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10 of the best eye creams for dark circles

10 of the best eye creams for dark circles
Team LF
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The dark circles under our eyes are often the most noticeable tell-tale sign of a lack of sleep. As the delicate skin around our eyes is much thinner than the skin on the rest of our complexion, it needs a gentle products and tender application.

As a result of being so delicate, the skin around our eyes is more vulnerable to the effects of dehydration, allergies and sleep deprivation. Choosing the right eye cream can help to smooth the skin and minimise the appearance of dark circles for a more refreshed, energised look.

What causes dark circles under eyes?

Although we connect dark circles to a lack of sleep alone, many of us suffer more so with pigmentation underneath our eyes as a result of our genetics. The reason we have dark circles around our eyes that simply don't shift may be due to the fact that excessive pigmentation around the area is simply hereditary[1].

In addition, dark circles can also be caused by inflammation or irritation around the eye area, made worse with rubbing, scratching[2] and simply ageing as the skin gets thinner and collagen depletes. Stress and a lack of sleep are also key causes of dark circles forming or worsening underneath your eyes.

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What ingredients to look for in eye creams for dark circles

The three key things you want your eye cream to do are to hydrate, brighten and de-puff your delicate skin. When it comes to achieving these three things, the secret is in the ingredients. To energise, brighten and de-puff, look out for ingredients such as Caffeine and Vitamin C. If you're after nourishing hydration, Squalene and Hyaluronic Acid are the key players.

 

Which are the best eye creams for dark circles?

  1. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream
  2. Clinique Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter
  3. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Eye Complex
  4. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
  5. Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream
  6. Filorga Optim-Eyes Eye Contour Cream
  7. Dr Dennis Gross Skincare C+Collagen Brighten and Firm Eye Cream
  8. Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift
  9. Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Eye Treatment
  10. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

  • Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff 15ml

    Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff 15ml

    4.18 Stars 85 Reviews
    £19.60

Enriched with energising Coffee Bean and anti-inflammatory Magnolia, Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream brightens and refreshes the delicate skin under your eyes to reduce the signs of fatigue. With a luxurious formula, the cream deeply hydrates and plumps the skin, eliminating dark circles and dry patches.

Key ingredients: shea butter, ginseng, caffeine, coffee bean

Clinique Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter

  • Clinique Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter 50ml

    Clinique Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter 50ml

    4.13 Stars 15 Reviews
    £51.20

Balance and illuminate dull, lacklustre skin with the Clinique Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + InterrupterThis advanced serum uses fortifying ingredients, including Yeast Extract, Salicylic Acid, and is designed to correct the look of discolouration and acne scars while enhancing the visage with a youthful-looking appearance.

Key ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Glucosamine and Mulberry Root Extract

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex

  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery 15ml

    Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery 15ml

    4.57 Stars 89 Reviews
    £36.80

The potent Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex works to target the signs of ageing and fatigue around the delicate eye area. With a lightweight gel-cream texture that absorbs quickly into the skin, the formula brightens and hydrates, minimising the appearance of dark circles in just three weeks. Advanced Night Repair Eye also protects your skin against blue light pollution and UV rays, which can deepen the appearance of under-eye pigmentation, with eight hours of antioxidant power.

Key ingredients: hyaluronic acid

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

  • The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 30ml

    The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 30ml

    4.19 Stars 178 Reviews
    £5.80

Target dark circles head on with The Ordinary Caffeine Solution, a highly concentrated solution made up of Caffeine and Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) derived from Green Tea Leaves. This potent, lightweight concoction helps to reduce the appearance of discolouration around the eye area to alleviate the symptoms of fatigue and stress. Skin is left refreshed, hydrated and more even in tone.

Key ingredients: Caffeine, EGCG

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream

  • Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream 15ml

    Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream 15ml

    3.78 Stars 9 Reviews
    £19.20

Transform tired eyes and deeply hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes with Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream. With a unique massaging applicator, the lightweight, brightening formula smoothens the eye contours, minimising fine lines and dark circles for eyes that look refreshed and revitalised.

Key ingredients: shea butter, squalane

Filorga Optim-Eyes Eye Contour Cream

  • Filorga Optim-Eyes Intensive Revitalizing 3-in-1 Eye Contour Cream 15ml

    Filorga Optim-Eyes Intensive Revitalizing 3-in-1 Eye Contour Cream 15ml

    4.14 Stars 14 Reviews
    £44.00

As we age, the collagen content of our skin depletes leading to sagging and the formation of fine lines. Due to the thin, delicate nature of the skin around our eyes, wrinkles form so easily meaning we need to take a little extra care of the area as we get older. Filorga Optim-Eyes Eye Contour Cream is the perfect product for ageing eyes as its intensely hydrating, smoothing formula works wonders of fine lines, pigmentation and wrinkles.

Key ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, NCTF

Dr Dennis Gross Skincare C+Collagen Brighten and Firm Eye Serum

  • Dr Dennis Gross Skincare C+Collagen Brighten and Firm Eye Cream 15ml

    Dr Dennis Gross Skincare C+Collagen Brighten and Firm Eye Cream 15ml

    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    £69.00

Combining glow-boosting Vitamin C and Collagen Amino Acids, Dr Dennis Gross Skincare C+Collagen Brighten and Firm Eye Serum melts into the skin to energise and brighten your under-eye area. Tackling the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the rich formula also firms up the skin and encourages collagen production for smoother, visibly younger-looking eyes.

Key ingredientsvitamin C, collagen, ceramides

Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift

  • Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift 25ml

    Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift 25ml

    4.67 Stars 3 Reviews
    £58.50

With skin-loving ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Arctic Algae and Wild Indigo Seed, Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift cools and energises to minimise the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines around the eye area. Complete with a metal tip applicator to massage the area, Stress Positive Eye Lift is also a treat to apply in the mornings.

Key ingredients: hyaluronic acid, arctic algae, wild indigo seed

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Eye Treatment

  • Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Eye Treatment

    Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Eye Treatment

    4.43 Stars 7 Reviews
    £38.40

Fortified with Shiseido's innovative RenoCycle System Technology to promote cell renewal and improve your skin's resilience, Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Eye Treatment makes a wonderful anti-ageing eye treatment for dark circles. The rich formula absorbs quickly into the skin to regenerate, repair and add glow to the skin with a dose of brightening Vitamin C.

Key ingredients: vitamin C, Coix Seed Extract

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

  • Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream 30ml

    Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream 30ml

    4.54 Stars 61 Reviews
    £25.59

Treat the delicate eye area to the benefits of the Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream; a lightweight, quick-absorbing formula that combines raw superfruit extracts with high-quality ingredients from New Zealand.

Key ingredients: avocado oil, vitamin C and antioxidant vinanza® grape

 

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