Sleeping on your side or belly
While most people believe lack of sleep is the solitary reason behind dark circles under eyes, the way you sleep could be the true culprit. If your sleeping position tends to be lying on your side or your belly, your face will fold into the pillow and put strain around your eyes. Harold Lancer, MD, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, CA, notes, “Try to sleep on your back, which doesn’t just benefit your face, but also prevents wrinkles from potentially forming on your chest. You may also want to consider sleeping with an extra pillow when your eyes are extremely puffy, since elevating your head will get the fluid to move away from your lids.” Find out the best sleep positions for 11 common health problems.
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If the area under your eyes happens to look more brownish in tone, it may be due to pigmentation. “The skin around the eyes is also very sensitive to hydration or lack thereof and is also constantly exposed the environment. Therefore, it is subject to sun damage,” says Joshua Zuckerman, MD, a plastic surgeon in New York, NY. Because the sun signals melanin production, sun exposure will aggravate the appearance of crow’s feet and dark circles. As a solution, be sure to invest in a good pair of sunglasses that are labeled 100 percent UV protection or UV 400 protection to efficiently block the sun’s rays. (This is how to pick out the best sunglasses for your face shape).