November 06, 2023
Dark circles under the eyes typically appear as shadowy shades of blue, purple, or bruise-like black, depending on your natural skin tone. Because dark circles can happen for many reasons, they’re one of the toughest things to cover with makeup and can be even harder to address with skin care. Though a lack of sleep may contribute to under-eye darkness, dark circles develop from:
An eye cream for dark circles targets the cause of drooping and darkness at the source. Packed with powerhouse ingredients, like elasticity-enhancing peptides and antioxidant-rich essential oils, eye creams and serums focus on brightening and depuffing the eye area. They also work to energize dull or tired skin and help restore a natural firmness to under-eye bags.
Let’s explore some of the best ingredients to remove dark circles and reduce sagging under the eyes!
We’re all familiar with the belief that if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, you shouldn’t put it on your face. That’s not the case with hesperidin methyl chalcone (HMC), which is a mouthful but is actually derived from citrus fruits and other plants! As a type of flavonoid (or natural substance), HMC decreases capillary permeability and reduces redness from capillaries beneath the skin.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an eye cream for dark circles that wasn’t formulated with dipeptide-2, a skin conditioning ingredient that reduces water retention in the under eyes. Dipeptide has also been shown to stimulate dermal fibroblasts—the cells responsible for creating the connective tissue that keeps the skin firm and plump—to help combat under-eye bagginess and puffiness.
One such product with dipeptide-2 is the NeoGenesis Eye Serum, which uses hydration to reach the dermal layer. What's more, this serum also has hesperidin methyl chalcone.
Like HMC, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3 is an ingredient with a lengthy name but an even longer list of skin benefits. As the most-used peptide in antiaging cosmetic formulas, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3 combines naturally occurring Palmitic Acid with a synthetic peptide containing protein-building glycine and glutamine. It’s shown to improve skin firmness and elasticity and reduce fine lines.
You might not expect to find wild mint in an eye cream for dark circles, but the Mentha Arvensis essential oil derived from mint leaves can pack a major depuffing punch. Wild mint has long been studied for its anti-inflammatory effects on skin conditions like dermatitis. It can even regulate protein production in immune cells to help reduce redness from blood capillaries under the eyes.
Lemon peel oil, called Citrus Medica Limonum in Latin, is often found in serums for dark circles due to its brightening effects. By distilling the natural chemicals in dried peels, lemon oil can offer antiaging and skin-lightening properties that alleviate the look of dark circles. And did I mention it can also fight free radicals that can weaken the skin? It’s a star ingredient!
Lavender oil can not only help remove dark circles but also smell fantastic while doing it! Often listed as ‘Lavandula Hybrida’ on skincare products, eye creams, and serums, lavender oil is loaded with therapeutic properties. Researchers have discovered that topical application of lavender essential oil can reduce swelling and inhibit histamine release, soothing redness and inflammation.
Green tea extract is something you’ll find in tons of skincare products and tons of different forms. As the least processed form of green tea leaves, Japanese green tea—also known as Camellia Oleifera extract—is one of the best natural ingredients for skin revival. In eye creams and serums, Japanese green tea contains antioxidants to fight the free radicals that damage and age the skin.
Curious how you can incorporate the above ingredients to remove dark circles
into your normal skin routine? I have the solution! Introducing the CBE Botanicals Pack Your Bags Anti-Puff Eye Gel, a brand-new cooling gel to tame those puffy eyes once and for all! Not only is Pack Your Bags formulated with all the above ingredients, but it also has a convenient rollerball applicator.
Just one swipe of this cooling gel helps sweep away puffiness and excess lymph fluid in a snap. But don’t just take my word for it! Clinical results found that 65% of Pack Your Bags users saw a decrease in eye bag thickness and a reduction in capillary permeability by 25% in just 28 days. Use it under your moisturizer at night or before applying makeup to combat puffiness!
I must also mention the House of PLLA, which includes several highly effective restoration products. Take, for example, the Promoter Repair Eye and Lip Cream, which uses the roots of Asian botanical Anemarrhena Asphodeloides to give a lipo-filling effect.
Another option to consider is the C. Tox Retinol Eye Cream. This popular product helps treat eye wrinkles and bags with ingredients like vitamin A, caffeine, and avocado fruit extract.
Ghostly-looking dark circles and eye bags can be a major barrier when you’re aiming for a fresh, radiant complexion. I invite you to drop those bags at the door of the club—the Christine Byer Beauty Club, that is! The Club is where I share personalized support and savings on skincare, including tips for how to remove dark circles and discounts on my serum for dark circles.
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