Dark circles, puffy eyes and wrinkles make you appear tired and make you look older than you really are. While there are certain home remedies that may temporarily relieve puffy eyes, a more lasting solution depends on the underlying cause. So, instead of spending money on concealers, it is best to acknowledge the problem and look a little closer because there is always a reason and most of these reasons are avoidable.

Common causes

Water retention

Almost 80% of the human body is made up of water. Water is important as it flushes out toxins from the body, helps normalize the circulation of blood and nutrients, and regulates body temperature. Ideally, the body should only retain the amount of water necessary to perform the aforementioned functions. However, too much salt and the consumption of processed foods can lead to bloating  which cause puffiness around the eyes resulting in under-eye bags.


Stress is the body’s natural way of dealing with physical and mental stress. When the body is stressed it activates the nervous system and releases certain hormones to increase alertness and agility. However, the same hormonal changes can disrupt normal sleeping patterns, hamper the body’s internal circulatory process and also cause water retention.

Improper sleeping habits

When you are asleep, the body is busy at work repairing all the damages caused by daily stress and tension. Getting less than 5 hours of sleep every night robs the body of the adequate time it needs to completely recuperate and this affects the body’s hormonal balance and blood circulation. This can lead to fine lines, dark circles and puffy eyes.


Cigarette smoke releases as much as 4,000 toxins into the bloodstream which are also transported to facial skin. Smoking makes the skin thinner and reduces the transportation of oxygenated blood to your facial skin. People who smoke are more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles. They also lose skin elasticity a lot faster compared to people who do not smoke.

Poor nutrition

The food you eat has a very important role on how you look. Most of us are more than willing to spend time, effort and money on caring for the skin but when it comes to proper nutrition, efforts grind to a halt. Most of us today are addicted to processed foods and these foods can severely inhibit the circulation of oxygen-bearing blood in the body. When facial skin and muscles do not get adequate amount of oxygen, it will age faster and will result to dark circles, under-eye bags and wrinkles.

Dark circles, puffy eyes and wrinkles caused by aging will probably need treatments. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of treatments available today to address this issue. Consult your NOVU doctors for a proper diagnosis and treatment for your dark circles, puffy eyes and wrinkles.