Why Do I Have Dark Circles?

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The appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes can usually be pin pointed to one of a few factors: bad diet, stress or not enough sleep. Yet did you know that there are actually three different types of dark circles which can each be caused through various deficiencies.

Leading aesthetic doctor and the founder of MZ SKIN Dr Maryam Zamani, gives us the low down on the different types of dark circles and what can be done to reduce their impact.

What are the different causes of dark circles?

Loss of volume

This is characterised by a sunken appearance resulting in a visible shadow at the lower eyelid that cannot easily be concealed with makeup. People often refer to these as bags but in reality, they are caused by volume loss in the area.

Puffy eye bags

The orbital septum is a thin sheet of connective tissue at the lower eyelid that can weaken over time. This holds pockets of fat flat but if this connective tissue becomes attenuated, then there can be a prolapse of fat making the lower eyelids look puffy.

Discoloration From Pigmentation

This can be hereditary, Asian and African-Caribbean skin types are more prone to pigmentation or it can be from environmental factors such as lack of sleep, nutrition, sun exposure, smoking, allergies or vitamin deficiencies.

How can I diminish the appearance of dark circles or puffy eyes?

Applying a hydrating eye or face mask is a great way to increase moisture in the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness. Try using a mask that has been in the fridge for at least 15 minutes and follow up with a serum to seal in extra hydration. Brighten the skin with vitamin C, followed by an excellent concealer and eye cream.

Why do we need to apply topical products?

The goal is to maintain healthy, radiant skin with proper skin care to reveal, enhance and protect the face and the area around the eye. The more hydrated the skin, the less vulnerable we are to the signs of ageing.

What’s the biggest mistake people make when applying an eye product?

Applying eye creams too aggressively or not using enough product, remember that the eye area is extremely delicate and 10 x thinner than the rest of our skin. Many people forget to use sunscreen in this area which is VERY important to protect the eye contour too.