4 things around your eyes that make you look old

Our skin is not only a manifestation of our lifestyle. If only it were that easy. The truth is, it is at the mercy of many other forces, such as our bad habits, the sun, the weather around us and even our sleeping position and more. The key is to take care of your skin, your face and your health to slow down the effects of aging.

Large Pores

One of the things we notice as we get older is the growing size of our pores. While it seems like our pores just grew all of a sudden, this isn’t actually the case. It is the effect of years and years of process.

While we’re young, our skin constantly sheds excess build up of oil and debris. This makes our skin looking constantly fresh and clear. Once we reach 30 however, the natural shedding of the skin takes longer than a month. This causes all the oil and debris to build-up inside our pores, making them appear larger.

The skin around our eyes is often the great victim of this.

The clogged pores around the eyes are due to excess sebum. This leads to blackheads and whiteheads, but known as milia if they grow around the eye area. Because the skin around this area is smaller and more sensitive, these pores cannot be squeezed out or popped.

Temporary solutions to cover them up such as foundation and make-up may seem to work like magic, but they only worsen the situation over time. The only way to solve this is through regular cleaning plus exfoliation. The older we get, the more regular the exfoliation should be.


Eye wrinkles, may be considered as a woman’s nightmare. It’s a glaring reminder of losing one’s youth, those happy, mischievous, careless days now gone. Contrary to what we all know though, wrinkles are not just caused by genetic aging. There are also other factors to consider like hormonal aging and environmental aging.

Genetic and hormonal aging usually come hand in hand. The natural process of aging reduces estrogen. This happens when we near our menopause age. Menopause affects the production of collagen and elastin strength of the skin.

Elastin is what allows your skin to spring back into place, while collagen makes our skin firm and supple.

As we slowly lose these two skin factors, the temporary creases in our skin caused by expressions and movements become permanent.

As with all skin problems, it gets worse with the eye area. With environmental aging for example, we are all aware that the sun causes UV damage and exposure to the sun affects collagen and elastin production, thus causing dehydration. The skin around the eyes is less capable of fighting these signs of aging because this area does not contain oil-producing glands like the other areas of your face. As a result, the dehydration and aging is more visible around the eyes.

Under Eye Bags

Nobody wants to look like that cartoon character who was up all night. Hair all messy, with exaggerated arches under the eyes, but in reality, we have seen that ugly reflection in the mirror at least once in our lives. The worst thing is that as we get older, the more often we’ll see those eye bags in the morning. It makes you look old, tired and lifeless. Absolutely not the way you want to start your day.

Lack of sleep and exercise, as well as salty food that retain water can lead to eye bags. If you have eye bags in the morning but notice them slowly disappearing through the day, then this is caused by fluid retention.

This is easily solved by modifying your sleeping position, elevating your head a little.

If the reason of your eye bags is genes, then it’s way harder to solve. Your only chance of getting rid of them is plastic surgery, and nothing else.

As you age, eye bags will become more difficult to avoid and get rid of. Our face contains fats, but it’s held in place by muscles and ligaments. As we age, these muscles weaken, which causes everything to sag. All the fat, including those under our eyes, then becomes more visible.

Dark Circles

Because skin problems are complicated, you shouldn’t be surprised that dark circles actually come in two colors, brown and blue.

Brown circles are more prevalent among Asian and African American skin tones. This type is caused by hyper pigmentation.

The condition is triggered by sun exposure, constant eye rubbing or even genetics.

Blue circles on the other hand are a result of de-oxygenated blood that pool beneath the under eye skin. Because the skin in that area is very thin, the color is shown through it. This is the type of dark circles we see when we wake up in the morning because it usually occurs when we’re horizontal for some times. The fluids accumulate in the veins, and so contain more blood.

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