Here's a fact: When you're running low on sleep, it automatically shows in your eyes. Thanks to the unwelcome appearance of dark circles, people can easily tell when you're puyat. While it's tempting to pile on layers of concealer to hide those bags, keep in mind that sleep deprivation causes the skin to lose its suppleness, so constantly covering up will only make the puffiness and discoloration look more pronounced.
This is where tinted eye creams come in handy. They camouflage dark circles and nourish the delicate eye area in one go. Of course, getting eight hours of shut-eye is still the best solution to dark circles, but on hectic weeks when you've got to work overtime, these double duty products will help you take extra care of your tired peepers:
Nuxe Nuxellence Eye Contour
P2,350, Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Beauty MNL, and Beauty Bar
This color-correcting eye cream from Nuxe has a peachy orange tint that neutralizes the blue tones of your eye bags, making them appear brighter even without concealer on. It's formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to restore elasticity under your eyes, keeping saggy skin and fine lines at bay with continued use.
Olay Ultimate Eye Cream
P1,648 (from P1,699), Lazada
For some, a combination dark circles and puffy eye bags happens after pulling an all-nighter. If this is often your issue, consider investing in this gel-like cream that reduces puffiness as it's loaded with peptides and vitamin B3. Upon application, you'll feel a cooling sensation that'll make your tired eyes feel refreshed, especially in the morning. It also helps that it comes with a subtle peach tint that lightens up dark circles.
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy: Brighten, Depuff, and Smooth
P1,977, Sephora PH
Coffee will not only wake you up, but also freshen up your tired peepers. This eye cream with a pinkish tint is packed with caffeine, Coralline extract (a hydrating, anti-aging ingredient), and licorice root (a skin-soothing antioxidant) that work to reduce puffy eye bags and illuminate dark circles. In the long run, it can help boost the skin's production of collagen, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines that usually develop in your 30s.
Need a little more coverage to conceal those shadows? Try these skincare-infused concealers that won't only hide away your problem areas but will also help treat them in the long run:
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser
P399, available in department stores
This highly-raved drugstore concealer is the puyat lady's BFF. Its silky, lightweight formula doesn't cake up upon application so it won't accentuate the puffiness of your eyes. It also minimizes the look of dark spots and eye bags over time, thanks to skin-loving ingredients like goji berry, Haloxyl, and vitamin C.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
P1,730, Sephora PH
This concealer provides a buildable, full coverage, but doesn't settle into pores and fine lines. The secret? It's loaded with hydrating, anti-aging ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen and vitamin C that moisturize the eye area, and even treat discolourations like age spots and redness with regular use.
Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer
P1,920, Sephora PH
As its name suggests, this creamy concealer does a lot more than covering up problem areas. Infused with energizing green tea and soothing and moisturizing Jericho Rose extract, it minimizes the apperance of dark circles, redness, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and discolouration—you'll surely get more bang for your buck with this one. It leaves a non-cakey, matte finish and it provides full coverage, too.