Sunken Eyes

Dark circles under the under the eyes can be caused by a myriad of factors. The discolouration can be caused by genetics (if both of your parents have hyperpigmentation you may also inherit this), allergies can also play a part - the constant rubbing of the eyes can cause a thickening and darkening of the eye area and ageing causes a depletion of volume under the eyes.

Whilst dark circles are difficult to prevent, lifestyle contributors such as dehydration (excess alcohol and salt) and sleep deprivation can accentuate the appearance, however the permanent discolouration is very difficult to prevent.

Deep set tear troughs are caused through the ageing process, as our skin loses elasticity and collagen. The cheek bones and eye socket bones also start to recede over time, resulting in a loss of bony support for the skin and the loss of strength in the eyelid muscles prohibits them from staying in place.

The skin around our eyes is extremely delicate and very vulnerable to sun damage, which causes the skin texture to become crepey and droopy and the uneven texture causing a shadow or dark circle appearance under the eyes.

Deep set tear troughs have the ability to make a person look tired, even when they have had ample sleep.

Genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors such as pollution, UV exposure, diet, exercise and smoking can all contribute to the way and speed in which we age and the extent of deep set tear troughs.

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