You’ve tossed and turned all night, and when you finally drag yourself out of the bed in the morning, you’re met with a not-so-pleasant picture in front of the mirror: puffy, dark circles under your eyes. Sometimes, the tissue under your eyes will swell with fluid, making them seem puffy, too.
Most of us have noticed dark circles under our eyes after a bad night’s sleep. But why do they show up, and what can you do about them?
As this video from the SciShow YouTube channel explains, what you’re seeing is actually the result of the thin layer of skin below your eyes showing the tiny blood vessels and the blood they contain more clearly, than elsewhere on your face, approximately 75% thinner to put a number on that! Since your eyelid skin is so sensitive, rubbing your eyes excessively—like when you wake up zonked, during allergy season or using irritating skincare products on your face — can make it even darker.
Additionally, the natural pigmentation of your skin, or the amount of melanin in the skin in that area, is a factor as well. So genetics can play a huge part, and there may not be a way for you to get rid of them entirely. That said, there are some things that can make them much worse. So here’s our top tips to banish the dark circles… and guess what, there’s not a cucumber or teabag in sight!