Taking This Before Bed Could Help Your Under-Eye Circles

Dark circles and puffiness are common complaints when it comes to the eyes. With so many skincare products on the market, you may end up spending a small fortune on creams and serums promising to reduce them. There are many underlying causes that can contribute to the appearance of the eyes. All About Vision reports that eye puffiness can be caused by factors such as dehydration, fatigue, stress, crying, or sinus issues.

As for those unsightly dark circles, there are some surprising reasons as to why you may have them. According to Medical News Today, the cause of dark eye circles could be from thinning skin, anemia, aging, smoking, or even allergies. The circles might also signify a medical condition, such as thyroid dysfunction.

Getting to the bottom of those mystery bags can take some time, but Best Life reports that these cosmetic issues can typically be prevented by eating well, staying hydrated, and getting adequate sleep. Unfortunately, you may be doing all of this but still see no improvement, especially if you have allergies.

Try taking an antihistamine before you go to sleep

When allergies are the culprit, even if you're using specialty creams and serums, you are more likely to notice dark circles under your eyes, which are also known as allergic shiners. According to Healthline, these colored circles are caused by congestion of the nose and sinuses, and can present as a dark tint of the skin or a bluish-purple color, like that of a bruise. When an allergy is the cause, you may have other symptoms accompany the circles such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, or sinus pressure.

Allergic shiners can occur anytime of the year and could be a result of seasonal allergies. Irritants like pollen and ragweed, as well as indoor allergens, like dust and pet dander, can all prompt an allergic reaction. To try and combat the bags, experts at Best Life suggest taking an antihistamine before bed rather than first thing in the morning. Many anti-allergy medications can cause drowsiness, so an added perk to taking the pill at nighttime is that it may improve your sleep quality.