The 12 Greatest Eye Serums for Darkish Circles, Fingers Down

I’ll never say no to a good eye cream, but now I’m fully considering that an eye serum might be better for daytime to really help prevent those pesky dark circles. I honestly never really considered that there were differences between the two until I asked a dermatologist. (Hey, skincare has a learning curve, right?)

Azadeh Shirazi, MD, explains that “eye creams have high concentrations of oils and emollients with a lower water content, whereas serums are lighter with a higher water content.” This means that if you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may actually want to favor a serum. Further, Shirazi says there’s something else to keep in mind. “Eye creams are better overnight and for drier skin types whereas eye serums are better for puffiness and best applied in the morning under concealer.”

So yeah, if you’re constantly battling your dark circles, an eye serum may be the way to go. Look for ingredients like vitamin C and caffeine to brighten and hyaluronic acid to provide lightweight hydration. To save you a deep dive into the internet, I’ve rounded up the best eye serums for dark circles below. Keep scrolling to find the right one for you.

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