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While dark circles are common and perfectly natural, they can make you look older and feel self-conscious. So, if you’re wondering how to get rid of dark circles, keep reading. We explain what causes dark circles and how to reduce their appearance for more youthful and radiant-looking eyes. 

What Are Dark Circles? 

Dark circles are the purple, brown or black areas beneath the eyes that create a sunken and dull appearance (their colour is largely dependent on your skin tone). They appear because the skin under the eyes is a quarter of the thickness of the skin on the rest of the face, making dark veins beneath the skin more visible.

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What Causes Dark Circles Under Eyes? 

It’s a myth that dark circles are only caused by fatigue. In fact, there are many reasons why you could wake up with dark circles. 


If the skin is dry or dehydrated, it often looks dull and lacklustre, causing the under-eye area to appear dark and sullen. 


As we age, our skin begins to thin and lose elasticity, as its natural fat and collagen levels deplete. The thinner the skin, the more the dark blood vessels and veins beneath become visible, resulting in darker under-eyes.  

Sun Damage 

When exposed to the sun, the body naturally produces a dark pigment called melanin to protect the skin. However, melanin can appear unevenly on the skin, resulting in hyperpigmentation and dark circles below the eyes. 

Eye Strain 

Spending the day staring at screens can strain the eyes and cause the surrounding blood vessels to become enlarged, resulting in dark under-eye circles. 


It isn’t entirely a myth – fatigue can heighten the appearance of dark circles.  

The skin naturally repairs itself overnight, but if you’re not getting enough sleep, that renewal system is compromised. Skin is left looking pale and dull with visible under-eye circles. 

Manuka Honey Skin-brightening Eye Cream

How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles 

Looking to get rid of dark circles? Our 5 expert tips will help.  

1. Remove Eye Makeup Carefully  

Thinner and more delicate, the skin under the eyes can easily be damaged and weakened by harsh cleansers, causing puffiness and dark circles. Instead, remove makeup with a gentle yet effective cleanser that doesn’t require excessive rubbing.   

Our Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser & Makeup Remover is formulated with nutrient-rich Avocado Oil to gently remove makeup and impurities, while hydrating and revitalising the skin.  

Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser & Makeup Remover

2. Apply Eye Cream Day And Night  

When it comes to finding the best eye cream for dark circles, look for radiance-enhancing ingredients like Vitamin C and antioxidants that help to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles.   

Our Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream boasts a luscious yet light formula that brightens and lightens the delicate eye area – perfect for getting rid of dark circles. While the Kiwi Seed Oil helps to moisturise and soften the appearance of fine lines, Vinanza® Grape adds radiance. Dot around the eyes morning and night, then gently tap and dab into the skin for refreshed, rested and brighter-looking eyes.   

Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream

3. Pat, Don’t Rub 

The skin under your eyes is very delicate, so apply eye cream carefully. Warm the formula between your fingertips, then gently pat and dab into the skin under and around the eyes. 

Remember, never rub the cream in. Rubbing can worsen dark circles by enlarging the blood vessels.  

4. Keep Eye Cream In A Cool Area 

It’s important to store your skincare below the specified temperature on the label. But here’s an extra tip that Antipodes® staff swear by: keep your eye cream for dark circles in a cool, dark area not in your bathroom. It’ll have an extra cooling effect, helping to shrink dilated blood vessels and minimise the appearance of dark circles. 

5. Wear Sunscreen Every Day   

To protect the skin from sun damage and help prevent hyperpigmentation and dark circles under the eyes, apply a daily sunscreen and an SPF-infused face cream that offers both UVA and UVB protection.   

Expert Advice: Wearing sunglasses can also help to protect the delicate under-eye area and reduce the appearance of dark circles. 


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