The least expensive of the top trio of eye creams, Eau Thermale Avène Rétrinal Eyes Eye Contour Care was just as moisturizing as our gold winner and earned kudos from satisfied testers for its nongreasy, fast-absorbing formula. However, dermatologists recommend that if dark circles are your primary concern, invest in a good concealer. Topical lotions are ineffective at treating them.
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Vichy is considered the number 1 brand in European pharmacies, and even a dermatologist to celebrities names it as one of her favorite French skincare brands. Vichy products are highly effective and luxurious, yet an affordable product, infusing mineralizing volcanic thermal water to help improve your skin’s resilience. This is clean, safe and the properties have been respected for centuries! It promises safe, effective formulas to give you strong, healthy skin – what more could you ask for?
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And I was officially hooked. At only 23, I was used to looking perpetually exhausted. Genetics had played a role, sure, but very long hours at the office and a stress-ridden lifestyle certainly hadn’t helped. Even if I was able to diminish the shadows under my eyes with a heavy layer of colour-correcting concealer, the bags remained—and in some cases, the creasing made them look even more obvious. But I was still happier to resign myself to this rather than the alternative: As much as I wanted to say screw it and just go without makeup, you can only get (rude) remarks like “Are you feeling all right?” and “Whoa—late night?” so many times before it starts to sting.
What causes them? Puffy eyes are the result of temporary swelling that is often caused by seasonal allergies. Puffiness can also arise if you’ve had too much salt or alcohol, which can leave you dehydrated—that leads to water retention, which in turn leads to swelling in the face. Lack of sleep makes puffy eyes worse, too, because of the pooling of fluid in the area. As a result, puffiness is often worse in the morning and resolves itself by the afternoon as the accumulated fluid drains with the help of gravity and time.
It is also worth knowing, however, that just because a product contains a simple alcohol, it doesn’t mean it will be drying on your skin – even if it is high up the product list. The product may be rich in emollient ingredients, or fatty alcohols. Products like moisturizers are unlikely to be drying on the skin – because they are designed to impart moisture or help your skin to retain its moisture. Gels designed for reducing acne on the other hand, and similarly toners designed for oily skin, are more likely to have a drying effect on your skin.

Facial primer is also a key player in the fight against dark circles. Color-correcting primers with a yellow tint are going to be your new best friend. A yellow primer can neutralize dark, bluish under-eye circles, and because the primer is so sheer, it's easy to blend, explains makeup artist Joanna Schlip. She recommends dabbing a teeny bit over dark circles (try Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in Yellow), and then spreading your foundation on top. "If your circles are very dark, you can tap regular concealer over the primer, and then layer on your foundation," she says. Bonus: Because primer contains silicone to fill in wrinkles, it'll also prevent makeup from creasing in smile lines.
We decided to call in the experts. First, we lined up in a conference room and took pictures of our tired-looking eyes—first thing in the morning, and makeup free. Then I called up a couple dermatologists and asked them to review the photos and tell me what we were looking at. I’m not saying that we needed to be diagnosed or that we had “problems” that needed to be “fixed.” But we knew we had these things that bothered us, and we wanted to learn about what we were working with, and what tricks we could use to minimize their appearance. The dermatologists I spoke to explained what makes eyes puffy, what causes dark circles, and what so-called bags even are. They pointed out the telltale signs in our photos, and gave their expert recommendations for how to treat them.
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Due to the lack of statistically significant clinical trials proving the effectiveness of topical retinoids as “anti-wrinkle” creams, I recommend applying sunscreen daily to reverse signs of photo-aging and to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. I would avoid using “anti-wrinkle” creams until more definitive scientific evidence proves that the benefits outweigh the risks.  In the meantime, think of all the thousands of dollars you will save on not having to buy anti-wrinkle creams.
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