6 Ways to Brighten Your Under Eyes and Reduce Dark Circles

I wish I could blame dark circles and under eye puffiness on the fact that I have two young kids that keep me sleep deprived (yes I am complaining..and yes I adore them). But most of the time, dark circles are a result of our under eye skin being the thinnest on our body, making our veins more visible to the world. To make matters worse, our skin thins as we age, making dark circles even more apparent the older we get (awesome…kidding).

tips on brightening your under eyes

With that said, age and thin skin isn’t the only reason our under eyes need to be brightened up and rejuvenated; you can get dark circles from periorbital hyperpigmentation. This condition causes more melanin to be produced under the eye, resulting in darker skin. In other cases, the veins under the eyes get damaged and leak blood that can cause extra darkness. Also, you can get puffiness and darkness from extra fluid under the eyes that can push the veins closer to the surface. This fluid can come from sickness, allergies,  rubbing your eyes, sleeping on your side or stomach and water retention from excessive salt. 

tips to reducing dark circles and puffiness

In essence, there are a lot of ways that annoying of dark circles and puffiness can make their way to you life. To combat that,  I am going to show you six ways to brighten your under eyes.

1) Eye Cream: Having a good eye cream in your skincare collection is an absolute must-have for anyone struggling with dark under eyes. When you are looking for one, make sure that it addresses both darkness and puffiness, plus has a good dose of anti-aging benefits that help to protect and heal that thin undereye skin.

Note* You should know that using an eye cream will not take away your veins.  It will, however, reduce puffiness, resulting in veins not being pushed to the surface of the skin, making them less apparent. Using an anti-aging eye cream will also help keep the integrity of your undereye skin, also resulting in veins being minimized in appearance. With all of that said, I know people that are disappointed with every eye cream they try, and, most likely that is because there are lifestyle or genetic issues going on that an eye cream just simply can’t fix.

If you are on the hunt for an excellent eye cream, one I have found to work well is the Pevonia Botanica Lumafirm Eye Contour Lift & Glow. It’s not magic (like makeup), but it works really well.

2) Drink Water: Drinking 8, 8 oz glasses of water per day can help with under eye darkness and puffiness. Drinking water helps with water retention, which in turn helps with puffiness.

3) Sleep: Getting enough sleep can help with darkness and puffiness. When you don’t get enough sleep, cortisol is produced in the body, which produces more blood for energy. What we learned above is that when we have extra blood in our veins, it makes our under eyes look darker. So, sleep is essential.

4) Eating Right: Eating or juicing healthy fruits and vegetables that are high in skin saving and anti-aging ingredients like vitamins C, K, and A can also help with the integrity of your undereye skin. Also, you should stay away from anything that is high in salt because as we know, it can produce puffiness.

5) Cooling Eye Packs: Using anything on the eye that is cool like sliced cucumbers, cooled chamomile tea bags, and refrigerated gel packs are great for reducing puffy eyes. Using these helps to take down the inflammation, which in turn, reduces the appearance of darkness as well.

6) Concealing and Correcting: At the end of the day, you may have done all of the above, and still have residual under eye darkness. That’s where concealing and correcting come in, and it can be rather magical. Try applying a pink toned corrector to the bluish/purple area of the eye. Since it’s a corrector, you shouldn’t need to use much. Then go over that with a concealer color that is one shade lighter than your foundation shade.

Do you have any secrets that help brighten your under eyes?  Do tell!

xo, Kendra

note* Some of these items were given to me by PR. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.



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  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Concealer wins

  • Corrector and concealer FTW!

  • Coco

    I’ve been using my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in Sin (pigmented shimmery champagne) under my eyes– it started as an accident and now it’s an everyday staple, as I do not use a foundation but simply a BB Cream. It’s matte, so it won’t crease with my new wrinkles halfway through the day, and it saves me from using a second product.

  • I need to try color correcting concealer

  • I definitely never skin concealing. i do drink lots of water and use gel backs too

  • Great tips! Lord knows I need to follow them b/c I look dead 24/7 yo. Well, not really but quite often. LOL!

  • These are some awesome tips and tricks. I totally am a concealer lover. I also am huge fan of the eye cream. lol…

  • marciaf

    I’ve been using Pixi Beauty’s Corrector Concentrate and it’s making a big difference. Plus I’m finally getting more sleep. Insomnia is the worst!

  • All of these are great tips. Correcting then concealing works wonders.

  • Cooling ice packs are my fave,.. or even a chilled tea bag!

  • I always try to get more sleep…. it rarely happens haha

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  • erikatheicyone

    I have fair skin, year round allergies, migraines and bad sleep patterns, Dark circles are a permanent part of my landscape. I am on the hunt for the perfect corrector/concealer combo.

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Yes to everything you said!

  • I haven’t used Pevonia products in quite a while… but loved them when I worked at the resort and the spa used it on us. 😉

  • Great tips! I´m looking for a new conclealer, Kendra, can you recommend something good?

  • Fantastic tips! I hid so much discoloration around my eyes it’s not even funny =

  • BTBAshley

    Awesome tips! Sharing them to social media.

  • I have yet to find a treatment that works. Color correcting is my friend right now lol

    • Kiki

      We have the Pevonia’s Lumablanc in the spa and it is the best! It has 5 different types of Vitamin C and MicroRetinol, super lightening cream that can be used under the eyes….love it <3