Getting rid of wrinkles and lines under the eye is an important issue for anyone who is interested in preserving their youthful appearance. Because the skin around the eyes is very thin, the area around the eyes is often the first part of your body that will show the effects of aging.
Wrinkles under the eye make you look tired and older. The main cause of the appearance of wrinkles is that the skin slows down the production of collagen and elastin. While the development of wrinkles under and around the eye is impossible to stop, fortunately there are many things you can do to slow down the aging process.
Below, you’ll find 33 ways to prevent and diminish the development of under eye wrinkles.
The topics presented here are divided into 3 sections: Cosmetic Treatments (may be painful and expensive), Lifestyle changes (easy to accomplish) and Natural Ingredients that help you get rid of under eye wrinkles.
Cosmetic Treatments for Under Eye Wrinkles
A variety of cosmetic treatments exist that will improve your skin’s texture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. These treatments can be invasive, have some health risks associated with them and can be expensive. Many of these cosmetic treatments will have to be repeated to maintain the desired result.
- 1. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are very effective in removing superficial wrinkles under the eye. Chemical peels can be performed by a cosmetic surgeon or by your dermatologist. Applying an acid solution to the skin, which helps to peel off the upper layer of the skin, results in the revealing of new, smoother skin.
Since dull, old skin is removed, you should notice a reduction is lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels are relatively easy to perform and require no anesthesia.
- 2. Botox®
Botox® is derived from the Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin, which blocks neuromuscular transmission. It is an FDA-approved injected substance to treat wrinkles and fine lines by injecting the toxin just under the skin. Wrinkles and lines are almost instantly reduced by paralyzing the facial muscles under the skin.
- 3. Fillers
If your under eye wrinkles are caused by dehydrated, sunken skin, then fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane® may be an appropriate treatment. These injections consist of the natural substance hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the human body and can absorb 1,000 times its weight in water.
The hyaluronic gel is being injected just underneath the skin, resulting in an impressive improvement of the skin around the eyes by adding volume and smoothing out wrinkles.
- 4. Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a skin treatment using a minimally abrasive instrument to gently ‘sand’ you skin. This treatment will exfoliate your skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. It can reduce age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Microdermabrasion is thought to help increase your own collagen, which results in a smoother, younger complexion with less wrinkles.
- 5. Laser Treatments
Laser resurfacing of the skin underneath the eye such as treatments with a Fraxel® laser, can improve the skin’s texture and the skin’s natural collagen production. Fraxel® laser is an FDA-approved laser technology skin treatment that will resurface the skin. Laser treatments can give your skin a more youthful look with improved tone and texture and less wrinkles and dark spots.
Lifestyle Changes That Will Help with Under Eye Wrinkles
- 6. Wear Sunglasses
Wearing sunglasses during spring and summer can help to reduce the UV exposure that the delicate skin around the eyes receives.
- 7. Stop Smoking
Cigarette smoke contains multiple toxins and free radicals, which attack the skin and other tissues. Chronic smoking has been shown to prematurely age the skin. Reducing or eliminating cigarette smoking is the best thing you could do to preserve your skin and delay the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
- 8. Avoid excessive Alcohol
Daily consumption of alcohol results in dehydration and is detrimental to the skin. Too much alcohol will make the skin look dull and dry. In addition, alcohol negatively affects the liver.
- 9. Use SPF Protection Cream
The ultraviolet light in sunlight damages your skin and causes premature aging, hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and the formation of wrinkles. So if you plan to be outdoors for a long time, use sunscreen.
- 10. Moisturize
Daily use of a good moisturizer will hydrate the sensitive skin around the eyes and protect the skin from becoming too dry.
- 11. Eat Healthy
It goes without saying that eating a healthy diet and avoiding processed foods as much as possible will be helpful in slowing down the aging of your skin.
- 12. Stay Hydrated
Drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Your skin will be thankful for it.
- 13. Exercise more
Adding an exercise routine to your (busy) life will improve circulation and reduce stress, both of which help to slow down the formation of wrinkles.
- 14. Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep will emphasize the area around the eyes (dark circles and wrinkles) and will make you look older than your are
- 15. Use an Eye Cream
Many different eye creams are available that target lines and wrinkles, however the ingredients that are used vary. For best results, look for anti-aging eye creams that contain high quality ingredients such as peptides, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and retinol. If you also would like to treat dark circles under the eyes, look for creams containing Haloxyl® (see below).
Natural Ingredients That Reduce Under Eye Wrinkles
The natural ingredients below are known to have a positive effect on aging skin and can reduce the formation of wrinkles.
- 16. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer. It penetrates the skin easily and ingredients in coconut oil have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Coconut oil is a lightweight oil that can repair the natural skin barrier, reduce inflammation and moisturize and protect the skin.
- 17. Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil contains strong antioxidants, which help to reduce swelling, stimulate collagen formation, strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation in the skin. Ingredients in grape seed extract act as a natural UV-filter and protect the skin against UV damage.
- 18. Olive Oil
Olive oil contains squalene, a natural compound found in skin. Squalene protects against moisture loss, but its levels drop significantly after age 20. Squalene protects against UV damage, is able to penetrate the skin deeply and to strengthen the skin. Olive oil therefore, is an excellent moisturizer, it soothes irritated skin and helps to reduce wrinkles and lines.
- 19. Avocado Oil
Rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, avocado oil penetrates the skin easily and is an excellent moisturizer.
- 20. Vitamin E
Vitamin E protect skin by eliminating free oxygen radicals, thereby preventing the degradation of lipids in cell membranes. Vitamin E has been shown to protect skin from UV-induced damage, increase the hydration of the outer skin layers and prevent premature aging of the skin.
- 21. Vitamin A
As we age, levels of vitamin A in the skin go down, resulting in rougher skin and lower levels of collagen. Vitamin A (Retinol) is important for the production of new skin, it helps to shed (old) dead skin and it helps to maintain the moisture-balance of the skin.
- 22. Cucumber Extract
Cucumber extract contains compounds such as glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids will help to shed dead skin cells, resulting in rejuvenated, smoother skin. Cucumber extract also contains vitamins C, K and pro-vitamin B5, all of which protect the delicate skin under the eye.
- 23. Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is important for the skin’s moisture, elasticity and skin tone. Natural production of Hyaluronic acid decreases as we get older, causing the skin to look older and more dull. Hyaluronic acid is the most powerful moisturizer available.
- 24. Sea Fennel
Sea fennel extract in anti-oxidants, which protect the skin from free radicals and premature aging. Sea fennel compounds protect the skin from environmental factors, such as UV exposure and help to improve the skin by promoting collagen and elastin production.
- 25. Pumpkin Seed
Pumpkin seed extract is high in minerals, vitamins and antioxidant that will improve wrinkles, skin tone and radiance. Ingredients in pumpkin seeds have been shown to inhibit enzymes that break down collagen.
- 26. Pineapple
The juice of pineapple is known to have an active enzyme known as bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory agent and a natural alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps to shed old skin that will help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Pineapple also has astringent properties.
- 27. Reishi Mushroom
Reishi mushroom extract is high in antioxidants, which protect the skin from free radicals. It also contains compounds that inhibit the release of histamine. Reishi rejuvenates the skin and is anti-aging.
- 28. Echinacea
Echinacea reduces inflammation and it promotes cellular regeneration. Echinacea contains tannins, which are astringent and have a contracting effect on skin cells. Therefore, skin creams containing Echinacea help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
- 29. Ginger
Ginger contains many different anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage. It also improves elasticity and skin tone and therefore makes it an excellent anti-aging treatment. Ginger can also be used for preventing hair loss.
- 30. Argireline®
Argireline® is a synthetic peptide, which is a shortened version of the Botulinum toxin (Botox®). Argireline is able to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It is 100% safe, effective and without pain, risks or injections.
- 31. Haloxyl®
Haloxyl is not primarily used for wrinkles, but is a peptide that has been shown to reduce dark circles under and around the eye. It works by helping to eliminate the pigmented breakdown products of hemoglobin. Dark circles form when tiny blood vessels around the eye leak hemoglobin. Hemoglobin breaks down to form highly pigmented degradation products, which concentrate underneath the skin around the eyes.
- 32. Homeostatine®
This substance is a blend containing two polymer sugars from seaweed (Enteromorpha compressa) and from the South American Tara tree (Caesalpinia spinosa). These sugars have been shown to re-establish the delicate balance in the skin’s extra-cellular matrix, resulting in better elasticity. Stimulates skin renewal and the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in smoother, younger looking skin.
- 33. Shea Butter
Shea butter is a natural fat extracted from fruit of the Shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). Shea butter is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy after feel. It is an excellent moisturizer and is sometimes used as a substitute for coconut oil.
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You can find more information on laser and light treatments from the American Academy of Dermatology
For information about laser resurfacing and injection therapy to reduce wrinkles, go here.
Argireline® is a registered trademark of Lipotec. Botox® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc. Haloxyl® is a registered trademark of Sederma, Inc. Restylane® is a registered trademark of Q-Med. Fraxel is a trademark of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.