This heatwave is ruining our beauty sleep: night after night of tossing and turning, trying to get cool enough to nod off, have made our dark circles even darker. While we pile on the under-eye concealer, we’ve been hunting for the best eye creams to brighten and lighten – and it turns out that mother nature might have the answer.
Licorice root extract – the same substance with which licorice sweets are flavoured – is the secret weapon to look for on the ingredients list. That’s because it contains a unique active compound called Glabridin, which applied topically has been shown to reduce the formation of pigment in the skin, while also reducing inflammation/redness.
So it’s more likely to be effective at tackling under-eye circles that have a brownish tinge, which are caused by hyper-pigmentation, whereas bluish toned circles are caused by blood gathering in the eye socket, something that a topical cream can’t treat. Many of us have sun spots around the delicate eye area – and a licorice root product will help to fade these too.
And the good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune to find an eye cream containing licorice root. However, like most eye treatments, you will need to keep up application consistently for a few weeks to see a real, visible difference – but we’re willing to be dedicated with our skincare regime to lose the panda eye look. Here are our top picks for £30 and under, all available to buy in the UK.