“The eyes are the windows to the soul.” This quote can easily summarize why having a bright, youthful, awakened orbital area is so important to all of us. However, the truth is that most people are insecure about the appearance of their under eyes for one reason or many.
The skin under our eyes is the thinnest of all that covers our body. This leaves us prone to sensitivity, and biological changes in the appearance of our eyes as we age.
There are several main concerns regarding the under eye area that trigger people into a state of panic and insecurity. The main subjects being: discoloration, puffiness/irritation, and hollowness. Listed below are the causes and remedies available for each:
Discoloration: Genetics often play a role in discoloration, and if both parents were prone to darkening under the eyes this may unfortunately be your fate your too. Darker ethnicities have pigmentation that is more obvious because of their higher melanin in the skin. There are over the counter lighters such as almond oil, caffeine enriched eye creams, and potato slices with contain antioxidants that naturally lighten when applied over time.
Puffiness/Irritation: This is almost always due to allergies where the sinus passages become blocked, restricting the flow of oxygen and blood, causing vessels to pool up and appear closer to the surface giving off a purple hue. Frequent eye rubbing can cause thickening and darkening in the area as well. Taking an over the counter antihistamine such as Claritin can help clear up this issue.
Hollowness: Weight loss and high intensity exercise can cause our fat to migrate or shift downward in our face, giving the appearance of sunken eyes. Aging can also cause volume depletion under the eyes, resulting in hollowed-out shadows. The best way to plumpen the eye area is with hyaluronic acid filler, or injectables by a licensed practitioner. This is called tear trough injections. It is a risky procedure that much be performed by a specialist.