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Turns out, there are various ways to get rid of under eye dark circles and puffiness and also many different reasons why they occur in the first place. If you’re like me and sometimes when you look in the mirror, wished you knew how to get rid of under eye circles and puffiness, then see if these tips will work for you.

Enlarged blood cells

If your under eye dark circles are caused because of enlarged blood vessels, double up on pillows at night to stop blood from building up under your eyes. In the morning, apply a cold compress for about five minutes to constrict the blood vessels. This should make your dark circles less noticeable.

Medical issue

It could be a symptom of an allergic reaction or kidney infection. If other symptoms are also present, such as fever, skin rash, or difficulty breathing, consult your doctor right away. If an allergy is involved, find out what foods you are allergic to and eliminate them from your menu.


Check if your under-eye dark circles and puffiness are related to your monthly cycle. If the puffiness appears several days before your period, consider it a manifestation of PMS. Try to use natural diuretics, such as green tea, and eliminate salty foods, most carbohydrates, and excess liquid from your menu about one week prior to your period. Such measures should drastically reduce hormonal-induced dark circles and puffiness under your eyes, which are caused by premenstrual water retention.

Nasal congestion

Sometimes nasal congestion can dilate and darken the veins that run from your eyes to your nose, causing the blackish colour. So deal with the congestion and your dark circles should automatically disappear!

Enough sleep

This is one of the most common reasons behind under-eye dark circles and puffiness, especially considering how little time we seem to have for sleep and recuperation. Lack of sleep can make your skin appear paler, which allows blood vessels to be more visible through the skin, giving the appearance of bluish or dark circles. So make sure that you are getting in at least 7-8 hours of undisturbed sleep!

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