There are some days when we wake up and find ourselves reaching for that under-eye concealer. Whether they’re passed down from parents or the result of sleepless nights, dark circles can seriously hinder our confidence. Beauty by the Geeks is here to shed some light on these shady nuisances…

Due to the delicate nature of the eye area, dark circles can appear for a number of reasons. Most of us will experience dark circles as we age as cellular turnover slows (much like our ability to recover after a few glasses of wine!) and our skin gets thinner. So until someone works out how to stop the clock from ticking, we are going to have to keep fighting the effects of skin ageing. Having said that, the best way to dodge this beauty bother is through prevention, with our favourite ingredient…SPF, as sun damage can make the problem worse.

Another reason for the onset of dark circles is increased deposition of the skins pigment, melanin (the same melanin that is responsible for your post-holiday tan). Fortunately for us, there are a whole host of ingredients out there that are aimed at tackling pigmentation and reducing the appearance of dark circles.

For a more in-depth explanation of the science behind dark circles, click here.

Below we have listed some of our favourite eye creams aimed at banishing dark circles:

Ginsenoside molecules in ginseng have “anti-melanogenic” activity, which simply means they can interfere with the production of melanin and have skin-lightening effects.

You can purchase Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream here.

  • La Roche Posay Redermic [R] Eyes

La Roche Posay contains ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), and one of it’s attractive properties is that is can interfere with the production of melanin, leading to a ‘brightening’ of the skin, ideal for reducing those dark eye circles! Another benefit of vitamin C is its anti-inflammatory effects, so it provides an added bonus for those of us who suffer from puffiness too!

You can purchase La Roche Posay Redermic [R] Eyes here.

Clarins eye concentrate contains Albizia Extract (silk tree) which has been patented as a treatment for dark under-eye circles. One of the causes of dark circles can be weakened blood vessel walls, which allow blood and fluid to leak into the surrounding tissue, giving the skin a darkened appearance. Albizia extract is reported to help support these areas of weakness, but also to prevent them from becoming a problem to start with! We love to see an ingredient that is both prevention and a treatment!

You can purchase Clarins Super Restorative Eye Concentrate here.

  • Superfacialist Vitamin C + Dark Circles Eye Cream

Superfacialist eye cream contains caffeine, which can stimulate blood circulation around the eyes, which can make the skin around eyes appear lighter and more rejuvenated. Vitamin C, like in La Roche Posay, can interfere with melanin production, to reduce the appearance of dark circles.

You can purchase Superfacialist Vitamin C + Dark Circles Eye Cream here.

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