The Real Causes of Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

By April 16, 2015 Skincare No Comments
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Do you ever wake up, catch your reflection in the mirror, and realize it looks like you didn’t get any sleep at all? Puffiness and dark circles under your eyes are two common issues that can make you appear unrested and negatively affect your self-confidence. If you’re an early bird who is sick of looking like a night owl then we’ve got a breakdown of the exact causes behind these annoyances and how you can get rid of them fast.

What causes puffy eyes?

If your eyes wake up in the morning looking like Puff Daddy, or rather, what a literal interpretation of his name might look like, there might be a bunch of different factors at play. Puffy eyes are normally due to an accumulation of trapped fluid in your eyes. While you sleep, your eyelids are closed and at rest which can cause liquid to build up, if you are predisposed to developing this condition. Once you wake up, blinking normally will cause the swelling to eventually subside.

The factors that can lead to this buildup of fluids includes:

  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Crying
  • Sinus/nasal issues
  • Allergies
  • Genetics

How to treat puffy eyes

You can get some temporary relief from your puffy eyes by staying hydrated, applying cold compresses, and regularly using under eye creams. However, if your puffy eyes don’t seem to be going away, they could be an effect of aging. In this case, the best treatment for puffy eyes is an Eyelid Lift (also known as blepharoplasty).

An Eyelid Lift is a cosmetic procedure which is used to remove excess skin and fat from beneath your eyes to eliminate pesky puffiness. This can leave you looking and feeling better rested and more relaxed.

What causes dark circles?

Maybe one day the zombie look will be popular, but until then dark, under eye circles are less than desirable. There’s a variety of causes that can lead to this embarrassing condition, but not all of them are avoidable unfortunately. One of the primary causes of dark circles is actually thin skin (which is usually a genetic condition). Thin skin makes the blood vessels beneath your eyes more apparent and creates the effect of dark circles. Here’s a quick look at what might be causing your dark circles:

  • Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Excessive rubbing
  • Overexposure to the sun
  • Genetics

How to treat dark circles

There are a few different ways to treat your under eye circles and get back to looking the way you want to. First and foremost, you should be trying to get as much sleep as possible. Although some dark circles are hereditary and caused by thin under eye skin, a good night’s sleep is always great for your health.

You should also consider a more nutritious diet if you do not already have one. Your body needs its nutrients to operate properly and certain vitamin deficiencies could be making you feel more tired. Antioxidants like blueberries and cranberries are great for clearing your body of free radicals that could be impacting your health. A lack of vitamin B12 is commonly associated with fatigue and sleepiness, so consult with your doctor and consider taking a vitamin supplement to get your daily dose.

If you suffer from eye allergies, those could also be behind your dark circles. Consider treating your allergies with over-the-counter medication or a prescription if they are severe. Allergies can often create and encourage discolouration beneath your eyes, especially if your allergies make you rub or scratch your eyes excessively. Even a gluten intolerance or celiac disease could increase the occurrence of dark circles!

If your dark circles persist, then a fantastic option for bringing some energy back into your life is to get an Eyelid Lift. Not only do Eyelid Lifts work wonders for puffy eyes, but they can also help eliminate dark circles and revive your youthful appearance.

Although they are two separate conditions, puffiness and dark under eye circles can be interconnected. If you are tired of looking tired, book an appointment with us today. We can help you stop worrying and feel better about yourself again.

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