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What is the difference between dark circles, puffy eyes and bags under the eyes?

Dark Circles, puffy eyes and bags under the eyes are some of the leading concerns for many women (and men). Every year millions are spent on cosmetic treatments to address these common concerns, but not everyone understands the differences between them and this is quite important in order to ensure that the skin care solution chosen is the right one for the job.

Dark circles under the eyes are primarily as a result of genetics although the intensity and prominence of the circles can be exacerbated by skin that is fair and thin. The under-eye area can look purple or bluish because the skin is so thin and translucent that you can easily see the underlying veins.

Increased pigmentation from sun damage can also result in dark circles. Furthermore, the ageing process can make the under-eye area more hollow creating eve more of a shadow.

Puffy eyes are the result of temporary swelling that is often caused by seasonal allergies. Puffiness can also arise if you’ve had too much salt or alcohol, which can leave you dehydrated—that leads to water retention, which in turn leads to swelling in the face. Lack of sleep makes puffy eyes worse, too, because of the pooling of fluid in the area. As a result, puffiness is often worse in the morning and resolves itself by the afternoon as the accumulated fluid drains with the help of gravity and time. Genetics also plays a part.

Many people often confuse dark circles and puffy eyes with what is generally known as ‘bags under the eyes’, however there is quite a big difference between them.

Actual bags are part of the ageing process - With ageing, the tissues around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids, weaken. Normal fat that helps support the eyes can then move into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling.


Whilst there is little that topical treatments can do for ‘under-eye bags’, dark circles and puffiness can benefit by using eye creams, serums and treatments that contain specific ingredients, such as Chemyunion’s Bioskinup Contour 3R which is a complete treatment for the eye area with proven clinical efficacy inreducing bags, dark circles and wrinkles. It also improves skin firmness.

Bioskinup Contour 3R contains concentrated natural extracts of Pfaffia, Marapuama and White Lily.

For information on skin care ingredients contact Chemgrit Cosmetics.


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