Derms Say These Serums Work Wonders for Dark Circles, so I'm Spilling the Tea


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I'll never say no to a good eye cream, but now I'm fully considering that an eye serum might be better for daytime to really help prevent those pesky dark circles. I honestly never really considered that there were differences between the two until I asked a dermatologist. (Hey, skincare has a learning curve, right?)

Azadeh Shirazi, MD, explains that "eye creams have high concentrations of oils and emollients with a lower water content, whereas serums are lighter with a higher water content." This means that if you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may actually want to favor a serum. Further, Shirazi says there's something else to keep in mind. "Eye creams are better overnight and for drier skin types whereas eye serums are better for puffiness and best applied in the morning under concealer."

So yeah, if you're constantly battling your dark circles, an eye serum may be the way to go. Look for ingredients like vitamin C and caffeine to brighten and hyaluronic acid to provide lightweight hydration. To save you a deep dive into the internet, I've rounded up the best eye serums for dark circles below. Keep scrolling to find the right one for you.


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1. The Ordinary Caffeine 5% + ECGC Depuffing Eye Serum

2. Typology Eye Serum 5% Caffeine + 5% Niacinamide

3. Tru Alchemy Eye Lixir Cooling Eye Treatment

4. Murad Vitamin C Dark Circle Correcting Eye Serum


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5. Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Acid Triple Correction Eye Serum

6. Fresh Black Tea Firming Eye Serum

7. L'Oréal Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid + Caffeine Hydrating Eye Serum


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8. Clarins Double Serum Eye Concentrate

9. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl Eye Serum

10. Cosmedix Opti Crystal Liquid Eye Serum


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11. Vichy Mineral 89 Eye Serum

12. Cetaphil 

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.