How to reduce dark circles under eyes

What causes dark circles?

There are a few different causes for dark circles. One is lack of sleep, which can leave your skin looking pale and dull, giving the appearance of dark under eye circles. Sleep deprivation can also cause the veins under your eyes to dilate slightly, leading to temporarily darker skin under your eyes. And for some of us, dark circles can be hereditary, with some people simply predisposed to dark circles despite getting a healthy amount of sleep.


External factors can also play a part in darkening the under-eye area, such as alcohol consumption or eating a diet that’s high in sugar or salt. These behaviours can worsen the appearance of dark circles, especially if the skin isn’t getting the nourishing nutrients it needs in the form of skin care products.


The outdoors plays an important role too, with both sun exposure and air pollutants able to drastically affect the condition of the skin.


Wondering how to remove dark eye circles? Read our guide on how you can reduce their appearance below.

How to get rid of dark circles

At Clarins, we recommend a three-step approach. The first step: give yourself a health check-up. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you drinking enough water? Could you potentially cut back on alcohol, smoking, or caffeine? All these habits can exacerbate dark circles, so try and create healthier habits for brighter, more wide-awake eyes.


The second step: use an eye cream targeted towards eliminating dark circles to reduce puffiness, brighten, and tone the area. And finally, step three: use a smoothing concealer to cover up dark circles and hide any evidence of lack of sleep.


Our top tip? Keep your eye cream in the fridge for the ultimate cooling treat for tired eyes.

What is the best eye cream for dark circles?

If you’re wondering which is the best eye cream for dark circles, we recommend looking for a product that targets dark circles by cooling the area, which helps take down any stubborn puffiness and improves drainage, too.


For the ultimate brightening and lifting effect, use Clarins Total Eye Lift. This nourishing gel-cream is packed full of powerful ingredients — such as Cassie Wax and Harungana extract — which visibly reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles in the eye area. Used both morning and evening, this gel-cream texture replenishes, smoothes, and gives the appearance of a lifted effect around the eye contour for a well-rested look no matter how much sleep you’re getting. With products sourced from Le Domaine Clarins in the French alps, this brand new to 2021 gel-cream is suitable for all those who want a brightened, lifted look. Suitable for women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, if you’re wondering which is the best eye cream for dark circles according to Clarins — look no further than Total Eye Lift!


But our range of effective eye care products doesn’t stop there. With ingredients to smooth and brighten the surrounding skin, our EYE CONTOUR GEL is soothing, cooling, and non-oily, with Wild Rose extract to tackle toxins, puffiness, and dark circles. For an intensive and hydrating treat, our HYDRA-ESSENTIEL MOISTURIZING REVIVING EYE MASK provides intense hydration for brighter, more comfortable-feeling eyes.


And for men, Clarins ANTI-FATIGUE EYE SERUM is the perfect choice for reducing puffiness and dark circles, leaving eyes fresh and rejuvenated — like 8 hours of sleep in a bottle.

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