye cream. It targets the two major causes of dark circles: pigmented melanin formulation (brown circles) and poor micro-circulation (blue circles).
Clinique, Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector
Hydrate and brighten dark circles on all skin types with this correcting cream.
La Roche-Posay, Redermic R Eye Retinol Cream
This eye cream for dark circles is great for sensitive eyes. With an exclusive retinol complex and caffeine, this cream works to smooth and reduce the look of fatigue.
SkinFix, Barrier+™ Triple Lipid + Collagen Eye Treatment
With a potent combination of active ingredients, this quality under eye cream for dark circles works to brighten, tighten and lift.
Ragan Skin, Eye Reveal
With vitamins and jojoba oil to nourish and hydrate the skin and support collagen production, this is an ideal eye cream for dark circles.