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

boti~curlboti~curl Posts: 5Registered Users
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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  • miacurlmiacurl Posts: 332Registered Users
    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
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  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    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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  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    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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  • cjccjc Posts: 636Registered Users
    lushaholic wrote:
    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! :)

    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 :D
    cjc
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  • ScarletScarlet Posts: 3,125Registered Users
    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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  • steph_einasteph_eina Posts: 47Registered Users
    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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  • boti~curlboti~curl Posts: 5Registered Users
    i have the darkish pigment ones, they do come from a lack of sleep...
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  • ~915~~915~ Posts: 519Registered Users
    Me, too! Do any of you think that SPF can help the situation?
  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,495Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    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!!!

    :D
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  • silkystormsilkystorm Posts: 7Registered Users
    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.
  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    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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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,495Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    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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  • laylahblaylahb Posts: 8Registered Users
    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.
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  • cjccjc Posts: 636Registered Users
    laylahb wrote:
    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.

    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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  • laylahblaylahb Posts: 8Registered Users
    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.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,495Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    laylahb wrote:
    Arnica is also good for muscle aches, stiffness, falls and minor blows. It is said to reduce pain, swelling and discolouration.

    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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  • keskes Posts: 27Registered Users
    laylahb wrote:
    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.

    I was just checking out the Jurlique website and the eye cream is $121! Where do you buy it for $25?
  • laylahblaylahb Posts: 8Registered Users
    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.
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  • miacurlmiacurl Posts: 332Registered Users
    The Jurlique one sounds good. I will try it soon as I am almost out of my other one.
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  • cjccjc Posts: 636Registered Users
    LAYLAHB.....I just picked up a tube of the Arnica cream.....how long did you use it before you noticed a difference?
    cjc
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    Palm Beach County, Fl
  • laylahblaylahb Posts: 8Registered Users
    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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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    I love nc.com! Whenever I have a beauty problem, I just research it here and there's always a good suggestion on how to fix it. And it's usually a cheap and natural remedy.

    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!
  • cjccjc Posts: 636Registered Users
    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 :lol: :lol:
    cjc
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    Palm Beach County, Fl
  • miacurlmiacurl Posts: 332Registered Users
    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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  • magillicuddymagillicuddy Posts: 13Registered Users
    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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  • cjccjc Posts: 636Registered Users
    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...

    Thats the brand I have
    cjc
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  • CurlyNightCurlyNight Posts: 39Registered Users
    So does Arnica help any if most of your dark circle problem is hereditary? Also with puffiniess? Thanks!
  • CurlyNightCurlyNight Posts: 39Registered Users
    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!
  • cjccjc Posts: 636Registered Users
    CurlyNight wrote:
    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!

    Where did you get Vit K cream? What brand did you get? My cirlces are also heredity.
    cjc
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    Palm Beach County, Fl
  • CurlyNightCurlyNight Posts: 39Registered Users
    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.
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