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They eyes are probably the first feature you notice in a person, and the last to forget. Unfortunately, the effects of smiling and frowning as well as environmental factors means the thin, delicate skin around the eyes is the first place to show signs of aging.

When you are tired, dark shadows often form underneath your eyes. These are caused by the breaking down of blood capillary walls and the best cure is a good night's sleep. You should be careful about being around certain substances, such as cigarette smoke, as these could irritate the eyes. There are various eye washes available which will rinse out your eyes and there are also eye packs you can put over your eyes while you rest to cool them and reduce the dark circles.

The skin around the eyes is very thin and we are constantly using it when we blink or make facial expressions. This is why this area is prone to wrinkles. It is a good idea to invest in an eye gel or under-eye cream and wear sunglasses when in the sun. Also, do not drag the skin while removing eye make-up.

It is important to give your eyes a rest to prevent eye strain. Don't stay too close to the TV or computer monitor and always use a UV protection screen on the latter. If you have to work in front of a computer try to take small frequent breaks or look away from it every once in a while. It's important to have an eye test at least once a year.

The eyes are also prone to getting allergic reactions, especially to dust or pollen. They will itch and feel gritty. They will also start watering and sometimes the eyelids might stick together. Try not to itch them and use some over the counter eye drops. However if the itching is very bad or it lasts for a long time consult your GP or an eye doctor.

If you suspect that you have an infection or if your vision is deteriorating it is important to visit an eye doctor immediately