Collagen is a protein that naturally occurs in the body and is found in cartilage, bones, tendons and skin. Collagen in the skin helps keep it supple and full; however, collagen tends to break down over time, causing the skin to begin to thin, sag and wrinkle. The eye area is usually a common area that is affected by the loss of collagen. Dark circles, sunken eyes, fine lines and wrinkles are all signs of collagen loss in this area. To help increase collagen under the eyes, there are a number of things that can be done naturally.
Use products that contain ingredients such as Retin-A, retinol or retinoids, also known as tretinoin. Retinol is the purest form of vitamin A, and it has a small molecular structure that allows it to penetrate deep into the skin where collagen resides. Retinol helps repair the skin and stimulate collagen production.
Take vitamin supplements that contain vitamin C, amino acids and copper because they play a key role in the production of collagen, according to smartskincare.com.
Massage the area under the eye by using a pinching and twisting motion, moving from the inner eye, near the nose, toward the outer edge of the eye. This massage movement helps build up and thicken the skin by stimulating collagen.