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Mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes is common as we age but they are not exactly a great look. According to Oculoplastic Surgeon and Aesthetic Doctor, Dr Maryam Zamani, dark circles can be caused by a number of reasons such as loss of volume, which happens naturally as we age and results in more pronounced tear troughs. It can also be caused by excess pigmentation, exhaustion, lack of sleep, allergies, eye rubbing or excessive sun exposure.

Asides the cosmetic implications, dark circles can point to conditions regarding our health. It is usually one of the first signs that we are not getting enough of the essentials like sleep, water and nutrients as we need.

Here are three proven ways to get rid of eye bags for good;

Use a Retinol Remedy

A derivative of Vitamin A, Retinol is well known for its impressive anti-ageing abilities, it’s role in stimulating collagen production and cell turnover, which can help soften wrinkles, smooth skin texture, correct dark spots, and clear acne. A retinol-based eye serum will help stabilise your melanocytes which is the pigment forming cells in the skin that contributes to dark circles, and will also help to improve skin texture and wrinkles. Banish those eye bags by adding a retinol serum to your nighttime routine!

Indulge in a vitamin-rich skincare regime

Vitamins are great essentials for your skin health especially vitamins D, C, E and K. Making sure you get enough vitamins can keep your skin looking healthy and youthful which translates to a reduction in wrinkles and dark spots.

“I always recommend a serum that’s rich in Vitamin C for clients with dark circles,” says Dr Maryam. “It offers powerful antioxidant protection that fights free-radical damage caused by stress and can result in hyper-pigmentation”.

Always Drink Enough Water

Not only does water flush out toxins like salt (which has been linked to causing eye bags), it also increases blood flow and plumps out dehydrated skin which can appear thin and fragile. Hydrated skin is plump and therefore creates more volume, making dark circles less noticeable.


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