The skin on our face ages as we get older. We start to notice wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots. This is a natural occurrence as we get older – it happens to all of us. Wrinkles can make us feel self-conscious and insecure, but there are ways to make them less noticeable and even improve the appearance of your skin.
Where do wrinkles come from?
There are many reasons why wrinkles wrinkles show up on the skin. Your body loses the ability to produce collagen and elastin proteins that makes the skin elastic and youthful. This causes fine lines that turn into deeper lines – aka what we call wrinkles. Those same wrinkles cause creases around the eye area and make the eyes look tired and less vibrant. The skin around the eyes is thinner and less hydrated than the rest of your skin. It doesn’t create any moisture and since we are constantly rubbing our eyelids, there is very little hydration. Dark circles, puffiness, and discoloration also make the problem worse.
The general aging process is tough both physically and mentally. Reduction of estrogen, thinning of the skin menopause are all factors that cause wrinkles. The skin stops producing as much oil and makes it more dry.
Facial motions also create fine lines – smiling, laughing, squinting and scrunching eyes. Stretching and molding your face decreases elasticity of the skin. It’s normal for you to make a lot of facial expressions throughout the day and move around your face. It’s also common that people sleep on the sides of their face or even on it when they sleep on the stomach.
Probably the most common cause of wrinkling and skin damage. Exposing your skin to UV rays causes the skin to change and creates fine lines. They also cause brown spots, red blotches, broken capillaries and hyperpigmentation. UV rays damage elastin fibres in the skin. Some long-term consequences of sun exposure are skin diseases or even skin cancer. People with lighter skin are more likely to develop wrinkles than people with darker skin tones. It’s best to avoid the sun in general, wear protective clothing and always use sunscreen.
Smoking also causes a lot of skin damage – sagging skin and loss of skin elasticity. It raises your chances of developing squamous cell carcinoma. It’s the second most common form of skin cancer and often appears on the lips. The skin tone of smokers is also uneven and off; it appears orange or grey in colour. The lack of oxygen and toxins in tobacco have a lot of negative effects on the skin. Cigarette smoke contains over 7000 chemicals, including 70 that cause cancer.
Improper skin care
Different skin care factors also have a big impact on the appearance of wrinkles. Here are some habits that are really bad for your skin:
- Tugging at your eyes when applying eye makeup
- Not using sunscreen
- Aggressive makeup removal
- Relying on single products to “cure” the skin
- Not visiting the eye doctor
- Cleaning skin too harshly
- Not removing makeup at night
- Testing out to many products or not testing any at all
Habits that help you combat wrinkles and fine lines
- Getting enough sleep – you need it to reduce stress and replenish your collagen stores. Sleeping on your back is also important.
- Using sunscreen everyday, even in the winter.
- Drinking a lot of water to keep the skin hydrated.
- Wearing sunglasses
- Using a night cream
- Investing in high-quality skin care products: gentle cleanser, anti-aging serum, hydrating moisturiser, vitamin serum, etc. These products will leave your skin looking youthful and healthy. Try to use products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids, retinoids, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. These all soothe inflammation and protect your skin from aging.
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding squinting and moving facial features around too much
- Having a healthy diet – a balanced diet is what helps the skin stay healthy. Beauty starts from the inside. Make sure your food contains a lot of omega-3’s and antioxidants. Some foods that are amazing for the skin:
- Nuts – contain hydrating and plumping fatty acids
- Sunflower seeds – contain selenium
- Avocados – have lots of vitamins that vitalize the skin
- Sweet potatoes
- Matcha tea
- Various vegetables
- Beans – contain zinc
Eye wrinkle treatments
Although there are many ways to prevent eye wrinkles, it’s still very hard to completely avoid them. Fortunately, there are a lot of treatments available to reduce the appearance or them or actually even get rid of them.
This is a popular choice for many people. A technician applies short pulses of micro-fine laser light to the areas with wrinkles – this gives the skin more support. After the procedure the body filters away old damaged tissue. New collagen and elastin will form and replace the dead skin cells. It guarantees quick results, but is definitely more pricey.
It temporarily paralyzes the muscles that make your eyes squint and causes your wrinkles to relax and soften. It’s very effective and you see results right away, especially when it’s done by a board-certified dermatologist. The effect lasts around a year and should be done regularly to maintain results.
A classic way to reduce the appearance of under eye wrinkles. This process involves using small diamond tips to scrub away the imperfections of your skin, leaving your skin refreshed. It removes dead skin cells and requires a day of recovery.
Chemical peels remove damaged skin cells to reveal the healthy skin underneath. There are three types of peels: light, medium, and deep. During the procedure, chemical solutions are applied to the under eye are, which causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. Once this happens, the new skin underneath is often smoother, is less wrinkly and isn’t damaged.
The three types of peels:
- Light peels – it uses mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid to gently exfoliate. It only penetrates the outside layer of your skin.
- Medium peels – this uses trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to reach the middle and outer layer of skills. It is a bit more effective for removing damaged skin cells.
- Deep peels – they fully penetrate the middle layer of the skin to remove most damaged skin cells; the peels often contain phenol or tricholoracetic acid.
Smooth your under eye wrinkles with a massage
Massaging stimulates blood circulation, reduces inflammation and boosts nutrient and oxygen supply. It’s also very relaxing and nourishing. It might be surprising that you can actually massage your eye area, but it’s very efficient at preventing and smoothing wrinkles. Apply a bit of coconut oil to the under eye area but make sure you don’t drag the skin. Using your ring finger, gently rub and tap the area. Start at the inner corners and work your way up along your eyebrow and cheekbone and back to the inner corners again. Repeat this around 15 times on both eyes.
Natural tightening eye mask
Eye wrinkles can be treated by applying a natural-ingredient eye mask once or twice per week. One of these masks is easy to make at home. It contains egg whites, milk, and honey. Egg whites are great for tightening the skin since they’re made up of proteins and vitamins that nourish and protect your skin. Honey is a natural humectant which means it attracts moisture to the surface layers of your skin and speeds the healing process. Milk also contains beneficial nutrients that can help heal and soothe the under eye area.
- One egg white in a bowl
- Add a teaspoon a milk and stir
- Mix in three drops of honey
- Apply this mixture to the skin around the eyes
- Leave it on for around 20 minutes
- Remove the mask by washing gently with warm water
Avocado eye remedy
Avocados contain a lot vitamins and minerals that are great for the skin. An eye mask will rejuvenate the skin around the eyes and help reduce dark circles and wrinkling.
- Mash half of an avocado in a bowl.
- Mix until it becomes creamy
- Apply it around the eyes
- Leave it on for around 20 minutes
- Rise with lukewarm water
Brown sugar and milk mask
The nourishing mask will smoothen wrinkles and make them less visible. This process should be repeated at least twice a week for the best results.
- Take ¼ cup of milk
- Warm the milk up and add two tablespoons of brown sugar
- Stir well
- Let it cool and apply it onto to face
- Leave it on for 20 minutes
- Rinse with lukewarm water
- Don’t forget to moisturise after
Cucumber, mint and rose water eye treatment
Both cucumber and rose water are very hydrating for the skin and give your under eye area an energy boost. It’s also very easy to make.
You’ll need half of a cucumber, 30 ml of rose water, mint leaves, cotton pads and a small plastic bag. Blend the mint, cucumber, and rose water with a blender. Soak the cotton pads with the juice and squeeze out the excess. Repeat this until there’s no juice left. Put them into the bag and freeze them. Before using them under your eyes, thaw for around 10 minutes. Apply it for around 20 minutes. You don’t have to rinse anything off after and you’re under eyes will feel amazing.
Vitamin C and aloe vera eye mask
Yogurt is great for reducing wrinkles since it contains a lot of lactic acid which stimulates and exfoliates the skin. The yogurt should be plain of course – you don’t want any unwanted sugar on the skin. Vitamin C energizes the skin and leaves it vibrant. Aloe vera is the best for hydrating the skin – it works well for sunburns as well. For this hydrating mask you’ll need four teaspoons of yogurt, two teaspoons of vitamin C powder and one tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Mix all of the ingredients together and let it sit for around 10 minutes. Apply under the eyes and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. If you’d like a more aromatic experience, you can add a few drops of chamomile essential oil which is soothing and relaxing.
All of these eye wrinkle treatments will give you some sort of results – some better, others weak. It all depends on your skin and the type of treatments you prefer. It’s best to try out one at a time to see what works best for you.