It is not a surprise to get dark circles under the eyes especially when you are deprived of sleep but it is definitely an eye-opener once you see under eye wrinkles.
Aside from making you look older than you actually are, it makes you look tired too. With all the hustle and bustle of daily life, it usually comes as a surprise to see lines that weren’t there before.
It is unsightly and a confidence zapper and makes a person desperate to stop, correct and prevent more under eye wrinkling.
Under eye wrinkles don't really result from advanced age but more of a result of having thin skin around the periorbital area.
What can be done to prevent or correct it?
There are several tips and tricks to help you battle under eye wrinkles and get rid of it for good. Read on and take care of one of the most delicate parts of your face.
Under Eye Wrinkles: What it is All About
Our eyes are considered the windows to our soul and people can tell a lot about a person just by looking directly in their eyes. We can even tell if they are lying or telling the truth just by staring at them.
Health-wise, if it appears yellow, that is a sign of jaundice and the person may be suffering from liver-related illness. If it’s red or pink, that is a sign of an irritation. But more than the color, we can tell if a person is perky, sleepy or tired just by looking at their eyes.
Aside from observing the iris and sclera, we also take into account the skin around the eyes. This is usually the most neglected part of the face.
Truthfully, we are more concerned about acne, acne scars, and lines in our forehead that we usually don’t notice the skin around our eyes. Most toners and facial wash are great for our face but are harsh for the eye area.
Do you happen to read the label of your skincare products? They usually say “Avoid the eye area.”
You never imagined having smile lines, eye wrinkles or crow’s feet yourself and that this is something that happens to other people instead. However, these tell-tale signs of aging and poor skin care regimen affect everyone.
When our body loses its capacity to supply the elastin and collagen that keep our skin elastic, supple, and firm, it usually leads to lines or wrinkles.
That applies to the skin around our eyes too especially because this part is naturally thin and delicate. (1)
What makes the skin around the eye area delicate is the fact that it doesn’t hydrate itself. With the constant touching and rubbing, our skin around the eye area cannot replace the lost moisture.
Our natural facial movements also wear out our skin. With the same areas that get scrunched, stretched, and moved, it’s a no-brainer that we will eventually develop permanent creases.
You will notice very fine lines at first but then it becomes deeper and eventually turns into full-fledged wrinkles. These creases and ridges in our skin, especially around the eye area, add years to our age and make you look unattractive.
Even with makeup, having under eye wrinkles messes our look and makes us look mature and aged.
Even though these facial creases appear because of our skin’s natural wear-and-tear process, it doesn’t mean that we cannot do anything to treat, delay, or prevent it.
The Origin of Eye Wrinkles
Wrinkles are caused by several factors and knowing these factors will give you the upper-hand in winning this battle. Knowing what causes this nuisance will help you pinpoint the root of the problem and also understand the fact that there is no single effective treatment in dealing with wrinkles.
Aging and the Wear-and-Tear Theory
Aging is inevitable and is a normal part of life. The body experience wear-and-tear and as we age, we lose the capability to repair or produce certain cells. We also deplete our source of vital elements such as collagen and elastin.
When we age, collagen and elastin production in our body is not as efficient compared to younger people. The result, we lose our skin’s suppleness and firmness and our skin will look saggy and old.
Because of these natural processes, wrinkles start to form. We lose our skin’s elasticity that contributes to it becoming dryer and thinner and looking loose and old.
Usually, the development of fine lines are so subtle it takes us by surprise how it got there in the first place.
Aside from the normal wear-and-tear, there is also the hormonal imbalance brought about by menopause. The reduction of the female hormone, estrogen, causes several health problems like osteoporosis, eye wrinkles and other integumentary problems like thinning hair and loose, saggy skin.
Generally, the first wrinkles we usually notice in our eye area are Crow’s feet.
When we age, the laugh lines and frown lines become eternally imbued in our skin. Most people are okay with it, but some undergo radical methods to erase it.
It is difficult to keep the eye area supple because the skin around our eyes does not produce oil. This fact results in dehydration and it easier for this area to get wrinkles.
Facial Movements and Expression
Eye wrinkles can also form simply by frowning, laughing or squinting. We are not saying that you should forever be devoid of facial expression; nobody is a fan of Resting Bitch Face.
However, our facial movements are natural contributors to lines in our faces.
As we get old, we lose collagen and elastin. Because of this, our skin loses its capability to bounce back when we stretch our face when we do certain facial expressions.
Because we are humans and we need facial expressions to convey what we feel and what we want to say, we cannot definitely avoid this.
What we can do is say, for example, avoid smoking, limit sun exposure or add serums and creams that can help prevent more wrinkles.
Smoking Robs You of Nutrients
Most people are probably tired of hearing that smoking is bad for your health but we will say it again, because the truth is, it is!
Aside from staining your teeth and causing gum problems, smoking doesn’t do your skin any good.
One study shows that smoking 30 cigarettes a day will add 14 years to your skin! If that doesn’t alarm you yet, wait till you reach 50!
Smoking constricts your blood vessels and makes it narrow so the blood cannot flow through it effectively. Because of this, the nutrients in your blood cannot get to the tissues and cells that need it to repair itself.
The result? Your skin looks dull and old. Because of smoking, you are making your body incapable of repairing itself.
When you smoke, you also purse your lips as you inhale and exhale. This habit will eventually grant you what people call as “Smoker’s wrinkles.” Yikes!
Too Much Sun Exposure
You are more vulnerable to getting under eye wrinkles if you spend more time under the sun.
It is a common facial gesture to squint your eyes when you walk out in the sun. This automatic facial expression adds to the fine lines and wrinkles that will eventually be a permanent part of your skin.
The UV rays that is naturally present in sunlight is also responsible for giving you sunburns and it will make the skin under your eyes dehydrated and damaged.
It worsens dark circles around the eyes and leads to fine lines and wrinkles, not only under the eyes but for the entire face.
Celebrities are usually photographed with oversized sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats not only to shy away from paparazzi, but they also need to protect their skin from the harsh sun. You should do it too!
If you can’t limit your fun in the sun, aside from applying sunblock and makeup with SPF, wearing a scarf, wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are easy ways to prevent sun damage and premature skin aging.
Poor Facial Skin Care
Our facial skin is delicate and it requires a little bit more TLC. Having great skin can improve your self-confidence to face the world and make a difference in your everyday dealings.
You need to take extra effort to take care of it to prevent skin problems like premature skin aging.
Keeping the skin well moisturized will give you a good canvas to work with if you like putting on makeup. It will also make your skin less sensitive compared to when it is overly dry and patchy, that makes it more prone to looking dull and aged.
Using a moisturizer that is fit for your skin type makes your skin look better than not putting any at all.
If you have dry, scaly skin, use a creamy moisturizer that is rich in healthy oils to take away the dryness. If you have oily skin, go for water-based products to prevent breakouts.
Moisturizing daily is another sure way to combat fine lines and wrinkles. You need to replenish lost moisture to prevent lines from becoming permanent.
Again, the skin around our eyes does not hydrate itself. It badly needs our help to keep it looking young and healthy.
Look for products that are rich in nutrients and active ingredients that help repair and nourish the skin. Hyaluronic acid and copper tripeptide are ingredients that help hydrate the skin to lessen fine lines.
Trophy Skin offers Argan Stem Cell Serum to help increase the skin’s firmness and support the production of collagen and elastin.
Incorporating this into your daily skin care regimen will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles and repair sun damage.
Unhealthy Nutritional Habits
Eating a high-sugar diet is not doing you any good. Although it satisfies your sweet tooth, your skin (and blood sugar) suffers.
Aside from contributing to new breakouts, sugar can also cause premature aging.
Due to glycation, it damages the skin tissues and makes you more prone to having fine lines and wrinkles.
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will make your skin better. Fish, like salmon, will also improve your skin health. Banking on vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies will not only boost your health but will also give you a glow from within.
It is also important to stay hydrated. Avoid drinks that are artificially sweetened like sodas. Stick to the old agua: quench your thirst and flush out the toxins without the added calories.
Genetics and Hereditary Factors
Genetics also play a great role in our skin care problems. Most of the time, if your parents and grandparents have great skin, you will too. But if they have skin issues like big pores and acne-prone skin, most likely, you will not fall far away from the tree.
Our DNA plays a great role in determining what health issues we may have. This doesn’t exempt having wrinkles.
We are lucky that we now have endless options to wrinkle prevention and access to over-the-counter remedies. You just need to choose carefully and start young!
Getting Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles in Professional Medical Salon and Spa
Having wrinkles is inevitable but it is not impossible to prevent, correct, or delay its formation. There are several solutions offered in medical spas in treating wrinkles under the eyes. It is up to you to choose which remedy you prefer to use.
Going to salons and spas may be time-consuming and expensive but it’s a small price to pay in reversing the hands of time and banishing those unsightly wrinkles under the eyes.
Some undereye treatments include the following:
Dermal Filler Treatments
This is a temporary solution to filling in hallowed spaces under the eyes. Although you may need to get another filler after a year, it is one of the most effective ways to correcting under eye wrinkles.
You will see an immediate result that is why this is one of the most popular choices in correcting wrinkles.
Another popular choice in treating under eye wrinkles is through laser treatments. The very fine laser light travels deep down the layers of the skin to excite collagen and elastin to be produced by the body and repair the skin.
The recovery time might be lengthy so it is important to rule this out with your health care provider too.
Dysport or Botox treatment is also a popular choice in dealing with wrinkles. It works to prevent more wrinkles from forming and reduce the appearance of wrinkling.
Botox is from the bacteria that causes botulism and works as a muscle relaxant. It helps prevent eye wrinkles during laughing or frowning.
It is important that you discuss with your healthcare provider the pros and cons of getting Botox. Some experience life-threatening side effects when the Botox spread elsewhere from the injection site.
It important to be aware of signs that may compromise your general well-being. Drooping eyelids, vision problems, severe muscle weakness or trouble breathing are some of the side effects of Botox. Seek professional help when you experience these symptoms.
If you are skeptical in doing invasive procedures in treating wrinkles, you may opt to get microdermabrasion instead. Medical spas and Esthetic Clinics offer microdermabrasion treatments or Diamond-Peels to combat fine lines and wrinkles.
This treatment removes dead skin cells that make wrinkles look deeper and make you look old. It uses fine diamond particles to buff away skin impurities to improve the texture and the feel of the skin.
The great thing about microdermabrasion is that the recovery time is so short. Unlike invasive procedures that may require a week or so of a recovery period, with microdermabrasion, you just need a good night’s sleep and you are good to go.
You can get microdermabrasion from medical clinics and spas, or you can purchase your very own at-home microdermabrasion and buff away those dead skin in the comforts of your own home!
Getting Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles Using Eye Wrinkle Creams
Like previously mentioned, most women (and men) are not comfortable undergoing radical treatments in correcting wrinkles. You do not want to look like a disaster after getting a tuck here and there.
Going under the knife is not a choice many are willing to make.
Some opt to rely on undereye creams and serums to deal with wrinkles under the eyes. Although it may take a long time, it is far safer rather than invasive procedures.
There are countless eye serums and eye creams available nowadays. It is best to carefully look at the ingredients before buying anything. Some are too pricey but when you check the ingredients, it’s just pretty basic and you may find cheaper versions of it.
Do not get fooled by the flashy advertisements. Do your own research. Check out video blogs on Youtube or read beauty blogs. We are after all, in the search of the best product that can and will work for us.
Look at the label and search for ingredients that are geared to reducing fine lines and wrinkles. You may also take this time to check ingredients that you are allergic to.
Old eye creams contained few ingredients like vitamin K and vitamin E but the newer generation of creams and serums are now more advanced. You should stick to creams and serums with proven actives like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, retinol and the likes to help address wrinkles.
Getting Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles Using Natural Home Remedies
Some people do not agree with using chemicals and artificial products in their skin care regimen. Although it may take longer to see visible results, some opt to go the natural way. Besides, using natural home remedies are safer rather than undergoing Botox and lasers.
Here are ways to reduce under eye wrinkles at home:
Stimulating the blood circulation through an eye massage is an easy way to prevent and reduce eye wrinkles.
Increased blood flow will deliver nutrients and oxygen to the eye area that is important in repairing the skin.
It is important to use an oil or cream that has some slide to it to prevent pulling on the delicate skin. Consider using an olive oil or coconut oil to nourish the eye area. These are inexpensive ways to hydrate the skin while delivering nutrients naturally present in the oil.
You do not need a lot of pressure in doing this massage. Use your ring finger in massaging the eye area. Again, this is a delicate part and you need to be gentle while doing this.
With an ample amount of oil or eye cream, start tapping or rubbing at the inner corner of the eye and then work in a large circle towards the eyebrows. Rub or tap gently towards the apple of your cheeks and go back to the lower eye.
You may do the massage together for your left and right eye or one by one for 10-15 times, whichever you prefer. You may also ask help from your family or friends so that you can relax even more.
Here's a video from Sonia Opala, demonstrating how she does her own eye massage:
Doing this every night is a great way to relax and keep those wrinkles at bay.
Using cool eye masks are a great way to get rid of puffy eyes. It is also a great way to enjoy a silent and soothing time alone. There are many DIY eye mask recipes out there and surely, all you need is to whip something up and you are on your way to relaxation.
In general, you should do this 2-3 times a week for visible results. It can be a part of your nightly ritual or reserved for nights that calls for a little “me-time.”
Start with a fresh and clean face. Let the mask sit on for about 30 minutes or less. Rinse, then follow up with a good quality serum.
Here are some at-home natural remedies for wrinkles under the eyes:
Brown Sugar and Milk
This simple mixture makes the under eye wrinkles less visible.
- Warm 1/4 cup of milk.
- Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar into it.
- Stir the mixture.
- Let it cool down.
- Apply it on the face and under eye area using a cotton ball or finger.
- Let it soak for 15-30 minutes.
- Follow up with a moisturizer or serum.
Eye Wrinkle Remedy with Avocado
Avocados are rich in vitamins and minerals that are good for the skin. This mixture will rejuvenate the skin around the eyes and help prevent Crow's feet, dark circles, and wrinkling.
- Mash 3 slices of avocado in a bowl.
- Add about 5 drops of almond oil.
- Mix and mash until it forms a creamy base.
- Apply the mask on the wrinkled skin around the eyes.
- Leave it on for 15-30 minutes to get the most out of the avocado.
- Rinse with cool water.
Potato and Honey Eye Mask
This homemade remedy is a great way to reduce eye bags, Crow's feet and under eye wrinkles. It tightens saggy skin the natural way.
- Grate 1 potato.
- Make a paste by mixing one teaspoon of honey into it.
- Spread the paste on two cotton eye masks.
- Put the eye masks on your eyes and leave on for 15-30 minutes.
Chamomile Tea Bags
Another great way to relieve puffy eyes and reduce wrinkling is by soaking it with chamomile tea bags. Chamomile is used to reduce swelling. It also has antioxidant properties.
- Soak some chamomile tea bags in hot water.
- Rinse it in cold water.
- Leave it on your eye area for 15-30 minutes.
Rose water is another popular remedy to under eye wrinkles and achieves wrinkle-free skin.
- Soak a cotton ball in rose water.
- Apply to affected areas.
- Do it once a day for best results.
There are many other DIY natural remedies to under eye wrinkles. You can research and look for other variations to healthy and cost-friendly masks.
Like we mentioned earlier, microdermabrasion is another way to reduce and prevent under eye wrinkles.
Professional microdermabrasion costs around $100 to $150 per session. You need to have at least 20 sessions to get desirable results. It could get expensive that’s why Trophy Skin’s owner, Imran Karim, decided to make microdermabrasion available for the home users.
Trophy Skin offers MiniMD for $99. This compact, handy, and mini handheld microdermabrasion device has 2 suction levels to choose from. It has 6 months warranty and is so small it could easily fit in your handbag! A lot of people love this machine and here’s a Youtube review from someone who has used and tried the product:
Another Trophy Skin microdermabrasion device is called the RejuvadermMD. It has 4 suction levels and has a 1-year warranty. This portable device is also handy and is designed for people who are constantly on the go. It also takes care of fine lines and wrinkles, correct sun damage and reveals healthy skin that is just a few layers from the dull surface.
Our MicrodermMD is our full-fledged microdermabrasion system that is comparable to professional machines. This at-home device has a built-in Auto Mode that has a pre-selected timer and suction level for each zone of the face. Doing microdermabrasion is so easy all you need to do is follow the diagram on the LCD screen. It is safe to use, you do not need an esthetician license to operate one!
The best thing about owning your own microdermabrasion machine is the convenience of doing sessions right at the comforts of your own home. No more setting of appointment and no more getting stuck in traffic. All you need is 5 minutes to do the face, neck and chest area. Also, you can save more money by buying your own machine rather than going to professional spas to get it done.
Prevent Wrinkles Under the Eyes
Now that we learned how we can get under eye wrinkles and no one is exempted in this natural course of nature, we should take action in preventing them from appearing early.
The best way to do it is to start young.
But even though you are a few years too late, don’t lose hope. Here are ways to keep them away for longer:
Apply Creams with SPF Daily
UV rays are naturally occurring and it is present anywhere you go where there is sunlight. Unless you are a vampire who doesn’t step out in the sun even for a second, you need to apply creams or lotions with SPF to protect your skin from sun damage. Getting an eye cream infused with SPF 15 or SPF 30 will ensure that no under eye wrinkling will happen because of the harsh sunlight!
Stay Pretty and Wrinkle-free with Sunglasses
Remember we mentioned squinting earlier? Harsh light will make you automatically squint your eyes and with repetitive squinting, you are adding the risk to developing under eye wrinkles.
Sunglasses will not only make you look fashionable but it will also help protect your eyes from bright lights.
Get glasses with UV protection to protect your vision and the skin around your eyes too.
There are a lot of eye serums you can buy that offers day and night protection and repair. Do your own research and look for products that offer the best quality in keeping the skin around your eyes healthy and well moisturized.
Day creams are usually infused with SPF and moisturizers that will last a day and doubles as a good primer for eye makeup. Go for products with hyaluronic acid and other actives.
Night creams are packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that aim to repair and protect the skin around the eyes. You can use the night cream as the emollient when you are doing your nightly eye massage.
A Healthy Diet Reflects on Your Skin
Nature has provided us with all the things we need in order to support life. Food does not only satiates our hunger, it also has the power to boost our health and help fight off diseases.
Bank on vitamin C to help your body produce collagen and prevent wrinkles from forming. Eating papaya, guava, orange, kiwi and grapefruit will help boost your body’s supply of Vitamin C. This antioxidant is not only good for your skin but is helpful in boosting your immune system too.
Carrots are high in beta-carotene that helps keep your skin vibrant and healthy. Broccoli is another superfood that is rich in vitamins E and C. It aids in producing collagen and helps protect from UV damage from the sun.
Pumpkin seeds are also good in maintaining collagen and it helps in the renewal of skin. You can also snack on almonds which are rich in vitamin E.
Eat plenty of fish to get your dose of healthy oils and omega 3 fats. These nutrients help protect against sun damage and get you glowing skin.
Drink plenty of water to keep your cells plump and healthy. It helps flush out the toxins from your body and helps hydrate your skin. You can also snack on cucumber and fruits that are rich in water to add to your daily water intake.
It is definitely important to take care of our skin and keep it healthy for longer.
Again, getting under eye wrinkles is inevitable but we have a lot of arsenals to help correct, prevent and delay it.
Having great looking skin is everyone’s dream but do not just sit there and do nothing about it. Be proactive and be mindful of your daily habits.
Invest in your skin. It’s the only one you got.