Why Your Eyes Look Tired & How to Improve It

a man relaxing with a cream on his face and sliced cucumber on his eyes

Have you ever been asked why your eyes look so tired, even though you’re well-rested? For many of us, dark circles and bags under our eyes are a normal part of life. But there are ways to improve the appearance of tired eyes. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the causes of tired-looking eyes, from dehydration to allergies and more, as well as tips for looking more alert and refreshed.


One common cause of tired-looking eyes is dehydration – not drinking enough water can cause puffiness and dark circles. Staying hydrated is essential for healthy skin as well as general well-being. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day – at least eight glasses – and avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages that can further dehydrate you. You should also make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of fluids, like cucumbers or watermelon.


Alcohol is another culprit when it comes to dark circles under your eyes. Drinking alcohol has a diuretic effect on your body which can lead to dehydration, which in turn leads to puffiness around your eyes. If you do choose to drink alcohol, be sure to also have a glass (or two) of water alongside it in order to help rehydrate yourself.

Eye Strain

Staring at screens all day can cause eye strain which can lead to tired-looking eyes. To avoid eye strain while working or spending time on digital devices, take regular breaks every 15 minutes or so in order to give your eyes some rest time – look away from your screen and focus on something else in the room for a few minutes before getting back into work mode again. This will help reduce any eye strain from using screens too much during the day.


 Allergies are often overlooked when it comes to causes for tired-looking eyes, but they can be an important factor for some people. If you’ve noticed that your eyes look more puffy than usual after being exposed to certain substances such as pollen or pet dander, then it may be worth seeing an allergist for further testing in order to find out what exactly is causing these reactions in your body and how best to treat them going forward.

Ageing Process

Finally, age can play a role in why our eyes look tired more often than not – with age comes wrinkles and sagging skin around the eye area which can lead to a less alert appearance overall, even when we’re feeling well-rested. The best way to combat this is by using quality skincare products specifically formulated for the delicate skin around our eyes – look out for hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or retinol, which help keep skin looking tight and firm while still feeling soft and supple. Finally, contact lenses offer a great solution if glasses aren’t ideal; they’re comfortable and give clear vision without blocking peripheral vision like glasses do.

With these simple steps, you’ll soon notice an improvement in how alert and refreshed your face looks – no matter how many hours you’ve spent awake.

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