The wonder eye-cream ingredient that improves dark circles

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.

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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.

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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.

5 of the best eye creams with licorice root

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Derma E Even Tone Dark Circle Reducing Eye Creme 14g, £21, Biovea.net

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Radiant Eye Cream with Chamomile, Vitamin C, Liquorice & Retinol 30ml, £14.99, Face Theory

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Botanical Kinetics Energizing Eye Cream with Liquorice Root & Coffee Bean 15ml, £28, Aveda

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Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Protector SPF 30 with Activated C + Licorice Root 15ml, £30, Kiehl’s

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Caudalie Vine Activ Energising & Smoothing Eye Cream 15ml, £27.50, John Lewis