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Why do we get dark circles beneath our eyes?

According to dermatologists and skin experts, dark under-eye circles are caused by the thinning of the skin under the eye, allowing for the underlying veins to become more prominent. The skin around our eyelids, known as the periorbital skin, is only 0.5mm thick and hence, makes it easier to darken from a stressful lifestyle, lack of sleep, sun damage or iron deficiency.

Dark circles are usually accompanied with puffiness under the eyes due to the build-up of fluids. These fluids can increase pressure on the periorbital skin and exacerbate the dark circles, especially as one ages.

Because ordinary moisturisers tend to be heavy, they might actually cause increased fluid retention that aggravates puffiness and fluid retention. Hence, it is important to find the right eye cream to target those dark eye circles. To help you find a suitable eye cream, we have shortlisted six Korean eye creams from Althea for you to try in place of your daily facial moisturisers!

1. Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel is one of the longest-standing and trusted eye gels in the market. This eye gel contains bilberry, gingko leaf and calendula extracts, that help to replenish moisture, reduce puffiness, promote blood circulation and relieve skin irritation. This non-sticky formula also contains hydro ion mineral water, quinoa extracts, olive oil and Tillandsia extracts to help to revitalise the eye area and maintain moisture for up to 24 hours!

2. Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream

Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream

As the name suggests, this eye cream comes with Omega-3 rich salmon roe that helps brighten and revive the eye area. It also contains arbutin that is known to lighten skin pigmentation. Though heavy to the touch, this cream actually emulsifies when you dab it onto the eye area, keeping the skin highly moisturised for a brighter and lighter undereye.

3. W-Lab Bifida Prestige Eyecream

W-Lab Bifida Prestige Eyecream

Bifida Prestige Eyecream is rich in lactic acid, protein, vitamins which help to supplement the skin with key nutrients to stay healthy. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid (a component of our own epidermis) and Ceramide, that helps to maintain the skin’s moisture and revive the skin around the eye area. This product has received great reviews in helping to reduce fine lines as well as rid of dark circles! Use it before applying makeup in the morning or before bed at night for the best results.

4. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream

This chemical-free Jeju Organic Green Tea eye cream contains antioxidants which help to moisturise your eye area for clarity and suppleness. All you need is a small dab of this refreshing eye cream to make your eyes feel relaxed and revitalised!

5. Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye Cream

Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye Cream

This is one of the hottest eye creams in Korea right now for its effectiveness in combating dark circles and puffiness. It contains bird’s nest extract, volufiline and 24K Gold which promises glossy and youthful looking skin around the eye. The unique crystal emulsion system is supposed to help the skin absorb the cream better and also protects the skin from harmful radicals from the environment.

6. Wonde Ruci Wonderuci – Light Light Eye Balm

Wonde Ruci Wonderuci - Light Light Eye Balm

This light eye balm from Wonde Ruci is one miracle cream that doesn’t have water content. Yes, you heard that right! No water in it at all yet it is light and easily absorbed into the skin, leaving your skin feeling moisturised. It contains collagen, grapefruit seed extract and a whole lot of ingredients to brighten and moisturise your tired eyes.

After choosing a good eye cream, how and when you apply the eye cream plays a crucial part as well. Simply use gentle upward strokes with your ring finger or pinky to lightly dab the eye area with just a pea-sized amount of the eye cream.

Say goodbye to those dark circles with these Korean eye creams available at Althea Korea! Remember to sign up with Shopback Malaysia and get up to 7% cashback when you shop at Althea. Plus, check out Althea promo codes to enjoy additional discount!

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