Reader Question: What Causes Dark Circles?


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Hello everyone! Hoping everyone had a great Easter weekend!

I’ve been asked about what I recommend for dark circles before and more recently Katie from Plus+Beauty also mentioned this concern (hi Katie!).

Q: What’s good for dark circles under the eyes?


Dark circles can be caused by:

  • Sun damage
  • Veins and/ or capillaries showing through the skin
  •  Allergies
  •  Genetics

What to Use/Do

  • Products with retinol or vitamin C can help brighten the area.
  • An eye cream with SPF and sunglasses can help prevent more darkening if it’s caused by the sun.
  • Talking to your doctor if allergies are the culprit to see what options are available
  •  A peach colored concealer can help neutralize the appearance of dark circles
  •  Sometimes fillers like Radiesse or light treatments can help.

Product Recommendations

  • Kate Somerville Line Release Under Eye Repair
  • Algenist Firming and Lifting Eye Gel
  • Dermaologica Total Eye Care SPF 15
  • Le Miuex Eye Wrinkle Corrector
  • Renee Rouleau Vitamin C Eye Brightener
  • Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer

These are a few products I have tried and liked but if you have another eye cream that works, please share!

Have a lovely Tuesday!


32 thoughts on “Reader Question: What Causes Dark Circles?

  1. Good to know! I think if we’re talking mostly about the eye are I know a lack of sleep causes some dark circles. I know I look godawful if I haven’t had enough sleep and my under eye area will show it. How do you feel about cucumbers for dark circles?

  2. Hi Stephanie!! I think my dark eye circles are a combination of allergies and genetics unfortunately. I will try using the peach colored concealer under my eyes. I have a coastal scents concealer palette that has that shade. Are there any under eye creams that are good from the drugstore? 🙂

  3. You are a saves Steph! I’m having a lot of trouble with dark circles since last year… I guess it’s mostly because of sleep. I’m sleeping better now and that has definitely helped to reduce them but given my skin’s complexion, they still look a bit weird… I conceal them with >> Garnier Eye (Light) Anti Dark Circle Roll On but sometimes it make my eyes water!
    I checked out the products you mentioned, but more than half are not available in India and the rest are too expensive (in our currency!)
    Can you suggest some natural or home made remedies (pack or scrub?)
    Thanks a lot for this helpful post dear!
    gave a glorious day!!! ❤

    • So sorry to hear that Heena. I think I’ve tried the Garnier one and I like it but I know what you mean about the eyes watering; might be the alcohol in it. Plus it’s more of a concealment rather than treatment. I’ll look into something more affordable that might work and get back to you. As for the concealer, maybe check out a peach colored one by NYX or something. 🙂 Have a good week!

  4. Great tip as usual!! I used to have dark circles when I was really tired or didn’t get enough sleep, putting hot (warm) towel on eye area after taking bath worked for me 🙂 And I love Algenist’s Firming and Lifting Eye Gel too!

    • I’ve never heard of Vaseline for dark circles before. Interesting. I’d just be a bit careful if you have a tendency to develop milia around the eye area because it maybe a bit too heavy but thanks for sharing this. 🙂

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