Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by hereditary factors, lack of sleep, or thinning of the skin in the under eye area as one ages. Even young people with light skin or prominent capillaries under the eyes can develop dark circles. Reduce dark circles by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and using a topical cream on dark circles that contains Vitamin K, retinol, and other proven skin lightening ingredients.
Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum
One of the best reviewed eye creams by Consumersearch, this lightweight formula moisturizes and tightens delicate skin under the eyes. It contains a mineral pigment called mica, which diffuses dark circles with a shimmering effect. Other Regenerist ingredients include amino-peptide and Vitamins E and B3, well-known for their anti-aging properties. Soothing green tea leaf extract, cucumber, and fruit extracts refresh tired skin. Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum and other Regenerist products are available for under $20 at drug and discount stores nationwide.
Cellex-C Under Eye Toning Gel
A blue-colored gel containing soothing plant-based ingredients, Cellex-C Toning Gel comes in an applicator bottle. Roll the tip underneath the eyes to smooth wrinkles and lighten dark circles. Cellex-C, formulated from mostly natural ingredients like thyme, olive leaf, cucumber, peppermint and rosemary, invigorates skin when used regularly. It also contains nicotinic acid (Vitamin B3), zinc sulphate, and witch hazel. Cellex-C is a Canadian company that pioneered the use of Vitamin C in eye care and skin care products. France’s Figaro Magazine cites Cellex-C products as the "instigator" of the Vitamin C boom in anti-aging cosmetics. Cellex-C Under Eye Toning Gel has a list price of $39.
RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
Oil-free RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream contains pure retinol (another name for Vitamin A), along with shea butter extract and proven anti-aging ingredients dimethicone (a derivative of silicone oil) and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). The cream has received high reviews from The Beauty Insiders. RoC, a French company, manufactures a line of anti-aging skincare products available in drug and discount stores. RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream is available in most stores for $19 or less.
Jan Marini Factor -A Eyes for Dark Circles
Jan Marini Factor-A Eyes for Dark Circles treats under-eye circles with a combination of Vitamin K and retinol in individual dosage-timed released capsules. Vitamin K contributes to healthy bones and proper blood clotting, and an inadequate amount of Vitamin K in the body may lead to dark circles under the eyes. Each capsule contains enough gel for the skin under each eye. It should be applied once at night before going to bed. Factor-A Eyes for Dark Circles received an Editor’s Choice Award from Makeup Makes Me Happy in 2009. Jan Marini products are available through spas, dermatologist offices and authorized online sellers. Factor-A Eyes for Dark Circles costs $78 from MyJanMarini.com.