Real talk – dark circles can be a pain in the a$$. But don’t stress, as this will A, only make it worse, and B, because we have tons of solutions; from killer eye creams and natural DIYs to worst-case scenario concealers that’ll cover e’rrything! And trust us, when it comes to dark circles, we’ve tried it all. Here are five things you can actually rely on for combatting and concealing dark circles.
Causes of Dark Circles:
Understanding the cause of your dark circles is key to getting them in check. Dark circles are caused by three factors; genetics, poor circulation, and lifestyle choices. If they’re a result of genetics, it could be a type of hyperpigmentation caused by your body overproducing melanin (what gives your skin color). Similarly, some people genetically have thinner skin around the eyes, which makes blood pooling more noticeable – it can also be a result of bad circulation. Both of which, are more or less out of your control. However, it could be down to bad lifestyle choices, which causes your veins to become dilated and swollen, resulting in dark under eyes. This could be a consequence of a number of things; stress, tiredness, dehydration, poor diet, or too many cosmos with the girls!
To find out the reason behind your dark circles, gently lift your undereye skin; if the skin remains darker, it’s due to hyperpigmentation, however, if it turns back to your usual skin tone, that means it’s a result of poor circulation or potentially lifestyle choices. If hyperpigmentation is the issue, make sure you check out our guide to hyperpigmentation, and look for products that contain ingredients that will brighten the skin, like retinol and vitamin C. If it’s down to lifestyle choices, check out this post to find how you can prevent dark circles, and choose products that help improve circulation, like caffeine and green tea. Now onto the good part, the solution!
Dark Circles Under Eyes Treatments:
1. Best For Treating Dark Circles Caused By Hyperpigmentation: RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, $18
This drugstore staple has been a Huda Beauty fave for years and contains retinol, which is able to penetrate deep into the skin, speed up cell turnover, and disrupt pigment production helping even out skin tone. The formula also works to hydrate and plump the skin, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, so it’s suitable for all skin types. And the best part? It’s only $18!
2. Best For Waking Up Tired Eyes: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, $11
Don’t limit your caffeine intake to your morning latte, your under eyes will seriously thank you if you fuel their caffeine addiction too. This product is ahhhhMAZING at combatting dark under eyes as it contains not one but two seriously dope ingredients – 5% caffeine and EGCG, which is a powerful antioxidant derived from green tea leaves. Using caffeine topically has proven to reduce puffiness, as well as improve the appearance of dark circles, while a surge of antioxidants will help protect your skin from free radicals that could thin the skin. Two drops of this each morning is the best wake up call for your skin!
3. Best For Brightening Dark Circles Caused By Hyperpigmentation: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème, $38
This brightening eye cream was, in fact, inspired by the makeup staple, banana-powder aka setting powder, due to its skin-perfecting, color-correcting qualities. So of course, the eye cream has the same special pigments to naturally brighten the eye while creating a smooth, hydrated canvas for makeup application. The formula also boasts antioxidant powerhouse vitamin C, as well as collagen to boost skin cell renewal, which will help restore and brighten the delicate skin. And no, it doesn’t smell like bananas, it has an energizing citrus scent.
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4. Best At-Home Remedy: Sweet Almond Oil, $9
There are also tons of natural remedies for dark circles, and sweet almond oil is one of the most effective. Sweet almond oil is a rich source of both vitamin E and vitamin K, which will help boost blood flow, diluting the blood vessels that cause dark under eyes. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it’ll help depuff any morning swelling. Plus, the oil is super hydrating so it’ll moisturize the delicate eye area, which is prone to losing hydration.
5. Best Dark Circles Concealer: The Overachiever Concealer, $30
If your dark circles just won’t budge, a full-coverage concealer is going to be your best friend. A good concealer will help cancel out any darkness and instantly brighten the area. The Huda Beauty Overachieve Concealer, $30, is ideal. Not only is it super high coverage and capable of concealing pretty much anything, but it’s infused with green tea to help depuff. The cooling metal applicator will also help de-puff; it literally takes us from looking hella-tired to fresh AF. Make sure you check out the video below for all our concealer tips and tricks.
Let us know your fave products or hacks for dark circles down below.