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I was eager to try Medik8 Dark Circles ($60 in the shop) eye gel to see if it would lighten my “raccoon” eyes. I am 58 and have had dark circles under my eyes ever since I was a teenager. As I have gotten older, the dark circles have progressively gotten worse, and they're mostly due to genetics. I also have fine lines and wrinkles under my eyes, but I don’t have pronounced bags nor do I experience much puffiness.
According to Medik8’s website, the Dark Circles eye gel “is designed to improve blood haemodynamics and microcirculation, lighten dark circles, relieve bags or puffiness under the eye, and help strengthen connective tissues around the eyes.” This product also claims that “optically reflective particles give immediate reduction in the appearance of dark circles and glycerin hydrates the skin and reduces moisture loss.” The product is made in the United Kingdom.
The key ingredients are haloxyl and reguage. Haloxyl consists of water, glycerin, steareth-20, N-hydroxysuccinimide, chrysin, and 2 peptides, palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7. It is this combination of ingredients that purportedly lightens dark circles. Reguage consists of hydrolyzed rice bran protein, glycine soja protein, and oxido reductases, which claims to reduce puffiness and strengthen connective tissue. Preservatives consist of chlorhexidine digluconate, potassium sorbate, and phenoxyethanol.
As the directions stated, I applied the eye gel under my eyes and around my brow bone in the morning and evening. This product is not for use on the eyelids. A little of the gel goes a long way. It is easy to apply, absorbs very quickly and is not sticky unless you use a large amount. There is no fragrance. It comes in an airless pump, and it is relatively easy to get out the amount of gel that you want to use.
I used this product for four weeks. Since I don’t have bags or experience much puffiness, I can’t comment on this aspect of the product. The area under my brow does appear firmer as does the outer corner of my eye area. I haven’t noticed any difference in my under-eye area. I have combination/oily skin, but my under-eye area is very dry. I did not find this product to be moisturizing on its own, and it did not hydrate my eye area. After the first few days of use, the lines and wrinkles under my eye were even more noticeable. So I applied the gel, let it absorb for about 10 minutes and then applied another eye cream over it.
I did not see an immediate reduction in the appearance of the dark circles. After using this for about two weeks, the darkness was not as noticeable during the day when I was wearing concealer, and the reflective particles may have had an impact. But at this point in time, when I wasn’t wearing concealer, my circles appeared just as dark. After four weeks of continuous use, the dark circles under my eyes are a tad lighter. I asked my husband what he thought and told him to be honest since this was for a review of the product. He said they don’t look quite as dark to him and have lightened a little. But I really don’t see a dramatic difference, and I still have dark circles under my eyes.
I don’t expect any eye cream to get rid of my dark circles in four short weeks, especially since I have had them forever. But I don’t know yet if I would purchase this. There are many other eye creams out there that contain haloxyl along with other ingredients that target dark circles and that also contain more moisturizing ingredients. I would try other creams before I purchased this. I will finish the bottle though to see if the dark circles continue to get lighter.