This post will share eight of the best eye creams for dark circles and wrinkles.
Every week, one request I get on my Skincare Facebook group is whether it is the best eye cream for dark circles.
It feels like the population without dark circles is in the minority.
It goes without saying that dark circles are a common skincare concern.
My under-eye issues never go beyond puffiness, but I’ve gone out of my way to research some of the best eye creams on the market for those who want to attempt to treat it topically.
As for wrinkles, our eyes are parts of our bodies that show signs of ageing first.
But some people want to delay this process as much as possible, which is not entirely wrong.
Finding a product with ingredients that target and treat both effectively is difficult when you have two most common under-eye concerns.
Fortunately, the skincare industry is advancing daily, so we have new innovative products combining some of the best ingredients.
First of all, what causes dark circles?
Before buying any product to treat your dark circles, it is essential to find the underlying causes. Dark circles can be caused by the following;
- Hyperpigmentation (especially if you’re a POC)
- Poor sleeping habits
- Allergies such as Hay Fever
- Over-exposure to sunlight
- Inherited genes
- Ageing and reduced levels of fatty tissue around the eye, etc.
It is worth noting that dark circles can be genetic.
In this case, there’s not much you can do to remove it permanently.
You can only reduce the appearance of it.
But if your dark circles are not genetic, there are specific treatments you can use to get rid of them completely.
Depending on the causes of your dark circles, it can range from topical treatments to non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Here Are the 8 Best Eye Creams For Dark Circles And Wrinkles
For this post, the following recommendations are for dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation and under-eye wrinkles from early signs of ageing.
There’s no such thing as a magical product, I always say.
Skincare is a personal journey that involves trial and error until you find what works for you.
So, you need to learn how to manage your expectations.
When treating dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation, you’ll want to look out for products that contain brightening ingredients called tyrosinase inhibitors, e.g. Vitamin C, Alpha Arbutin, Niacinamide, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Tranexamic Acid, etc.
For wrinkles, you need to focus on the products that contain Peptides and Retinol.
Combined, these ingredients will give you a potent eye cream that will treat your dark circles and wrinkles in one go.
After some extensive research, I’ve found some of the best eye creams on the market that are worth trying:
Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream To Brighten & Depuff
Key Ingredients: Niacinamide, Vitamin C, Ginseng & Caffeine
This eye cream is formulated primarily to treat dark circles and puffiness.
It combines Vitamin C and Niacinamide to brighten the under-eye area,
Caffeine for puffiness and bags, Cucumber Extract for soothing and Ginseng Extract for antioxidant and anti-ageing properties.
Versed Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel
Key Ingredients: Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Coffee Seed Extract, Ginseng Root Extract
Like the Origins Eye Cream, this also has Vitamin C and Niacinamide as key brightening ingredients sprinkled with Ginseng for anti-ageing and Coffee Seed Extract, which has Caffeine and other beneficial properties for puffiness.
Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Eye Cream
Key Ingredients: Niacinamide, Vitamin E and Retinol
We have seen many proper Retinol eye creams in the last couple of years emerging.
Looking at the formulas of old products from these brands, you’ll know that they got away with using weak Retinol and Vitamin C derivates for premium prices.
But now that consumers have become more knowledgeable, they have had no choice but to step it up.
With this eye cream, Niacinamide supplements Retinol perfectly to treat both dark circles and wrinkles.
Kiehl’s Eye Fuel
Key Ingredients: Niacinamide, Caffeine, Vitamin C, Peptides
This eye cream attempts to treat all three common under-eye concerns at a go: puffiness with Caffeine, dark circles with Vitamin C and Niacinamide and wrinkles with Peptides.
Vitamin C and Niacinamide have several decades of studies behind them, so it’s no surprise it’s the safest to use around the eye area.
La Roche Posay Redermic R Anti-Aging Eye Cream
Key Ingredients: Caffeine, Retinol
If your skin reacts to Niacinamide or wants to treat wrinkles, this eye cream is for you.
It’s also formulated with Caffeine to help with puffiness and dark circles caused by lack of adequate sleep.
Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask
Key Ingredients: Niacinamide, Coffee Fruit Extract, Retinol, Squalane
This Korean Skincare inspired product combines Niacinamide and Retinol with many plant extracts.
If your under-eye area is prone to dehydration or needs some nourishment, then this product is for you.
Using your Retinol eye creams at night is essential, ensuring you wear sunscreen during the day.
ROC Retinol Correction Eye Cream
Key Ingredients: Vitamin C & Retinol
This is the only eye cream I’ve seen so far that successfully combines both Vitamin C and Retinol in one product which is the gold standard in the skincare industry.
If anything else, the product should work on that basis alone. I have a lot of faith in this eye cream because it uses pure Ascorbic Acid instead of derivatives.
NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (FECC)
Key Ingredients: Niacinamide, Vitamin C, Peptides, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Panthenol, Centella Extract
This list will not be complete without the honourable mention of the FECC.
It is packed with all the ingredients needed to treat any possible past and future eye concerns.
It is innovative like that.
Word on the street is that it’s unlike anything on the market for eye ageing concerns. So, if you have tried many eye creams without success, this is definitely worth the investment.
I hope you have found this list of the best eye creams for dark circles and wrinkles helpful.
Researching these products has given me so many insights into what ingredients brands reach out for to treat these concerns.
It’s safe to say they’re all playing it safe until a brand disrupts the market and everyone follows suit.