Lack of sleep is not the sole reason for having eye bags

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  • Aside from not having enough sleep, the dark circles under your eyes may perhaps be a result of some things that are sometimes beyond our control
  • But it could also a result of habits that we tend to ignore like not drinking enough water
  • Overexposure to sun can also be among the culprit to those puffy eye bags

You wake up everyday, hoping that the dark circles under your eyes finally disappear but that’s just not the case.

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They are still there even if you thought that after a good night sleep they would vanish the next morning. But they didn’t. Then, maybe lack of sleep is not the only factor causing those eye bags. A report can actually attest to this, as it noted that those dark circles under your eyes are not always caused by bad habits,. Sometimes it’s also caused by things beyond our control.

Family history

According to a report by Healthline, genetics play a part in developing dark circles under your eyes as “it can be an inherited trait seen in early childhood, and may worsen as you age or slowly disappear.”

Natural aging

One of the things that we can’t control is aging and it’s also one of the inevitable factor of lingering eye bags. Your skin becomes thinner as you grow old , causing you to lose the fat and collagen needed to maintain your skin’s elasticity. Healthline also said that “the dark blo0d vessels beneath your skin become more visible causing the area below your eyes to darken.”

Now moving on to the causes where we can finally intervene in a bid to get rid of the dark circles.


According to experts, dehydration is the common cause of dark circles. If you are not consuming the proper amount of water, it will cause your skin beneath your eyes to look dull and your eyes sunken, Healthline said. Sunken eyes can also appear when you’ve lost weight, creating dark circles under your eyes.

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Eating salty meals

Eye bags are actually an indication that you have been regularly eating salty meats, according to Female Network. Processed meals or any meal that is high on sodium “can retain water in your body, including your under eye area, which causes the puffiness.” The way to combat this is through hydration, experts say.

Exposure to sun and screen

According to a report, overexposure to the sun can trigger the body to produce an excess of melanin, which provides the skin with color. Too much sun exposure is found to have caused pigmentation in the surrounding skin to darken.

Staring at your computer screen or television is also cited in a report as among the culprit on having dark circles under the eyes. It was explained that staring on these devices can cause eye strain which can cause blood vessels around the eyes to enlarge, resulting your skin surrounding your eyes to darken.