Sunken Eyes – Basic Causes and Simple Remedies

Sunken eyelids have become a common occurrence today. Sunken eyelids mainly occur with aging; however, they can also occur due to many other reasons including stress, lack of drinking water, lack of sleep and improper diet. These can make you look exhausted and unhealthy.

Some other conditions like dark circles also make your eyes look sunken. Hollow, sunken eyelids can make you look aged even if you are young and even healthy otherwise. Visit to know about what various procedures that can help you regain the beauty and glow of your eyes.

Here are some of the nutrition-related causes for sunken eyelids and easy home remedies too.

Nutrition-related Causes of Sunken Eyelids

Besides fatigue and lack of sleep, sunken eyelids and dark circles can be caused by lack of proper nutrition. If you know these causes, you can avoid them and avoid or rectify sunken eyelids.

Lack of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a main factor that helps in the formation of collagen, a protein important for the overall appearance and health of skin. Collagen is also important for the absorption of iron. It also reduces bruising.

When vitamin C is inadequately taken in our body, capillaries are spontaneously ruptured leading to bruising. Such a skin looks sunken.

Lack of Vitamin K

Vitamin K is responsible for blood clotting. It also fortifies the walls of capillaries and thus prevents blood from leaking. When there is lack of vitamin K, blood clots cannot be formed in the person.

The person is also at a higher risk of bruising once capillaries are broken. The blood released from capillaries will no longer be oxygenated and can result in the discolouration under the eyes.

Lack of Iron

Iron is the main ingredient in haemoglobin and is responsible for offering blood its characteristic red colour.

Because of iron deficiency, haemoglobin in red blood cells drops. In such a condition, blood vessels can be seen through skin because of not getting oxygen and therefore blood doesn’t get its red colour.

Since skin under the eye is more delicate and transparent than skin elsewhere in the body, discolouration is prominently seen under the eyes. Therefore it’s important to increase iron in your diet.


Sunken eyelids can also be caused due to severe dehydration because during dehydration, elasticity of skinis lost and it becomes dry. The skin under the eyes is particularly thin and if a person is dehydrated, this skin can even look transparent. This makes the under-eye circles look more conspicuous.

Conditions causing dehydration like diarrhoea, fever, excessive perspiration due to heat exhaustion, use of alcohol and stomach illness can worsen this effect. Therefore activities like partying and sickness also lead to sunken eyelids along with dark circles.

This can be prevented by drinking plenty of water every day.


Simple Remedies for Sunken Eyelids

Organic Castor Oil

Take a few drops of organic castor oil on your fingertips and massage on the affected eye area for a few minutes.

This oil conditions the skin and keeps it hydrated and healthy. Its antioxidant contents scavenge free radicals that make your under-eye area dark and dull. Do this every night until the sunken eyelids are rectified.

Be careful while applying the oil. If it goes inside your eyes, wipe eyes with cotton swab and rinse them with clean water.

Coconut Oil

Take a few drops of extra virgin coconut oil on your fingertips and massage eyelids in a circular motion. Do this every night before going to bed. Coconut oil nourishes and hydrates skin. This oil too has antioxidants in it which heal damaged skin cells and offer a glow to your under-eye area.

You can also use fish oil, cucumber and almond oil to treat sunken eyelids.

There are methods like droopy eyelid surgery by Dr Naveen Somia that will help you regain the youthful look of your eyes. Plus the above natural remedies will maintain their freshness and make you look young always.

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