Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Beauty Myths No.18 - eye creams fix genetic dark circles


Dark circles driving you mad? Tried everything under the sun? Whilst there are limited things that you can do about them and definitely things that make them worse, if they are genetic, i.e., if you know for a fact that ma and pa gave them to you, you are limited in what you can do.

I'm talking specifically to my lovely Asian readers, darker-toned readers and even my lovely red-headed extremely pale readers. If you can see dark circles, and to your knowledge, there is no particular reason for them, look at your parents/immediate family. If they also have them, you're probably genetically lined up in a similar fashion, and there isn't a cream alive that will safely deal with that kind of dark circle.

Sure, there are excellent eye creams out there that can take the edge off, and some brightening ones that will 'lift' the appearance of them, but anyone that looks you in the eye and says 'this cream will absolutely fix your dark circles' is either misinformed, or not being completely straight with you. It's a little easier for those of us with occasional dark circles caused by things like illness, dehydration, too much of a good (bad) thing, but genetics are hard to mess with. 

Eye Cream Cheat Sheet - this is really old, I should probably do an updated version:  www.carolinehirons.com/eye-cream-cheat-sheet

All eye cream reviews - www.carolinehirons.com/eyecreams

25 comments:

  1. Love all the reviews linked together! Reminded me of what i want to try next. Love Ole Hendriksen's gel.

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  2. Yes, I agree 100%, you just cannot say that something in a form of a cream can erase genetic dark circles, no, no! But you can always put on some quality concealer, right?
    Come & see my blog: http://sunmoonstyle.blogspot.co.at/

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  3. Thank you Caroline for always telling it like it is!

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  4. Hi Caroline I was wondering if you could help me. My neck is starting to resemble aunt babe off eastenders and I am at my wits end with it. I have no necklace lines it's just started in the middle to go creepy. Is there anything other than surgery that might help? I exfoliate and moisturise well and can't afford a neck lift. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. :0) xxxJoolsxxx

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    1. NIOD Neck Elasticity is a good one, you use if from your nose down and can also use it on your eyelids if they are sagging.

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  5. Hi Caroline! Thanks for all your cheat sheets. I put my vote in for an updated one on eye creams. May I also cheekily suggest a post on how to prevent crows feet? Not sure if you've covered that topic before. Thanks for your work and sharing your knowledge with us :)

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  6. Genetics screwing us over one dark circle at a time... Thank god for concealer then!

    Jamie-leigh | missjamie-leigh.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. The same genes that gave me dark circles also gave me clear skin, so I consider myself paradoxically blessed.

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  8. I hardly care about my dark circles. They are quite visible, hello quite pale skin... most days I even don't use concealer. Honestly, I didn't try to do something "against" them so far. Of course it is nicer not to have those dark circles. But they are something I can get along with quite well. I guess I inherited just some annoying things from my parents ��

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  9. I actually think dark circles can look quite nice! (I never cover mine. Any time I do, my face looks flatter and my eyes look smaller. Maybe that's just my face?..)
    They beat eye bags any day!

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  10. Oh and thanks for the link to your eye cream cheat sheet! I love all of your cheat sheets. They're fantastic. Is there anywhere on the site where they are all compiled, does anyone (or even Caroline!) know?
    Many thanks!

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    1. In the side bar on the right, sorted by topic.

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    2. Thank you!
      (No side bar on the iPhone!)

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  11. That claim makes me so annoyed whenever I read it. Thank you for busting that myth.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  12. I quite like my dark circles. Completely covered up, I look odd. But I would love a really good concealer that doesn't go cakey or settle into fine lines....

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  13. "...even my lovely red-headed extremely pale readers" uh-huh, with the double whammy of purple veined lids. Most concealers are still too dark!

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  14. For anyone not quite happy to embrace those dark circles: I can only recommend Bobbi Brown's serum corrector & concealer duo. Problem solved!

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  15. Hi!
    So I've been spending an embarrassing amount of time on here, trying to work out what to do with my skin and which products to use. I have been to a derm, a beauty nurse (can't recall what they're actually called - you know, those who can do fillers and stuff) and just regular estheticians. And it have gotten me nowhere. Or actually it has gotten me to the point where my skin is broken and looks like absolute shite (pardon my french). I know and understand that you get an insane amount of comments, but I was hoping you could let us know if and when you have the time to answer questions like these. I would obvs provide a better backstory, but didn't see the point of doing that here and now.

    Would really appreciate it. Thank you :) X

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  16. I've suddenly developed dark circles and am not sure why? It isn't hereditary in my case and I've not had them before but for some reason over the last couple of weeks I have dark circles under my eyes and my eyelids have gone darker as well - sort of a dark reddish/purplish colour.

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  17. My nose did a number on me a year and a half ago.
    Not it's fault directly but... took a nose-dive lol, and ended up with two impressive shiners. It all healed up ok nose a bit off kilter in "gives character" kind of way. (The wise words of my chiropractor when I asked him to please put it in place for me.) anyhoo, my goodness its 1.5 years ago and I am still walking around like a racoon with the dark cirles extending also across the bridge of my nose and eye socket areas. So Caroline, will any of your suggestions work for such an injury?

    I have been madly experimenting with concealer and have not used your suggestions waiting for nature to correct. But being 56 dont care to pack on too much under the eyes actually I have to do a whole racoon covering area. Any tips?

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  18. I just have been to my 5th Target and they are all sold out of Pixi Glow Tonic. I totally blame you. Yes, I do:-)

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  19. I was so happy when I found you're blog just now!!!! Finally! Someone like me!!!! :-)

    I recently started my blog, as a doctor, I hear soooo many advices, myths and mistakes that are just wrong, so I wan't people to know facts, evidence and not advises like "this 300 dollar cream will lighten your dark spot under your eyes".

    So just: thank you!!!

    Natja from www.bynatja.dk

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  20. Dear Caroline,

    My comment if slightly off topic, but I'm in trouble. I currently moved to a country where skincare products are not very popular, hence there is not many brands that I can choose from, and the range of cosmetics is also very limited. I don't give up, but I need a help with retinols.could you please suggest something from brands that are available worldwide? I would be very grateful. Thank you in advance.

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  21. Agh dark circles are the bane of my existence! No concealer will completely cover them and I've given up on eye creams with crazy claims. I guess I'll just embrace my heritage of baggy eyes and deep set dark circles!

    On a completely different note: I've been using the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night treatment and while it does wonders for my skin, it keeps balling up when I use oils (I even used the Ole Henriksen rosehip oil over it) or thicker creams over it :( Any suggestions everyone?? I had tried a deluxe size sample before I got the full bottle and I don't think I had this issue with it.
    I'd appreciate any help :) Thanks!

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  22. Eye creams for folks in their mid/late 20s? Not sure I want to spend Tata prices but can't get Monu.

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