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Dark Circles & Puffy Eyes

What ages you most? Surprisingly, it might not be wrinkles or gray hair, but dark circles under your eyes. Dark circles under eyes usually aren't a sign of exhaustion or serious illness, though they can make you feel old, unhealthy and tired. Dark circles under eyes affect both men and women, often starting in adulthood, although children can develop dark circles under eyes, too.

Dark under-eye circles begin in the capillaries, the tiny blood vessels that web the delicate skin around the eyes. Now, your capillaries are so small that red blood cells sometimes have to line up, single file, to get through. Frequently, red blood cells get lost and wander into the surrounding skin. This isn't a problem - it happens all the time - and your body has a mechanism to mop up these escapees. No problem, right? Except for one thing: when hemoglobin is broken down, its remaining components have a dark blue-black color. Just like a bruise. So your dark under-eye circles are actually caused by leaky capillaries.

But the reason dark under-eye circles are so apparent is this: the skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest, most delicate skin of your entire body. The capillaries are much closer to the surface of the skin there. Many people's skin is not only thinner around the eyes, but also more translucent. The combination of capillaries near the skin's surface and translucent skin makes this discoloration much more apparent. And that's why you have those dark under-eye circles staring back at you in the mirror. We offer a variety of products for dark circles and eye puffiness products to reduce the effects of dark circles.
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Dark circles and bags under the eyes have a tendency to make you look and feel old. While most people think dark circles are a sign of fatigue or illness, the fact of the matter is, they typically are not. They may make you look tired and unhealthy, but dark circles around the eyes can have a much deeper cause.

Affecting both men and women, dark circles begin in adulthood, and depending on their cause (there are several), can get worse as you age. Some of the most common reasons dark circles develop include heredity, eczema, lifestyle choices, pigment irregularities, sun exposure, and thinning of the skin due to aging. The skin around the eyes is extremely thin; so thin in fact, the tiny blood-filled capillaries just beneath the surface show through. This can lead to the appearance of discoloration around the eyes.

As we age, the skin around the eyes thins further, and there's a loss of volume around the eyes due to a decrease in collagen production. This is why the eyes typically show signs of aging first. This loss of volume results in a "hollow trough" that appears as a dark circle under the eye. These types of dark circles are often hereditary and unavoidable.

Dark circles due to sun exposure and lifestyle choices are common. Although avoidable with proper sun protection and healthy choices, dark circles still manage to present themselves and dealing with them can be emotionally difficult.

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