The best creams for dark under eye circles are the ones what adhere to the old maxim, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Nowadays, there are many products and techniques out there to help brighten the eye area.
Some of the top eye creams on the market today that address dark circles are: Givenchy Le Soin Nori Eye, DDF- Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula Erase Eye Gel, Olay Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream, StriVectin –SD and Kate Somerville CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream. Each of these creams contains either vitamin C or K, kojic acid, hydroquinone, or is fortified with B vitamins. In addition, many of these creams are paraben- and sulfate-free. Also, creams like Kate Somerville's in particular, contain Vitamin C, an ingredient that specifically strengthens blood vessel walls, which in turn lightens the under eye area. Bear in mind that all eye creams contain at least 50% water so it is up to you on how you choose to determine what you want out of the remaining 50% of ingredients.
Dark circles can be caused by allergies, exhaustion, or an underlying illness, so there are plenty of ways to combat “raccoon eyes” before they even start. As in most cases, it is a good idea to eat a well-balanced diet and avoid excessive amounts of salt or sugar, which can greatly contribute to dark circles. Drinking large amounts of water will also help to flush toxins out of the body. Also, always remember to protect your skin with the use of sunscreen.
If you suffer from dark circles, remember that you are not alone. With a little bit of prevention and proper treatment, you will have a "brighter" future ahead of you.