If your biggest beauty mission is finding the best eye cream to get rid of dark circles and hide puffy eyes, fear not, fashion friends—we’re here to help. We’ve tried and tested dozens of eye creams to come up with a comprehensive guide to the best eye creams for dark circles. We’ve also got some extra tips and tricks to mask tired eyes, look more awake and banish those blue circles.
First things first: What causes dark circles?
Dark circles and puffiness under the eyes are caused by a buildup of fluid in the area. When circles are dark, it’s because oxygenated blood has pooled beneath the surface of the skin, and while we’re horizontal throughout the night, fluids can accumulate and veins expand, making these dark circles more pronounced. We become more prone to dark circles as we get older and we lose fat from the hypodermis, which can mask blueness.
Can an eye cream really help?
In the short term, yes. If you invest in one of the best eye creams for dark circles (which we’ve outlined for you in our guide), you can see positive results. Look out for the following hero ingredients that can have an impact on dark circles. Caffeine works by constricting blood vessels and boosting circulation, and hyaluronic acid can plump the area with an intensive moisture hit. Retinoic acid temporarily thickens skin to mask dark circles.
How should you apply your eye cream?
Start at the inner corner of your eye and work around the dark circle or puffy area outwards, pressing down gently to encourage lymphatic drainage. For a double de-puffing and cooling effect, using a cool product is best, so store your eye cream in the fridge overnight and apply in a gentle sweeping motion first thing in the morning.
Any other tips for healing dark circles?
The old trick of applying chamomile tea bags for five to 10 minutes can help to de-puff (and de-stress), or applying a cool, damp cloth or cucumber straight from the fridge can help too. Cool metal causes vessels to constrict, also masking dark circles, so choose products with a stainless-steel roller-ball. Or go for the old cold-spoon trick for similar results.
Give skin time to rest after applying one of the best eye creams for dark circles (and any other methods you’re employing); then apply a little of your favourite concealer to hide remaining dark circles, again using the press-and-release method. Click through to check out 16 of the best eye creams for dark circles.
What eye creams would team Byrdie recommend?
Don’t let the price tag fool you—this is powerful stuff. Caffeine and EGCG (a compound found in green tea) deliver antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to the skin for quick results.
A skincare/makeup hybrid, this 100% natural eye cream is packed full of light-reflecting pigments to disguise and soothe tired eyes.
Hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and Murad’s own Resilient-C Complex work together to boost the health of skin cells under the eyes for long-term results while also disguising dark circles and blurring fine lines on the spot.
This squeezy Elemis tube comes with a cooling metal applicator to constrict the blood vessels while chamomile and arnica brighten the skin.
Not only does this sort out the dark-circle problem, but it has added anti-ageing solutions with collagen and wrinkle-reducing peptides.
This high-tech cream comes charged with vitamin C and collagen amino acids to brighten darkness and regenerate skin cells.
Containing retinoid, this advanced eye cream is for really troublesome dark circles.
Seriously moisturising, this will leave your eye area hydrated, not puffy.
Containing caffeine, this will give your eye area a much-needed boost of circulation and prevent blood from pooling (lovely image, we know).
This works to firm and brighten the eye area so dark circles look diminished. That cooling applicator is a joy to use.
Rice peptides stimulate circulation while lactic acid increases cell turnover to lighten dark pigments in the under-eye area.
Retinol molecules nourish tired skin and plump up collagen while botanical extracts cool inflammation and brighten.
Covering all bases, this advanced cream uses alguronic acid (sourced from microalgae) to boost cell regeneration, vitamin C and caffeine to brighten darkness, plus a tag team of aloe vera and cucumber extracts cool and soothe puffiness.
This herbal cream calls on arnica, traditionally used to help soothe bruises, to quell darkness under the eyes.