Editor’s choice: 6 of the best eye creams for dark circles

Editor’s choice: 6 of the best eye creams for dark circles

Ask any skincare expert what beauty bugbear they’re asked about most often, and it’s safe to say that dark circles will come up top of the list. Whether as a result of sleepless nights, stress, diet, or simply genetics, battling under-eye circles seems to be something that most of us are faced with at some point in time.

What causes dark circles?

Dark circles can be attributed to one of two things: pigmentation or dilated veins. Pigmentation can be as a result of genetics (if your mom suffers from dark spots and pigmentation, it’s likely that you will too) or lifestyle factors, such as spending too much time in the sun. Dilated veins are typically as a result of various lifestyle factors: too little sleep, seasonal allergies, and a poor diet. Dark circles can also be down to the ageing process, your bone structure, and the fact that they skin underneath your eyes is incredibly thin.

Not sure whether your dark circles are caused by pigmentation or dilated veins?

The easiest way to determine whether your dark circles are as a result of pigmentation or dilated veins is to gently pinch the skin underneath your eye and lift it off the surface. If the skin stays brown, it’s likey pigmentation that’s causing your dark circles. If your skintone looks better when you do this, it’s likely that your issue is dilated veins. 

While it’s true that dilated veins are far easier to tackle than pigmentation, we’ve put several eye creams to the test over the past few months and we’ve rounded up some of our top picks to help you combat dark circles for good!

1. Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream (R460)

If your dark circles are thanks so pigmentation, then this is the eye cream for you! It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate the surface layers of your skin, helping to reduce the appearance of pigmentation over time.( When using ingredients like glycolic acid around the delicate eye area, make sure that stick to product specifically formulated for use around the eyes).

2. Dermalogica Total Eye Care (R650)

Another great find for those who battle with pigmentation, this gentle, hydrating eye cream from Dermalogica boasts SPF15 to help protect the under-eye area from further damage. It also helps to reduce puffiness and conceals dark circles while treating them, for a wide-awake, bright-eyed appearance.

3. Guinot Anti-fatigue Fresh Eye Cream (R780)

This refreshing eye cream brightens and depuffs the under-eye area in an instant, with thanks to it’s cooling applicator tip. It’s fantastic for use after a long, sleepless night. Pop it into the fridge for an extra soothing sensation!

4. Placecol  Revitalising Eye Therapy (R225)

This nourishing formula simply melts into your skin (ideal for use before applying your concealer) and tightens and brightens the under-eye area in a flash. It’s high in antioxidants, so it’s great for reversing damage caused by free radicals. We also love the budget-friendly price point!

5. Optiphi Delta Eye Gel (R950)

New from Optiphi is their Delta Medical Skincare range, which is formulated for use by physicians, plastic surgeons, and dermatologists. The Optiphi Delta Eye Gel has been designed to reduce swelling and bruising, and works a treat on dark circles. It’s also great for use after dermal fillers and other skin therapies target at ageing. This is one of the fastest acting eye creams we’ve tried!

6. Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

And last – but certainly not least – is this fabulous find from Colorescience. This 3-in-1 formulation not only improves the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles, but it also contains an SPF35 to help protect the delicate under-eye area from those harsh UV rays. Oh, wait – that’s not all (at the risk of sounding like a bad TV commercial). This beauty is also a really effective concealer, revealing a much brighter under-eye area in just one swipe and a little blending. (We also love to metal applicator tip – very soothing and refreshing!)

 

Do you battle with dark circles? Let us know if you’ve tried any of these eye creams and what your thoughts were. If you have any other recommendations we should know about, let us know – we’re always on the lookout for beauty products that truly deliver!

 

 

 

Beauty Review: DermaFix Hand ResQ

Beauty Review: DermaFix Hand ResQ

When was the last time you showed your hands some love? We tend to overlook our hands when it comes to skincare, but our hands are just as exposed to the elements as our faces – it’s no wonder that they’re often one of the first parts of the body to show signs of ageing

You may spend thousands of Rands on anti-ageing serums and moisturisers for your face, but the dark spots, lines, and wrinkles on your hands are what truly reveal the number of candles on your birthday cake. Not to mention the fact that the cold, wintery weather can leave your hands feeling cracked, dry, and sapped of moisture. That’s why we believe that now is the perfect time to invest in a quality hand cream… and to apply it religiously after every hand wash. New DermaFix Hand ResQ (R270) is one of our most recent beauty discoveries – and one we can’t be without!

DERMAFIX HAND RESQ (R270)

The skin on your hands is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body (and there are also fewer sebaceous glands), which is why your hands tend to be drier and loose suppleness faster than other parts of your body. Prevent moisture loss and improve your skin’s elasticity by arming yourself with a generous dollop of new DermaFix Hand ResQ. It provides unmatched moisture for dry, cracked skin, leaving your hands feeling instantly softer and smoother. It also improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles with regular use over time.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

  • Shea Butter: provides anti-inflammatory and skin smoothing benefits.
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin: replenishes skin moisture levels whilst improving skin elasticity.
  • Soluble Collagen: offers water binding capabilities whilst combatting fine lines and wrinkles, improving the texture and appearance of the skin.
  • Vitamin E: preserves the skins moisture, improving dry, rough and damaged skin. It furthermore increases enzyme activity, promoting wound healing benefits and the prevention of premature ageing.

TO USE: 

Apply Hand ResQ on clean, dry hands several times a day, or as needed.

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