Dermatologist Loretta Ciraldo, MD, FAAD, co-founder of the skincare line Dr. Loretta, is on the same page regarding almond oil and dark circles. She says it may hydrate the skin, but beyond that, it becomes a little murky. “Almond oil is a hydrating oil that can increase skin moisture levels for hours after a single application. Since drier skin looks ashy and often has a darker appearance, there will be some benefit seen solely from the increased hydration,” she says. “A recent study also showed that almond oil gives skin an SPF of about 4.5, so it is UV protective and can help prevent skin darkening from UVA. Many people can’t tolerate sunscreen under their eyes, so almond oil can help lighten dark circles in part from its UV-protective benefits.”

When picking out an almond oil, make sure there aren’t any additives. “Just be sure to get a product that says it is fragrance-free since some almond oil products may contain artificial fragrance that can irritate delicate eye skin,” Ciraldo cautions. Then, undertake a little side-by-side experiment. “If you’re into natural oils and want to see if almond oil will help your own eye skin, use it twice a day around one eye only for two weeks. If the eye where you’ve applied it shows true improvement, use it around both eyes. I’d also suggest layering it with your favorite eye cream as well since many eye creams combine other beneficial ingredients like firming peptides specifically created for eye skin and high levels of antioxidants.”

Speaking of other eye products full of beneficial ingredients, we have a few suggestions for you, whether almond oil–infused or not. Keep scrolling to see.

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