Erasing Dark Circles Under the Eyes

An article in The New York Times last month spelled bad news for women in search of gentle treatment for dark circles under their eyes. The story states that “roughly 53 percent of the 13,000 Clinique users surveyed by the company in 2006 cited under-eye circles and puffiness as their No. 1 beauty concern.” After plenty of research, the author reaches the conclusion that the only effective solution comes from the office of the plastic surgeon and a dose of non-invasive “filler.”

Bummer. The surprising thing about dark circles under the eyes is that they are not generally caused by fatigue. So although getting your beauty sleep is of course important, it may do little for those circles. So what’s an under-eye-circle boasting woman in search of a natural remedy to do? I’d suggest first looking at the causes. Here are the main culprits in the dilemma:

The most common cause is nasal congestion, according to Who knew?! If veins that usually drain from your eyes into your nose are unable to do just that, they become dilated and then darken. So get your allergies in order, and see if that helps.

Water retention during sleep can cause lower lids to swell, increasing shadows beneath the eyes, aka dark circles. Watch your sodium intake, drink plenty of water, and sleep with your head slightly raised on a pillow.

The skin under the eyes is thin and delicate to begin with, and gets more so as we age–the thinner the skin, the more visible veins underneath the eyes become. Sun exposure exacerbates this, so be sure to use an all-natural sunscreen for delicate eye areas.

Food allergies and/or sensitivities can create dark circles; hence the term “allergy shiner.” Do you have any food allergies or sensitivities? You may not even know it, some suggest that serious dark circles alone are reason to be tested for food allergies or sensitivities.

At some point, you may have to thank dear old mom or dad; dark circles under the eyes runs in families.

Sometimes anemia can contribute to dark circles, check out other anemia symptoms to strike it from the list.

Dehydration. Drink enough water and herbal tea to make sure that you are not dehydrated.

And finally, a plain old lack of sleep can make circles appear darker. So get your 7 to 8 hours in.

Try this Quick Fix for Under Eye Bags. If nothing else, reducing puffiness has a great effect on the appearance of shadows–and it feels great.

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Susan B.
susan B.2 years ago

I thank my grandmother for mine. Love and miss you Nanny.

Lorna C.
Lorna C.2 years ago

Panda bears don't seem to mind

Jessica Parker
Jessica Parker2 years ago

Avoiding excess intake of salt in your food helps prevent the formation of dark circles.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Dimitris Dallis
Dimitris Dallis2 years ago

Thank you Melissa :)

Karen C.

Thanks--- Never knew some of these reasons. Will see if any apply to me.

Marian A.
Marian A.2 years ago


ER C.2 years ago


( not getting into that ), that has continued & caused accelerated aging to me.

too much stress causes fatigue.

So the statement above

" Bummer. The surprising thing about dark circles under the eyes is that they are not generally caused by fatigue. ",

is a crock of DOO DOO

Mafalda F.
Mafalda F.2 years ago

Thanks. Interesting information ;)

Ermes B.
Ermes B.2 years ago