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My under-eye dark circles go from 5p carrier bag to £1 bag for life the moment I don’t get eight hours of beauty sleep. The morning after a late night (and maybe an extra glass of wine), there is no amount of concealer in the world that will hide them.
But, there is a secret to waking up bright eyed, despite a lack of kip. Whilst a lot of skincare products have as much visible effect as praying your adult acne goes away – there are a few products that do actually work. I’ve discovered a handful of eye creams that really work for reducing dark circles for me.
Dark circles are a result of water and fat retention, combined with poor circulation under the eyes. Alongside a great skincare routine, you should drink lots of water to keep skin hydrated. I also like to use a facial roller to assist with circulation.
Here are the three eye creams I alternate between in my evening skincare routine to wake up less puffy.
Typology 5% Caffeine Eye Serum + 5% Niacinamide
I reviewed a whole range of Typology products a few weeks back, and I’m besotted with this caffeine eye serum. It makes my eyes look how I feel after I’ve devoured my morning cuppa. It’s got concentrated active ingredients to tackle dark circles, and 80% natural ingredients.
I apply a couple of drops under each eye before bed, to allow it to work its magic overnight. You can apply your moisturiser over the top, too.
Typology are totally honest, and advise that it will take around four weeks of regular use before seeing results. They also remind you that sleep, alcohol and hydration are all factors to consider. In other words, don’t expect magic in a bottle – you have to help yourself, too.
Dermalogica Biolumin-C Eye Serum
I love a vitamin c injection into my skincare – particularly in sheet masks, or The Body Shop’s liquid peel. Vitamin C is brightening and firming to help reduce puffiness and dullness.
I apply a small amount of the Dermalogica Biolumin-C serum* to my orbital bone and dab it in lightly.
Even beauty guru Patricia Bright has praised the serum for giving her ‘incredible results’.
Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack Hydrogel Turbo Boost
This little pot is slightly different to the above two products as it’s not a serum. The Puffy Eye Attack is a gel product, which I find works best after being in the fridge. It has a wonderfully cooling feel and is the one product out of the three that I find has almost instant results.
I like to use this one if I wake up looking particularly bedraggled. I apply it in advance of putting on makeup to give it a chance to absorb into my skin. My eyes always look visibly calmer and less puffy after about half an hour.