Dark circles and under-eye bags are serious skin concerns for so many, including yours truly. You see, I perennially wake up with dark half-moons and puffiness surrounding my eye area—no matter how much sleep I get or water I drink. Consequently, I've been through the frustrating cycle of eye cream trial and error, pinpointing only a small number of formulas that work (like Dr. Dennis Gross's Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream, $68).
I've also built up a small arsenal of tools and practices that help diminish that dreaded "apparently I just aged 30 years overnight" look of my under eyes. These include facial massage, ice rolling, and a standing weekly appointment with my trusty micro-needler (if you haven't tried these three things, I suggest you do so, as they've helped awaken my complexion quite dramatically).
Alas, my dark circles and puffiness never really go away. They're always waiting for the right opportunity to re-appear, which is why I still pay attention to new products that promise real results, kind of like Sunday Riley's newest formulation does. The so-called "Auto Correct" Eye Cream was made to tackle all of your dark and puffy under-eye problems.
This eye cream is the newest product from the brand that brought us some old favorites, like Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment ($158) or the Luna Sleeping Oil ($105). Just like the rest of the brand's products, this eye cream is formulated with a number of naturally sourced ingredients. Caffeine and Brazilian ginseng root extract are the first ingredients included. These are paired together to energize tired eyes and reduce circles and puffiness. Horse chestnut and acamella oleracea extract smooth wrinkles and lines and lift the eye contours, and lutein gives the area some much-needed radiance. Finally, shea butter and cocoa moisturize the skin while watermelon rind hydrates. It sounds like Sunday Riley sought to formulate an eye cream that does a little bit of everything.
The brand recommends using a pea-sized amount each morning and night, applying it in a massaging motion for best results. (When I try this out, I'll do with it what I do with all other eye creams—I'll keep it in the fridge since the extra coolness helps to de-puff and brighten more rapidly than it would at room temperature.)
Here's to working like a "hydrating shot of espresso" for my under eyes!