Turn back time on your eyes and tackle dark circles, bags and fine lines with these must-have ingredients

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If you find no matter how many hours of sleep you get, you’re still waking up with puffy eyes and dark circles, you are not alone. Although this can be caused by a lack of sleep, it can sometimes just be down to genetics and/or the passage of time

“Eye bags and darker circles are a natural part of the ageing process – over time, skin naturally loses collagen and grows thinner,” explains Daniel Ezra, Harley Street oculoplastic surgeon and consultant surgeon at Moorfields eye hospital. “Therefore, the network of vessels and tissue are more visible.”

The delicate skin around the eyes is also often the first place for wrinkles to develop, thanks to all the repetitive movement from smiling. (They’re not called laughter lines for nothing.)

However, there are some ingredients you should look out for in your skincare, which can improve your eyes’ appearance.

“Applying peptide-infused products to the skin will help decrease under-eye bags,” says Dr Murad, board certified dermatologist and founder of Murad Skin. “Skin-quenching ingredients such as shea butter and macadamia nut oil firm and awaken the eye area, while collagen and hyaluronic acid can help plump out lines.”

One of our favourite multi-taking eye creams is Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, which uses an ultra-fine form of hyaluronic acid, meaning it can penetrate effectively to plump fine lines from within. There’s also witch hazel to reduce dark circles and swelling and cucumber oil to soothe and calm the skin.

It’s usually £11 for a travel-sized tube but you’ll find it included in this month's OK Beauty Box which costs just £7.50 here when you sign up. It’s one of five skincare products in the box, worth over £80 in total.

One of those in the box is a luxe sampler of Murad Intense Recovery Cream, a does-it-all product that nourishes, soothes and destresses your entire face, including your whole eye area too. (Not all face creams are gentle enough to be used up to the eyes, but we know eye cream is an easy step to skip…)

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If dark circles are your main concern, Dr Murad recommends using an eye cream that contains vitamin C. “It’s rich in antioxidants so it will brighten the skin,” he says.

One of our go-to is Jack Black Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel, £27.50 here, as it's packed full of all the bag-beating vitamins A, C and E to brighten the skin as well as chamomile extract to soothe and calm the skin.

No need to hide away under sunglasses!

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