Over-the-Counter Remedies for Dark Circles Around Eyes

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Dark circles are traditionally associated with a lack of sleep but they actually arise from poor skin health like inflammation. Improve and rejuvenate the surface of the delicate skin around your eyes with a skin cream or concealer for a brighter complexion. Although your dermatologist can offer procedures and prescription topicals that may be more effective than over-the-counter products, the latter can help alleviate your circles' severity without the pain or expenses associated with prescription treatments.

Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash

Clarins bills its eye cream as an all-in-one remedy for eye problems like congestion, fine lines and dark circles. Skincare expert Paula Begoun notes that it contains emollients, moisturizers, like glycerin, and antioxidants. Active ingredients include skin-conditioning vitamin E and wheat proteins, soothing white tea extract and pigment particles that cosmetically brighten your eye area.

Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer

Real Magazine's fashion editors recommend Lancome's under-eye treatment for concealing dark circles. The waterproof product dries to a matte finish and helps to disguise not just dark under-eye skin, but also softens the severity of wrinkles and other skin blemishes in the eye area. For the best results, the magazine suggests spreading it on the inner corner of your eye outward.

Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Contour Essence Anti-Dark Circles

As a basic moisturizer, Cle de Peau Beaute's anti-dark circle product can make the skin around your eyes "look better" by hydrating your skin's surface with emollients, according to Begoun. The manufacturer includes potential circle-diminishing active ingredients like vitamin A, which also fights wrinkles, and vitamin C which may help to brighten your skin's surface by minimizing the production of your skin's pigments.

Clinique All About Eyes

Clinique's eye treatment is one of the company's most sought-after products, reports Begoun. She liked how its silicone particles make your skin feel smooth--the silicone fills in wrinkles for a softer look too--and says "clever" additions of pigments reflect and diffuse light to help improve the severity of your eyes' dark circles. She also notes that its "outstanding ingredients" ensure your skin's health and boost its ability to repair and rejuvenate itself.