Dark circles and puffy eyes are a bother, because as humans, we pay close attention to each other’s eyes as we communicate. The moment your eyes become darker than normal or puffy, everyone notices. “Are you okay? Is something wrong?” people ask when your eyes are messed up. To figure out what to do about dark circles and puffy eyes, you need to define which condition you actually have, as treatments may differ. You also need to know what may be the cause of your particular issue and if something can be done about it. Learn here how to reduce dark circles and puffy eyes.
Circles under both eyes are different from puffiness or “bags” in that the skin itself does not appear swollen. Dark circles can have many possible causes including:
- Genes — You may be predisposed to have more melanin under your eyes than some, such as people of a certain descent such as Mediterranean or East Indian, for example.
- Allergies — Food, environmental and topical skin allergies can cause eye inflammation and dark circles to form
- Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
- Heredity — Skin around our eyes is thinner than elsewhere in the body, and small veins close to the skin can increase the appearance of darkness.
- Sun exposure — Too much sun exposure around the eyes can increase the melanin in that area, making the skin appear dark.
- Normal aging — As we age, our skin loses collagen and becomes more lax. Because the skin around our eyes is already thin, when our skin loses its elasticity and loses collagen, our eyes change shape and become more concave, making them appear darker.
If your problem is allergy related, your dark circles may be relieved by addressing the allergies themselves. Consider seeing an allergist to help you. Try to reduce inflammation around the eyes caused by allergies by using a natural remedy, turmeric. If you use a turmeric supplement, make sure that it contains black pepper which improves the ability of the body to absorb turmeric. If you cook with turmeric, add black pepper to help absorption. Drink turmeric chai tea. Try not to rub your eyes if they are itchy; you may actually make dark circles worse.
If your genetic background, heredity, or normal aging lead you to have dark circles, you might try one of several medical spa services to reduce signs of aging. Dermal fillers, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane and Voluma all reduce the signs of aging in our skin, and some contribute to the regrowth of natural collagen. Your Love Your Body Medical Spa clinician can help you decide if one of these options is right for you.
As we sleep, our eyes produce different types of tears because we are no longer blinking. For some people, our sleeping eyes might lead to fluid collecting there. This fluid and some swelling is one cause of puffy eyes. For most people, being upright for an hour or so will cause all signs of puffiness to disappear. You may decrease that time by placing a cool compress on your eyes. Another cause is that as we age, the fat which normally supports our eyes can move into the area below our eyes, causing a puffy appearance.
To lower your chances of getting puffy eyes, reduce your salt and alcohol intake, address your allergies, sleep with your head elevated and on your back, wear sunscreen around the eyes and stop smoking.
Love Your Body Medical Spa Can Show You How to Reduce Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes
For both dark circles and puffy eyes, most people address them by trying to conceal them or minimize them with makeup. Consult your clinician at Love Your Body Medical Spa to see if there are other more permanent options that would meet your needs. See your doctor to make sure that your circles or puffiness are not a sign of an underlying problem.