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The Best Eye Creams to Fight Dark Circles

8 Jan 2024
by Marta N.

Before delving into the best eye creams for puffiness and dark circles, it's smart to take a moment to understand dark circles. Because dark circles can actually be caused by different factors, understanding the type you are dealing with can help you find the best eye cream for you. 

  • Pigmentation dark circles: This type of dark circles is the result of excessive production of melanin that your skin then stores under the eyes. It is usually caused by sun exposure, genetics or hormonal changes. Look for eye creams with brightening ingredients such as niacinamide or vitamin C to address pigmentation-related dark circles.

  • Thin skin dark circles: Some people naturally have thinner skin around the eyes, which makes blood vessels more visible and creates bluish or purplish dark circles. Hydration and nutrition are essential for this type. Look for eye creams with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and peptides to plump and firm the delicate skin under the eyes.

  • Puffy under-eyes and dark circles:Swelling and inflammation can contribute to the appearance of dark circles. Lack of sleep, allergies, and fluid retention are common culprits. For puffy dark circles, opt for eye creams with ingredients like caffeine to reduce swelling and promote circulation. A cold compress can also do wonders in the morning to reduce puffiness.

  • Age-Related Dark Circles: As we age, the skin loses collagen and elasticity, leading to sagging and the development of hollow areas beneath the eyes. Age-related dark circles often have a combination of pigmentation and thinning skin. Look for anti-aging eye creams with collagen-boosting and firming ingredients such as retinol to address these concerns.

Better understanding the cause of your dark circles can help you choose the best eye cream for you. Now let's look at the best eye creams that will help you fight puffiness and dark circles, so you can find the perfect match for your unique needs.


Beauty of Joseon Revive Eye Serum : Ginseng + Retinal

This eye cream blends the best of naturally brightening ingredients with retinal. 10% Ginseng Root Extract quickly supplies the skin with moisture and stimulates blood circulation, while niacinamide has a brightening effect. Combined with retinal, a form of vitamin A, and peptides, this eye cream combats dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines.



Mary & May Tranexamic Acid+ Glutathion Eye Cream

The Mary & May Eye Cream intensively brightens dark circles around the eyes. Tranexamic Acid is a superstar in reducing hyperpigmentation, and brightening the skin. In addition, glutathione acts as a superhero in boosting collagen, and helping to even out the skin.




Tocobo Collagen Brightening Eye Gel Cream

Looking for a lightweight solution that brightens the skin? Then the Tocobo Collagen Brightening Eye Gel Cream will be your new go-to. It is a hydrating, refreshing eye gel cream enriched with lavender flower water, plant collagen and rose quartz water. What makes this the best eye cream against dark circles? It contains retinol! This stimulates collagen production and reduces fine lines and dark circles.




Klairs Fundamental Nourishing Eye Butter

Klairs Fundamental Nourishing Eye Butter will protect and nourish the thin skin around the eyes. An easy choice for those who suffer from thin skin under the eyes. It also contains a complex of peptides that improve the appearance of fine lines and firm the skin. Suitable for all skin types, and even those who suffer from milia.




Pyunkang Yul Black Tea Time Reverse Eye Cream

This is an unscented, nourishing eye cream rich in fermented black tea and extracts of mulberry to revitalize the under-eye area. In addition, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and shea butter work together to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin.




Heimish Marine Care Eye Cream

This rich, soothing eye cream is formulated with fermented seaweed extract and mineral-rich sea water to care for the sensitive skin around the eyes. The massage applicator additionally helps reduce puffiness. Tip: store it in the refrigerator so it can target swollen skin under the eyes even more effectively.


Say goodbye to the shadows and welcome the glow with the best Korean eye creams against dark circles. If you are looking for products that also address pigmentation in the rest of the face, check out our creams for pigmentation, or chat with one of our skincare specialists.

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