Because the delicate skin around the eyes is much thinner than the the skin of the face, this area is especially susceptible to blemishes and hyperpigmentation. As we age, we also lose collagen-the main structure for our connective tissues-in our faces. Because collagen plumps and strengthens skin, loss of collagen directly impacts the under-eye area.

But while you might think you’re doing everything right by slathering your dark circles with moisturizers and concealers, you could actually be making the problem worse. Here’s one of the worst mistakes you can make if you have eye bags.

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