Earlier in the week, we discussed the causes of puffy eyes and dark circles, as well as a few ways to naturally prevent and treat them when they appear. For many people, puffiness around the eye is simply the result of fluid accumulation from their sleep position or diet, and can easily be corrected. Dark circles can also be the result of stress or lack of sleep, especially if you’re a smoker.
However, for others, eye puffiness and dark circles are signs of aging brought about by genetics, sun exposure, and gravity. The skin and muscles around the eye weaken as we age, so fat migrates down from around the orbital bone and rests under the eye, creating sagginess and bags. Skin also thins as we age, and the skin around the eye is already the most delicate of the body. This means that it shows thinning very quickly, exposing underlying blood vessels and adding to the shadowed, dark look of under-eye circles.