Dark circles can affect anyone of any age and ethnicity for a variety of reasons. People often think dark circles are due to tiredness and a lack of sleep, but genetics, aging, and lifestyle factors all play a part in the development of dark circles. People may also find that allergies, nutrient deficiencies, or underlying health conditions can cause dark circles.

Here are the best DIY patches for instantly bright under-eyes

DIY cucumber eye pads

Applying cucumber patches to the eyes may tired eyes and reduce swelling. The high water and vitamin C content of cucumber may help to nourish and moisturize the skin. Cucumber also contains silica, which is essential for healthy tissue. Cut a cucumber in slices and apply the pads to the eyes on a daily basis, if you have time.

Cold eye patches

Applying cold patches to the eyes can constrict blood vessels and reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Tea or chamomile eye patches

Tea patches may help lessen dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. Caffeine has antioxidant properties and stimulates blood circulation around the eyes. A person can make a tea before letting it cool, then put two cotton pads on it and resting them on each eye. Putting the patches in the fridge first can add a cooling effect for the eyes. Choose chamomile to calm any redness and irritation.


..And the best eye patches you can buy

While you can treat your dark circles using natural pads, when you seriously have woken up with dark circles, puffy eyes, and more pronounced lines, natural remedies can only do so much. If your under-eyes need extra love because you’re sleep-deprived, hungover, or just generally exhausted—it’s time to consider an eye mask.

Not only do these pads feel really, really good, but they also help diminish puffiness, dryness, fine lines, and dark circles. Consider these eye patches to be exactly what you need to look awake and refreshed.

Caffeine eye patches

Not only does it perk you up after a late night, but caffeine pads also do the same thing around the eyes by tightening blood vessels for a while. Caffeine boosts the skin’s energy, caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, which, in turn, reduces redness, swelling, and extensive fluid from pooling around the eyes.

This will give a tightened appearance around the eyes. The benefits of caffeine don’t stop there, though. Caffeine has been shown to neutralize free radicals from DNA damage and contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can further improve skin texture.

Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides eye patches

That ultra-thin skin around the eye looks better when it’s hydrated. Keeping a strong skin barrier to this delicate area is crucial. Ceramides pads can boost collagen production and the combination with hyaluronic acid is even more effective.

Vitamin B3 eye patches

All the B vitamins are cellular powerhouses, especially B3, which is also known as niacinamide. This vitamin not only calms down redness and inflammation but also stimulates collagen production and increases free fatty acids in the skin to hydrate, so look for pads with Vitamin B3 base to treat your dark circles.

Retinoids eye pads

Retinoic acid products should be used very cautiously to help slough the darkly pigmented skin, we recommend looking for eye pads with retinal, another vitamin A derivative, that promotes cell regeneration to keep your skin around the eye looking younger and stimulate collagen production.

Multi vitamin ones

Ingredients such as vitamins A, C, and E help with skin health and collagen. Vitamin C is integral in collagen production. It also helps brighten the skin and serves as a powerhouse antioxidant. We suggest you look for patches that contain these ingredients to prevent and treat dark circles.

Kojic/Glycolic Acid eye pads

Kojic acid, derived from mushrooms, is touted for reducing hyperpigmentation. It works well in eye creams and patches, and so do liquorice and rose oil for improving the appearance of the skin around the eye.  Lightening products with kojic acid, glycolic acid can be helpful to get rid of dark circles. 

24 k gold eye patches

Use these jelly eye patches that use 24k gold to plump and brighten skin. We suggest using them before doing makeup, so your concealer goes on super-smooth. This mask delivers smooth, radiant, plump eyes in as little as 10 minutes.

Unlike a sheet mask or a traditional skincare face mask, these eye patches are formulated specifically for your delicate under eyes to target eye-specific issues like fine lines and crow’s feet. Uniquely shaped and formulated to stay put, they’re perfect to slap on your clean, dry under eyes when you’re traveling, before an event, or anytime you’re feeling puffy or swollen.