Is your baby keeping you up all night? Are you constantly working late or burning the candle at both ends?
Chances are you’ll have noticed dark circles under your eyes – the most tell-tale sign that you haven’t had enough quality snooze.
The skin under our eyes is so delicate and thin compared to that on the rest of our bodies and because of this, it is especially susceptible to dehydration, allergies and sleep deprivation.
Who is most affected by dark circles?
Although they can affect anyone, dark circles under eyes are most common in older adults, those with a genetic predisposition or in people with darker skin tones.
What causes dark circles?
Genetics – Like most things, genetics has a big part to play in whether or not we have dark circles – so we can’t blame everything on a lack of sleep. So it could be down to excessive pigmentation, and we’re afraid there’s not a lot you can do about that.
Irritation – Dark circles can also be caused by irritation of the eyes. We all know what it’s like when you get one of those itches…. and the only cure is to scratch and rub away. In this thin area of skin, this can be a major causer of dark circles.
Age – As you get older, your skin becomes thinner and you begin to lose the fat and collagen that helps your skin stay springy. When this happens, the dark blood vessels under your skin can become more visible, giving the appearance of dark circles.
Dehydration – This is a common cause of dark circles under your eyes. When you don’t take on enough water, the skin under your eyes can look dulls and even causes your eyes to appear sunken.
Stress – Stress and sleep are the major factors that can cause dark circles to form or worsen.
Which ingredients should I look for in eye cream for dark circles?
What we’re saying is, you just need some extra special help when it comes to beauty products and a regime – and part of that is choosing the right eye cream for dark circles to give you a more energised look.
As with all beauty products, mist eye creams claim to reduce the appearance of fine lines or diminish dark circles. We know that the main things we need an eye cream to do is brighten, nourish, hydrate and de-puff.
The magic ingredients you need to sniff out are ones like vitamin C (for brightening), caffeine (de-puffing) hyaluronic acid (nourishing) and squalene (hydrating).
That’s not to say other ingredients won’t work but these are proven to reduce dark circles.
Which are best? Here are the top 5…
So, without further ado, here are our tried and tested top five recommendations for the best eye creams for dark circles…
This was certainly soothing and cool to apply. It’s packed full of botanical ingredients and aims to reduce puffiness and dark circles as well as fine lines. There’s no waiting around for this one to dry, it sinks straight in so you can get on with applying your mascara.
Definitely revitalising for tired eyes, we did notice the reduction in puffiness and dark circles after a few days’ use.
This one claims to brighten and depuff – and did we mention it smells amazingly orangey, like the little 15ml pot it comes in. A small amount of this wonder cream goes a long way and certainly makes a difference in the appearance of eye bags after just a week of use.
The key ingredient here is the energising coffee bean but it also has great anti-inflammatory ingredients to fight that irritation and fatigue. It’s also fab for fighting dry patches.
Noticeably harder to get hold of but worth it when it finally was in stock, was this little pot of wonders.
This cream targets fine lines and reduces the look of dark circles, offering age-defying results. Deliciously lightweight to apply it does help to illuminate the eye area over time but patience was required. Inspired by the makeup artist must-have of the moment – banana powder – which contains special pigments to help correct darker areas.
If you’re all about the texture of creams, you’ll love light gel texture which absorbs quickly into the skin and provides instant hydration and freshness. This tube boosts saccharide isomerate, which is a naturally derived, skin identical carbohydrate complex that can actively help the skin to maintain moisture and improve and strengthen the skin barrier function.
We found a good lifting effect with this one, leaving us feeling pretty good!
This is our absolute can’t-run-out favourite. We were not convinced by the tube claims of ‘fresher looking eyes by morning’ but honestly, it works.
Potent yet lightweight, this potion is formulated to help create the appearance of fresher, more energised and youthful-looking eyes. Packed full of nourishing ingredients, the formula hydrates and even helps battle those fine lines.
Long term use of this would certainly keep those dark circles at bay but we did notice the immediate difference the next day with very hydrated skin under the eyes. The only disappoint here was the size of the tube!
Ways to avoid dark circles
Sometimes they are unavoidable but there are sure fire ways to combat them. And one is with a good eye cream – any of the ones listed above will not disappoint.
Whichever eye cream you choose, remember to apply it gently using your finger and patting round the eye in the shape of a ‘C’. Apply it around your upper eyelid, your outer eye and crows feet (if you have them!), and then your under eye!
You can also try a cold compress which can reduce swelling and shrink dilated blood vessels to reduce their appearance. A few ice cubes wrapped in a cloth should do it.
Staying hydrated is also key to fresher looking peepers. More water is a winner although you can also take in more juices and fruit teas. Eating fruits and vegetables also adds to your overall fluid intake.