Get rid of sunken, tired eyes

 January 27 2016,  12.57 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

Eyes, as they say are the true indicators of health and beauty. While bright and radiant eyes indicate you are in the pink of health, dull, sunken and tired looking eyes are enough to betray ill-health. People who have been working night shifts for a long period of time or have been sleep deprived because of any other reason often MANIFEST such dark and sunken eyes. At the same time, there are others who have been bitten by the zero figure bug and HAVE deprived themselves of nutrition. Whatever the reason, hollow, sunken eyes, ARE not a very good thing to happen to anybody and they mar your beauty.

Eyes are, WITHOUT DOUBT,  the most prominent features of your face. Beautiful, resplendent eyes never fail to strike. However, the same eyes can make you appear exhausted and unhealthy if they give a hollow appearance. Often, people who are ill or recuperating from an illness have eyes sunken inside the eye sockets. Some otherwise healthy people too may have this appearance DUE TO A GENETIC PREDISPOSITION. People with dark and sunken eyes are often asked about whether they are sick.

Hollow eyes are also a result of ageing. Unhealthy looking eyes will betray your age candidly. As we age, we often develop dark hollows and troughs under our eyes which make ONE appear weary,  dull and tired even though you are young and healthy. The area between the eyes and nose, also known AS THE  tear trough, looks hollow and sunken due to loss of HYDRATION and volume, thus making the face look tired. WITH A little care and attention the beauty of your eyes can be restored. The loss of volume can be corrected with the help of fillers like Juvederm that fill up the hollows around the eyes THEREBY RESTORING THE YOUTHFUL APPEARANCE OF THE  eyes AND RESULTING IN A fresh looking face. At the same time, IT CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH THAT lifestyle modifications and a healthy diet will help improve their overall appearance and MAINTAIN RESULTS FOR LONG PERIODS.

Many a WOMAN, working or not, juggles between multiple responsibilities. Mothers are bringing up infants are another category of sleep deprived, stressed out women. Such an overload of work leaves women NOT JUST exhausted and tired, but it also starts TAKING A TOLL on their bodies and face. The once luminous eyes are reduced to a tired, dark, and sunken twosome. Some people may have eye bags or puffiness.

Let’s take a look at the factors that can cause your eyes to appear sunken and ill:

Lack of sleep is certainly the most significant factor. Your body and mind needs a good period of rest after every day of hard work. But, our busy lifestyles often mean we stay up late and wake up early and are deprived of  much-needed sleep. When PERSISTENT for a prolonged period, sleep deprivation can AFFECT the eyes, making them appear sunken with dark circles around

Poor food habits and indigestion is another factor. Too much intake of fast food which is rich in CALORIES AND TRANS FATS CAN AFFECT ALL ASPECTS OF HEALTH ADVERSELY AND BECOME VISIBLE AS DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES

Improper hydration in the body is another factor that can be dealt with. CONSUMPTION OF  sufficient quantities of water (AT LEAST 2-3 LITERS) each day to keep your eyes and face looking HEALTHY AND GLOWING

Another FACTOR that can augment the appearance of hollows under the eyes is lack of timely treatment of dark circles. Dark circles are CAUSED BY  blood vessels that can be seen through THE  thin under eye skin. Due to variable factors including lack of sleep, stress, ageing etc, these dark circles become permanent. Over a period of time, they turn into dark hollows.

What to do:

Ensure that you get enough sleep. Do away with social media addiction keep your phone away when you take to bed; this will help you stay away from late night facebook and wHatsapp messaging. Keep television out of your bedroom. DO NOT USE THESE UV LIGHT SOURCES IN ROOM WITH POOR LIGHT

While you can undertake a series of stress busting routines like yoga, walking, running or even cycling to beat the stress, modify your lifestyle to stay healthy, there is a quick remedy that you need for your eyes and face. Hyaluronic acid based fillers like Juvederm are a quick and wonderful way of giving a fresh new look to the eyes. They fill up the hollows as well as the wrinkles crowding the corners of the eyes and makes you look younger, HEALTHIER  and more RADIANT

Try some home remedies to reduce the darkness. Use potato and cucumber slices to cover your eyes for a few minutes daily. They help reduce dark circles.

Drink a lot of water and eat a healthy diet rich in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and, broccoli to keep skin and eyes in good health.

Keep cold or warm tea bags on your eyes for a few minutes to help improve blood circulation around the eyes.

Written by Dr. Ankita Pant, Consultant Dermatologist, Clinic Dermatech.