According to science, people of different ages have different color perception. Your color red really could be my pink.

Are your eyes giving your age away? Or even worse – making you look older than you actually are? Without a doubt, the area around your eyes is one of the very first areas of your face to succumb to aging. Studies have shown that upon meeting someone, people look first at a person’s eyes … then nose and mouth. Having dark circles, bags or wrinkles is not the first impression you want to give.

With skin layers, the subcutaneous fat lies beneath the epidermis and dermis. It serves as a type of cushion and support to these upper layers. The skin around the eye is very thin and delicate, containing very little of this subcutaneous fat. This fragile skin becomes even thinner as we age and hence more vulnerable to signs of aging. These changes commonly arrive as unwelcome dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Let’s take a look at some aging changes around the eyes and how we can reverse or prevent them, keeping your eyes youthful, clear and vibrant.

Dark Circles

Causes : Genetics / Poor Sleep / Allergies / Eye Irritation / UV Rays

Genetics can play a role in literally any aging seen around the eyes. Dark circles are no exception. People with very fair skin tend to have even thinner than average skin around their eyes. When blood in tiny capillaries pools in this area under the eye it is much more noticeable in those with fair skin. When these capillaries are dilated it gives off a bluish hue. With poor sleep or stress, the problem is exacerbated. Fatigue causes the blood flow to become even more sluggish.

Seasonal allergies (and other allergies including food allergies) and chronic eye irritation causes the body to release a substance called histamine. Although the body is releasing histamine in an attempt to protect itself, around the eyes it simply causes further swelling of the blood vessels and even darker circles. People with chronic eye irritation from allergies or contact lenses make matters worse byrubbing that thin, delicate skin around the eye. UV rays contribute to the problem through an increase in the presence of free radicals and melanin secretion. This makes the circles even darker.

Dark Circle Treatments

Wear sunglasses – A great way to block those UV rays.
Sunblock – In terms of sunblock around the eye, it should contain zinc or titanium oxide which will fully block the UV rays. These ingredients are also less likely to cause eye irritation.
Use a moisturizer with a humectant (like hyaluronic acid or glycerin) which will attract moisture to the area, plumping it up slightly so the capillaries are less visible.