30 Eye Creams That Actually Work on Dark Circles

Of all the questions that I'm asked as a beauty editor, how to actually get rid of dark circles has to be up there as one of the most widespread enquiries. Dark circles are all-inclusive when it comes to who they target, from my teenage sister whose laid-back approach to studying often results in all-nighters spent at the library to my friend who has forgotten what sleep is since becoming a mum of four. The truth is, there are many factors that can contribute to dark circles. And, in many cases, dark circles are often down to genetics—so if your parents are prone to them, you may be more likely to have them too.


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Luckily, there are things that you can do to combat if they are bothering you (and it is personal preference, at the end of the day). Staying hydrated, eating well and taking care of yourself with plenty of sleep can make a world of difference to the appearance of dark circles, but one of the simplest places to start is with a decent eye cream. We'll admit, an eye cream won't permanently eradicate dark circles (that miraculous product just doesn't exist), however, the right eye cream can play an important part of the puzzle in treating dark under eye circles—if you know which ones to go for.

Kate Kerr, skin expert and director of the Kate Kerr London Clinic, told me that there are two main ingredients to look out for when selecting the best eye cream for dark circles: "L-ascorbic acid, a potent form of vitamin C, and a retinol-based eye cream, which will help to strengthen the area."


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So without further ado, keep scrolling for the best eye creams to invest in now to minimise darkness, reduce pigmentation and brighten up tired-looking eyes. Plus, there are some celebrity favourites in the mix too.

The 30 Best Eye Creams for Dark Circles:

1. Origins Ginzing Eye Cream

2. Temple Spa Eye Truffle

3. Beauty Pie Super Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

4. Stella McCartney Alter Care Serum

5. Medik8 R-Retinoate Day and Night Eye Serum

6. Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

7. IS Clinical Youth Eye Complex


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It's no secret that Laura Harrier relies on celebrity facialist Shani Darden for her glowing skin and product recommendations. Darden's eye cream of choice? The IS Clinical Youth Eye Complex (£115).

8. Pixi Retinol Eye Cream

9. BareMinerals Skinlongevity Long Life Herb Eye Treatment


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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a fan of BareMinerals Skinlongevity Long Life Herb Eye Treatment (£45).

10. Kate Somerville Line Release® Under Eye Repair Cream

11. Sunday Riley Autocorrect Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream


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Jourdan Dunn uses Sunday Riley Autocorrect Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream (£60).

12. The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream

13. Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum

14. Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream


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Gwyneth Paltrow swears by Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream (£120).

15. Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème

16. Caudalie VineActiv Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream

17. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue

18. Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

19. Templespa Windows of the Soul Hydrating Eye Cream

20. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum

21. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

22. Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Bright-Eye Gel Cream

23. ILIA Bright Start Activated Eye Cream

24. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme

25. Kinship Brightwave Vitamin C Energizing and Brightening Eye Cream

26. The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

27. Revolution x Sali Hughes Ringlight

28. Byoma Depuff + Brighten Eye Gel

29. Paula's Choice C5 Boost Eye Cream

30. Naturium Multi-Peptide Eye Cream

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Mica Ricketts