8 things to know about the skin around your eyes

Right now, I’m not satisfied with the skin around my eye area. I see fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles and eye bags; I would like to get rid of them all. However, this is going to be a difficult and almost impossible task because the skin around our eyes is different from the rest of our face. So to start tackling this challenging task, let’s first take a look at the various factors causing the problems that plague the eye area.

1. Thinner skin
The skin around our eyes is said to be seven to ten times thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of our face. This is why it is always said that our eye area is more sensitive and we should treat it delicately and not rub our eyes as that action can contribute to wrinkles. Maybe the worst fact is that as we age, the skin around our eyes get even thinner due to a loss of collagen and elastin.  (source)

2. Hereditary factor
Hence, because the skin under you eye becomes thinner over time, dark circles become more apparent due to the dense capillary network beneath and when the blood that passes through the large veins close to the surface of the skin produce a bluish tint. So if you’ve inherited a thinner and more transparent skin, chances are, your dark circles can be very apparent. (source)

3. Leaky capillaries
I’ve also learnt that with age or illness, the tiny capillaries in our skin can get weakened and thus leaky. The fluid from these leaky capillaries along with the hemoglobin slowly accumulates below the eyes, thereby forming the look of dark circles. Hemoglobin is the main ingredient in red blood cells and contains a heme group whose iron atoms bind to oxygen molecules. When oxygen molecules are detached and hemoglobin becomes oxidized, red blood cells turn bluish in color. That is what happens with dark eye circles. (source)

4. Sebaceous glands
The skin around our eye area is highly prone to dryness because it has few sebaceous glands unlike skin around other parts of our face. So on a whole, it has a poor lipid barrier, and more prone to lines forming. (source)

5. Skeletal framework
If you have prominent cheekbones and a pair of deep-set eyes, chances are, you’ll get these deep hollow contours below the eyes. As such, it would seem like your dark circles are very pronounced although it could be an illusion caused by the shadow. (source)

6. Toxins in your organs
Dark skin under the eyes may mean sleep problems or toxins in the kidney and or the liver. Accordng to TCM, the top of the eye and directly below the eyes is the kidney zone. Puffiness and fluid retention in this area is a sign the body is holding on to too much fluid (watery and swollen with a blue tinge) or is mucus congested (fatty and swollen with a yellow tinge). Blue circles or white under the eyes indicates tiredness or even exhaustion. A yellow tinge shows the liver and gallbladder are working too hard. (source)

I also understand that if your gall bladder is not functioning well enough to process and break down fats in your body, this may contribute to milia (milia seeds) around the eye area for some people.

7. Frequent eye movements
The skin around the eyes is affected by the number of times you blink, and your facial expressions.  Often called expression lines, these unfortunately calls attention to your eye area for the wrong reason.

8. Shape of eyebrows
Don’t underestimate your eyebrows as the shape of your brow can make your eyes look larger and  brighter.  So a better arched eyebrow can make you look more awake and enhance your overall appearance.

So if you’re troubled by your eye area like me, you might want to find out what’s the root cause before identifying possible remedies.


  1. edrienne says:

    I think I suffer from almost all of them, especially those that contribute to dark circles.

    I even wrote a similar entry here ’cause once I got frustrated after buying almost any product promising to ‘erase’ dark circles:

    Since the skin around our eyes is thinner, it is more prone to sun damage which results to pigmentations and collagen breakage, causing lines and thinner skin–unfortunately making the dark circles more obvious ? ? ?

    have you tried any product with vitamin k, btw? I wanna get myself one but I’m not sure whether it helps or not.

  2. sesame says:

    I haven’t tried any products using vitamin K. I need more help with my eye bag and lines though.

  3. edrienne says:

    i was even forced to take Cordycep tonic to ‘strengthen’ my kidneys and hopefully, help me with my dark circles. Lately, I’ve been experimenting on some eye massage techniques. Hope it works… #k8SjZc9Dxk#k8SjZc9Dxk

  4. sesame says:

    Cordycep tonic? I’m thing of taking the Cordycep supplements…didn’t know they can help strengthen kidneys.

  5. Rennie says:

    I heard that putting tea bags under your eyes daily can reduce dark circles. My friend has tried for about a month and she said it had worked well. I have been too lazy to try it myself though…

  6. sesame says:

    It works due to the tannin in tea. I’m glad that it worked well for her.

  7. Chukulec says:

    How do you clean the eye area since the skin around the eyes are so delicate? I don’t use eye makeup only eye cream and sunscreen.

  8. sesame says:

    I don’t use a lot of eye makeup too and so I just use my normal cleansers. However, on days I wear heavier makeup, then I’ll use a cotton pad doused with cleansing oil to clean the area before washing.

  9. xin says:

    I dare not use concealer on around eyes so much for the fear of pulling skin too much when i am putting on makeup. but i kinda feel grateful that i don’t have deepset eyes ?

  10. sesame says:

    My view is that – if you don’t need it, don’t use it. I don’t use concealers all the time though but I wish I don’t need it at all.

  11. Chukulec says:

    So you dab the eye area with cleanser or massage in circular motions?

  12. Victoria Lewy says:

    I’ve recently discovered, that Cornflower is very powerful in treating dark circles underneath the eyes! The active substances in Cornflower also treat facial muscles and wrinkles, and it can also relieve tired and puffy eyes.

    I use it as an infusion and poultices, it works great!

  13. sesame says:

    Massage in circular motions. Most important is not to tug or pull the skin in that area.

  14. sesame says:

    Cornflower? Sounds very interesting! I’ll do a search on it…wonder if it’s easy to get it here.

  15. Victoria Lewy says:

    In case you will not find it, you can buy dried cornflower at mountainroseherbs.com

  16. sesame says:

    Ok, thanks. I have never bought anything from them cos the shipping is quite expensive to Singapore.

  17. stiffedneck says:

    Have you been visiting Garden of Wisdom lately? They have a lot of great products for the eyes area.

  18. sesame says:

    No, not at all. I’ve been thinking of purchasing some other products from them but keep missing the sprees.

  19. Jeff G says:

    I was researching the effects of using caffiene as a home remedy for the treatment of a particularly embarassing occurance but reality all the same. In the sweltering july heat of fort Campbell there is a phenomina that occurs. When your legs get sweaty and hot you can develop a rash like symptom. Its very unpleasant and irritating. I am going to use a potassium based powder that includes powdered caffiene. I had to study the effects of caffiene on this area to determine if there are any benefeits to doing this. Any ideas?

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