Dark Eye Circle Treatments: What Works and What Doesn’t

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Dark Eye Circle Treatments: What Works and What Doesn’t

Dark eye circles plague many of us here in Singapore. With our long-working hours (Singaporeans work some of the longest hours in the world!), highly stressful society and love of the night-life, it’s no wonder most of us look like pandas everyday.

So it’s only natural that we want to get rid of our dark eye circles. But what exactly works as a dark eye circle treatment? What can reduce our dark eye rings? Here’s a list of the 5 most common suggestions and whether they really work.

Top 5 Dark Eye Circle Treatments

Cucumber Slices

Cucumber slices have long been used to combat dark eye circles in spas and salons. But is there any science that supports this idea? According to Phillip Artemi of the Australian College of Dermatologists, “Technically, cold temperature can cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing swelling.” The problem is it doesn’t reverse dark circles. The advantage of using them is that it is inexpensive and a rather simple fix. The disadvantage is there are no real changes to the pigments in your skin.

Eye Concealer

Under eye concealer is great in a jiffy and can virtually eliminate dark circles. It is also good at evening out skin tone and can protect your skin from direct sunlight and damage. The advantage is that it is simple to use and can easily mask dark circles, the disadvantages being that it requires ongoing work on your part.

Dark Eye Circle Treatment

Those of your who have read my earlier post about Ellanse’s natural de-ageing effects will know I chanced upon a clinic called Kowayo. And it’s also here that we find our about the clinical solutions to dark eye circles. Of course, clinical treatments for dark eye circles definitely work. Simple fillers like Ellanse will already do good enough. It’s always best to seek professional advice and consultation with a doctor before deciding on the treatment itself.


Some people say that beauty sleep can prevent dark circles and keep your skin looking great. Apparently, there is some truth to that. “Getting more sleep may reduce redness in the eyes and the fullness of eye bags, but it does little to reduce dark pigment,” says Artemi. The advantages of getting more beauty sleep is that it improves your overall health and can be effective at temporarily removing eye bags. Disadvantages are that it won’t eliminate dark circles and aren’t good in a time-crunch.

Healthy Diet

While diet doesn’t play a pivotal role in skin pigmentation, it can affect your skin’s overall health. For example, green tea contains skin-friendly antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory benefits that protect skin cells. Avocados and eggs are also great for the skin since they contain biotin, a critical vitamin in skin health. The advantages of a nutrient dense diet are that it can improve complexion and of course improve your overall health. Disadvantages are that it has little to no impact on dark circles long-term.