Visibly reduce dark under eye circles — the ultimate guide
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Visibly reduce dark under eye circles — the ultimate guide

Even if you get your best beauty sleep, under eye dark circles may still sneak up on you. (Blame it on genetics, diet, or daily habits.) But luckily, there's an easy fix so you can sit pretty with bright, wide-awake-looking eyes to perfectly complement your favorite mascara and eyeliner combo. The trick is knowing what causes dark under eye circles and combating them with makeup as well as skincare eye-brightening ingredients.

Ready, bright eyes? We've got you covered with everything you ever wanted to know about dark under eye circles.

What are dark under eye circles?

Dark circles are a totally normal skincare issue. They are common and can occur on anyone, of any age or any skin type — they're simply darkened skin around the under eyes.

As we get older, the skin beneath the eyes tends to become looser and thinner, which can allow blood vessels to peep through in certain skin tones. This leads to the darkened appearance we commonly associate with under eye circles. In some cases, hollowed areas near the corner of the eyes may also appear, which cause shadows that increase the appearance of puffy or dark under eye circles.

Fortunately dark under eye circles are relatively easy to target from a cosmetic standpoint.

Dark circle causes

Ever wondered about the causes of those pesky dark under eye circles? There are several factors at play, including the common culprit of not enough sleep. Genetics can also be to blame, as some people are simply more predisposed to having dark circles.

As we age, it's natural for puffy eyelids or hollow areas under the eyes to develop, which can contribute to the discoloration. Additionally, the delicate skin around your eyes can make the blood vessels underneath more visible. Hyperpigmentation, often triggered by excessive sun exposure, can prompt your body to produce more melanin (the pigment response for skin color), potentially intensifying those dark circles.

But it's not all out of your control. Simple lifestyle choices, like how many glasses of water you drink each day, can also affect the appearance of dark under eye circles. It's important to stay well-hydrated as insufficient water intake can make your skin appear dull and dry. When skin becomes dehydrated and irritated, blood and other fluids rush to the area, causing pink or purple circles and puffiness. In addition, habits like alcohol consumption, smoking, and stress can add to the problem.

Key ingredients for "eye-brightening" benefits

The best thing for dark under eye circles is hydration. That means choosing a moisturizing eye cream that works hard to banish the look of dark under eye circles and puffiness all at once. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid are key to keeping your skin hydrated.

If you're looking to expand beyond that, there are a few other helpful ingredients to keep an eye out for as well:
  • Whey protein and a biopeptide: This duo is a fabulous combination to help strengthen skin's natural support structure in the delicate eye area.

  • Caffeine and vitamin C: Caffeine can do wonders for skin around the eyes. Look for labels with vitamin C, which helps decrease the look of dark circles for brighter eyes.

  • Sodium hyaluronate: This helps provide hydration to help soothe and comfort skin.

How to treat the look of dark circles

Let's dive into some other helpful tips and product suggestions for dealing with those frustrating dark circles under your eyes. You'll be brighter in no time.

Refresh and brighten. Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector brightens and smoothes the appearance of the eye area and reduces the look of dark circles while hydrating skin. All skin types can use this ophthalmologist-tested product twice daily, morning and night, by gently squeezing a small amount of product out and slowly gliding the contoured applicator back and forth across the under eye area. The cooling metal tip helps massage away any puffiness and improve microcirculation, as well as reduce congestion and the appearance of dark circles. Use your finger to smooth any excess product into skin until it's fully absorbed.

Reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness. All About Eyes earns its title as our #1 best under eye cream for a reason — it's a dual-action solution. Not only does it effectively diminish the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, it also serves as superb eye makeup primer. The lightweight hybrid cream-gel formula hydrates and preps skin for makeup application and is easy to use to fight the look of under eye circles twice a day, morning and night. Wondering how it works? It hydrates skin with an emollient base. Begin with your ring finger to apply sparingly, adding this dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested, fragrance-free eye cream to the entire eye. Use a gentle patting motion for best results.

Add intensive moisture. Elevate your skincare routine with the luxuriously rich All About Eyes Rich. Just as its name suggests, it's abundantly moisture-rich formula soothes with hydration, de-puffs, and diminishes the look of under eye circles, shadows, and fine lines. This formulation also strengthens your skin's moisture barrier, offering defense against external irritants, while sodium hyaluronate helps prevent moisture loss. It's the ideal choice for those with dry skin, or all skin types during cooler weather. Use twice a day, morning and night, applying sparingly with ring finger to your entire eye area using a gentle patting motion.

More tips for treating the look of under eye circles

Follow these steps to target dark under eye circles:
  • Aim for at least eight hours of sleep at night and always try to elevate your head with a pillow.

  • Use a cold jade roller, a cool cloth, or even chilled spoons under your eyes to get a bit of instant relief from the puffiness. This will help your skin by shrinking dilated blood vessels.

  • Facials done by skincare professionals are also always a nice solution when used in combination with your everyday beauty routine, especially with targeted treatments for dark circles and gentle under eye massages designed for dark circles or puffiness.

Together with a great skincare routine and smart choices, you can improve the appearance of your under eye circles — even if you can't get those eight hours of sleep.

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Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, Refreshing eye-area treatment instantly brightens all skin tones.
.34 fl. oz. / 10 ml
All About Eyes, This lightweight cream-gel reduces the look of puffiness, undereye circles.
All About Eyes Rich, Rich eye cream diminishes the look of undereye circles, shadows, puffs and fine lines.