Sunken eyes, dark circles, and heavy eyelids are very common problems and can be emotionally distressing to many. Concern usually arises when you always look tired, despite adequate sleep, or feel that your upper eyelids or brows are heavy and droopy.
Sunken eyes, also medically known as the tear trough, are usually the result of ageing. As we age, the soft tissue under the eyes starts to lose volume naturally. This may result in dark circles appearing on the area between the lower eye and upper cheek. Also, the cheekbones and eye socket bones start to recede over time, resulting in a loss of bony support for the skin. A loss of collagen and elastin also contributes to skin laxity that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles as well as causing drooping eyelids.
Because the eye contour is so thin and delicate, it is very susceptible to break down especially to sun damage. The skin becomes thin and frail, eye lids are droopy and hollowness causes a shadow or dark circle appearance under the eyes. Therefore it is imperative to stay diligent about sun protection throughout your life to delay the ageing process around the eyes.
Other factors such as smoking, lack of sleep, dramatic weight loss and dehydration also contributing to sunken eyes, these contribution factors can be managed through a healthy diet and lifestyle.