The Causes and Treatment of Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes
We’ve all been there, and we all struggle with dark circles and puffy eyes at one point or another in our lives. Unfortunately, a mere good night’s sleep isn’t enough to get rid of them, but the good news is that a few lifestyle changes can.
Many factors can lead to dark circles. Genetic factors include things like allergies or pigmentation that causes dark discoloration of the skin. Thin skin under the eyes also make it easier for fatigue signs to appear around the eyes, as blood vessels show more clearly.
Factors related to lifestyle include lack of sleep, and damage caused by sun exposure.
Getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night, and protecting your skin from UV rays with the right sunscreen, are crucial steps to help you get rid of dark circles for good.
Inherited factors also play a role in causing puffy eyes, especially with things like inherited allergies or thin skin. Lifestyle factors, however, are often the real cause since the skin around your eyes is very sensitive and full of blood vessels - which make it more vulnerable. Fluid retention, stress, hormone changes, and diets high in salt are all factors that contribute to puffy eyes.
A high salt intake through your diet contributes to fluid retention, which causes under-eye puffiness. Most processed food have a high concentration of sodium, especially potato chips, canned soup, and frozen meat, and thus will increase the problem of fluid retention even if you don’t eat too much salt.
Reducing your sodium intake can help with reducing the swelling of the eyes. It can easily be accomplished through eating more fresh foods, skipping the salt in homemade foods, and moderate consumption of condiments such as mustard, ketchup and bottled salad dressings as they’re all high in sodium.