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.
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)
Low blood pressure