The demands of daily life can take a toll on both your mind and body. Pulling an all-nighter, indulging in unhealthy foods, and other poor habits can also compromise your skin and negatively affect your overall appearance.
Here are the tell-tale signs that your skin is tired:
Swelling or puffiness around the eyes is usually accompanied with dark circles, making you look tired. It is common with aging, as the tissue structures supporting the eyelids grow weaker over time. This results in formation of a tear trough or lengthening of the mid-cheek. Eye puffiness can also be hereditary or run in families.
Other causes of puffy eyes include:
- Lack of sleep
- Excessive salt intake, which can lead to fluid retention around the eyes
Dark undereye circles
Poor or inadequate sleep is a common cause of dark circles under the eyes. This is because lack of sleep can make your skin pale, enabling blood vessels underneath the skin to show. They can also be inherited and get worse with age, as the skin around the eyes loses fat and gets thinner over time.
Other contributing factors for dark circles include:
- Stress or fatigue
- Eye strain
- Overexposure to the sun (causes your body to produce more pigment or melanin)
Dull and lackluster skin
If your skin lacks radiance or looks gray and lifeless, you could be experiencing dull skin. Accumulation of dead skin cells is the common culprit, as these cells build up daily, resulting in a dull or less radiant skin. Dead skin cells, furthermore, don’t completely shed, leading to flaky skin and dry patches.
Your lifestyle habits and other factors can also lead to dull skin, including:
- Lack of exfoliation
- Lack of sleep
- Your environment (low humidity, UV exposure, harsh winds, pollution)
While fine lines and wrinkles are mostly associated with aging, they can be caused by other factors. Smoking and prolonged sun exposure are common culprits, as they can cause elastin and collagen and break down at a faster rate. Lack of sleep, which is linked to paler skin, also contributes to more fine lines and dark spots.
Other contributors to fine lines and wrinkles, include:
- Repetitive facial expressions or muscle movements
- Sleeping patterns (sleeping on side can repetitively tug and rub on your eye area)
- Poor diet
What can you do?
Changing your bad habits can do a lot of wonders to your skin and body. This means eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep (7 to 9 hours every night). It is also important to keep stress in check, as high amounts of cortisol (stress hormones) can break down collagen and elastin.
Nonsurgical aesthetic treatments can also improve or get rid of your eye bags, dark circles, fine lines, and other skin concerns. Here are some procedures that can give you a fresh and revived appearance.
Dermal fillers – These are commonly used for filling in lost volume to different areas of the face. Filler made from hyaluronic acid like Juvéderm can help improve fine lines, nasolabial folds, and eye bags. These injectables can minimize the appearance of puffy eyes and dark circles by adding volume in the tear trough.
Botox – This is an FDA-cleared anti-wrinkle injectable that can treat or improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox can smooth crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes, frown lines between the brows, and forehead lines. It temporarily blocks the signal from a nerve to a muscle to relax the wrinkles.
Profhilo – This is a bioremodelling injectable used for improving skin laxity, improving hydration, and addressing other signs of aging. Profhilo transforms and remodels the skin by stimulating collagen, elastin, and adipocytes stem cells. It also improves the overall quality of the skin by providing hydration, firming, tightening, and lifting effects.
VI Peel – This medical-grade chemical peel features a special formulation that can remove damaged layers and improve skin texture. VI Peel can stimulate the production of collagen, allowing you to enjoy clearer, firmer, and more radiant skin. It is also safe for the delicate skin around the eyes and can be used to improve fine lines.
Laser Genesis – This is a laser skin treatment that can brighten complexion and improve dull skin. It warms the top layer of the skin to boost collagen formation. It can help or improve enlarged pores, acne scars, wrinkles, redness, and sun damage. Also, the new collagen formed can tighten the skin, plump it up, and improve its texture.
Tweak your habits and consider these treatments to revive your skin. Contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor to learn which procedures are right for your needs and goals.