No matter what age you are, spotting that first fine line, or the first sign of wrinkles under your eyes can be a shock. Some very lucky people are saved this encounter until they are in their forties or fifties, but for many of us it can come in our thirties and even twenties, and it can be quite disheartening. It’s never too early to be thinking about preventing and reducing wrinkles and that’s not being pessimistic, that’s being prepared and looking after our skin. There are plenty of ways you can try and prevent wrinkles from making sure you cover up in the sun from your younger years throughout your life to, eating healthily and boosting your skin’s natural resilience.
The sooner you start looking after your skin, the better. But remember that it is also never too late to start, even if you have had a few mishaps in the past – cough, tanning beds and sunburn, cough there are many ways you can relieve the signs of your skin aging.
CAUSES OF EYE WRINKLES
Since the skin around your eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, the area under your eyes will start to age first. Fine lines and wrinkles are first visible in this area and the age factor is the commonest cause.
Crinkling your eyes when you smoke leads to crow’s feet. Your skin gets exposed to additional oxidative stress, which breaks down the collagen and elastin. Smoking restricts nutrients from reaching your face as blood vessels get narrowed and blood circulation is constricted, which leads to wrinkles.
If you tend to sleep on your stomach, your cheeks can get pushed up against your pillow, crinkling the area around your eyes, causing wrinkles . Also, facial expressions like frowning, smiling or squinting your eyes frequently can cause lines to appear prematurely under the eyes.
Allergies can make your eyes water or cause inflammation on your face, including the area around the eyes. You might even rub your eyes often if there is irritation. All of these can dry out your skin and lead to fine lines and wrinkles.
Eight effective ways to get rid of eye wrinkles
1. Collagen creams:
Collagen is a natural protein. It is found in our skin as it is what keeps it supple. Baby skin is packed full of collagen, but as we get older, the rate at which collagen is produced slows down. This is partly due to the natural aging process, but also due to certain lifestyle factors. For example, smoking and tanning reduce collagen production. It makes sense. Therefore, that collagen is mentioned on a lot of anti-aging cream packaging. Unfortunately, it is not quite that simple.
Collagen molecules are large, and therefore they cannot be absorbed by your skin. Therefore, collagen that you apply topically to your skin will not replace the collagen that is lost through aging. It does, however, moisturize your skin, and by slowing the rate of water loss from your skin, you can retain the supple texture of your skin.
2. Aloe vera gel:
Aloe vera is widely recognized for its healing properties, but you may not have thought to use it to reduce wrinkles. We love that you can use aloe vera gel straight from the plant. Simply snap one of the leaves off and squeeze out the gel, then dab it straight onto your offending wrinkles. You can either use it as a mask and wash it off after a while, or you can leave it on overnight. You can also combine your aloe vera gel with a vitamin E capsule, to give it even more wrinkle-fighting power.
Retinoids are chemical compounds which are related or similar to vitamin A. They have important functions in your body, including regulating cell production, growing bone tissue and activating tumor suppressor genes. This wide range of functions has lead to the being used for a wide range of treatments, including acne and psoriasis. They can be made synthetically in many different ways and can be very effective at reducing wrinkles.
Retinoids encourage surface skin cells to turn over quickly, making way for new cells going underneath. They can, therefore, be quite drying on the skin. However, they also reduce the breakdown of collagen and make the deeper layer of your skin thicker preventing and smoothing wrinkles. Some retinoids can only be used when prescribed by a doctor, while others can be bought over the counter is creams and moisturizers. Products may include ingredients such as retinoic acid, retinol, or Retin-A.
4. Vitamin E:
Vitamin E is a naturally-occurring, fat soluble compound. It is a powerful antioxidant, meaning it can fight the action of free radicals that can contribute to skin aging. Antioxidants can interact with free radicals in place of body molecules, therefore preventing or stopping the chain reaction which can lead to damaged body molecules. The neutralize the free radicals without harming your tissues and can therefore prevent and reduce the rate at which fine lines and wrinkles occur.
Vitamin E is also anti-inflammatory and hydrating. This means that products containing vitamin E are a good choice for people with sensitive skin.
5. Coconut Oil:
Just like avocados, coconut oil contains high levels of vitamin E, as well as nutrients that can help to repair broken tissues. Unrefined, raw/virgin coconut oil is an excellent nourishing and highly moisturizing massage oil, so you can combine it with other natural ingredients when you make an anti-aging face mask. You can use it alone by gently massaging it into your skin around your eyes. However, it can make your skin shiny, so it is best to apply it to your skin just before you go to bed.
6. Egg white:
Egg whites are full of protein and contain plenty of natural collagen. Combined, these features can plump-out your skin, tighten your pores and leave your skin more supple. To make an egg white facial, separate two egg whites for their yolks and whisk the egg white until they become frothy. You can then apply it around your eyes and any other areas that are prone to wrinkles and leave them to sit for a while. Afterward, rinse them off with lukewarm water and then gently pat your skin dry.
7. Avocado mask:
Avocados are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and healthy fats. They contain high levels of vitamins C and E, which are well known for their ability to reduce and prevent wrinkles. They can do wonders when you eat them, but they can also work wonders when you use them topically. You can either slice one up and press them under your eyes, or you can mash them up into a paste and apply it to your skin. Then sit back and relax for a while. Afterward, just rinse it off with lukewarm water.
8. Quit smoking:
This should be a given but it can’t be repeated enough. Smoking is one of the most damaging things to your overall health and appearance. Lighting up accelerates the aging process, as cigarettes contain chemicals that damage collagen and elastin, which causes skin to sag and crease. The nicotine in cigarettes constricts blood vessels which limits blood flow. With less blood, the skin doesn’t get the oxygen and nutrients that it needs and starts to wrinkles and crease.
To keep your youthful looks last longer, you need to make small changes in your lifestyle to ensure that fine lines and wrinkles do not appear under your eyes. Once you know the causes of eye wrinkles, taking the right precautions and using the right products will help.