best under eye serums for dark circles

Calling all panda-eyed people. And if our in-box is anything to go by, there are plenty of you. Dark under-eye circles are unfair. Nine times out of ten they are advertising that late night of revelry that you never even had. Dark under-eye circles say tired and worn; a physical synonym for old. Help is out there, though, in the form of something called Haloxyl.

Haloxyl is a dark circle fader. It is a peptide formulation that also includes chrysin and hydroxysuccinimide. It works by loosening the accumulation of small blood fragments in the under-eye area The two-color degradation elements in hemaglobin are bilrubin and iron. Chrysin, from passion flower, stimulates the enzyme that clears out bilrubin while hydroxysuccinimide makes the iron soluble so that it can be eliminated. So that’s the nerdy part. Now on to Haloxyl-based eye serums and the Five Best for dark under-eye circles.

  • Medik8 PRETOX Eyelift

    Medik8 PRETOX Eyelift ($82 in the shop). Medik8 takes the approach that peptides are the key to dark under-eye circles and there are no less than four peptide blends in this active-packed eye serum. Soy and rice peptides that improve microcirculation. Haloxyl is joined by Eyeliss, a combo of three natural peptides to eliminate under-eye bags and improve puffiness. Lastly, an oligopeptide and ceramide blend smoothes wrinkles and repairs age-related skin damage.  For good measure there is hesperidin, which stimulates circulation to reduce dark circles. Our most recent tester reported looking airbrushed and rested.

  • AQ Eye Serum

    AQ Eye Serum ($99 in the shop). First place winner in our recent Truth In Aging Reader’s Choice Awards. As Bess said: after using the eye serum for a year, she stopped using under-eye concealer altogether. The skin beneath her eyes is firm and bright. Although great for under eye circles, it also depuffs, firms and smooths wrinkles. The key active is AQ’s human fibroblast conditioned media. This contains growth factors – specifically, TGF-Beta, GM-CSF and PDGF. There are peptides, including Matrixyl 3000, and no less than three ingredients that depuff the eyes and reduce dark circles.

  • Skinfinite LOL (Laugh Out Loud) Eye Serum

    Skinfinite LOL (Laugh Out Loud) Eye Serum (.5oz/$45 in the shop). Skinfinite LOL seems to sharply divide people, but let it be known that those who love to LOL really love LOL Eye Serum. It eradicates their wrinkles and, most especially, takes down those dark circles. It is Haloxyl, the peptide blend mentioned in Medik8 (above) that is going to work on the dark circles. LOL devotees also love the botanical extracts including kiwi fruit powder and pfaffia paniculata, which is supposed to strengthen the water barrier function of the skin.

  • Your Best Face Correct

    Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop). Overall Five Best eye serum of 2013 winner, Your Best Face lifts lids, de-crepes wrinkly skin and tackles dark under eye circles and has loyal users (like me) who back to it year after year. Haloxyl, of course, is a given.  But there’s so much more. Eyeseryl is a depuffer and there’s latest YBF obsession, Tego Pep 4-7, a peptide formula that boosts collagen, the skin’s own hyaluronic acid and fribroconectin. YBF fans will already be familiar with the free radical scavengers, spin trap and Lipochroman-6 and everyone will be pleased to see Matrixyl 3000. YBF Correct is still the eye cream that has it all.

  • Arcona Peptide Eye Serum

    Arcona Peptide Eye Serum ($52 in the shop). Send your bags packing with Arcona’s Peptide Eye Serum. This formula is mostly all about Haloxyl. However, testers report on this eye serum’s depuffing abilities and this will be due to the peptide, acetyl tetrapeptide 5, which reduces fluid build up and is the most dominant ingredient after water. The collagen-boosting peptide, Matrixyl 3000 is also in service. Peony extract is also an interesting inclusion as it may interrupt melanin production that leads to hyperpigmentation.