Dark circles, wrinkles and puffy eyes make you look tired and highlight the first signs of aging but they can be avoided and even fixed. Here we give you 7 easy ways to avoid dark circles and bags and explain what causes them in the first place


1 Ageing

Wrinkles aren’t the only signs of ageing around your eyes. When collagen and elastin begin to break down as a natural result of ageing, the thinner skin reveals the veins beneath it and eyes appear to have dark circles beneath them. One of the most effective ways to look younger is with an anti-wrinkle eye cream – these are formulated to strengthen this collagen, leaving to fewer wrinkles alongside stronger skin which reduces the appearance of dark circles.

2 Allergies or nasal congestion
Allergies can dilate the veins that drain from your eyes to your nose leading to them look darker. Because the skin around the eyes is thinner than anywhere else on your face, these darkened veins can result in the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Thankfully the condition is temporary and when you manage your allergies or get rid of that cold that’s causing your nasal congestion, your eyes will go back to their normal, bright selves.

How to avoid dark circles and bags under your eyes

Wear sunglasses to protect the skin under your eyes

3 Eczema and dry skin
Anything that makes you rub your eyes can cause dark circles to form under your eyes. The rubbing of the thin, weaker skin around your eyes can result in broken blood vessels beneath the surface that then appear as dark circles. Treat your dry skin by gently applying a hydrating eye cream and be sure to be careful to not rub your eyes.

4 Genetics 
If you’ve had dark circles underneath your eyes for your entire life, chances are it’s genetic. It could be that the skin around the eye area is particularly thin or it could be a pigmentation irregularity that makes that area of the skin darker – something that people from African-American or Asian descent experience. Either way, if you think that you’re genetically prone, your best bet is to use an eye cream or concealer that brightens and lightens. Most treatments that will fade hyperpigmentation are too strong to be used in the sensitive skin area around the eyes.

5 Sun exposure
Sun damage is one of the fastest ways to age your skin, which is why wearing broad spectrum protection is vital. And when it comes to the delicate skin of your eye area, protection is even more important than it is for the rest of your face. Sun damage around the eye area will not only result pigment darkening, but also begin to break down collagen. While there’s a limited amount that you can do about sun damage near the eyes after it happens, a simple SPF eye cream can prevent it from happening.

How to avoid dark circles and bags under your eyes

Use SPF every day to avoid sun damage under your eyes

6 Lifestyle choices and exhaustion
Late nights, physical or emotional stress, smoking (which damages the skin in many ways) and alcohol (which dehydrates the skin) can all lead to dark under-eye circles. Basically, anything that you do that you know isn’t healthy for you can result in an impact on your skin. Live healthy. Your skin – and your eyes – will thank you for it.

7 Liver damage
Under eye circles can also be a sign of liver damage. If you’ve ruled out all of the other possible causes of under-eye dark circles, you should consult a doctor to ensure that your liver is healthy and properly functioning.

To learn more about how to tackle under-eye circles and a range of other skin priorities please visit the Murad Beauty Counter in John Lewis at Kingston for a complimentary YouthCam consultation and free deluxe sample. To book an appointment simply call them on 020 8547 3000 or email johnlewis.kingston@murad.co.uk




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