Do Dark Circle Creams Work?

Komal Basith

We love hearing from you here at Jossbox, and so we’re formalizing this love – putting a ring on it, if you will – with Ask Us Anything, where we attempt to answer your (hopefully not) burning questions about all things beauty.

It’s a mix of general wisdom we’ve pick up over years of being in the beauty industry combined with expert advice from our dermatologist, facialist, makeup artist and hairstylist friends, whose collective careers span decades (and almost every celebrity imaginable), and who are all used to being contacted at random hours of the day with pressing questions about the state of our hair / skin / eye shadow / lives. Have a beauty question of your own? Ask away!


What can I do to get rid of the bumps on my upper arms and legs? It looks like chicken skin and some of it is brown in colour. I’ve tried every scrub possible but nothing seems to help.

It sounds like you have kerastosis pilaris - a condition which renders your skin unable to break down protein which then gets trapped under the skin, leading to those bumps and dark spots. Scrubbing at it won’t help because the problem lies under the surface. You want to break the protein down gently from within, using salicylic acid. Try the Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads - you might also want to read this interview with media expert Diya Ajit, who used them to treat her KP along with a couple of other foolproof products she found to be very effective.


Do dark circle creams really work? I’ve been noticing a few under my eyes recently, but I don’t want to spend a lot on an eye cream unless I know it’s worth it.

Dark circle creams do work, but not for everyone. First you’ve got to figure out what’s causing them. They could be genetic, but since you’ve only noticed them recently, that’s most likely not the case. They could also be because you have naturally deep-set eyes; but again, if that were the reason you’d most likely have noticed them earlier. Do you drink a lot of coffee? That’s often one of the most common reasons of dark circles, so try giving it up for a week to see if you notice a change.

About eye creams – they work only if your dark circles are caused by pigmentation or poor circulation which might be the culprits in your case, and if they contain the correct ingredients; look for retinol, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and hesperidin, which help by increasing circulation, brightening skin and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.

If you’re looking for something with retinol, try Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream. Alternatively, you could address the problem from within with a supplement – Skin Vit C’s Advanced Nutrition Program contains Vitamin C and hesperidin to support collagen growth and strengthen blood capillaries, which will help with improving the clarity of the skin around your eyes.

Read: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Dark Circles


Do perfumes have a sell-by date?

Yes. As a general rule of thumb, the lighter the colour of the bottle, the quicker the perfume will go off but even if you’re storing them in the darkest recesses of your wardrobe, perfumes aren’t generally formulated to last for more than 18 months once opened, so don’t save your favourite one just for special occasions. And whatever you do, don’t store them in your bathroom – steam, sunlight and perfume do not go well together.


Have a lovely weekend!






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