Dark circles under the eyes can appear whether you're old or young. While some of the blame goes to genetics, there are other factors that come into play. Knowing common causes as well as how to reduce the dark circles that form under your eyes can leave you feeling younger and more confident. Use some home remedies to save money on expensive creams or surgeries.
Get seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. Use an extra pillow under your head to help extra fluids drain from your face while you sleep.
Apply a cold compress to your eyes when you're getting ready in the morning. Soak a washcloth in cool water and place it on your eyes, leaving it there until the cloth becomes warm. Wring out and repeat three or four more times.
Rest with tea bags placed over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. While some people like using chamomile for its relaxing effects, any tea will work. Dr. Marianne O'Donoghue, an associate professor of dermatology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, says all teas contain tannin, which will help reduce the puffiness and dark circles. Leave them on your eyes for five minutes for the desired effect. Wrap the tea bag in a tissue first, so the tea doesn't stain your skin.
Close your eyes and cover them with slices of either a raw potato or cucumber. Allow the slices to rest there for 15 to 20 minutes while you relax. Refrigerate the slices or place them in a bowl of ice water so they are cool. Remove the slices and rinse your eyes with warm water; then apply a gentle eye cream.
Drink the recommended eight to 10 glasses of water each day. Eliminate smoking as well as alcoholic and caffeinated beverages from your diet. Cut down on salty foods. All of these methods prevent excess water from being retained in your face, which can accentuate puffiness and dark circles.
Take an allergy medication if you suspect that you have allergies, a common cause of dark circles and puffy eyes. An over-the-counter medication will likely do the trick. If you are having a more serious allergic reaction, talk to your doctor about other allergy treatments that may be more effective.
If you have chronic dark circles or puffy eyes, consider talking to your doctor, as these may be signs of a more serious health problem.