How to Visibly Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles Under Your Eyes
The delicate skin around your eyes is one of the first places to show signs of aging. But just because you’re seeing lines creeping up, doesn’t mean it’s time to mourn your youth. While there’s not exactly a reset button, with the right products and habits in place, you can plump up the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and put the brakes on new ones from forming. With the help of board-certified dermatologists, we’re sharing seven tips for dealing with and preventing eye wrinkles.
ANTI-AGING TIP #1: USE ANTI-WRINKLE EYE CREAMS
Any hydrating eye cream can help keep the area looking youthful longer, but to most effectively diminish and prevent wrinkles, you’re going to want to look for certain ingredients. New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Hadley King recommends looking for eye creams that contain retinol, antioxidants and anti-aging peptides. These ingredients can help target loss of collagen and elastin, which she says are causes of fine lines and wrinkles. One anti-aging eye cream we love is the IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream.
ANTI-AGING TIP #2: PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
Dermatologists agree, sunscreen is the best way to prevent signs of aging from forming. San Francisco-based dermatologist Dr. Caren Campbell recommends applying sunscreen and an eye cream with SPF (SPF 30 or higher and broad spectrum) such as the SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50.
Wearing sunglasses with UV protection and a wide-brimmed hat on bright days is also a good idea. “Sun exposure causes more squinting and squeezing of the muscle and loss of collagen and elastin in the skin making wrinkles worse,” says Dr. Campbell.
ANTI-AGING TIP #3: AVOID INDOOR TANNING
It’s not just natural UV exposure that can cause wrinkles; indoor tanning is just as bad. The American Academy of Dermatology claims that tanning beds have been proven to accelerate signs of aging. If you want to keep your under-eye area looking youthful, it’s best to avoid tanning beds and lamps altogether. If you’re yearning for a bronzed glow (without the skin damage), reach for a self-tanner. We rounded up some of our favorite self-tanners to help give you a faux glow, here!
ANTI-AGING TIP #4: QUIT SMOKING
Smoking is bad for your overall health — we all know that. Your skin will also pay the price. “Smoking is one of the quickest ways to attain wrinkles,” says Josie Holmes, esthetician at SKINNEY Medspa. “Smoking affects collagen and elastin production as well as causes a lack of circulation in the skin.”
Not to mention, facial expressions made while smoking — pursed lips and squinting eyes — can contribute to wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.
ANTI-AGING TIP #5: GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Getting enough sleep every night is not just important for mental clarity, but can actually help improve the appearance of the complexion. During deep sleep, your skin undergoes natural self-repair. If you continuously strip that time away, think: late night Netflix binges and Instagram scrolling, your skin will be less resilient in the face of environmental damage.
ANTI-AGING TIP #6: STAY HYDRATED
Applying moisturizing products daily can help with achieving a youthful complexion. In addition to supplying your skin with hydration on the outside, be sure to stay hydrated on the inside as well by drinking the recommended amount of water each day.
ANTI-AGING TIP #7: CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS
Dr. King recommends talking to your dermatologist about treatments like Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. “These products act to relax the muscles of facial expression that were causing the lines to form when they contracted, and so then the lines soften,” she says.
Another option is filler. “Filler is the number two in-office procedure performed in my office for dark circles and wrinkling under the eyes,” says Dr. Campbell. Because the undereye is a high-risk area, she recommends being picky with who you go to for it. “It is important to see an injector with a good aesthetic eye. See a board-certified dermatologist, oculoplastics or plastic surgeon for this procedure.”