Are you noticing dark circles and puffiness under your eyes? You’re not alone. Don’t worry there are remedies you can do to help improve the circles, diminish the puffiness and brighten up your eyes.

What causes dark circles and puffiness? Dermatologists say that genetics plays a key role in whether someone gets discoloration under their eyes. Also aging can cause volume depletion resulting in hollowed-out shadows. Some people, especially those with thin, pale skin, have superficial blood vessels, which results in a reddish-purple hue showing through. Allergies can also be to blame. Alcohol, too little sleep and salt can also dehydrate your skin which can make the dark circles and puffiness under your eyes worse.


  1. Hydration – drink water and minimize alcohol and salt
  2. Sleep – getting enough sleep will help you look more refreshed
  3. Sunscreen -always wear a sunscreen (and a hat),ultraviolet rays damage skin and contribute to the problem; because the skin beneath your eyes is so thin, it’s especially prone to sun-induced hyperpigmentation (and skin cancer).
  4. Pick The Right Makeup Remover – when you rub your skin to pry off your liner, you’re causing inflammation and capillary damage—both of which can contribute to dark circles. Cleansing oils, like Freeman Eclos Daily Facial Cleansing Oil, melt eye makeup with the least amount of rubbing. As a bonus, you’ll lose fewer lashes, too. We like Nars Oil Free as well.
  5. Use Cool Water To Wash – washing your face with hot water worsens puffiness and can accentuate dark circles. The same goes for steam.
  6. Use A Retinoid – look for one that’s especially formulated for the eye area, like RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream; the vitamin A derivative will fade pigment and increase collagen production to make skin less transparent so dark circles are less noticeable.
  7. Eye Cream/Moisturizer – always apply your eye cream in the morning and at night; a good eye cream should have plumping ingredients such as hyaluronic and glycerin. La Mer The Eye Concentrate works wonders. A deeply conditioning cream formulated with hematite, a magnetically-charged mineral, The Eye Concentrate helps to dramatically dissolve the appearance of dark circles, surface discoloration and unevenness.Who it’s for: Anyone who wants to soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  8. Look for Brightening Ingredients -arbutin, kojic acid, licorice, vitamin C, and daisy extract all interfere with the production of melanin without riling up sensitive skin. A couple of formulas to try: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum and Your Best Face Correct Eye Serum. If those don’t fade the discoloration, a doctor can prescribe a cream with hydroquinone, the gold-standard—but potentially irritating—skin lightener.
  9. Color Correcting Primer – Do Some Preconcealing Concealing. “The only way to brighten up really dark circles is by prepping skin with a peach-colored cream base called a corrector,” says makeup artist Bobbi Brown. Apply it with a dampened makeup sponge so it’s sheer and then tap your regular concealer on top. We like the Lancôme Le Correcteur Pro Concealer Palette because it contains a peach color corrector and a solid concealer.
  10. Concealers – concealers work wonders to hide dark circles and brighten up your eyes; make sure to apply your eye cream first to make sure your skin is moist and so that the concealer will go on smooth; be sure to pick the right color – most under-eye circles tend to be blueish, which requires a peach-colored hue. Use a Creamy Solid Concealer. Makeup artist Laura Mercier recommends creamy solid formulas: “They provide more coverage [than liquids] and don’t wear off as quickly.” Laura Mercier Secret Concealer was developed specifically to conceal discoloration and dark circles under and around the eye area, this moisture-rich, emollient formula is specially designed for the dry, sensitive skin under the eye.
  11. Fillers & Lasers – fillers and laser treatments your dermatologist can do such as a hyaluronic-acid filling agent, like Restylane or Belotero are great and can last awhile. If the depletion in the area is extensive, a volumizer, like Sculptra, in the cheeks and temple can give more support to the area. Always be sure to look for a board-certified dermatologist or cosmetic physician to increase your chances of getting the best results. To reduce bluish and red discoloration under the eyes, doctors often turn to a vascular laser, like the Excel V, which constricts visible blood vessels.
  12. Antihistamines – for allergy-induced circles, consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine before allergies begin to abate shadows. In addition, caffeine-based creams, like SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel, help shrink blood vessels that can swell with an allergic reaction.


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