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Under-Eye Complex

Works on darkness and puffiness quickly while antioxidants and gingko help reverse sun damage. $18, by Baxter of California

Cellex-C Toning Gel

A handy roll-on easily distributes a cooling gel that lightens dark circles in two weeks of regular use. $35, at Grooming Lounge

Canyon Ranch Brightness

This Vitamin C-infused cream has microscopic metallic particles in it that reflect light to make skin appear brighter. $70, at Nordstrom

Bright Eyes

Lately I've been developing dark circles under my eyes. It tends to run in my family, so there's not much I can do, but is there anything I can use to minimize the look of them?
- Tyler, Grand Rapids, MI

If the smokey eyes are hereditary, then telling you to get more sleep and curtail caffeine won't help (but always good advice to heed). What you can do is make sure you're using a moisturizer with SPFicon. According to the Mayo Clinic, sun exposure can darken the circles. And by keeping the eye area hydrated, you'll plump up the tissue so the blood vessels underneath don't show as much. There are also a few specialty creams you can try, depending on your budget.

  • Use your ring finger to tap the product onto the delicate skin around your eye.

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