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6 Ways to Tackle Dark Circles and Eye Bags

Tired? Here’s how to deal with the telltale signs, according to experts

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2 September 2019

Last updated on 1 October 2019
6 Ways To Tackle Dark Circles And Eye Bags, According To Experts

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They say the eyes are the window to the soul – but if you ask us, the eyes are the window that reveals exactly how tired we really are.

After just one night of sub-optimal kip our peepers give the game away – add weeks of sleepless nights and we reach hollow-eyed zombie status. Why do our eyes betray us in this way?

“The skin of the eye area is one-third the thickness of the skin on the cheek, making it much more vulnerable to damage and more visually affected by lifestyle, illness or stress. This results in us seeing dark circles, puffiness and eye bags,” explains Julia Stewart, head of training for Shiseido.

So what can we do about it – besides scheduling a few early nights?

“Dark circles and eye bags are notoriously difficult to eliminate,” says Dr Alex Granite, consultant dermatologist at Mallucci London.

But there are steps you can take to prevent, treat and – if need be – hide your eye issues – and you might be surprised by how simple some of them are.

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Here, experts offer six tips for tackling common concerns.

6 Ways To Tackle Dark Circles And Eye Bags, According To Experts

1. Protect your eyes from the sun

“Sun exposure can often make dark circles worse as it increases the melanin content,” says cosmetic dermatologist Dr Simon Zokaie, medical director of the Linia Skin Clinic on Harley Street. “So wearing sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses is important.”

3. Get a good eye cream

Lighter is better when it comes to eye products, says GP and aesthetics doctor Kalpna Pindolia, founder of Envisage Aesthetics: “Creams applied to the area can be heavy and gels may contribute to puffiness, so lighter serums tend to be a better vehicle for topical potions.”

Julia Stewart recommends Shiseido’s Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Concentrate, a lightweight serum designed to boost the function of the Langerhans cells, which play a vital role in defending the skin from damage from the environment, stress and ageing.

“The formula is clinically proven to decrease friction damage by 30%, ensuring that this delicate area is protected from damage and that dark circles and eye bags are minimised when rubbing eyes, applying and removing make-up and even sleeping,” Stewart says.

4. Try natural remedies

You don’t have to spend a fortune to find effective temporary relief for tired eyes.

“Puffy eyes can be a concern when you wake up but they usually settle quickly with eyelid movement which helps to reabsorb any residual fluid,” says Dr Pindolia. “But if you need a little help, there are some quick fixes.

“Some of the more ‘natural’ techniques include the use of cucumber or potato slices, cotton pads soaked in milk, caffeinated teabags or the application of cold spoons. They help constrict the blood vessels, which reduces puffiness and gives a lighter appearance around the eye.”

Try natural remedies

Penelope Tympanidis, consultant dermatologist and founder of Dermaperfect on Harley Street, says chamomile tea bag compresses can work wonders.

“Make yourself a pot of this soothing tea and, once it has cooled, either use the bag or soak an eye pad in the tea, squeeze off the excess liquid and spend a good ten minutes or so relaxing with them on your eyes.”

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6. Consider an aesthetic treatment

“If dark circles and undereye bags do not seem to budge with at home measures such as cool compresses, emollients and concealer, consider consulting with an aesthetic practitioner to see if undereye (tear trough) filler is an option for you,” Dr Granite says, recommending Juvederm Volift (priced from £675 at Mallucci London).

“For many, this is an effective, long lasting option to help minimise the appearance of the dark circles and eye bags.”

Dr Zokaie says microneedling, where a roller with very fine needles creates tiny channels that allow products to penetrate further into the skin, can be used under the eye area.

“It can help boost the collagen and elastin production and improve the skin texture. But you should ensure you see someone with experience as the skin under the eye is usually thin and different to the rest of the face.”

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Best buys for eyes

These concealers, creams, balms and masks will help disguise or treat tired peepers.

Milani Conceal Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation Concealer, Creamy Vanilla, 30ml

CONCEAL & PERFECT: Meet the hardest working multi-tasker in your cosmetics bag! Combat under eye circles, redness and other skin imperfections with our water-resistant, foundation + concealer in one perfecting step.
AED 72

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer 120 Light

A super-concentrated treatment concealer featuring a micro-corrector applicator to help instantly erase dark circles and fine lines. Get a radiant, refreshed looking eye area in no time! Infused with goji berry and Haloxyl
AED 36.51

InstaNatural - Hyaluronic Acid Serum - With Vitamin C, Organic & Pure Ingredients - 2 oz

POWERFUL & PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH & QUALITY - With a supreme mineral infusion, this serum offers the most effective nutritional facial boost possible. Rid your skin of dark circles and dryness with premium ingredients in this serum that provide your skin with moisture through Vitamins C & E. Combine this serum with your favorite lotion, mask, cream, or moisturizer for a healthy and radiant complexion.
AED 80.00

DHC Eye Cream, Firming Moisturizer, 0.88 oz

After age 30, skin's natural levels of free radical-fighting coenzyme Q10 begin to dissipate. The delicate skin around your eyes is especially susceptible to dryness. Hydrates and fights damaging free radicals for a more supple eye area.
AED 140.25

LOccitane Immortelle Precious Eye Balm for Unisex, 0.5 oz

It helps to eliminate dark circles, puffiness, and signs of fatigue, comforts eye contour, soothes, moisturizes, nourishes, and tones skin. Eye area looks younger. Very high quality product.
AED 199.00

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Eye Concentrate

For all skin types. Skin friendly ingredients. Help to boost your appearance.
AED 304.00


Immediately skin appears visibly depuffed, revitalised and brightened for more wide awake looking eyes. Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark circles in 4 weeks.
AED 163.99

24K Gold Eye Mask for Puffy Eyes Dark Circles, 16 Pairs

Crystal Collagen Eye Mask Anti-aging Soothing Cooling Eye Patches, Repair Anti-Wrinkles Under Eye Bags Treatment.
AED 214.98