A team of beauty scientists studied the eyes of 5,000 women throughout the seasons and found bags under the eyes were significantly darker during the colder months.
They concluded the ageing process is caused by a lack of sunlight which brings paler skin and emphasises the bags. This is made worse by a higher level of fatigue in the winter due to a lower level of Vitamin D, generated by the body in sunlight, and subsequently less serotonin, which is the body’s ‘feel good chemical’.
Research has shown that women are worried about the ageing effect of dark circles more so than wrinkles which are easier to tackle and overcome. Ten years ago women were searching for the next wrinkle attacking cream, it seems the market is more open now to alternative ageing signs such as dark circles.
Lacking in Vitamins D and K has a considerable negative effect on the appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes and can age a woman by 4.7 years putting over ten per cent on a woman’s age of 40. It might not be wrinkles or grey hair that ages you most, but dark circles under your eyes.
Dark circles are one of the most common skin problems, and are often caused by tiny capillaries that leak blood beneath the surface of the skin. As this blood starts to oxidise, it turns an ugly dark blue colour similar to a bruise. Even Kim Kardashian stepped out recently with dark, tired looking eyes.
The thin skin under the eyes allows fluid to build up and dark circles and puffy eyes to appear. This becomes more obvious in winter as skin becomes more transparent due to lack of sun and tanning.
In the summer dark circles are easier to hide as people suffer less from fatigue and the skin is lightly tanned. Additionally, during the summer, we experience higher serotonin levels, which raises our mood, when the skin is exposed to sunlight. When sunlight is in short supply, our serotonin levels fall and we don’t have so much energy or so many good feelings.
How Can We Treat Them?
Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing is a popular and effective way to cure dark circles under eyes. This technique can help not only in treating dark under eye circles but also wrinkles. It also helps in stimulating production of collagen. Using the SmartXide Laser a customised pattern of skin is removed, this not only helps with pigmentation but also the tone and texture of the skin.
In the past, the recovery time had been somewhat of an issue for patients as this was sometimes up to 5 days for some patients. However, when used alongside Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment this is dramatically reduced and results enhanced.
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