I have had SO many questions about dark circles and concealer recommendations lately, so I decided I would put all of my information in a blog post about how to get rid of dark circles. I felt like the best way to convey all of what I have to share is to break it into 2 posts. So, the concealer post is coming next week. The honest truth is, nothing gets completely rid of them, but there are things that can help reduce their appearance, and a good concealer is magical in erasing them, albeit temporarily. Getting that right can be quite tricky, so we will delve into that topic later. But first things first. Let’s briefly chat about what causes dark circles in the first place. If puffiness and under eye bags are more your issue, you might want to check out this blog post.
WHAT CAUSES DARK CIRCLES?
Dark circles are often hereditary (thanks, mom) but can be exacerbated by things such as lack of sleep, seasonal allergies, dehydration and drinking too much alcohol. Taking an antihistamine can be helpful in alleviating seasonal allergy symptoms. Thinning skin as we age can also be a contributing factor. Oh, the joys of getting older. There is no cream on the market that will fix this issue, at least not that I have found. If there is such a magic potion out there, please let me know. But, there a brightening creams that can help camouflage dark circles and tighten the skin around the eye, with such ingredients as peptides, hyaluronic acid and caffeine, to reduce their appearance, and the addition of luminizing agents to give the illusion of brighter eyes.
CATCH SOME ZZZ’S AND DRINK MORE WATER
HOW TO GET RID OF DARK CIRCLES
The obvious thing is to make sure you get enough sleep and drink lots of water. Easier said than done, am I right? You are supposed to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. Consuming that amount throughout the day is tough for me. However, seeing the benefits when I do manage it, encourages me to keep going. I just feel better overall and more energized. I have been using this electrolyte powder to increase my hydration and I think it has helped. You can read more about it in this post. Getting enough sleep is vital, but hardly anyone every does. I think we just need to make it a priority. Enough said.
THE BEST EYE CREAMS FOR DARK CIRCLES
If, you are having one of those days when your dark circles are waving back at you in the mirror, there are a few products and tricks that can help ease the pain. Using an eye cream won’t banish dark circles, but a few really work to constrict blood vessels (which cause dark shadows), diffuse light, and brighten, for a noticeable improvement .
CLINIQUE DARK CIRCLE CORRECTOR | Clinique promises a 30% reduction in dark circles with consistent use of this product for 12 weeks . The cooling metal tips is also great for massaging away puffiness, as these 2 often go hand in hand. Judging by its rave reviews, this cream holds up to its promises.
OLE HENRIKSEN BANANA EYE CREAM | Wake up before you makeup. Banana Bright Eye Crème brightens, instantly targets fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces the look of dark circles. Collagen-boosted, it firms and deeply hydrates even as it feels deliciously lightweight. It is formulated with powerful vitamin C to help revive and illuminate the entire eye area over time. Great for under makeup.
TATCHA PEARL TINTED EYE CREAM | This magical potion comes in 3 colors to match (almost) every skin tone. This treatment awakens eyes with a pearl-like luster, hydrates, and reduces the look of dark circles and wrinkles—instantly and over time.
TATA HARPER ILLUMINATING EYE CREAM | This fancy, green & clean option contains actual diamond dust to brighten the under eye area. This cream is pricey, but one bottle lasts a very long time. Also, a little bit of this product goes a very long way, and the results are fantastic. If you are looking for a cleaner option, this is it.
OLAY ULTIMATE EYE CREAM | A great budget friendly option that feel just as rich and luxurious as the pricier ones. Infused with vitamin C, caffeine and optic brighteners, it protects skin from pollutants and hydrates to deliver a younger look. The area around your eyes is thinner and more delicate, making it the first place to show signs of fatigue and stress. This formula is enriched with vitamins and a light-reflecting complex to help minimize under-eye problems and brighten your look.
ORIGINS GINZING EYE CREAM | This has always been a favorite morning eye cream of mine. I love how it wakes up my eyes and preps my skin for makeup and concealer. Formulated with Panax Ginseng & Coffee Beans, this energizing eye cream instantly hydrates, brightens, revitalizes & restores radiance to tired eyes. Plus, it diminishes the look of dark circles, bags & puffiness so you look wide awake & vibrant.
CERAVE EYE REPAIR CREAM | The Cerave brand has been a staple in my personal skincare arsenal for years, as well as my professional makeup kit for years. Their moisturizer is fabulous for sensitive skin and skin barrier repair and their ointment is one of the best lip & cuticle treatments around. Not to mention, the ultimate boo boo fixer in our home. The eye cream does not disappoint. It visibly reduces the look of dark circles and puffiness and contains 3 essential ceramides to repair and restore the protective skin barrier.
DRUNK ELEPHANT C TANGO EYE CREAM | I love this rich, yet surprisingly light feeling eye cream. It is a restorative eye cream featuring a brightening combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C, and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area. It is very gentle so great for sensitive skin and can be used both day and night.
GLOPRO | Are you guys sick of me talking about this gadget yet? I couldn’t write this post without mentioning the benefits of this tool for the under eye area. It helps restore the thinning under the eyes by encouraging collagen production, hence helping with dark circles and puffiness. I roll it under my eye area and immediately apply my eye cream after and do this about 2×3 times a week.
Applying eye cream regularly will not only help improve your dark circles, it will also help keep that area hydrated and reduce dryness and texture. Applying concealer will become much easier.
In my next post, I will chat all about concealers. What concealer mistakes you could be making, how to fix them, which one to choose, and how to apply it correctly. Have a great weekend and get some sleep!