What's the best eye cream for under-eye circles?

LAYLAHB.....I just picked up a tube of the Arnica cream.....how long did you use it before you noticed a difference?
cjc
3B very thick, curly hair and on the longer side
Palm Beach County, Fl
I noticed a difference right after it was used as an eye treatment/mask during a facial. The circles appeared lighter and smaller in size. I used nothing during the following week, noticed an increase in discolouration, and went back to the facialist; she suggested that I try using Arnica at home. I've been applying it in the morning and at night for about five months, and the circles are noticeably lighter and smaller. My bruises have also benefitted from the Arnica.

Apparently, "Arnica works by stimulating the activity of white blood cells that perform much of the digestion of congested blood, and by dispersing trapped fluids from bumped and bruised tissue."
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I just picked up some Arniflora 8% arnica gel from my local herbalist/bath shop for $6 and can't wait to give it a go on my under-eye circles.

Thanks everybody!
I'm still using Arnica-7% since March 26 and I really have not noticed a difference yet. Please let us know how the gel is at 8% arnica.
Too bad Mr. Clean Eraser doesn't come in a product made for the skin
cjc
3B very thick, curly hair and on the longer side
Palm Beach County, Fl
I got the Jurlique Arnica Cream and I really like it. Creamy, but it sinks in. I don't get bags under my eyes at night due to puffiness from an eye product..
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I live in France where Arnica is a household item if you have kids because whenever they get a bump or bruise, you give it to them -- either in little pills or with the gel. I haven't tried it for undereye circles yet, but I am going to -- Boiron is THE laboratory that makes it here in Europe and they are very serious...
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I live in France where Arnica is a household item if you have kids because whenever they get a bump or bruise, you give it to them -- either in little pills or with the gel. I haven't tried it for undereye circles yet, but I am going to -- Boiron is THE laboratory that makes it here in Europe and they are very serious...
Originally Posted by magillicuddy
Thats the brand I have
cjc
3B very thick, curly hair and on the longer side
Palm Beach County, Fl
So does Arnica help any if most of your dark circle problem is hereditary? Also with puffiniess? Thanks!
I found some in my cabinet, and used it on my circles last night and this am. I see 1/2 of it is now harder to see! Mine is more heredity. I figure I keep using this and it should be barely noticable soon---I hope! Amazing stuff, and not expensive at all. Give it a shot before trying anything fancy out there!
I found some in my cabinet, and used it on my circles last night and this am. I see 1/2 of it is now harder to see! Mine is more heredity. I figure I keep using this and it should be barely noticable soon---I hope! Amazing stuff, and not expensive at all. Give it a shot before trying anything fancy out there!
Originally Posted by CurlyNight
Where did you get Vit K cream? What brand did you get? My cirlces are also heredity.
cjc
3B very thick, curly hair and on the longer side
Palm Beach County, Fl
I'm using Orjene Oxygen Therapy Vitamin K Cell Refining Cream. Day 2. It helps, but you have to apply it am and pm or it reverts back. It's faded the lighter areas pretty well, and I hope it will start attacking the more darker areas. I've read that you have to keep applying it though. I'll post more on how it's going as I stick to it. I apply it pretty close to the under eyelids and git a slight watering of the eyes for a little while, but if it helps I'll take it!

I bought this at Whole Foods last year. You can also order it online if you do a search. I think I paid $10-$15 for the 2 oz jar. It looks more than 2 oz to me, and I can tell if I use it for my eyes only it will last a very long time.
My mom have the same problem and she also fed up. So I have researched on best eye cream and I got Eyelastin. I saw so many positive reviews on it and decided to buy it for mom. She started using it before 2 weeks and I saw my mom's fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles are started diminish. My mom is really very happy with eyelastin. You can more reviews here:
Eyelastin Review - Does Eyelastin Anti-Aging Eye Cream Work?
I feel you about the eye circles. I've seen pretty good results from Mario Badescu. The peptide renewal creams have worked really well so far. I'm going to try the serums soon.
I have been using the Murad renewing eye cream and I am extremely impressed with the results. Although it is not cheap, it really does work.

I was skeptical at first, but I had a free sample sent to me and thought was the heck. I am really surprised at the difference.
You know that part of of your eye where the thin skin area meets the cheek, well that was always raised and really dark, now it has gone.

I am not saying it will work for everyone as everyones eyes are different but it certainly done the trick for me.
I also found out a lot of celebs use it as well
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I have super bad dark circles that sag. Started getting them in my teens which insomnia started. I noticed when I actually go to bed early and wake up in the a.m that they shrink a bit. I've tried green tea and it works. I didn't use it long enough to see if it would get rid of them. I do need new pillows also. Theyre way too flat for my liking. I always slept with my pillows propt up a bit. I thinks its a waste of money to buy these creams when there's cheap and natural ways to help. I thought about getting vitamin c powder, cucumbers and vitamin e to make a mask just for my dark circles.

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in some cases, dark circles are hereditary and there's nothing you can do about it.

the skin under the eyes is VERY thin and veins are close to the surface, hence the bluish cast.

creams with vitamin K are supposed to strengthen blood vessels and make them less noticeable. as Scarlet pointed out, reduced salt intake and elevating the head of your bed helps too.

use a yellow or orange-toned concealer to hide circles. my favourite for this purpose is from the stage makeup company Ben Nye. i like their "tattoo cover" in light orange.

don't put sunscreen too close to your eyes. wear BIG dark glasses whenever you're out in the sun! i have a pair that wouldn't have looked out of place on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis!!!

Originally Posted by rouquinne
I agree with that, and everything you said in your second post. You should never rub the eye area harshly or pull. Just lightly pat.

One of my closest friends has hereditary circles and bags. They started getting really noticeable in her early 20's, after her first child was born. The same happened with her mother and 2 of her Aunts. Working 12 hour nights does not help this either. There is no option for her other than surgery. It's not necessarily an age thing, though it can he increased or decreased by poor diet/sleep disorders/stress, etc. People can go completely grey at 16, and people can have horrible eye circles at 20. The joys of genes

I only have a little blueness/darkness in the corners of my eyes. It's more noticeable about my 3rd or 4th shift at work. I use 2 different eye creams, both by Eminence. One is Bearberry, which is supposed to lighten dark areas and the other is a Cucumber Eye Gel. It is very cooling. It also contains Bearberry, Skin Bright, Vit A, B, C, K and Co-Q10. I can't say that I notice a huge difference, but I can say I have noticed no worsening. Sometimes that is the best you can expect. We often want a non existing miracle in a jar.

As Rou mentioned, concealers are great. I use a creamy under eye concealer mixed with either Estee Lauder or Cliniques brightening/light reflecting concealing pen. It does the job for me. You can also find brightening under eye powders to set the concealer with.
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Here are some pretty good links from a long time pro makeup artist named Lisa Eldridge. I love her. The first is for darkness and the second is for bags and puffiness under the eyes. In the second she does talk about a specific form of massage that one needs to see a professional and be educated on, or buy a book on. It's more use of patting and the use pressure points to move the fluid from under your eyes. Not for dark circles. She will be the first to tell you not to rub or pull the skin when doing your eyeliner, etc, because it is very damaging. *One more ETA: I would guess that massage really is specialized like diabetic massage. My father had to have that done to move the fluid in his legs, but it had to be done by a highly trained professional. You can move the fluid into your heart and lungs if not careful.* The 3rd is a concealing video and the 4th is a general SOS for any type of skin problem. It's Beauty Nightmares! Solutions from my pro kit, for those who do not like to click links. Some are lengthy, but packed full of good info. She's been at this since the 80's and has many good tips and tricks.


http://youtu.be/lxP1msXNrf0

http://youtu.be/iSN_JaJ7uHU

http://youtu.be/7Pv7B2NirqU

http://youtu.be/XEKuvmnRJv4
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 11-18-2013 at 01:19 AM.
Think of the last as a bonus video. I thought she said a little something extra about under eye, but she really didn't. Maybe it was the PMS Face video. Lol

"Oh God I have my PMS face on"
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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