If you’re looking for a cure for dark circles and puffy under eyes, you’ve most likely come across hundreds of articles that all have the same list of DIY remedies, these usually include:
- Putting cold spoons over your eyes
- Putting cucumbers slices over your eyes
- Putting cold coffee grinds over your eyes
and other weird things that you might try out, see no results with and search again for an answer a week later.
I’ve gone through that cycle myself, and I can honestly say none of the DIY methods have ever worked for me.
Don’t get me wrong – if your dark circles are from a lack of sleep or stress and you just need some minor alleviation, putting cucumber slices over your eyes might just be the answer to your prayers.
For everyone else that has had no such luck, we need to go deeper.
Dark circles and the small bit of fat deposit under your eyes that create bags are usually the result of GENETICS.
If your dark circles and puffy under eyes are hereditary, there are very very few options out there.
Here are a few most common causes of dark under eye circles:
This basically means the skin under your eyes is darker than the surrounding skin. If this is the case with your dark circles, there are lightening products out there that can help you.
These are usually products that are applied topically to the skin like lightening creams, lotions and serums and even certain products that inhibit melanin.
If you’re wanting to reduce your dark circles and think it might be because of hyper-pigmentation, look for eye specific products that contain one of the following:
- Vitamin C
Thin Skin Under The Eyes
This is also another very common cause of dark circles. The skin under your eyes is the thinnest and most sensitive area of your face.
Because it’s so thin and delicate, some people have visible blood vessels showing through, which from a distance can give the impression that you’ve got dark circles.
There are products out there that will help thicken the skin around your under eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Look for retinoids and vitamin c in the ingredients of your under eye creams to help with thickening the skin.
Under Eye Tear Through
Put simply, this is due to the structure right below your eye. You can’t make it disappear with creams and lotions because it’s quite literally the way your face is structured.
The “hollowed” under eye look this gives is very easily mistaken for puffiness and dark circles.
No topical solution is going to work here, but you do have a few options.
- Fillers – This is a procedure where you’re getting the tear-trough area filled to reduce the look of tired dark circles and puffiness.
- Concealer – If you’re a guy and you’re comfortable with an under eye product that contains concealer, this is another option you’ve got.
There exists a condition called “allergic shiners” that can cause some terrible dark circles.
It’s usually do to chronic sinus congestion. If you think this might be you, the obvious choice is to go to your doctor.
He will most likely prescribe you a nasal spray that should help you out.
Products That Actually Worked For My (Genetic) Dark Circles
1) Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller
This works, period.
It features a metal ball roller that applies a bit of concealer as you rub it under your eyes.
When using this product you want to make sure to get the color that matches your skin tone, or else you’ll look super weird once you’ve used it.
The way these rollers work is pretty simple – a metal ball roller that cools and presumably helps calm a bit of that under eye puffiness and it also spreads a bit of concealer product at the same time that when rubbed in covers the dark circles under your eyes.
2) Shiseido Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Eye Treatment
From the hundreds of dollars worth of topically products that I’ve used over the years, Shiseodo was the only product that has ever made a difference for my under eyes.
I’ve used so many creams and lotions that promised to clear my dark circles after a week or two of use – not one ever did a darn thing, except for this one.
I noticed an improvement within the first 3 days which surprised me immensely.
Wait, that’s it?!
Yep. This isn’t a list of 10 products I’m randomly going to put together (I’ve tried much more than 10).
This is a list of the only dark circle products that have personally worked for me, and it has only been these 2 products.