Tired-looking, dark circled eyes are just as common in men as they are in women.
Lack of sleep, not enough water and a hereditary tendency to dark circles all have a part to play in making the under-eye area dark and puffy. As you get older, red blood cells are more likely to leak into the paper-fine skin around the eyes, resulting in bruised-looking skin. Of course, making sure you get enough sleep and drink a liter and a half of water every day are steps in the right direction to keeping your eyes looking bright.
There is also evidence to suggest that a diet rich in orange and yellow-colored fruit and vegetables (such as plums, carrots, oranges, yellow bell pepper and butternut squash), can help to improve the look of your eye area. These foods contain free radical fighting beta-carotene and collagen-protecting vitamin C.
Contact lenses can often cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive eyes. If you wear contact lenses, make sure you have your eyes checked regularly and get advice on the most comfortable type of lenses for your vision correction. There are lots of different types of contact lenses on the market and you may be surprised to find that just by changing lenses a noticeable improvement can be seen.
Lifestyle aside, one of the biggest culprits is excessive sun exposure, which can really exacerbate the problem. That's why it's crucial to protect this area from the sun as much as possible. Always try to wear protective sunglasses when stepping out into the sun. You can also buy products that are designed to protect the delicate area around the eyes.
If you wear eye makeup, be sure to remove it completely at night using a good quality eye-makeup remover. You can buy eye-makeup removers specially designed for sensitive eyes and these do just as good a job, but without causing any irritation. Also, remember not to rub your eyes.
Swelling around the eyes can be reduced by making sure that the eye area is kept well hydrated. A lightweight, fragrance-free moisturiser that is specifically designed for the eye area should be applied regularly. By incorporating this small step into your daily routine, you should soon start to notice a difference.
Some people suffer from allergies and if you're one of them, be sure to take antihistamines as directed by your doctor. Failure to do so may result in irritation and watering of the eyes. If you think you may have an allergy, it may be a good idea to seek medical advice. At least if you know what you're allergic to, you can take steps to tackle the problem.
If none of these things help, then the natural appearance of your eyes may just be puffy. If this is the case, unfortunately there's not a lot you can do about it, other than consider cosmetic surgery.