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The transition between not registering people complaining about their under eyes and the moment when you realize, "Crap — have I always had these dark circles?" is rude and abrupt. And the problem is dark under eye circles do not have a clear-cut cause and effect relationship. When I wake up with puffy eyes, I know I ate too much salt or am dealing with the aftermath of crying while watching Queer Eye, but dark circles just seem to appear or worsen one day.
Potential causes include genetics, fatigue, aging and the natural passage of time, hyperpigmentation, and your lifestyle,so the market for dark circle-reducing eye treatments is hot and overflowing with products. While it is nice to have so many options, it also makes smart purchases harder to come by. And because you can spend literally hundreds of dollars on a single skincare product, I've done the research and found five that are $20 and under on Amazon that have thousands of five-star ratings.
Shop 5 Dark Circle-Reducing Eye Creams
L'Oréal Paris Skincare Dermo-Expertise Eye Defense, $12 (Originally $14)
CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, $11 (Originally $14)
RoC Retinol Correxion Under Eye Cream, $18 (Originally $21)
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, $15 with coupon (Originally $20)
LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream
Shop now: $20; amazon.com
LilyAna Naturals' Eye Cream currently has over 15,000 five-star ratings and happy reviewers express utter disbelief at the noticeable improvements from this affordable product. Not only does this mean lighter dark circles, but also wrinkle reduction and de-puffing. One reviewer wrote, "I am very surprised as I have paid much more for eye creams that have done so much less," and several shoppers wrote that they were so impressed with the reduction of lines and wrinkles that they now use it all over their face and neck, too.
L'Oréal Paris Skincare Dermo-Expertise Eye Defense
Shop now: $12 (Originally $14); amazon.com
Over 7,000 reviewers have given this L'Oréal Eye Cream a five-star rating. The gel-like under eye treatment targets dark circles through hydrating hyaluronic acid and caffeine to stop signs of premature aging. One satisfied shopper wrote that after a mere 15 minutes, "I honestly was very surprised to see my lids open up and the dark circles fade." Another reviewer shared similar happiness with their results. "I ordered this product hoping to make the dark area under my eyes fade a bit and maybe get rid of a few tiny wrinkles. Well, it did more than that. Within three days, the darkness under both eyes was gone."
CeraVe Eye Repair Cream
Shop now: $11 (Originally $14); amazon.com
Ceramides as well as a marine and botanical complex are the crux of CeraVe Eye Repair Cream's ability to blast away dark circles. It's evidently a winning combination since more than 16,000 people have given it a five-star rating. Even previously skeptical reviewers are admitting a noticeable fading of their dark circles. It's on sale for $11, but even at its full price of $14, this eye treatment is worth the money. Another Amazon reviewer wrote, "My dark circles were soul-crushing… This morning (day four), I woke up and noticed how well this is working… I feel more like myself. I will never stop using this."
RoC Retinol Correxion Under Eye Cream
Shop now: $18 (Originally $21); amazon.com
Retinol is a known super ingredient when it comes to brightening the complexion and fixing hyperpigmentation. In RoC's Retinol Correxion Under Eye Cream, it does all this and drastically improves the look of dark circles, according to 11,000 five-star ratings. One Amazon shopper explained their satisfaction, saying, "I started seeing results within the first week. The primary thing I have noticed is that the skin under my eyes has started looking thicker. This has… minimized the look of those dark circles… I can go without an undereye concealer most of the time."
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
Shop now: $15 with coupon (Originally $20); amazon.com
The key ingredients in this immediately effective eye cream are the ever reliable retinol and hyaluronic acid. Several reviewers said they saw a change in their dark circles and wrinkles after a single application. One Amazon reviewer shared their shock, "This probably sounds crazy but I saw overall improvement in one use. My eye area looked brighter, smoother, and it nearly erased my dark circles."