In your 40s
What you’re noticing: Dark circles become prominent as the fat pad around your eyes moves south. Engelman explains that the tissues and muscles around your eyes actually weaken with age, causing the underlying fat that supports your lower lids to move. “That’s when we see people looking more hollow or tending to sag.” That can also lead to the appearance of constant puffiness. As well, fine lines turn into deeper furrows around this time, caused in part by a loss of volume in the face.
What to look for: Firming peptides and puff-reducing caffeine, which also helps minimize dark blue or purplish circles caused by visible blood vessels. “Products containing caffeine cause the blood vessels around the eye to constrict and get smaller. That minimizes the amount of fluid retained in that tissue and helps with the puffiness,” says Engelman. Another type of dark circle occurs when the skin is a different colour than the surrounding area, more commonly seen in darker skin tones. “There is more melanin there,” Neuser explains. Niacinamide can shed some light on that specific type of discolouration.
The Kit picks: NERIUM AGE-DEFYING EYE SERUM, $ 115, NERIUM.CA. RODIAL SNAKE
EYE CREAM O2, $95, MURALE