The skin that surrounds your eyes is extremely delicate, almost a tenth as thick as the skin on the rest of your face. This, added to the fact that there are less oil glands around the eyes, and that this is the part of the face that gets the most exposure to the sun, means that the area around the eyes is much more susceptible to damage and premature aging.

Woman applying a concealer to hide dark circles.

Dark Circles
Since the skin around the eyes is so thin, blood vessels often show through, giving a bluish/purplish undertone to the area under the eyes. This is usually based on genetics, although anemia can also cause dark circles. The best way to minimize the appearance of dark circles is to get more sleep and reduce the amount of alcohol, caffeine and salt that is consumed, as this causes the skin to retain fluids and look darker. An eye cream that is rich in antioxidants will help to reduce the darkness, but, for a quicker fix, apply a peach colored concealer under the eye, preferably one that contains light diffusing elements. Applying a white eyeliner around the bottom rim of the eyes is also a trick that many makeup artists use to make people look instantly bright-eyed and refreshed. Make sure that the area is moist before applying any makeup, as this will stop it from drying and caking within the fine lines.

Mature woman examining the appearance of crow's feet around her eyes.

Crow’s Feet
Crow’s feet, also known as laugh lines, are those tiny wrinkles that form around the eyes. As we age, and have more exposure to the sun, the collagen in our skin is broken down, and, with the thin skin around the eyes, wrinkles tend to form here faster than the rest of your face. The best way to take care of this is to use a rich, moisturizing eye cream twice a day, to soften the look of the fine lines. An eye serum that contains collagen may also help to keep the skin moist and firm. We recommend you to try out the 24K Intensive Eye Serum as a part of your $500 Worth OROGOLD products voucher.

Woman applying concealer to hide her puffy eyes.

Puffy Bags
Puffy bags under the eyes are usually caused by stress, a lack of sleep, and excessive alcohol and salt intake, and is most noticeable in the mornings. The reason for this is due to the fluid that gets retained in the periorbital area while we sleep, and being in a vertical position during the day is usually enough to redistribute the fluid around the skin. An eye gel, that has been stored in the refrigerator, works well to soothe puffy eyes in the morning. Cucumber slices, tea bags or ice masks, placed over the eyes, will also help to reduce the swelling and minimize the puffy appearance.

Although the majority of face creams and lotions won’t cause damage to the area around the eyes, they may contain ingredients that can irritate the delicate skin, and won’t really end up doing any good. This is why it is usually best use products that are designed to focus on the thinner skin around the eyes, as they will contain ingredients that will target your specific concerns.

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