The fragile skin under our eyes is the thinnest on our entire body, which makes it one of the first places to show aging (or a hangover). Most eye creams do a pretty good job of moisturizing, but if you’re trying to actually improve the look of dark-blueish under-eye circles, Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright+ Eye Crème is one of the few that make good on its promise to brighten. Thanks to a healthy dose of vitamin C, the cream “neutralizes free-radical damage, calms inflammation, and blocks the production of abnormal pigmentation to brighten under-eye circles,” explains Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. So you’ll look less tired even without any makeup. But that’s not all: The cream also helps under-eye concealer stay put longer, according to skin-care obsessive and Strategist contributor Rio Viera-Newton. As someone who struggles to cover dark circles without their concealer looking cakey or creased, this is a big deal. The eye creme was recently reformulated to include real gold for even more brightening, and it’s now fragrance free, which those with sensitive skin may appreciate. (The old formula was called Banana Bright Eye Crème.)
Ole Henriksen’s sitewide 30 percent off sale officially starts tomorrow, September 16, but with code NYMAG30, Strategist readers get a head start today. So now’s the perfect time to test-drive this eye cream or any of the brand’s other best sellers, including its culty vitamin-C serum and its C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème, my personal favorite because of how juicy it feels and how good it smells.
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