We all have dark circles and under-eye bags to varying degrees. But here are ways to fake eight hours of sleep and make them less pronounced.

Just about everyone has dark circles and under-eye bags, with some being more pronounced than others. One study revealed that women are more likely to have them than men. They are even trending on popular social media app, TikTok, with the Gen Z users drawing them on with makeup!


Dark circles don’t pose any medical threat, but people have, nevertheless, come to dislike the appearance of them, as they can make you look older and your skin look lackluster. As such, there are tons of different products on the market claiming to depuff, brighten and camouflage the eye area. But before you dash out to stock up on every cream, serum, and concealer available, here’s what causes dark circles, how to diminish them, and ways to prevent them.

What causes dark circles?

Contrary to popular belief, dark circles aren’t just an indicator of how much (or how little!) sleep you had the night before. There are many different reasons why you might develop them. These include:

  • Thinning skin as a result of the aging process
  • Anemia from an iron deficiency
  • Dehydration or poor dietary habits
  • Allergies and hay fever
  • Frequent rubbing of the eye area
  • Poor lifestyle choices, such as smoking or irregular sleep patterns
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Genetic predisposition

Fortunately, there are also a number of ways to reduce the appearance of them. Putting cucumber slices, cold tea bags or a cold compress over your peepers feels soothing and can help to constrict the blood vessels and make them less visible. Poor circulation can result in dark circles and under-eye bags as well, so regular facials that stimulate circulation are effective. Using skincare that is rich in antioxidants – such as vitamin C – can also make your eye area brighter.

When it comes to medical treatments, chemical peels, laser treatments, and fillers have all been shown to yield youthful results.

Preventing dark circles

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure! And there are some things you can do to prevent dark circles and under-eye bags from forming. These are:

  1. Making sure that you get enough sleep and manage your stress levels.
  2. Protecting your eyes from the sun by wearing UV-protection sunglasses.
  3. Reducing your alcohol intake and cutting back on smoking.
  4. Easing up on the screen time and giving your eyes regular breaks.