The eyes are the window to the soul, so the saying goes. Well, if that's true there are days where my soul must look about 1000. Fine lines and dark circles are my particular bugbears. Yes, diet, genes and getting enough sleep all play a part but how else do you to tackle this problem? Well aside from limiting my laughter to once week in a bid to stop those lines - joke - I've found using an eye cream day and night helps. Now, these are good under eye creams but they are not magic creams so if you think by applying a cream, the years will fall away to reveal the 18-year-old you, then those are some unrealistic expectations. However, the skin around your eyes is up to ten times thinner than elsewhere on your face, with fewer oil glands which means it dehydrates more easily so replenishing is a good idea. Then think about all the movement this area takes in one day. To be able to cope with it all, the connective tissue around the eyes is more slack than anywhere else in the body. And finally, the dreaded UVA/UVB also penetrate the under eye skin more deeply causing more damage to elastin and collagen.
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Sun damage has taken it's toll on the skin around my eyes (too much sunbathing without the right protection) but thankfully I started using eye creams when I was a bright eyed 20-year-old. So far, puffiness and bags haven't really been problem. For me, it's dark circles and these constantly make me look tired. Sleep, water, it doesn't matter what I do, the bluish circles under my eyes will not budge. Now I tend to think it's due to genetics. But I have found eye creams do help. Here's some of the ones I like: