Cures for Circles Under Eyes

Under-eye circles rarely indicate a serious health condition. Unfortunately, they do tend to make you look tired and older. Under-eye circles tend to affect adults, but some children also get them, states the Mayo Clinic. Many remedies exist for those dark circles under your eyes. However, you may have to use trial and error to find the one that works the best for you.


Circles under the eyes may result from dilated blood vessels. Applying cold to the area where the circles appear will help reduce the size of these vessels, advises the Mayo Clinic. Common sources of cold for this purpose include chilled cucumber slices, cooled gel masks, chilled metal spoons and cooled, damp tea bags. Do not use frozen items unless you wrap them in a towel to protect your skin from frostbite. Packages of frozen vegetables can be used in this manner.

Sun Protection

Protect the sensitive skin under your eyes from the sun. The Mayo Clinic states that tans may diminish under-eye circles for a short period of time. However, tans also increase the amount of pigment in the skin under the eye. As a result, your circles may become darker over time. Protect the skin under your eyes by wearing dark glasses that cover the affected area or sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.


Your diet may play a role in the appearance of your under-eye circles. Consuming a diet containing plenty of vitamins and minerals should diminish the dark circles, according to aesthetician Jill Haynes of the University of California Davis Health Systems. She states that a diet high in vitamin K may be beneficial for reducing under-eye circles. By limiting your salt intake, you may be able to limit the amount of fluid that builds up and leads to circles under your eyes. Haynes also advises limiting your consumption of alcohol and caffeine.


Lack of sleep does not cause under-eye circles, but may cause your skin to pale and cause under-eye circles to become more noticeable, according to the Mayo Clinic. Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night, advises Jill Haynes. Elevating the head of your bed will help prevent fluid from pooling under your eyes, accentuating the circles.

About this Author

Kimberly Wonderly has a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and has worked as a personal trainer for six years. Wonderly has also taken many child development classes, while running a daycare out of her home for three years. She wrote for the “Rocket” at Slippery Rock University for two years while attending college.