By Damilola Faustino
Many people look so tired and worn out despite the fact that they slept well. The truth is, a lot of people have dark circles or puffy eyes. And though there’s nothing wrong with that, many people are looking for ways to reduce them. In fact, you might have another health concern or lifestyle habit causing your tired-looking eyes that you may want to address. Here are eight things other than lack of sleep that can make your eyes look tired.
Allergies release a chemical that can dilate blood vessels, leading to increased blood flow under the eyes. Histamine also causes itchiness, which can also cause swelling, inflammation and fluid accumulation under the eyes, leading to dark circles and a tired appearance of the eyes, particularly after rubbing or scratching your eyes.
If you stare at a computer screen all day—or if you’re resisting getting glasses, and find yourself squinting to see far-away signs or while reading—you might be straining your eyes, and, surprisingly, that could actually show on your face. The increase in eye strain causes the blood vessels around the eye to dilate. This increase in blood flow can exacerbate the appearance of dark circles and tired eyes. Try giving your eyes a break from the computer screen by following the 20/20/20 rule.
Many of us have a goal to drink more water every day—a goal that seems shockingly hard to meet. Dehydration is not only dangerous for our health and a total productivity killer, but it can also make us feel tired and lead to tired-looking eyes, even after eight hours of sleep.
Some people simply have a genetic predisposition to forming dark circles under the eyes, which are often present as early as childhood. That may be a result of the contour of your skull and how your skin and the fat underneath it interact with it. Some people have eye sockets that are further sunken in, and the shadow of their bone structure makes it appear as though their dark circles are worse.
Natural ageing can contribute to dark circles in several ways. Firstly, when you age, you lose elasticity and volume in our skin. This occurs when the fat in the face wastes away and the collagen production slows down, thinning the skin and causing it to lose its elasticity. As this thinning occurs, the blood vessels can become more visible under the skin, leading to the appearance of dark circles.
If the puffiness under your eyes is worse in the morning and better by later in the day, this is likely the result of fluid retention—and that can be caused by eating too much salt. To decrease this kind of puffiness, you should reduce your salt intake, increasing your water intake.
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