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Whether you are plagued by chronic raccoon eyes or you’ve just had a rough week, there is more you can do to refresh your face than just layering on brightening concealer. The causes of dark under eyes are numerous and varied and that means that different products may or may not work for you. With this in mind, we’ve curated five of the best products for helping you to brighten your eye area:

This Works Morning Expert Open Eyes

This potent eye cream from This Works draws on a number of different botanicals to create an instant antidote to tired eyes upon waking. It contains natural extracts of giant kelp to tighten the look of skin, Persian silk tree extract to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and cocoa seed peptides to limit the effects of blue light on the skin’s appearance. You only need a tiny amount for each application and storing it in the fridge helps to give it an extra whack of power. 

Medik8 Illuminating Eye Balm

This illuminating eye balm from Medik8 concentrates on giving intense hydration to the delicate eye area. It contains multi-weight hyaluronic acid and glycerin so that true moisture is drawn into the eye area, smoothing the appearance of fine, dehydration lines. The formula targets dark circles and signs of fatigue, while the light reflecting mineral pigments help to boost the appearance of tired looking eyes, resulting in a visibly brighter tone.

Dermalogica Biolumin-C Eye Serum

Vitamin C is a fantastic ingredient for boosting brightness and this eye serum from Dermalogica is supercharged with it! As well as a potent vitamin C complex, it contains arjun tree extract, tremella mushroom, dunaliella salina (micro-algae) extract, poria mushroom, papain enzyme (from papaya) and salvia hispanica (chia seed) oil which combine to visibly brighten, hydrate and tighten the eye area. 

Murad Renewing Eye Cream

This multi-functional eye cream from Murad performs a number of different actions to improve the appearance of the eye area. Advanced peptides and retinol visibly minimise fine lines and wrinkles as mango butter increases elasticity, while the Eye Brightening Complex reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness for brighter, younger-looking eyes. As well as targeting the signs of ageing which are already visible it bolsters the skin to prevent future ageing. 

REN Clean Skincare Keep Young And Beautiful Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift

The name of this product really does say it all! REN Clean Skincare Keep Young And Beautiful Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift is a lightweight serum which packs a heavyweight punch with it’s brightening and anti-ageing properties. The vegan, cruelty-free formula promises to reduce dark circles, minimise crows feet, hydrates the eye contour, lifts the skin and smoothes the whole eye area instantly. It can be reapplied throughout the day, even over your make-up, to tighten the eye area and regular use will drastically reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet.