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    16 Things That'll Help Brighten Dark Under-Eye Circles

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    Hey y'all! Brightening creams are amazing, and will definitely work to slowly hydrate and lighten dark circles, but because of some ingredients, you should ABSOLUTELY APPLY SUNSCREEN after rubbing this onto the delicate skin underneath your eyes. If you don't it might irritate the skin underneath, and if you have a darker pigment, you might have some hyperpigmentation because of higher exposure to the sun. Be careful out there skincare babies!

    1. Eve Hansen Peptide Eye Gel uses hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to lift and tighten under-eye skin while a mixture of amino acids will brighten dark circles, bringing overall radiance.

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    Promising review: "I never thought an eye cream could do so much to lessen the puffiness around my eyes. With this product the skin around my eyes tightens up and looks terrific in seconds and lasts all day. And it doesn't cost a fortune!" β€”Micheal J. McAdams

    Get it from Amazon for $17.23.

    2. Kiss Red E Whitening Creme is an effective dark spot corrector that'll moisturize and brighten the sensitive skin underneath your eyes.

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    Promising review: "I have been using this cream for about three weeks now and I truly love it. I have seen improvements already with my issue of hyperpigmentation, especially around my eyes. I love the fact that it is organic so that it doesn't sting my eyes when applying it. I have also noticed a nice improvement on other dark spots on my forehead." β€”Erika Chavez

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    3. Queen Bee Naturals Eyelid Creme hydrates, hydrates, hydrates the fine skin underneath your eyes with all-natural ingredients like sesame and avocado oil to nurture dehydrated skin and fine lines.

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    Promising review: "I noticed an immediate difference using Queen Bee Natural Eye Balm! I usually wake up with super dark circles that only slightly fade away as the day goes on. After using this cream one night my dark circles weren't near as dark, decreased puffiness and crows feet." β€”Jenni

    Get it from Amazon for $16.74.

    4. Farfella Eye Cream boosts collagen and elastin while vitamin K reinforces the capillaries under your beautiful eyes so you won't look so tired throughout the day.

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    Promising review: "If you give it time and use it religiously, this product really works! I'm always running on minimal to no sleep, don't eat right, and am always on the go. This helped actually take away the dark circles I was spending so much money on expensive makeup to conceal!" β€”Kayla Sansom

    Get it from Amazon for $21.88.

    5. Olehenriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream targets dark circles by using collagen and tons of vitamin C to help revive and illuminate your undereyes over time.

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    Promising review: "This eye cream is amazing. I have super dark allergy shiners with a bluish tint. Banana Bright neutralizes the blue and makes me look so much more awake. My whole face looks brighter! I have yet to try with makeup, but I actually feel confident enough to go out in public sans concealer. Another phenomenal item in the Ole Henriksen line up. LOVE." β€”longhorngirl1980

    Get it from Sephora for $38.

    6. Ellynzea beauty 24K Gold Under Eye Patches use tons of water and actual nano-active gold to deeply penetrate the skin, providing much-needed hydration to treat puffy eyes that cause dark circles.

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    Promising review: "I’ve been using these about three times a week for a month and I’ve noticed significant improvement. As a mother of three under three I’m constantly battling with no sleep and the horrifying bags. After the first week, the puffiness and discoloration were visibly reduced. I am actually pleasantly surprised. I have a skin condition that causes my skin to react to numerous things and these did not make my skin flare up. I will continue to purchase." β€”Doe

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (for 24 pairs).

    7. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution visibly reduces eye contour pigmentation and puffiness with a highly concentrated serum of caffeine and green tea cathechin.

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    Promising review: "I have noticed very bad circles under my eyes in the past year and this is the only product I have found that helps. It works so well that I have been able to stop using color correction cream under my eyes." β€”AnitaWSeattle

    Get it from Sephora for $6.70.

    8. Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream features a brightning combination of eight peptides, vitamin C, and cucumber extract to brighten dark eye cirlces and firm fine lines and wrinkles. It's also free of essential oils, silicones, and fragrance for folks with sensitive skin.

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    Promising review: "I have DARK circles that look like I got hit by a truck. I have tried skin bleach, filler, and every cream under the sun. Nothing gets rid of them completely and I have tried drinking more water and getting more rest. This cream is the holy grail of creams. I use it at night and I went through it so quickly because I just loved it. It keeps your under eyes moisturized while you sleep and you wake up looking refreshed like you slept along with side cherubs on goose downs." β€”vet87

    Get it from Sephora for $64.

    9. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream uses marine and botanical complexes to smooth and brighten the sensitive skin underneath your eyes and replenish ceramides for long-lasting moisture.

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    Promising review: "I didn't think this was working for a couple of weeks. A month later, its the best undereye cream I have ever used. Drastically minimized puffy under eyes and dark circles. I don't have to wear nearly as much makeup under my eyes now." β€”ticky128

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49.

    10. Baebody Eye Cream is formulated with rosehip oil and essential fatty acids to reduce overall puffiness while a good dose of vitamin C can lighten dark circles over time.

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    Promising review: "Love this stuff! It helps with puffiness and dark circles under my eyes. I use it two times a day with my moisturizing routine. My skin looks and feels great! I've been using Baebody products for about a year and a half and can’t imagine what my skin would be like if I didn’t use them!" β€”Anya K

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    11. Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel improves your eyes' delicate hydration levels with softening ceramides (which are lipids that help form the skin's barrier and help retain moisture) to diminish puffiness and tired eyes without being overly greasy.

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    Promising review: "Love! It feels like a cold gel pack under your eyes, taking away all puffiness. There's zero irritation, which I also love and appreciate. My eyes feel refreshed and vibrant." β€”Eileen Melelani Neumann

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    12. LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream was originally designed to help fade hyperpigmentation on your face, but can also be utilized for reducing dark circles over time.

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    Promising review: "I have been using LilyAna products for three years and I can't say enough good things about this line! You should try it for yourself and just see the difference! Your face will love you back! The retinol cream has definitely reduced my fine lines and wrinkles while also helping control my blemishes, reducing old acne scars, decreasing dark spots and under eye dark circles. I love the fact that its ingredients are all natural! It has a very pleasant smell and goes on light while nourishing your skin and doing all the things it is supposed to do!" β€”Emily Welch Wilkerson

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. Lily Ana Naturals Eye Cream Moisturizer brightens, tightens, and hydrates the sensitive skin around your eyes so you won't have to use concealer to cover anymore.

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    Promising review: "Great product! This cream does help reduce the puffiness and dark circles on my eyes. It also helps reduce some wrinkles on my face. It does apply a little heavy so use small dots and apply more if needed! I highly recommend this cream over those super expensive ones. I love that it's fragrance-free!" β€”Sandy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    14. Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel Cream has hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and brighten your under eyes without causing irritation.

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    Promising review: "I've been using this for about a month now and my dark circles are noticeably lightening! Once it absorbs, you can't feel it on your face, and it doesn't create that weird tight feeling that other products do. When I finish my current tube I will definitely get another." β€”Paige Laperriere

    Get it from Amazon for $12.47.

    15. Kiss Red E Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a vegan option that uses all-natural ingredients like aloe leaf juice and green leaf tea extracts to treat dark circles and puffiness while remaining cruelty-free!

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    Promising review: "This product has done wonders for my skin. It's brightened up my under-eye area, helped with the bags under my eyes, and helps with puffiness as well! My eyes feel so much better and the skin feels softer and looks smoother after just a week of using the product. Kiss Red E is a wonderful brand that I know I'll keep using because their products are so good." β€”Rikki

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. Doppletree Undereye Patches help minimize puffiness and under-eye circles by using collagen and hyaluronic acid to regenerate, moisturize, and lock in hydration for an overall brightening of the skin.

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    Promising review: "Honestly this works better than I expected! I used other brands before, but this one is by far the most effective one! The picture was taken just after one use, I can see a visible dark circle and wrinkle reduction already. This brand also stays on my face much better, and I love how gentle and soothing it feels, I think it’s because of the premium natural ingredients they use. Great buy...and will definitely not be my last one!" β€”ItzMe

    Get them from Amazon for $18.95 (for 18 pairs).

    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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