Our expert says:
Three things leads to and/or adds to dark rings under the eyes: an inherited tendency to develop these rings, the natural aging processes and/or a lack of sleep. As you age your skin gets thinner. The thinning of the skin is particularly noticeable in certain parts of the body, especially those areas where the skin is stretched over bony structures without thick layers of fat and other tissues beneath. The skull is typical, especially around the eyes. There isn't room for fatty layers around the eye sockets because this would get in the way of our ability to move our eyes and see. So skin around the eyes is thin and gets thinner with age - allowing the blood vessels and darker shadows of bone to show through. To some degree this process is again controlled by our genes and family patterns, but it's also influenced by things which damage the skin, such as too much ultraviolet A (UVA) light or smoking. It's usually women who are more aware of the damage that smoking does to their skin - If you smoke, this could be contributing to you dark circles. Lack of proper restful sleep also causes dark rings for reasons which aren't properly understood, but which may be related to skin and blood supply changes in the area.
There's very little that can be done about dark rings, other than getting as much sleep and rest as possible.
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