October 3, 2022

Of all the questions that I’m asked as a beauty editor, how to actually get rid of dark circles has to be up there as one of the most widespread enquiries. Dark circles are all-inclusive when it comes to who they target, from my teenage sister whose laid-back approach to studying often results in all-nighters spent at the library to my friend who has forgotten what sleep is since becoming a mum of three.

Luckily, there are things that you can do to combat dark under-eye circles if they are bothering you—and one of the simplest places to start is with a decent eye cream.

Best eye cream for dark circles

Gwyneth Paltrow swears by Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream.

Best eye cream for dark circles: Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream
Dr. Barbara Sturm
Eye Cream
£110

As a specialist in cosmetic medicine, Dr. Barbara Sturm and her products are beloved by many a celebrity and industry insider. Gwynnie swears by her eye cream (£110) for dark circles, telling The Skincare Edit that it’s a “very important part of the process.”

12. Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème

Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème
Tata Harper
Illuminating Eye Crème
£104

Shadows and wrinkles appearing? This wonder product corrects as it perfects. How? Well, it’s infused with diamond dust (how fabulous) to reflect light and blur the visibility of imperfections.

13. Caudalie VineActiv Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream

Caudalie Vinergetic C+ Brightening Eye Cream
Caudalie
Vinergetic C+ Brightening Eye Cream
£29

Packed with vitamin C, caffeine and niacinamide, this cream helps to alleviate dark circles as well as redness. Plus, it has blurring properties to help you look even more well-rested.

14. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue
Charlotte Tilbury
Magic Eye Rescue
£42

If you’ve ever tried the original moisturiser, you’ll know that this cream truly is magic. This version helps to restore and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes thanks to the shea butter and coconut oil. 

15. Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask
Elemis
Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask
£55

Touted as an eye mask, this serum-infused formulation can actually be used as an overnight treatment, an under-eye primer before makeup or a rescue balm to touch up throughout the day. Basically, it does a bit of everything, and it feels incredibly soothing and plumping on the skin even without all of the de-puffing, wrinkle-reducing benefits.

16. The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate
The Body Shop
Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate
£20

Another range that has a cult following is the Drops of Youth collection from The Body Shop. While we love the serum (seriously, it’s incredible), the eye version comes with a cooling applicator and smoothes out wrinkles, de-puffs bags and hides dark circles. 

17. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum
Elizabeth Arden
Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum
£90

Filled with antioxidants and a powerful complex to help lessen the appearance of dark circles, this eye serum means serious business.

18. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
The Ordinary
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
£6

Don’t let its tiny price-tag fool you—this serum packs a potent brightening hit and has impressed just about every WWW team member. This featherweight formula contains a high concentration of caffeine and EGCG (a potent polyphenol found in green tea) to provide a powerful blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to the delicate eye area. These ingredients are known to reduce puffiness and dark circles, delivering results editors can’t get enough of. 

Next up, I’ve had dark circles all my life, and these are the only products that work.

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.