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Dark Circles/Eye Bags
Often referred to as panda eyes, dark eyes are when the skin under or around the eyes is discoloured. It is most commonly found in adults and can take effect starting from your early twenties. Children, however, also occasionally develop dark circles. A leading cause for this is a lack of sleep or a poor quality of sleep. It can also be attributed to lifestyle choices such as fatigue, stress, alcohol or medication. It’s also a natural part of the aging process. Your skin begins to loosen as you age, revealing the blood vessels underneath your eyes. Along with this, your skin’s collagen production decreases, causing it to become loose, resulting in droopy eyes or eye bags.
Frequently Asked Questions
One of the biggest contributing factors to eye bags and dark circles is a lack of sleep or sleep of poor quality. Because of this, sleeping regularly for eight or more hours a night is a great way to prevent these conditions. This is because fluids settle in the tissues underneath your eyes when you sleep. Not getting enough sleep makes your blood vessels more prone to leaking and mixing with those fluids, forming dark circles. It also causes dehydration in your eyes, which can cause puffiness and dark circles under the eye.

There are several strategies you can try to minimize the appearance of dark circles and eye bags:

  • Get enough sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.
  • Apply cold compresses: Placing a cold compress, such as chilled cucumber slices or cold spoons, on your eyes can help reduce puffiness.
  • Protect your skin from the sun: Apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses to shield the delicate skin around your eyes from sun damage.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water can help your skin stay hydrated and reduce the appearance of eye bags.
  • Address underlying causes: If allergies, sinus problems, or other health issues contribute to your dark circles or eye bags, seek appropriate treatment and consult with your doctor.