Age Management

The Key Causes of The Signs of Ageing

As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin which, when combined with other factors, causes our skin to develop fine lines and wrinkles. Our facial expressions, damage from the sun, stress, a lack of hydration and lifestyle factors, such as alcohol & diet, can all contribute to the signs of ageing. 

As part of the natural ageing process, we can develop dark circles and bags under our eyes. The production of these signs can be accelerated in a number of ways as we explore below.

Ageing Eyes

Many of our clients visit us with concerns about eye bags and dark circles under their eyes. The onset of eye bags and dark circles is partly hereditary, although there are also a number of medical complaints that can lead to the appearance of eye bags and dark circles.

Eye Bags

Eye bags can be caused by a number of concerns. As we get older, the fat under our skin’s surface starts to droop, which can also lead to bags under the eyes. The ligaments and muscles that hold the fat under our eyes together begin to weaken as we age, this causes our skin to sag and eye bags become more visible.

Lack of sleep is widely considered one of the most common causes of eye bags, sleep deprivation can lead to fluid retentions, meaning that excess fluid gathers in the tissue under our eyes and causing bags to appear. 

Dark Circles

Blood vessels are more prominently seen in the thinner skin under our eyes and, as we age, we lose collagen and fat under our eyes - making dark circles appear more prominent. However, time is not the only cause of dark circles under our eyes. Sleep deprivation can also cause your skin to become dull and appear pale, allowing for dark tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin to show.

There is a strong correlation between an unhealthy lifestyle and the accelerated appearance of eye bags and dark circles. Dehydration and fatigue can contribute to the appearance of dark circles and eye bags, sleeping well and hydrating yourself can help to quickly improve the appearance of these concerns. You may notice that if you indulge in a salt-heavy meal before you go to bed, you will wake up with bags under your eyes, as too much salt can cause fluid retention. Smoking and drinking alcohol can also break down collagen production and accelerates the ageing process and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, eye bags included. Drinking alcohol also interrupts sleep which is why we often look very tired after indulging. 

Ageing in The Face

Ageing is a gift to us, but that doesn't mean we want to accept looking older gracefully! External factors such as sun damage, tobacco use and pollution can contribute to looking older, leading to changes including dark spots, skin cance and uneven tones. 

As you enter your 20s, the production of collagen slowly decreases through the years, resulting in thinner, more fragile skin. Treatments that are designed to stimulate collagen production are recommended as early as possible to ensure you look naturally younger for longer.