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How to Get Rid of Under-Eye Wrinkles: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

Genetics aside, prolonged sun exposure and other environmental factors take their toll on your skin. The area surrounding your eyes exhibits the signs of aging first as it’s thin, delicate, and full of capillaries. Read on for the hows and whys of managing and preventing under-eye wrinkles.

A woman with under-eye wrinkles

What causes under-eye wrinkles?  

Contributing factors to the development of under-eye wrinkles include:

  • Age: With time comes the loss of your skin’s moisture and elasticity, which can cause sagging or loose skin. Diminished sebum production and dwindling fat deposits create dryness and under-eye wrinkles. 
  • UV radiation: Ultraviolet light breaks down the connective tissues (elastin and collagen) that give your skin with its natural strength and flexibility. To prevent under-eye wrinkles, avoid unprotected sun exposure and tanning beds.
  • Smoking: Tobacco use also depletes your skin’s elastin and collagen reserves, which causes oxidative stress and irreversible damage. Furthermore, it constricts the blood vessels in your face, hampering blood flow and promoting under-eye wrinkles.   
  • Repetitive movements: Each time you make a facial expression, a tiny groove or furrow forms below the skin’s surface. As you age, your skin is less likely to bounce back, and those furrows become permanent. 

Another surprising cause of under-eye wrinkles is sleeping with your face buried in a pillow.

When to practice under-eye wrinkle prevention 

A young woman uses moisturaizer  to prevent under-eye wrinkles

Experts say you can prevent under-eye wrinkles as early as your teens or 20s by adding eye creams or moisturizers into your daily beauty regimen. This is particularly important for people with dry skin. Opt for products designed specifically for the eyes that gently exfoliate and promote cell growth. 

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To further reduce the likelihood of under-eye wrinkles, use a light touch when applying and removing makeup. Adopt a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and eating well.

How to deal with under-eye wrinkles

Here’s a list of popular skincare products and state-of-the-art techniques to help you finally get rid of under-eye wrinkles.

Topical creams

Under-eye wrinkles benefit from treatments containing retinol (a vitamin A derivative), hyaluronic acid, and peptides which enhance circulation and cell regeneration. Select serums, gels, or creams that camouflage fine lines around the eyes.  

Massage

Massaging relieves stress, redistributes moisture, and increases blood flow. It also removes dead cells, toxins, and free radicals. Choose a quality moisturizer or oil and be extremely gentle when handling your under-eye skin. 

Another advantage of massages? The pressure applied to your skin will drain excess fluid from the area and help get rid of under-eye wrinkles.

Chemical peels 

Invented in the 1800s, peels chemically remove the outermost layer or layers (depending on the strength) of your skin. Carefully apply underneath the eyes to slough away dead skin cells and encourage new growth. Note that peels minimize fine lines but won’t tighten loose, sagging skin or erase deep under-eye wrinkles. 

Microdermabrasion

This non-invasive technique involves using a diamond-tipped tool to exfoliate superficial layers of skin below your eyes. It eliminates accumulated dead cells while improving circulation and cell regeneration.

Laser treatments

Under-eye wrinkles are increasingly being treated with lasers. A fractional laser opens microscopic holes in your skin to quickly boost its production of elastin and collagen. 

Dermal fillers

Injectable, soft tissue dermal fillers plump up your skin while simultaneously smoothing the surface. Primary ingredients include collagen, hyaluronic acid, and fat deposits to fight under-eye wrinkles. Just remember that results are temporary, lasting anywhere from 6 to 24 months. 

Botox injections

Botox blocks nerve signals from reaching your muscles, allowing them to contract less often, thereby minimizing fine lines and under-eye wrinkles. Results should be noticeable within a week and last for up to four months. Multiple side effects are associated with Botox, so it should be discussed with a trained healthcare professional.

Surgery

Lower lid blepharoplasty is a procedure that draws out excess fat and skin from under your eyes to even out fine lines and under-eye wrinkles. 

Prevention of under-eye wrinkles

Do everything you can to stop under-eye wrinkles in their tracks by practicing these healthy habits.

Wear sunscreen

Shield your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Experts suggest using broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) whenever you plan to be outdoors. Avoid under-eye wrinkles by diligently applying and reapplying every 2 to 3 hours (or more frequently, if you’re sweating or swimming). 

Remember your sunglasses 

Sunglasses help to prevent under-eye wrinkles

Out catching some rays? Protect your eyes by sporting sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Ample shade means less squinting, and less squinting means fewer under-eye wrinkles. 

Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water to keep your skin looking and feeling great. Dehydration robs your skin of elasticity and tone, which encourages the formation of fine lines and under-eye wrinkles. 

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Moisturize your eyes

Providing your skin with the moisture it craves is particularly important as you age and your skin naturally becomes drier. Dryness, unfortunately, only highlights the appearance of under-eye wrinkles. Dab on cooling eye cream to temporarily mask them. 

Eat well

Sticking to a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins A, C, and E is beneficial for many reasons. Healthy eating provides the key nutrients your body requires to carry out essential functions. It also supplies antioxidants to combat toxins and triggers cell renewal, producing firmer-looking skin that’s free of under-eye wrinkles.

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