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TIRED EYES: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Understanding the condition and ultimately finding out 'How to get rid of Tired Eyes'.

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TIRED EYES: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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.

SYMPTOMS

Signs that your lifestyle is beginning to take its toll on your eyes include: 

Dark circles

A dark, almost bruise-like crescent underneath each eye.

Puffiness

Swollen, fluidy skin underneath and above the eye area. 

Fine lines and wrinkles

Crepey skin on the eyelids and under the eyes.

Crow’s feet

Wrinkles at the side of the eyes, stretching out towards the temples.

Sagging skin

Droopy skin which may pull the eyelid downwards, making the eyes look sleepy.

Redness

Inflamed skin around the eyes, or visible blood vessels known as thread veins or spider veins

Thread veins

Visible blood vessels caused by thinning skin and sun exposure. 

Eye bags

Puffiness, specifically in the under-eye area. 

Sunken eyes

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)

TIRED EYES FAQS

WHY DO I HAVE BAGS UNDER MY EYES?

As we get older, the skin, tissue and muscles around the eyes begin to soften and may begin to look saggy, resulting in bags under the eyes. Bags can also be due to a buildup of fluid, which can be caused by a salt-heavy diet, or first thing in the morning after sleeping.

ARE BOTOX® INJECTIONS SAFE AROUND THE EYES?

Yes, anti-ageing injections such as BOTOX® are safe to use for wrinkles around the eyes. However, never trust an unqualified, unregulated practitioner to carry out this treatment. Under the surface of your skin is a complex network of nerves and muscles, so a qualified health professional is best placed to deliver anti-ageing injections.

WHY DO I HAVE DARK CIRCLES UNDER MY EYES?

As we get older, the skin, tissue and muscles around the eyes begin to soften and may begin to look saggy, resulting in bags under the eyes. Bags can also be due to a buildup of fluid, which can be caused by a salt-heavy diet, or first thing in the morning after sleeping.

HOW DO YOU GET RID OF CROW'S FEET?

Crow’s feet are wrinkles which appear around the eyes as we age. There are targeted anti-ageing treatments which can drastically reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, as well as topical anti-wrinkle eye creams and serums which can help soften them.

OTHER TREATMENTS FOR TIRED EYES

Medical grade skin peels

Skin peels strip back layers of dull, ageing skin and leave behind a smoother complexion, reducing wrinkles and lines around the eyes. There are different strengths of medical grade peels available. A dermatologist will be able to select the most appropriate peel for your skin type.

Anti-ageing injectables

Anti-ageing injections such as BOTOX® injections can be used to relax the facial muscles and help reduce wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movement. Administered correctly by a medical practitioner, anti-ageing injectables can be used to subtly smooth and soften the skin around the eyes, restoring a natural looking, youthful complexion.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers work by adding volume to slackening, wrinkled skin and are particularly effective for deeper, more established lines and wrinkles around the eyes. With near immediate results (they develop from 48 hours following treatment) they last up to 12 months.

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