Enemies of the eyes

Enemies of the eyes

Alexandra Leon

Nothing points to ageing that blemishes around our eyes. Circles, bags and crow's feet come with age as the delicate skin surrounding our eyes thins and becomes more prone to imperfections.

Everyone battle with dark circles, puffy bags or small expressive lines (crow’s feet)  What causes these problems and what are available treatments?

Dark circles

Those dark circles under the eyes are caused by a variety of reasons. They come about when large amounts of melanin are being produced under the eyes causing a change in skin pigmentation. The skin becomes darker giving the appearance of dark circles. Different colours are created by different problems:

  • Brown circles: Related to genetics and skin color of each person.
  • Blue circles: Created by lack of sleep, stress and allergies.
  • Purple/reddish circles: Created by the ageing and thinning skin reflecting the blood underneath.

Bags under the eyes

When circulation slows down, the skin under the eye become dehydrated and water accumulates making it puff out. With ageing, we also lose tissue strength and the muscles supporting the eyelids weaken. Fat that supports the eyes moves down into the lower eyelid and adds to the appearance of puffiness.

Crow's feet

Famously named for their appearance to chicken or rooster feet, these fine lines are the first to appear at the edge of the eyes. We also call them “laugh lines” since they do appear when we are smiling or laughing.


All these blemishes have similar causes such as:

  • Genetics
  • Insomnia
  • Bad nutrition
  • Poor circulation
  • Aging
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Smoking or drinking
  • Dehydration.


Here are some tried and true solutions for dealing with eye blemishes:

  • Special eye cream (usually denser)
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Facial exercises
  • Drinking enough water
  • Improving nutrition/ eating more fruit
  • Cucumber slices over the eyes
  • Camomile tea bags compresses
  • Homemade face masks.

There are also medical interventions offered by plastic surgeons such as collagen injections.

Natural supplements

There are many nutritional and cosmetic supplements that can help with all three problems. Some of the products offering relief include:

  1. Organic eye contour cream, Ecco Bella
  2. Somerol Extra Strength, Nutripur
  3. Jamieson's Healthy Sleep
  4. Age Off Glow, Nuvocare
  5. Age Off Instant, 90 Second, Nuvocare

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