Dark circles under your eyes make you look even more tired and run down than you may even be feeling. In addition, they detract from a healthful, young appearance. While women are far more likely to suffer from dark circles underneath their eyes, it is a problem men encounter as well from time to time. There are a few basic steps men should take to get rid of these dark circles.
Things You'll Need
- Cold compress
- Possible OTC remedies for eczema or allergies
- Vitamin E cream
Look for health links that might be the underlying cause of the dark circles. Some possibilities include seasonal allergies, dehydration, eczema, hay fever and mold allergies. If these are possibilities, it is best to contact a doctor for suggestions on treating the underlying cause. If you'd prefer, however, to take matters into your own hands, try avoiding the source of the allergen. Talk with your local pharmacist about possible over-the-counter allergy or eczema medications.
Hydrate yourself well. Very few people get enough fluid intake on a daily basis. In some men this can result in dark circles under the eyes. Strive to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. If you don't like the taste of plain water, add a spritz of lemon or lime for a light and refreshing taste. Most people find that by keeping a water bottle filled with cold water with them throughout the day, it is much easier to meet the goal of drinking eight glasses per day.
Sleep. This is one of the more common causes for dark under eye circles. Try to get 6-8 hours of sleep each night. Be aware of how you sleep, too. Men who sleep with their faces mashed into their pillows tend to have more facial swelling. While that won't necessary cause the dark circles, it will certainly exacerbate the situation. Adding puffiness to the dark circles will only make them look worse.
Adjust the temperature around your eyes. While it may sound crazy, there are ways to do this and reasons to do it as well. Dark circles are often more prevalent in men during warm weather. By applying cooling compresses on the eye area for ten to fifteen minutes per day, you can in effect change the temperature around your eyes. This should help minimize the look of the dark circles.
Plumping up the area under the eye can also be helpful, especially if you are a fairly thin person. Vitamin E cream will plump up the under eye area and diminish the look of dark circles.