According to Cynthia Cobb, DNP, the most common cause of dark circles under your eyes is fatigue, and other causes like sun exposure genetically inherited and aging.
There are several ways that you can get rid of dark sunken under eyes. Everybody is different these easy and simple remedies are worth a try.
Get Enough Sleep
How you sleep and how much you sleep are factors of why you may have dark under eyes. Getting little sleep will make your complexion paler and result in making your dark under-eye circles apparent. According to Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., most adults should aim to get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night and practice good sleep hygiene.
Stay Elevated While You Sleep
When you sleep, try elevating your head with extra pillows. Elevating your head helps prevent the pooling of fluid in your lower eyelids that create puffiness while you sleep, according to Wilson. If propping up your head hurts your neck or you can’t fall asleep, you may also consider elevating the entire top end of your bed from the bedposts.
Under Eye Cream
There are over-the-counter moisturizers that can help you with your dark circles. Many of them contain caffeine, vitamin E, aloe, hyaluronic acid, and retinol. Apply eye cream before bed and in the morning. According to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, moisturizing helps young skin cells to rise to the surface, which will help you look fresher and younger, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. You can also try oils, like coconut, castor, almond, olive, or avocado oil to reduce sunken eyes. Gently massage the oil into the skin under your eyes and leave it on overnight and repeat nightly.
Use Sun Protection
Too much sun exposure can damage the collagen in your skin, leading to unwanted wrinkles and conditions like sunken eyes. Wearing sunscreen may help with your under-eye bags and dark circles. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that all people wear sunscreen. A formula that is SPF 30 or higher and water-resistant is the protection that will be most beneficial. You can also choose a daily face moisturizer that also has SPF 30 or higher. Other forms of protection are wearing sunglasses and hats.
Cold Compress in The Morning
Using cold compress materials in the morning can help with dark circles. Applying cold to the area can help the blood vessels constrict quickly for some temporary relief, according to Wilson. Easy at-home methods you could use are a chilled spoon, cool cucumber, a wet washcloth, a bag of frozen veggies, damp tea bags, or cool eye masks. You only need to apply the compress for a few minutes to see results.
Dehydration can contribute to under-eye bags, that is why upping your water intake should help. Experts recommend drinking around 13 cups of fluids a day for men and about 9 cups of fluids for women per day. You can also try sparkling waters, flavored waters, or even water infused with fruit, but the important part is that you try to get all your fluid intake each day. Hot or cold herbal decaffeinated tea is another good option.
Eat More Collagen-Rich Foods
Upping your intake of vitamin C can help your body absorb more hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin, it helps to bind water to collagen, trapping it in the skin, so that skin can appear plumper, dewier, and more hydrated, according to dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse. This essential acid is naturally found in the body, but the amount stored decreases with age.
Foods rich in vitamin C and amino acids can help with collagen production by boosting your levels of hyaluronic acid, creating healthier skin. These foods include oranges, red peppers, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and strawberries.