We’ve all had those mornings when we look in the mirror and think oh no, my face looks puffy and my eyes dark and tired. So if you’re like me and have finally decided enough is enough, check out these various ways to get rid of under eye dark circles and puffiness.

Medical issue

First, could it 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.

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!

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. What works fantastic is putting spoons in the freezer – take them out in the morning, press under your eyes for 5 minutes, instant cold press!

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! Remember, this could again be allergies, but in a different way. Once you kick the allergies out, you’ll see them clear up!

T-O-M

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 the Time of the Month. 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.

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