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

I have bad under eye circles and I'm so frustrated with the eye cream I use now, since it's doing nothing for me. Does anyone have any recommendations of creams that actually work?
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I have the same problem. I have used 2 that have worked well (well meaning that I use very little cover up);

Serious Skin Care vitamin c eye (it is very nice) not drying at all. Moisture without grease and I don't get puffy from it in the morning (I get puffy if I use an oily type product). www.hsn.com

Derma-E alpha lipoic acid, ester c, eye cream (or lotion; not sure which it is) Nice product as well. get it in health food stores or at www.vitaminshoppe.com
Wow, I am SO glad you asked this boti~curl! I had been meaning to ask this for almost a couple of weeks now but kept putting it off or forgetting to! I'm having the same problem. It's not bad, but I just need a lot of moisture in my inner area lately. I've tried a couple of MAC creams that were samples, one was ok, but lately I've just been dabbing straight 14,000 i.u Vit. E oil under there before going to bed. Yet like miacurl said, my eyes usually end up looking too puffy when I wake up. :x

Thanks for the product tip miacurl!
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I'm looking at that serious skin care c stuff now on the HSN page (you enabler miacurl!! :P ) , I just wish I could find just the eye cream to buy.
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Wow, I am SO glad you asked this boti~curl! I had been meaning to ask this for almost a couple of weeks now but kept putting it off or forgetting to! I'm having the same problem. It's not bad, but I just need a lot of moisture in my inner area lately. I've tried a couple of MAC creams that were samples, one was ok, but lately I've just been dabbing straight 14,000 i.u Vit. E oil under there before going to bed. Yet like miacurl said, my eyes usually end up looking too puffy when I wake up. :x

Thanks for the product tip miacurl!
Originally Posted by lushaholic
Does the vit e help you?...I'm a product junkie when it comes to eye creams. I spent an hour in Bath & Body Works testing all the eye creams out. The next one I want to get is one by Joeys.....off to watch Survivor
cjc
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I have a couple of non-cosmetic suggestions to make:

Cut down on salt intake, and make sure you sleep with your head slightly elevated. These things can cause excess fluid to settle under the eyes and cause dark circles.
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What kind of dark circles do you have, boti? Do you have visible veins that give up a purplish/bluish or even reddish cast or are they the darkish pigment ones everyone complains about after poor night sleeps/hangovers/etc.?
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i have the darkish pigment ones, they do come from a lack of sleep...
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Me, too! Do any of you think that SPF can help the situation?
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!!!

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One cause of dark circles under the eyes is aging. There are some cleansers that can help with the normal environmental stresses that cause skin aging. I like prevage and would recommend it to anyone. I find that massaging the eyes before bed and when I wake up helps too. When it's really bad I use the ol' spoon trick. I keep a spoon in the freezer and lay it over each eye.
cjc, i'm sorry, i just realize i never responded back to you! it's hard for me to say if the vit. e oil has really helped or not. i think it has definitely helped moisturize that area, but not with any dark circles. i just pat it on lightly at night or in the am, but usually at night so that whatever eye makeup i'm wearing doesn't rub off on it.
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sorry, silkystorm, but i must disagree most vehemently!

DO NOT massaage the eye area!!!!

this skin is thinner and more delicate and pulling and pushing at it can cause wrinkling.

always pat on eye creams gently, don't rub them in.

and no cleanser stays on your skin long enough to help prevent aging. look at the ingredients in your eye cream, those are where you will get the most benefit.
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ARNICA (Arnica Montana) is a natural ingredient that reduces discolouration from bruises, and is now used in eye creams and treatments of several cosmetics companies, including Jurlique. Jurlique sells an Arnica cream for about $25, but you can also pick up a tube of Arnica gel or cream (Boiron) at Whole Foods, etc for about $5. I've found that my dark circles have lightened up quite a bit since I started using Arnica.
ARNICA (Arnica Montana) is a natural ingredient that reduces discolouration from bruises, and is now used in eye creams and treatments of several cosmetics companies, including Jurlique. Jurlique sells an Arnica cream for about $25, but you can also pick up a tube of Arnica gel or cream (Boiron) at Whole Foods, etc for about $5. I've found that my dark circles have lightened up quite a bit since I started using Arnica.
Originally Posted by laylahb
How long have you been using arnica?..never heard of this .....but I'm very intrigued....going to get it tomorrow.
cjc
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Palm Beach County, Fl
Arnica is a homeopathic remedy that apparently stimulates white blood cell activity, and removes the blood and fluids that cause bruising and swelling. I had a facial about five months ago and she applied an Arnica cream under my eyes; I noticed a difference in my undereye circles right away. I've been using the Jurlique Arnica cream (about $25) as well as Arnica Gel made by Boiron for about $5 or $6. The Boiron contains 7% Arnica, not sure about Jurlique. Apparently there is a stronger formula used by Plastic Surgeons for their post-surgery patients. Pat it on your undereye circles, but don't get too close to your eyes.

Arnica is also good for muscle aches, stiffness, falls and minor blows. It is said to reduce pain, swelling and discolouration.
Arnica is also good for muscle aches, stiffness, falls and minor blows. It is said to reduce pain, swelling and discolouration.
Originally Posted by laylahb
i can vouch for this!

when i had my accident in January, i hit my left shin very hard when i fell and had bruising and swelling that continues. my sister has some pure arnica gel and i keep it in the fridge and put it on at night while watching tv. it really seems to help.

now, if i could stay off my feet for a week or so, the rest of it might resolve!

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Little Mother of all the Roaches, President-for-Life of the MAC Harlots!
ARNICA (Arnica Montana) is a natural ingredient that reduces discolouration from bruises, and is now used in eye creams and treatments of several cosmetics companies, including Jurlique. Jurlique sells an Arnica cream for about $25, but you can also pick up a tube of Arnica gel or cream (Boiron) at Whole Foods, etc for about $5. I've found that my dark circles have lightened up quite a bit since I started using Arnica.
Originally Posted by laylahb
I was just checking out the Jurlique website and the eye cream is $121! Where do you buy it for $25?
Look for Jurlique's Arnica cream, which is around $25 (I know it's less than $30). Yes, the Eye Gel is really expensive and has some Arnica, but Jurlique also sells Arnica cream which you can gently pat on your circles once or twice a day. You can also do an eye mask. (Jurlique sells a lotion/oil too, but that's more for sports injuries and muscle aches; the cream is what you would want). The tube is 1.4 oz. You can check the ingredients on the Jurlique website.

I find that the Boiron (brand name) Arnica Gel, at about $5 for a 1.5 oz tube, is just as good, and probably has a higher concentration of Arnica Montana. It's also available at Whole Foods, Wild Oats and other health food stores, and many retail and online standard and homeopathic pharmacies. It's quite good for bruises, minor swelling and minor aches and pains. (I also picked up some Calendula made by Boiron, which helps with minor cuts, burns and skin irritations). These homeopathic remedies can be quite effective.
The Jurlique one sounds good. I will try it soon as I am almost out of my other one.
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