What appear to be dark circles under your eyes are sometimes just shadows cast by puffy eyelids or hollows under your eyes that develop as a normal part of aging. If you get plenty of sleep and still have dark circles under your eyes, that’s not unusual. Fatigue isn’t the only reason for dark circles under your eyes. Here are some more detailed tips to help you cope with these dark circles underneath your eyes.
Apply a cold compress. Coldness will help reduce the blood vessels under your eyes that may be contributing to puffiness and dark circles. Soak a washcloth in ice cold water or use the back of a frozen spoon. Lie down and hold the cold item to your closed eyes for about 15 minutes. Try this 3-4 times per day to reduce the dark circles
Try cucumber slices. Cucumbers have a number of healing properties, including a restorative and healing effect on skin. To use cucumbers on your eyes, refrigerate a large cucumber until it is very cold, and then cut it into 1 cm slices. Lie down with your head back and place one slice of cucumber over each of your eyes. Let the cucumber stay there for 10-15 minutes, and then remove.
Use green tea bags. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and can make up for antioxidant deficiencies in the body that contribute to dark circles. Pour hot water over two tea bags and let them steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and put them in the freezer. Remove when the tea bags are very cold. Lie down and press the tea bags onto your eyes. Hold them there for about 15 minutes. Rinse your eyes with cold water and pat dry.
Eat healthy, vitamin-rich foods. Dark circles can be caused by vitamin deficiencies, such as a lack of calcium, iron, vitamins A, E and B12, and antioxidants. Consume more leafy green vegetables and eat foods rich in these vitamins.
Get enough sleep. A lack of sleep is also a cause of dark circles. Be sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night to diminish the appearance of dark circles and to improve your overall health.
Stay away from alcohol. Alcohol causes the skin to become dry and thin. So cutting down on your alcohol consumption may improve the appearance of under eye circles and puffiness.