A question I am often asked is how to treat dark circles under our eyes. Like most skin concerns, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach that universally works, but this article will definitely give some helpful suggestions.

Since I believe so strongly in skin care as self care, I feel that the health of our skin is often a reflection of our overall health, I think it is important to mention how crucial getting enough sleep, eating well, staying hydrated, getting exercise, and practicing mindfulness or some other method to minimize stress and its impacts is to a holistic approach to wellness.

Some other natural solutions are to sleep with your head more elevated to stop any fluid from pooling under your eyes, to make sure you’re consuming enough iron, vitamin K, and vitamin C in your diet, and to have an allergy test done. Sometimes those can be causes for darkness under eyes. Limiting your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and salt can help as well.

Mandy Madden Kelley how to fix dark undereyes


All that mentioned, there are definitely some treatments that are simpler than entire lifestyle changes that can help deal with dark under eyes. A natural home remedy is to chill cucumber slices or used tea bags (preferably from caffeinated tea) and apply them as a cold compress under your eyes. At the very least, it sounds relaxing.

Of course, the best way solve any problem is to first figure out its cause, and address it. While including concealer under your eyes in your makeup routine can hide dark circles, it is certainly unlikely to get to the root of them and make them disappear.

Of course, the best way solve any problem is to first figure out its cause, and address it.


One cause for dark circles is hyper pigmentation, which is marked by a tone that is similar to your overall facial skin tone, but darker or tanner. If the old phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” resonates with you, you may want to be proactive and make sure that you’re using a sunscreen, or an eye cream that has a sunscreen in it, since sun exposure can be to blame!

Mandy Madden Kelley how to fix dark undereyes


If the sun damage has already been done, an eye cream that contains a retinoid could help improve the darkness. Of course, like with any retinoid, it is important to use it in moderation so that you don’t cause redness, flakiness, or irritation, especially on such a tender area. Other lightening ingredients like vitamin C can help as well. The same treatment for dark spots elsewhere, applied in an eye cream will help any hyperpigmentation-related dark circles. Just make sure for safety purposes that you’re only using products intended for the eye area, and that you use a gentle touch like your ring finger to apply.

Applying a cold compress and using cool or cold water when you wash and rinse your face can help to diminish inflamed capillaries, which can cause redness on your face, including the eye area. As part of the same process, making sure that you are using an effective makeup remover can make a huge difference as well. This is because not only could it help you rub less and cause less irritation, but your dark circles could also be leftover makeup you thought you removed, but actually is still clinging on!

Mandy Madden Kelley how to fix dark undereyes

If the darkness under your eyes seems to have an almost purple tone, it could be an aging-related issue. The skin under our eyes is extremely thin to start, and as we get older, it gets even thinner. We also produce less collagen, and lose fat in our skin. All of this can make the blood vessels under our eyes more visible through our skin, resulting in dark circles. Eye creams with almond oil, vitamin E, caffeine, aloe, hyaluronic acid, and retinol can help as well – basically any active ingredients that either plump skin or brighten it, but in products intended for the eyes.

The skin under our eyes is extremely thin to start, and as we get older, it gets even thinner.


If all else fails and you want to take a more aggressive approach, you may want to consult your dermatologist or medical aesthetician to discuss chemical peels, laser treatments, or fillers.

It bears repeating that while under eye circles are annoying, health issues are way worse. I strongly recommend consulting a physician to be certain that the darkness isn’t a symptom of a more threatening health concern. Beyond that, hopefully some of the tips mentioned above help solve the issue so you look and feel your best! 

Mandy Madden Kelley how to fix dark undereyes

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