Dark circles under the eyes make you appear tired and run down. There are several different possibilities for the cause of dark circles under the eyes, however there are solutions. Besides the inevitability of aging, which will worsen the dark circle because of the natural loss of fat, treating possible causes is important to not only your appearance, but your health.
Treat hay fever, if that’s the problem. There are non-sedating, over-the-counter allergy medications that may help. If you have or suspect hay fever, talk with your doctor about how to treat it (whether or not it’s affecting your eyes’ appearance).
Switch your sleep position. Your sleep position may be contributing to under-eye bags. Thanks to gravity, sleeping on your side or stomach can encourage fluids to collect under your eyes. If you’re a side sleeper, you may notice a heavier bag on the side you sleep on. Dermatologists will advise their patients who wake up with puffy eyes to sleep on their back and add an extra pillow under their head.
Other everyday habits, including rubbing your eyes frequently, going to bed with makeup on, and excessive drinking, can contribute to under-eye bags, too. Sleeping in eye makeup can irritate your eyes, causing fluids to pool. Heavy alcohol drinking causes dehydration, which weakens the delicate skin around the eyes, making it more likely to sink into a pouch.
When switching sleep positions and other at-home remedies fail, there are non-surgical options to get rid of the tired, droopy look under and around your eyes. As one ages, the lower eyelids can become hollow. In some people “bags” develop in the lower eyelids which in fact are protruding fat. Hollowness or bags around the eyes can be corrected or camouflaged thought the placement of small amounts of a filler substance named Restylane in the lower eyelids. This is a no down time procedure done with numbing cream only and it takes less than 15 minutes. The results can last 6 months to one year.