In your 40s

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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

LUCY LIU

CÉLINE DION

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