The cosmetics industry doesn’t make it easy to decide how to protect the skin around your eyes. There are as many products on the market, it seems, as people looking for solutions. There are creams and gels, serums and masks. It’s difficult to know where to start. But it can be done. You can get rid of those under eye wrinkles.
Because the skin around the eyes is more delicate, it is some of the first to experience a lack of hydration and to suffer from wrinkles. It also moves more from smiling and squinting and shows age quickly.
It should go without saying that the best treatment is prevention. If you’re in your teens or early 20s, now is the time to begin the perfect skin care routine. We’ll assume that you’ve already begin cleansing and moisturizing daily with a weekly exfoliating session. For your eyes, go ahead now and add an anti-aging daily eye cream.
You’ll want to dot it around your eyes, paying particular attention to the thin skin directly under and beside your eyes. Always dot and don’t rub the cream into your skin. As stated before, that skin is thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. Rubbing the cream into the skin can create more damage.
This, too, is something everyone should do from childhood onward, but so many of us forget or rationalize that it doesn’t apply to us.
“I work in an office all day.”
“I have olive skin, so I rarely burn.”
Use sunscreen every day. Regardless. Skin that doesn’t show the effects on the sun looks younger and has fewer wrinkles. If you’re worried about the extra layer of product on your face under your makeup, buy an oil-free sunscreen or buy a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Remember that when applying sunscreen, you need to apply it and wait 10-15 minutes to let it set before applying foundation. That will give your look a smoother appearance.
And remember, too, to apply sunscreen to your neck, decolletage and hands. When you’re in the sun, wear sunglasses. That small act will cut down on the squinting that causes those fine lines. You’ll be thankful you took the time to do both of these things.
If it’s too late to talk prevention, then let’s look at how to reduce the appearance of the lines you may already have and how to avoid adding any more.
Obviously, you know to get more sleep and drink more water. Here are some other ideas that can help with the reversal of the wrinkles you might already have.
- Coconut Oil: This is the current hot product. Everyone is using it for everything, but it really can be helpful for wrinkles. Because of the good fats in it, it softens and hydrates skin. Gently massage a bit into skin daily and see if you don’t see results soon.
- Guac Mask: Another oil that is known to be good for the skin is olive oil. And avocados have a high fat content (and wonderful smell). Mix the two together to form a creamy paste. Apply to the eye area where wrinkles form and leave on for 15-20 minutes. It will add extra hydration to the skin.
- Pineapple: Pineapples have Vitamin C which is good for the skin. You can rub the pulp or the juice on the affected area. Leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
If you’re looking for a product to supplement the prevention and home remedies you’re already using, consider using an anti-aging product. Most of these will contain Retinol A or hyaluronic acid. Some contain amino peptides or Vitamins A, C, or E. To choose which one is best for you, consider the following.
- What is your price range?
- Do you want a day cream or a night cream?
- Is your skin naturally dry or oily?
- Do you want the product to do additional things (have an SPF, for example)?
One you have answered these questions, you can begin to narrow the field of possibilities. While drugstore brands don’t allow the option for samples, many brands which are sold at stores such as Sephora or Ulta can be sampled prior to purchase.
On those mornings that we all have when our eyes are a little puffy and the under eye bags are more noticeable, it’s helpful to have a product or two stashed in the fridge to help out. Those products can be commercial or homeopathic. Whichever you prefer, a couple of minutes with one of these, and the puffiness will reduce, and your eyes will look brighter.
- Cucumbers: Place cool cucumber slices over the eyes for 15 minutes. The coolness helps reduce the swelling, and the moisture in the cucumber helps provide additional hydration.
- Tea: Take used tea bags (don’t use herbal teas… black or green teas work best) and place them on the eyes in the same way as the cucumbers. The caffeine in the tea helps ease the swelling.
- Anti-Puff Products: There are several products on the market that can be dabbed onto the skin to de-puff the eyes. Many contain caffeine or hydrocortizone cream.
If you’ve decided that none of these home remedies or cosmetic approaches have worked to your satisfaction and you want to try something more invasive, there are surgical approaches to removing under eye wrinkles. Some of them include the following.
- Laser Wrinkle Treatment: In these treatments, short pulses of micro-fine laser lights reach deep into the skin. As the skin heals, those fresh layers of skin appear smoother and more youthful.
- Dermabrasion: This resurfaces the skin with very fine wire brushes. Again, as the healed skin surfaces, it appears smoother with fewer lines.
When smiling, all you want friends to see is beauty and not fine lines under or around your eyes. With a little effort, that can be more than possible.