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How To Reduce Dark Circles

Tired of dark circles under eyes? You’re not the only one. Sleep deprivation or not, puffy eye bags can make skin look tired, drained, and dull. Let us explain how to get rid of dark circles, what causes them, and the best natural eye cream for dark circles for a brighter, more rejuvenated look. 

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What causes dark circles under eyes? 

Environmental factors 

Eye bags are caused by a number of factors, from lack of sleep to lifestyle choices. Hyperpigmentation is often the main cause of dark circles under eyes, with environmental factors, such as sleep deprivation, sun exposure, genetics, and smoking, triggering the pigmentation. 


Ageing can also cause eye bags to look darker and more apparent. When we age, collagen levels start to decrease, resulting in thinner, more delicate skin. This can make blood vessels around the eyes become more prominent, causing dark circles to show more easily. 

Lifestyle and genetics 

As well as these, dark circles under eyes can be caused by: 

  • Genetics 
  • Allergies 
  • High alcohol intake 
  • High salt intake 
  • Dehydration 

How to get rid of dark circles 

With some extra TLC and a few lifestyle changes, you can say goodbye to dark circles under eyes and hello to a happier, brighter look. 

Get more sleep 

We know it’s easier said than done, but getting good quality sleep each night can help to reduce bags under eyes. Fatigue heavily exaggerates the appearance of eye bags, making them appear darker and bigger. 

For the brightest results, we recommend getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If you struggle to fall or stay asleep, try being more active in the day, reducing blue light exposure, and setting strict times to fall asleep and wake up at. 

To avoid puffiness, try sleeping on your back and position your head at a slightly elevated angle. 

Make healthier choices 

Poor lifestyle choices, including smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and unhealthy dieting, can worsen dark circles under eyes. If you can, we recommend waving goodbye to your bad habits and saying hello to a healthier life. 

Try reducing heavy smoking and alcohol intake while staying hydrated and actively consuming a healthy diet that includes vitamin-rich foods, such as: 

  • Watermelon 
  • Green vegetables 
  • Papaya 
  • Almonds 
  • Peanuts 
  • Blueberries 

Use an eye cream 

If you haven’t already, it’s time to invest in a good eye cream. The best eye cream for dark circles includes brightening ingredients that lift and rejuvenate the undereye. 

Our Brightening Illuminating Eye Gel harnesses natural ingredients, including Kakadu Plum and Green Coffee, to refresh and rejuvenate the undereye. The brightening formula helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles under eyes for a lifted, less tired look. 

For maximum results, use the tip of the tube to gently apply to the undereye area. Start at the inner corner, then glide towards the outer corner and across brow bone. Gently pat around eye area using ring finger for happier and healthier under eyes. 

Protect skin 

Shielding your skin from the sun with facial sunscreen helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles under eyes. Apply a generous amount of our SPF30 Sheer Touch Untinted Sunscreen to a clean face to protect from sun damage. 

Natural Zinc Oxide helps to shield skin from UVA and UVB rays, while our reef-friendly formula is non-greasy, sheer to touch, and blends seamlessly into the skin. 

Always remember that staying out of the sun during peak hours and wearing appropriate clothing is equally important in preventing sun exposure and protecting skin. 

Soothe skin with ice 

Cool products or ice can help to shrink dilated blood vessels, which reducing the appearance of dark, puffy bags.  

Take a cold compress or some ice to your undereye area to reduce puffiness for a lighter, brighter look. 

Expert tip: You can put skincare products in the fridge to cool them down, meaning they will gently soothe and calm bags upon application. 

If you are trying a product or ingredient for the first time, we always recommend a patch test first. 

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