What Really Works for Dark Circles

As someone who has dealt with dark under-eye circles since my college days, I can personally relate to how difficult and frustrating they are to treat. In my case, I contend with the triple play of poor sleep, bad sinuses and hereditary factors. Yet whether your dark circles are from a lack of shut-eye or from biological causes, they can stubbornly hang on despite our best efforts — as the Truth In Aging Community has attested to. That's why we've turned right to the source for the solutions that really work: You.

The TIA Community has put many different eye treatments to the test and have found that these five heavy-hitters, with ingredients including alpha arbutin, Haloxyl, licorice root extract, evening primrose oil and Matrixyl 3000, have delivered truly visible improvement to their dark under-eye circles. Read on for highlights from community reviews about how these standout products worked for them.

The Best Dark Circle Faders

Your Best Face Correct (eye cream) ($150 in the shop) contains alpha arbutin, Haloxyl and licorice root extract to brighten dark circles and fight signs of fatigue. Its new and improved formula also contains a potent series of peptides including Uplevity™, Matrixyl® synthe'6™ and Eyeseryl®, to lift sagging lids, reduce fine lines, smooth crepey wrinkles and relieve puffiness.

"I am pretty preoccupied with my under eye circles and really wanted to find a cream that works but was hesitant to splurge. My only regret is not trying this product sooner. It is the only eye cream I have ever liked and noticed real results from! I am noticing brighter smoother, lighter, firmer skin around my eyes." —Deborah Y.

"I have used eye creams for years and never noticed much of a difference between one brand and another. YBF Correct is the first eye cream I've used that has made a noticeable difference in reducing dark circles and fine lines. It's expensive, but definitely worth it." —Jennie

"My problem is puffy eyes and dark circles. This has greatly reduced both. I've had NO eye irritation whatsoever. It is my have to have product." —Deborah S.

Sciote Peptide+Defense Firming Eye Creme ($65 in the shop) soothes and hydrates the skin using an aloe base. It's loaded with antioxidants, humectants, peptides and fruit acids that revitalize skin and diminish the appearance of fines lines, wrinkles and dark circles.

"Sciote eye creme did not irritate my eyes at all and it helped calm my eyes after a long day. Overnight it was very effective with redness, puffiness and dark circles. And the smell is heavenly! —Robin

AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum ($99 in the shop) brightens and tightens the eye area with a concentrated blend of heavy-hitting ingredients that include Matrixyl 3000 and human growth factors. The GF- technology stimulates collagen production while smoothing and lifting sagging skin.

"Totally satisfied with this product. My upper eye skin is noticeably lifted and my dark circles are definitely reduced." —Catriona

"This is the best eye serum I have used. And I have tried many. It is moisturizing, lasts all day, and definitely helps with dark circles. You only need a small amount; so one bottle lasts a long time. Months! —GG

Skinfinite LOL Eye Serum ($49 in the shop) is a gel treatment that quickly decreases under-eye puffiness and reduces the look of dark circles. Evening primrose oil helps to relieve any under-eye inflammation, while increasing blood circulation and toning skin.

"I have huge dark under eye circles (raccoon like) due to lack of sleep and 12-14 hours a day at work for over last three months, massive amount of under eye wrinkles and thankfully very little puffiness. After two weeks LOL has managed to substantially and visibly reduced the dark circles...a few days back was visiting a Clinique store to pick up some under eye concealer and was shocked to see how much the dark circles have reduced, under the bright lights and magnifying mirror! Overall my under eyes look much brighter and healthier." —Anupam

"Let me start off by saying I do not sleep well at night. If I get 3 and a half hours, that is a good night for me. So, even though I am only 37 years old, I have very tired looking eyes. I started using this about 2 weeks ago and my dark circles are gone. My eyes do not look tired anymore." —Tara

"I am forty something and have been my covering dark circles since I was in middle school. Lately, long hours at work have been leaving my eyes puffy and even more tired. After reading the reviews, I decided to give it a try. Wow, what a difference. This completely gets rid of my puffiness in the morning~ it takes a few minutes to work. The best part is the reduced darkness of my circles. I feel like I still need make up, but they are much more easily covered and the skin is more firm and smooth. This serum is my new best friend.


Medik8 Pretox Eyelift ($70 in the shop) is a targeted eye treatment that uses Haloxyl to drastically lighten dark circles, plus Eyeliss to minimize under-eye bags and puffiness. This moisturizing serum also promotes collagen synthesis while tackling fine lines and deep wrinkles with peptide fillers for overall firmer skin around the eyes.

"My eyes look brighter, open and like my eyes again." —Ayleiah

"I was on the fence at week 4 then began to notice subtle results. Upon waking my reflection appears to have been airbrushed, and I do indeed look more rested. The ashy under-eye tint is all but gone." —Kelly

Are there any skin care products you've tried from TIA that have successfully lightened your dark under-eye circles? Let us know in the comments below!