What’s The Best Eye Cream For Dark Circles And Puffiness?


Of all the skin concerns that one has, getting rid of dark circles and under eye puffiness is one complaint I hear about very often from my clients in my skin care spas. Lack of sleep, allergies, climate, stress, nose job (rhinoplasty), salty foods and genetics can be the cause for both conditions and it has been and up until now, it’s been difficult to improve. I’ve taken my 27+ years of experience and product know-how and have developed what I believe is the best under eye cream to instantly brighten tired eyes. I introduce you to the Vitamin C Eye Brightener. A favorite of celebrities!

What it is: The Vitamin C Eye Brightener by celebrity esthetician, Renée Rouleau is a high-performance eye treatment cream infused with anti-wrinkle vitamins, firming peptides, vessel-strengthening anti-inflammatories and soothing plant extracts. Skin illuminators visibly reduce dark circles while additional ingredients target the problem at the source by addressing the main reason for dark formation – insufficient enzyme detoxification process.

Who it’s for: Anyone looking to improve and brighten tired eyes with dark circles, lines, wrinkles and puffiness. This is also ideal to use for those recovering from a nose job (rhinoplasty) to help expedite the elimination of darkness due to damaged and weakened blood vessels under the eyes.

Key ingredients:

Haloyxl 2% – a peptide to prevent and diminish the appearance of dark circles, significantly reducing red and blue discoloration in the skin, increases skin density to better support the microvascular network around the eyes and alleviates inflammation that can lead to vessel fragility.

Licorice extract – reduces inflammation which further reduces irritation and puffiness that leads to premature skin aging and an appearance of dark circles.

Vitamin C – the best form of time-released Vitamin C, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, delivers 50 times higher levels of l-ascorbic acid into the skin stimulating collagen and reducing pigmentation.

Vitamin E – provides antioxidant surface protection against free radicals and improves skin elasticity and smoothness.

Hyaluronic Acid – smoothes surface lines quickly by trapping moisture that is evaporating through TEWL (transepidermal water loss) and filling surface lines.

Chrysin – a plant-derived flavonoid. It is shown to increase the enzyme (UGT1A1) that breaks down bilirubin, which reduces blood leakage and thus reduces the appearance of skin discoloration. It is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, helping to protect against free radical oxidative stress and inflammation.
Sunflower oil – enhances skin elasticity by giving emolliency to the cell membranesPalmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7– renews skin’s firming mechanism

Light-weight silicone – provides a smooth, silky texture leaving behind a smooth finish without heaviness and tackiness

Formulated WITHOUT:

Petroleum or Mineral Oil
Synthetic Fragrances
Synthetic Dyes

Full ingredient list: Water, Caprylyl Methicone, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-12 Dimethicone/PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Bismuth Oxychloride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Extract), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vit C), Tocopherol (Vit E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vit C), Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Squalane, Chyrsin, Hydroxysuccinimide, Cetyl Esters, Glucose, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 80, Laureth-4, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Steareth-20, PEG-8, Polysorbate 60, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract.

Why you need it: Because you’ve tried everything else to brighten and reduce dark circles and nothing has worked.

Where to buy: Shop for Vitamin C Eye Brightener now.

How to use: Apply Vitamin C Eye Brightener with the ring finger as it’s the weakest finger. Eye cream should be applied around the eyes with gentle patting motions making sure to avoid rubbing and tugging.Massage eye cream in circular motions with ring finger. Using circular motions when applying eye cream stimulates stagnant blood flow that can contribute to darkness – especially darkness form lack of sleep.

Avoid applying eye cream too close to the lash line as the product will actually end up in your eyes, picked up by your eyelashes.

Read: Are You Exfoliating Around Your Eyes? If Not, You Should Be

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Renée Rouleau

Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”