While clocking a full eight hours of sleep seems like a reasonable solution to dark circles - the reality for most of us is not that easy. For starters, it's a common misconception that a lack of sleep leads to eye bags and a dark under eye area. Regardless of how many hours clocked dark circles can also be caused by genetics, pigmentation, allergies, and thinning skin.
When it comes to banishing pesky under eye problems there are a variety of skin care products available to treat puffy eyes, the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. Using an eye cream or eye serum won't erase all your under eye issues overnight, but a select few will treat and transform the affected area with regular application. These clever formulas work by constricting blood vessels (which cause dark shadows), diffuse light, and brighten pigmented areas for a noticeable improvement in their appearance.
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Here, in no particular order, eleven of the best eye creams to wake-up tired eyes for every budget and skin type.
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème ($55; at sephora.com.au)
It's safe to say that when Ole Henriksen released their Banana Bright Eye Crème the internet went bananas.
Formulated to use on under eyes before make-up and inspired by banana powder. This vitamin c enriched creme miraculously brightened the darkest circles and woke up tired eyes instantly. It sold out immediately — not just on the brand's website, but on the websites of nearly every retailer that carries it.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery ($105; at myer.com)
Boasting the ability to brighten the appearance of dark under eyes in just 21 days; patented Concentrated Repair Technology repairs skin damage incurred by lack of sleep, UV, pollution, even blue light. Hydrating the eye area with hyaluronic acid while Vitamin A works to help with our body's natural collagen production to smooth out crows feet.
La Praire Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream ($495; at davidjones.com.au)
If you don't fancy going under the knife, this luxury eye cream is the closest thing to an 'eye lift in a bottle' on the market. While it is certainly expensive, premium skin care is a long term investment. What’s more? It's rich and highly potent which means a little goes a very long way and might just be the last eye cream you ever need purchase.
Skin Caviar eye lift cream effectively smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles, reduces sagging skin caused by loss of elasticity, improves firmness, helps eliminate the feeling of puffiness and dark under-eye circles and combats dryness.
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ($12.70; at adorebeauty.com.au)
Like a double espresso for tired eyes. Research has proven that topical use caffeine and EGCG - derived from green tea - has a de-puffing effect that tackles the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags. Formulated without the use of retinol this eye serum is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin and safe to use throughout pregnancy.
A favourite formula of beauty addicts around Australia, this anti-aging has over 305 glowing reviews on adorebeauty.com.au receiving an average of four out of five stars.
Tatcha The Pearl Illuminating Eye Treatment
A tinted eye treatment from Japanese beauty brand Tatcha - beloved by Kim Kardashian and Meghan Markle - this brightening eye cream corrects while acting as a lightweight concealer to mask and brighten a multitude of skin sins.
Available in three shades; this warm, radiant tint blends with smoothing silk and light-reflecting Akoya pearls to perfect the under-eyes and protect the skin long-term. Botanical extracts and niacinamide firm and nourish skin, preventing and correcting fine lines and dark undertones. The result? Eyes are left plumped, hydrated and radiant.
Clinique Pep-Start™ Eye Cream ($44; at myer.com)
Recharge skin in just three seconds with this punchy product that you won't mind using every day. While the bright tube won't get lost in your bag, this small wonder delivers the best results when kept in the fridge. Its cool touch and de-puffing tip keep eyes looking fresh and rejuvenated.
Ultraceuticals Ultra Moisturiser Eye Cream ($55; at davidjones.com.au)
This hardworking eye cream contains a powerful blend of biomimetic moisturising ingredients designed to provide long-lasting hydration. The lightweight formula works to visibly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leave skin soothed and hydrated.
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream ($49; at mecca.com.au)
Reach for this zesty super blend when a good night's sleep isn't on the cards. A refreshing eye cream which acts as a double shot espresso for the eyes. Look alive with this fast-absorbing cream which brightens and de-puffs to downplay the appearance of dark circles and bags.
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream ($57; at sephora.com.au)
It's rare to find an eye cream that's specially made for mornings. After all, not only does it have to absorb quickly and play nicely with your other morning skin-care products, but it also has to work well under make-up and banish tired eyes - STAT. Luckily, this cooling formula does all of those things, especially when kept in the fridge.
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate ($96; at sephora.com.au)
The cooling formula - enriched with free-radical-fighting black tea extract - works to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, and ultimately revives tired eyes. Blended with the juice of noni fruit, a Japanese super fruit loaded with antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid, which helps the skin retain moisture. Think of this as a power smoothie for your eyes.
Neutrogena Rapid Dark Circle Repair Eye Cream ($35; at priceline.com.au)
Instantly wakes up fatigued eyes and starts to reduce the look of dark circles in just one week. This nourishing eye cream is an exclusive formula, containing a brightening complex that diffuses the look of dark circles while light-reflecting minerals brighten the eye area.
Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum ($14; at priceline.com.au)
A natural alternative that harnesses the goodness of antioxidants and plant proteins to soothe puffiness and dehydration. Containing super-ingredient rosehip oil to target fine lines and repair damaged skin cells surrounding the delicate eye area.