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The best eye creams for dark circles and eye bags

An eye cream for every emergency

By ELLE team  April 10th, 2018

One thing you never want to hear from your colleagues: ‘You look tired, hun’. Tell us something we don’t know. And, more often than not, it’s down to those pesky dark circles and eye bags betraying you, so it’s time to start investing in the best best eye creams  for your specific need. 

Sadly, there are several factors that contribute to under-eye darkness and it’s not just about lack of sleep. Ageing can cause volume depletion under the eyes — as your skin loses fat and collagen it can make the skin under your eyes thinner, causing blood vessels to become noticeable and dark circles to appear. 

You could also be prone to hyper pigmentation, which is thanks to your parents, as genetics can play a role here. Finally, unbeknown to most, allergies can be a culprit, as the under-eye blood vessels can be inflamed and when coupled with a blocked nasal passage, can result in dark circles — or even a reddish-purple hue. 

So, if your eye bags are giving people the wrong impression, then we check out six of the best eye creams to help you say ‘goodbye’ to those tired peepers and work out how to get rid of under eye bags and puffy eyes for good. Phew.

Best eye creams for dark circles and eye bags

Bamford Triple Action Eye Cream

Packed full of rosehip oil that's naturally rich in vitamin A (aka a good hit of natural retinol) and cacay nut oil, this genius wand helps de-puff, smooth fine lines, brighten dark circles and gives your eye a nice old massage at the same time.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

 classic for a reason, Kiehl's eye cream sounds delicious and works even better. The satisfyingly thick texture keeps peepers free from cream whilst delivering moisture to the delicate eye area. A millennial dream if ever we saw one.

TATA HARPER Elixir Vitae Eye Serum

An investment buy for sure, but boy does this work. If you've ever felt like saying, 'But do eye cream really work?' then you need to get your hands on this. Packed with a host of potent all natural active ingredients, just one pump of this epic serum is enough to instantly firm and tighten puffy eye bags. If we could compare it to anything, we'd say it sort of feels like tiny little pinches pulling your eye area taut. And we're into it.

This Works Light Time Open Eyes

It makes sense for the brand that knows everything about how to get us to sleep better are pros when it comes to eye bags due to lack of sleep, right? This cream tightens and brightens the eye area so you look instantly way more awake than you did before.

Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream

A potent mix of antioxidants, ferulic acid and retinol in this eye cream means dark circles are instantly zapped. Now we just need to get those 8 hours sleep in...

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum: Synchronized Complex II

Eye ageing can result in dark circles, puffiness and uneven skin tone, sadly. Luckily, this product fights back against the elements as it's proven to deliver significant clinical improvement to reignite the skin. We laugh in the face of fatigue, pollution and age with this one - all through through the night, so it will leave your eyes looking soothed and refreshed ready for the day.