Laughing, concentrating, squinting or frowning; whenever you move your face your muscles contract. After years of frequent contractions, combined with environmental and lifestyle factors - such as exposure to sunshine, smoking or pollution - lines, wrinkles, dark circles and bags begin to form around your eyes, leaving them looking tired. The eyes are often the first place to reveal the signs of ageing, as the skin is thinner and more prone to creasing, pigmentation and puffiness.
WHAT CAUSES TIRED EYES?
The main cause of lines and wrinkles and pigmentation such as dark circles is a decrease in the amounts of collagen and elastin in the skin. These proteins are responsible for our skin’s elasticity and thickness, but production drops as we age. The best way to postpone the appearance of wrinkles, eye bags, dark circles and sunken eyes is to use an SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, avoid smoking, drink plenty of water and follow a good skin care routine, particularly one with a deep acting moisturiser.
Signs that your lifestyle is beginning to take its toll on your eyes include:
A dark, almost bruise-like crescent underneath each eye.
Swollen, fluidy skin underneath and above the eye area.
Fine lines and wrinkles
Crepey skin on the eyelids and under the eyes.
Wrinkles at the side of the eyes, stretching out towards the temples.
Droopy skin which may pull the eyelid downwards, making the eyes look sleepy.
Inflamed skin around the eyes, or visible blood vessels known as thread veins or spider veins
Visible blood vessels caused by thinning skin and sun exposure.
Puffiness, specifically in the under-eye area.
Thin or sagging skin around the eyes which makes the socket more visible.
HOW CAN I PREVENT TIRED EYES?
Protecting your skin from sun damage is the best form of prevention for ageing skin, including tired eyes, dark circles, eye bags and crow’s feet. Wear a good sun protection product and keep your eyes protected from direct sunlight with sunglasses and a large brimmed hat. You can also use skincare products designed to soften wrinkles and reduce the signs of ageing.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR TIRED EYES
- Cooling eye masks
- Cucumber (sliced and placed over the eyes)
- Eye serum
- Anti-wrinkle creams
- Lifestyle changes - more sleep, less time staring at a computer screen, staying hydrated
- Facial massage to aid lymphatic drainage (particularly for puffy eyes or eye bags)