Our faces tell the world what’s going on with us, especially our eyes and the skin around them. It can sometimes be a bit of a shock in the mirror in the morning when we see dark circles or puffy bags under our eyes. Us everyday go-getters don’t like to think, ‘wow, I must be tired’. But there are other causes, ranging from genetics to what we ate the night before. Dark circles are more to do with thinner skin around the eyes revealing skin pigments or blood vessels and puffy eyes related to our age or hydration levels. Sleep, or lack of it, can affect both but aren’t always the culprits. Let’s look at how to help hide dark circles.
Whether you’re a giant panda or a human with dark patches under your eyes, we think you’re a magnificent expression of life on earth. But we know dark circles can be more of a worry for us humans than the pandas. Skin under our eyes has a fun name, a bit like a pop band – ‘periorbital skin’– and it’s a quarter of the thickness of the skin on the rest of our face. So, skin there can appear darker because the blood vessels underneath are more easy to see. Clever skin cells called melanocytes produce a dark brown pigment called melanin which absorbs and scatters the sun’s UV rays to protect skin cells. This is called hyperpigmentation and can appear below our eyes and be responsible for darker patches too. All fairly harmless, but we can minimise the appearance of them with some naturally inspired products and lifestyle ideas.
Eye bags are a little different to dark circles, they’re more like puffy little eye pillows resting under your eyes. Some might say a sign of wisdom – a natural part of ageing or thanks to your parents’ DNA gift to you. In some cases they have a fancy name – ‘subluxation’, which is the movement of fatty tissue from under the eye to in front of it. Or we get puffy eyes which scientists refer to as ‘edema’ or swelling due to water accumulation. This type of eye bag is more down to what you’re doing. Possibly caused by burning the midnight oil, or overdoing the salty meals in the evening, such as french fries. Yep, here comes the eat your veg and drink lots of water lecture again! You know it makes sense.
So the main gist is that panda or puffy eyes are different, but they can be caused by the same thing too. Let’s unpack that. Generally speaking if you have either, you might just have genes that predetermine you to have either more pigmented skin around the eyes or fatty tissue that heads for your under-eye area as you age. Or perhaps your body is made so it’s more inclined to retain water under your peepers. But equally, there are things you can do to make both less likely. We may sound like a scratched record, we know – get your 8-hour nightly zzz’s in, drink lots of water and eat fresh veggies. Let’s have a look at these things in a little more detail.
Let’s look at how we can help you reduce the appearance of dark circles and eye bags. Most of us love a routine to give our lives and brains some structure and to minimise stress. Our body is no different – it likes consistency. So things like going to bed at the same time each night and camping down for a good 8 hours are some of its favourite things. Here are some tips to incorporate into your regular face routine to ready your eye area for bed, then welcome them back into the land of the waking in the morning.
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1. Gently press the pump once.
2. Bliss out your eye area with a figure of eight motion.
3. Gently pat the eye area with your fingers to help absorb the product and cheer-up skin.
Pop it on under or over other face products at any time of the day to help brighten the appearance of tired eyes. Hello to you bright eyes.
Here’s a few more tips and some reminders for how to help keep those dark eye bags as distant relatives you only see a couple of times a year. It’s mostly stuff you know already – that your favourite health-conscious friend (and us) nag you about on a regular basis. Plus the help of a tea bag or two – yes seriously.