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Dark circles under your eyes aren't just about being tired - they say something about your health


They're those tell-tale dark circles which say to the world "someone did NOT get enough sleep last night", and we most commonly associate them with fatigue.

Whether you were up with a sleep-shunning baby, or simply dancing up a storm till the wee hours, most of us have had to laugh off "you look tired" comments the next day, as some eagle-eyed colleague or friend spies your eye-bags and shadows.

However, if you find no matter how much sleep you get, or which lotions and potions you use, NOTHING seems to improve your dark circles, there are other explanations at hand. (none of them involve 'too many cheeky Jägerbombs / poor life decisions')



Your dark circles could be allergies:  

The skin underneath your eyes are the thinnest, so there's a lot less fat or space to disguise the blood vessels which become dilated as a result of allergies.

Dark circles could also mean nasal congestion

When your nose gets congested, veins that usually drain from your eyes into your nose become widened and darker. rinsing your sinuses with a saltwater solution (mix 1/4 teaspoon sea salt with 2 cups warm water) or over-the-counter saline spray can help relieve nasal congestion and your dark circles

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