This instructable will help you prevent, treat and cover up those circles under your eyes. Puffy eyes or bags under eyes are similar problems to dark circles, so they will also be dealt with in this instructable.

In order to deal with the problem of under eye circles, it is important to address the cause.


Lack of sleep

This is probably the most well know cause for under eye circles. Sleep is the best beauty treatment you can give yourself, not to mention that the overall health benefits are enormous. Eight hours of sleep is what most people need but rarely get, most people have such busy lives, staying up late and getting up early is common. It is important to your overall health that you try to get 8hrs of sleep each night.

Sometimes people don't get enough sleep because they have trouble falling asleep, or wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. A few tips for falling asleep are;

- reduce the intake of caffeine,
- don't drink caffeinated beverages too late in the day,
- try to wind down and relax before bedtime,
- don't eat later than 3 hrs before bedtime,
- or exercise too late at night.

If you have trouble shutting up your thoughts or worries when your head hits the pillow try talking them out with a friend or partner before bed or write it in a journal.

Clock watching can make things worse, as you count the hours you have until you get up, you get more anxious about whether your able to get any sleep at all. If you have this problem, try moving your clock so you can't see it at all from your bed.

Stress is a big reason why people have trouble sleeping, try stress management techniques such as exercise and meditation. Insomnia can also be a chronic problem, talk to your doctor to get some advice or a referral to a sleep clinic.

Step 1: More Causes


Drinking enough water is crucial for your health. Under eye circles can be a symptom of dehydration. It is important to drink about eight glasses of water a day. Also drink extra while exercising, to make up what you lose while perspiring. Carry a reusable waterbottle with you wherever you go. Also be careful not to consume too much dietary salt. This could lead to fluid retention and puffy eyes.

Improper diet and nutrition

If you are not eating properly this can be reflected in your appearance. Try to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes. Also strive for a healthier diet overall; see these instuctables on how to eat healthy:



Allergies or sinus infections can cause puffy eyes. Take medication to deal with it or try to eliminate the allergen (if possible). Prop up your head with pillows or raise the end of the bed where your head rests to prevent fluids from accumulating around your eyes as you sleep. Also try the eye massage in step 3.

Rubbing eyes

Don't do it! The skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate. Please don't rub, tug, pull, or stretch that skin. If you suffer from itchy eyes, try eye drops, or allergy medication. When you are washing, drying with a towel, removing or applying make-up to the eye area always be gentle.


Sadly as you age, your skin loses its structural integrity and begins to sag, especially around the eyes and jowls. When the skin sags under the eyes they can look puffy, baggy, and show dark circles. See Step 3 for some preventative measures


Yes, another good reason to quite smoking.


Some people have a genetic predisposition to dark circles, find out whether other family members are prone to this.

Iron Deficiency Anemia*

Those dark circles may be due to an underling medical condition. Iron deficiency anemia can make your skin look pale and the skin under the eye may look bluish. If you have any of these other symptoms please see a doctor.

Chest pains (in severe cases)
Shortness of breath (in severe cases)
Heart palpitations (in severe cases)
An increased heart rate especially during exertion (in severe cases)
Rapid breathing
Low blood pressure


<p>I had dark circles under my eyes since my son was born. I used to cover <br> the circles with makeup. I came across DermalMD serum online and order it to <br>try it its working great the dark circles have been clearing quick. I <br>recommend this gel to all the people that need help with dark circles <br>and wrinkles.</p>
<p>I've tried a lot of eye creams and most just don't do it...my good friend told me about an organic eye cream she got in a Hollywood swag bag from some event she was at. Its the Made from Earth Olive Night Cream - and she fell in love with it so I went on line and ordered it myself from their website - I also fell in love with it ...the cream works, you should check this out..</p>
<p>Cool, I will check it out!</p>
Haha I like how u used miis!
I just wanted to thank you for the great tips. I will definitely try all of this, wish me no black circles. Thank you.. :)
<br>very comprehensive! Rocker Chick is right about the hemmorhoid ointment.<br>It works on the blood vessels that are somewhat too expanded and I use it always as concealer. Very cheap and safe!
You recommend drinking about 8 glasses of water a day. do you mean the short glasses, or the tall ones? I drink 4 tall glasses of water a day and I'm mostly healthy. I mean, I'm sneezing and have <em>puffy</em> eyes, but there are 5 cats in the house. Then again, my heart rate lowers after great amounts of exercise, so I'm probably not a good barometer.<br/>
I probably should have said 8 8oz glasses a day which is a general rule. Another way of determining how much you need per day is to divide you weight in pounds by 2 and that's how many ounces. So for someone who is 150 pounds they need 75 ounces of water per day.
and you can take into account other beverages you drink as well as foods that are moist. The &quot;glasses&quot; of water is not meant to be over and above everything else. check this out http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp
I always add hemmorhoid cream under me eyes. ( yes i know it sounds gross, but it works!)
I've heard about that but I've been hesitant to try, so it works eh.
Ah, now I have it, finally. This is a wii-avatar. I knew I know this thing.
Yes its a MII, I couldn't figure out how to transfer them to my PC so I just took a picture of my TV screen, so the image quality isn't that great.
Nintendo's latest console, the Wii (not Nintendo Wii, just Wii), is spelled capital W lowercase i lowercase i, because the ii is probably supposed to represent two people. Now, I think this comment might have a lot of Wii info, but I think it's necessary. The Mii is supposed to sound like &quot;me&quot;, as Wii is supposed to sound like &quot;we&quot;. Like the name Wii, Mii has two lowercase i's. Also...<br/><em>Ohhhh, if you want it to be possessive, it's just I-T-S,</em><br/>but if it's supposed to be a contraction, it's I-T-apostrophe-S... scalawag.<em></em><br/>
Woah, that was long but informative! How about short and informative? I get enough sleep, but i have had dark circles under my eyes since i was six- too many 1st grade birthday parties i guess...
Sorry it is a bit long winded. I tried to break it up a bit with headings and subheadings so you can scan through. I'm guessing your dark circles are probably not age related. There are other factors such as diet(are you getting enough iron?), allergies, not drinking enough water, etc that might be the cause. If its genetic there is not to much you can do about it.
Nice instructable with good info! I think you probably meant eight GLASSES of water per day, though, not eight ounces.
Thanks, I didn't do a very good job proofreading, eh.
Nice Instructable. I like the explanation of the causes. <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Get-rid-of-circles-under-your-eyes/">Mine</a> is more effect- than cause-oriented.<br/> <br/>

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