A Common Cold
If you’ve got the sniffles, you should expect to get some dark bags. “Dark circles can occur when you are sick if your sleep is interrupted and your skin doesn’t have enough precious repair time,” Batra said.
What’s more, your prescription medication might be a sneaky culprit. One such example are vasodilators, or meds that treat high blood pressure. Unsurprisingly, these pills work to open vessels and increase blood flow throughout your body. While that's good for lowering pressure, it's bad for brightening your eyes.
And if you’re going ham with your micellar water at the end of the day, you’re only making it worse. “Rubbing your eyes too often and too hard, or roughly removing eye makeup can break blood vessels in the delicate skin around the eyes, leading to dark circles,” Batra said.
To remedy this, "I usually recommend using a moistened microfiber cloth followed by an oil-based cleanser." Both gently remove makeup. "I am a fan of a double cleanse, or as a second step using a water-based cleanser that is more tailored to your skin type," she added.