Wrinkles under Eyes: Causes, Removal, and Prevention

Wrinkles under eye, known as crow’s feet, are the first sign of aging. These wrinkles are common in people over age of forty. However, some people have these wrinkles at a very young age.

The skin under eyes is the thinnest skin in the body. It has fewer oil glands and less collagen and elastin. When the skin loses collagen and elastin, it becomes thinner, resulting in wrinkles. To prevent wrinkles under eyes, you should understand what causes the wrinkles under eyes in the first place. Then, understand how to get rid of the existing ones.

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Causes of Wrinkles under Eyes

– Genetics: Some people start having wrinkles under eyes at young age. The reason is people have different types of skin, amount of natural oil in the skin, and quality of collagen and elastin.

– Constant facial movements: Laughing, smiling, and squinting are the main cause of wrinkles under eyes.

– Smoking: Smoking is the main cause of wrinkles because it increases free radicals. These free radicals damage skin by decreasing collagen and elastin in the skin. Also, the smoke can make your skin dry and cause you to squint as it reaches the eyes.

– Exposure to the sun: The sun also increases free radicals in your body and sucks moisture from your skin. Direct sunlight can cause you to squint constantly.

– Dry and dehydrated skin: People with dry skin usually get wrinkles before people with normal skin or oily skin. In dry skin around eyes, the fats and natural oils under the skin get lost easily. This causes skin to lose elasticity, resulting in wrinkles.

– Aging: As we age, our skin gradually loses collagen and elastin, causing the skin to become thinner and less able to retain moisture.

How to Get Rid of Wrinkles under Eyes?

– Eye creams: Apply eye cream to moisturize your skin. Look for anti-aging skin care ingredients such as Retin-A, Retinol, and antioxidants in eye creams as these ingredients are effective in reducing and preventing wrinkles. Don’t stretch or rub the cream onto the eye area. Gently pat the cream all the way from the bone under your eye to your temple with your ring finger tips.

– Botox: Botox does not permanently cure wrinkles under eyes. It is only a quick fix. Botox makes wrinkles less noticeable by loosening the muscles under the skin.

– Laser: Laser stimulates collagen production. There are two types of lasers that can get rid of wrinkles under eyes- non-ablative and ablative lasers. A non-ablative laser penetrates deep into the skin while an ablative laser focuses on the outer layers of the skin.

– Filler injections: The fillers will fill in the space lost by the deterioration of collagen and elastin.

How to Prevent Wrinkles under Eyes?

– Apply sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF 15 or above.

– Wear sunglasses to avoid squinting. Choose sunglasses that reduce glare and filter out 100% of UV rays.

– Avoid the sun

– Quit smoking

– Limit alcohol intake as alcohol can dehydrate your skin.

– Eat antioxidant-rich foods and/or supplements to help fight free radicals. Omega-3 fatty acids also prevent dry skin and wrinkles by providing you good fats and keeping your skin hydrated.

– Drink plenty of water to prevent skin dehydration and dryness.

– Apply eye cream to hydrate your skin under eyes.

– Get enough sleep. Sleep rejuvenates the body and helps it to repair skin damage.


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