questionswhat under eye cream do you recommend for dark…


Adequate sleep, good nutrition, no hard liquor, very little beer (wine's okay, but stay away from the bubbly). Anything that will help reduce the fatigue under the eyes syndrome is not good for your skin, long term. I know that Oil of Olay has had some recent products that looked interesting, and you might want to check on those.

It used to be that Lancome's Niosome was wonderful, both for what you mentioned and for wrinkles, but the FDA took exception to it, and they reformulated rather than admit to the full ingredient list (this was enough years ago that you were still in school, and I will not mention which year, out of kindness and courtesy).

You might try "Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Under Eye Concealer" which is reasonably effective at concealing. I may be back later. I love talking about cosmetics. Much more interesting than random tech things.


@shrdlu: Well you know adequate sleep isn't much of an option being a deals.woot employee :). I do however try to eat healthy and as much as I can, organic. I just started getting the dark circles and they are bad. In my previous job I was never at a desk so my eyes are also taking a toll. I use Bare Minerals Well Rested for concealment when I get around to even putting makeup on. This helps but doesn't cure anything permanently.

As a side note I got in for Laser Hair removal next Monday (using my Groupon)!


@prettywootprincess: I'll ask my daughter what she'd suggest. She's particular to some brand or other that has their own store (which I cannot remember the name of), and they might have something. Be sure that you don't use anything caustic, such as so-called fresheners. They will dry the skin, and make it even less elastic.

[Edit] Darling Daughter says to go to Barney's, to the cosmetics counter, and ask for DeDe (pronounced dee-dee, and no, I don't know why there aren't enough letters in that name). Hopefully you will see this, and hopefully the comment won't be deleted or edited. It will be easy to spot this person, since she's the only female on the floor (although the rest of them are also, shall we say, girly). Barney's cosmetics counter staff are very nice.


@prettywootprincess: I just missed the last window edit :-(

Please note that Barney's doesn't actually have their own brand (I was wrong), just really nice and helpful people.


I would suggest getting some samples to see what product will work for you, everyone's skin is different, I personally love Shiseido products. I used one of their eye creams (not designed for dark circles) and I love it. The girl at the counter gave me a sample to try so I would suggest seeing if your able to get a sample :-)


You don't have any food sensitivities, do you? I'm thinking mostly about dairy, chocolate, eggs, corn, wheat, etc. Sometimes the sensitivities become more apparent as we age.
Dark circles can also be hereditary.


I had really dark circles no matter how much sleep I got. Even as a kit I had dark circles. The only thing that helped was vita-K. It's a gel of vitamin A so it's not a moisturizing cream but it really helped. Looking at the amazon reviews it seems to really help some but not others. It took a few months to work but after once it did, it was great. Some complained it stings. I have really sensitive skin and it never hurt or stung although I could tell I had put something on.


@lavikinga No food sensitivities that I know of.

@murphy48 I used it last night an it did burn by eyes to where they were watering (no I didn't stick it in my eyes for those who would ask (cough...cough @thefenst)). Today, however all was good when I tried it. Also Ulta had/s it buy on get on free in stores so I am stuck with at least two bottles.


Googled around a bit and found the following at Mayo Clinic's site for causes of dark circles:
* Allergies
* Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
* Heredity — dark under-eye circles can run in families
* Lifestyle factors, such as physical or emotional stress, smoking, or chronic alcohol use can take a toll on your appearance
* Nasal congestion (which can dilate and darken the veins that drain from your eyes to your nose)
* Pigmentation irregularities — these are a particular concern for people of color, especially blacks and Asians
* Rubbing or scratching your eyes
* Sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color
* Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age — can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious

Here's the When to see a doc link:



Something else interesting I learned from my dermatologist was almost ALL of the OTC wrinkle cures/miracle creams sold at the cosmetic counters & in fashion/ladies mags DON'T really work. Yes, if used religiously for 30 days, one will see an improvement in skin tone, but that will be from the regular exfoliating/moisturizing of the skin. You can get the same results from a gentle cleanser & basic moisturizer.
The collagen that every product boasts about just sits on the skin surface as the collagen molecules are too big to penetrate the skin's surface. Skin is built to keep things in & OUT.
Retinoic acid will speed the turn over of new skin & lessen wrinkles appearance, but that's about it (& it requires a prescription).
That being said, my skin looks FABULOUS since I started using the toner & lotion from Proactiv-- my sister had loads of extra bottles--& CoQ10 Facial Cleansing Milk with a small buff puff. The smile lines are minimal & the redness of my rosacea is all but gone.


Two things:

-Sleep. Lots of it. MAKE time for it, even if it cuts into other things. Even one or two nights of a good, long, restful sleep can do WONDERS for the circles under your eyes.
-Water. Lots of water. Not juice. Not gatorade. Just water. Things like gatorade can be helpful for restoring a rapid loss of fluids after a hefty workout, but for restoring the gradual loss of fluids your body gets from every-day usage, the ONLY thing that will help is plain ol' water. Sodium, sugar, processed flour, and other things play havoc with your body's fluid levels, and learning to drink (and drink constantly) water REALLY helps. Remember, your body's a machine that's water-cooled and water-lubricated. Without enough water, it's like trying to drive a car without coolant or oil in it.

In the meantime, concealer. :) I use Bobby Brown cream concealer, MAC Studio Finish, and Smashbox Camera-Ready a LOT in the studio.


I have dark circles from my genes and from my constant sinus infections. I haven't really found a cream that works (not for lack of trying) but Tarte's undereye concealer is far and away the best that I've found for my super pale skin and dark circles. I'm experimenting with ROC's eye cream now and it seems to help a little but nothing really ever fixes it. This has been going on for about 15 years.


Somewhere a few years back I trolled around for something and read Hylexin was good. It has a cheaper knockoff called Nulexin that fit my budget better at the time -- I still have the little bottle and it does well when I need it to. I haven't had to use it regularly though, so dunno if it'd be less effective as a daily treatment.


Alcohol plays a major part and is a leading cause to circles under the eyes.

I carried out a two week study where I stopped drinking anything with alcohol in it. I noticed a decrease in the amount of fights I was getting into, which led to a decrease in the circles under my eyes. I also noticed a signifcant drop in joint pain around my knuckles and sever abdominal pain.

Give that a try. I'm sure it will work.


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I tried a product called Bruise Relief that worked very well for this purpose. It's not expensive. Check it out.


I would recommend the Eyelastin because it is clinically proven and completely organic product to work and contains many unique features, including patent Nanoderm Technology. Eyelastin is manufactured by Dermagevity Skin Care which is based on the invention of product formulations that will harness scientifically verified ingredients and innovative delivery methods that reduce the presence dark under eye circles as well as accelerate the particular recovery of typical beauty imperfections.