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All You Need To Know About Under-Eye Problems And How To Treat Them

Our under-eyes are probably one of the least talked about areas in our skincare routine, but that doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. In fact, the skin under your eyes is one of the thinnest and most delicate parts on your face, and one of the areas that’s most prone to aging, which is why you need to start taking care of your under-eyes now.

Here are some of the most common under-eye problems and the different ways to treat them:

1. Fine lines aka wrinkles

Fine lines tend to form under and around your eyes. These are commonly caused by sun damage, which makes it impossible to prevent but thankfully, there are ways to treat the fine lines under your eyes.

One of the best ways is to plump the under-eye skin through hydration. When buying eye creams for anti-wrinkle effects, try to look for those that contain hyaluronic acid as they provide plenty of hydration. Ingredients like ceramides and avocado oil are also great for nourishing and can be used both day and night.

While retinol is a great ingredient to activate collagen production and thicken your skin to reduce the visibility of wrinkles, do note that it should only be used at night and gradually work it up everyday to avoid irritation.

2. Dark circles

We tend to relate dark circles to exhaustion and lack of sleep but the cause of this problem actually goes deeper than that. Dark circles form when the veins under your eyes dilate, causing them to appear bigger and darker. As our skin gets thinner with age, dark circles may become more apparent.

Sadly, there isn’t a permanent solution for under-eye dark circles, but there are temporary fixes and one of them is using tinted eye creams to cover the dark patches under your eyes. If your dark circles are caused by a lack of sleep, then try using moisturisers or eye creams that contain caffeine as this will constrict blood vessels and decrease darkness.

However, there are also some people who naturally have dark circles even as a child, due to hyperpigmentation or genetics. Fun fact, hyperpigmentation is especially common among Asians and Southeast Asians. While caffeine wouldn’t help with hereditary dark circles, we can always turn to skin-brightening ingredients to even the skin tone.

3. Puffiness aka eyebags

Puffy eyes are a sign of having extra fluid in the tissue under the skin. And like dark circles, puffy eyes can be caused by different things such as lack of sleep, too much salt intake, allergies that cause swelling and of course, aging.

While the latter remains the most difficult to solve, the other causes can be easily treated and the healing ingredient is none other than caffeine. Since caffeine shrinks blood vessels, it can be used in this case to decrease swelling and temporarily tighten your skin. And fortunately, puffy eye bags come with an easy fix that’s as simple as pressing something cold like a chilled spoon to the affected area.

But at the end of the day, the best solution to any skin problem is to protect it before the damage occurs. And in any case, the best way to do that is to wear sunscreen, always.

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