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How to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes

I have spent half my life asking this very question. For as long as I can remember, the dark circles and puffiness of my eyes has plagued me. I would sleep well, yet I would wake up looking like someone had rubbed charcoal around my eyes.

Not Pretty. Over time I began to realise that a good night’s sleep alone won’t get rid of your dark circles. While it can help, the appearance of your eyes, and the skin around it, also depends on things like diet, lifestyle, dehydration and your age (however, young people aren’t immune from it either).

Unfortunately for those (including myself) who have chronic dark circles, looking tired and aged is an all too familiar sight. How many times has someone come up to you and asked, ‘wow are you ok, you look tired?’ And you think to yourself, 'well I’ve had a good night’s sleep?

However, it’s not all doom and gloom - there are of course many things you can do to naturally alleviate this problem including getting enough sleep, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet

Consuming foods that are rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E may help in reducing your dark circles. Drinking at least 2 litres of water every day.

The lack of nutrients in the diet, or the lack of a balanced diet, can contribute to the discolouration of the area under the eyes. It is believed that iron deficiency or deficient in B12 can cause dark circles as well.

Outside of those lifestyle changes, the skin under your eyes is capable of responding well to various skin-care products. Because the skin under your eyes is super delicate (almost as thin as an egg shell) it is very important that you use specialised products.

To get the skin under your eyes looking their best, these are some of the ingredients you should be looking for the eye area:

  • Aloe Vera which cools, calms and soothes.
  • Licorice is an anti-ageing agent
  • Lots of berries to help with inflammation and fighting free radicals such as Goji and Acai (just like your favourite bowl they do just as well outside of the body as inside)
  • Kakadu Plum which natural contains Vitamin C, E + Folic Acid to brighten and rejuvenate
  • By narrowing blood vessels and calming skin, caffeine can temporarily reduce under-eye bags. Caffeine can also wake up tired eyes by reducing the appearance of dark circles.
  • Peptides which will stimulate collagen synthesis.
  • Retinol - Retinol will smooth the skin's surface and minimise the appearance of dark circles.
  • Hyaluronic Acid is another hero ingredient when it comes to the under eye and eye area. It will retain moisture and avoid the dry wrinkled look.

My top two picks are Hyropeptide Eye Authority and Aspect Eye Lift3 which you can use day and night.


This multi-functional eye cream immediately brightens dark circles with crushed pearl while diminishing expression lines, wrinkles and puffiness over time.


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Eyelift 3 is the most complete and effective clinical strength formula for the cosmetic treatment of unattractive dark circles, under eye puffiness, and crows feet.

  • Dark under eye circles: Visibly reduced by 35%
  • Under eye puffiness: Visibly reduced by 31%
  • Smoothness and skin texture: 42% smoother

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An eye masque, just like the masque you would use on your face is an amazing way to revitalize the eye area. One of our favourites is Dermalogia's Stress Positive Eyelift. Not only can you use this as a masque, but it's perfect for that "big night" recovery in the morning when your not feeling your best.


Containing Wild Indigo to brighten the skin. Seawater and Artic Algae, that when combined, provides a toning action to help combat the formation of wrinkles and heavy eye bags.Used a couple of times a week as a masque and for those other times when you feel you need a little extra help!


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 If you need help with your individual concerns with dark circles or eyes even advice about your skincare concerns or goals, we would love to help you.

Reach out to us via our complimentary online skin consultation here or call us on 1300 30 25 35.

About the Author:Susan is one of our Senior Skin Experts and has a serious passion for making sure that everyone has the right product and regimen for their individual skin. Being in the industry for 30 years, Susan has seen significant change in the cosmecutical industry and loves learning about how these new developments can help her clients get amazing results. As a mum of two dynamic daughters, Susan understands the demands of life and being able to get the maximum results for minimum time.

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