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Plenty of guys get dark circles. Hell, I work in the beauty industry and even I get them. The reason behind them can span many factors. Let’s start with the most obvious: a lack of sleep. Of this, I am most guilty. There’s a reason we associate a bad night’s sleep with looking like Uncle Fester. Not getting enough rest causes dehydration, which makes your orbital blood vessels more visible. Salt and alcohol can make you retain too much water, giving you a puffy look, which often casts a dark shadow under your eyes. Allergies are an unexpected culprit, too. This time of year, constricted nasal passages can block regular blood drain from your under eyes, causing darkness under the skin. Then there’s sun exposure and good ole fashioned genetics. While you can’t do much about your genetics, you can work with what you have (with a little help) to help brighten your under eyes.

Two products you'll need can be found at Geologie — a science-backed skincare brand tailored to your skin type. Complete the short diagnostic quiz and it will set you up with a routine. Get the Complete Set (currently 70% off a 30-day trial supply with code VGL70) and it will include two heavy-hitters for combatting troubled under eyes with a two-prong approach. The first is with the Dark & Puffy Under Eye Cream. There is no wizardry involved: just proven ingredients. Kojic acid is a melanin-inhibitor that brightens the darkness of your under eye. This works to lighten existing darkness as well as preventatively to thwart unwanted pigmentation in the future. Caffeine has anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictive properties, which means it can help flush out the fluid we all hold under our eyes — giving them a puffy, fatigued look. The last of the trio of active ingredients is hyaluronic acid — a powerful molecule that is like a hydration sponge. It’s known for being able to hold 1000x its own weight in water which hydrates and plumps fine lines that often creep up on our fragile under-eye skin.

Next, of course, is sunscreen. The numero uno cause of aging is UV light from the sun. Through transitive property, the best way to prevent premature aging is by making sure you’re wearing ample SPF. The Hydrating Face Cream contains SPF10 coverage to help prevent additional hyperpigmentation. This lightweight cream also has niacinamide to regulate oil and reduce inflammation, if you happen to find yourself constantly wiping your oily forehead during the day.

If you’re looking for more SPF to reapply during the day or just happen to live in a sunny climate (lucky you), you can always add on the Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen for a blend of physical and chemical protection with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to boot. By protecting your delicate under-eye skin with a sunscreen, you’re preventing accelerated fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging that comes with sun damage (think of an old leather baseball glove) as well as stopping the increased eye darkness that the sun exacerbates. It's like the old saying goes: The best sunscreen is the one you'll actually wear.

Both the Eye Cream and Morning Cream are included in Geologie’s Complete Set along with a face wash, and night cream to give your skin the best shot at anti-aging it can get. Finally, one less thing to lose sleep over.

Use code VGL70 for 80% off your 30-day trial (for $10!) at Geologie.com. Looking to pick up items à la carte? Use code VGL20 for everything else.


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