The cause of wrinkles under the eyes is a combination of factors. Exposure to sunlight is often cited as the major cause. The term is referred to as photo-aging.
Photo-aging in human skin is caused by the activity of free radical molecules. Free radicals are naturally present in the skin, but the amount is low and there activity doesn’t do much damage. In young skin, there are lots of antioxidants around to neutralize free radicals before they can do any damage.
When you are out in the sun, UV rays of light cause the number of free radicals in your under eye skin to increase. UV light also excites the radicals causing them to be more active and do more damage.
After you pass the age of 40, your skin’s antioxidant content is lower. So, there is an even greater chance that free radical damage will occur, especially on the delicate skin under the eyes. Often the first thing you see is uneven pigmentation or spots on your skin that look like oddly shaped light colored freckles.
Smoking cigarettes or being around any kind of smoke also causes the number of free radicals in your skin to increase. Cigarette smoke actually contains free radicals. So, smoking is a cause of wrinkled skin.
How to Prevent Wrinkles
Preventing wrinkles under eyes completely may be impossible. There are some issues, such as genetics that you simply cannot address. But there are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of having deep unsightly lines when you get older.
Protecting your skin from the sun can prevent photo-aging and may reduce your risk of certain kinds of skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen is not enough, especially when it comes to your face.
Wear a hat with a wide brim and wear UV-blocking sunglasses that are large enough to protect the corners of your eyes.
Wearing sunglasses can also reduce wrinkles under eyes. Once you pass the age of 40, you may also need reading glasses. Keeping your eyeglass or contact lens prescription up to date could also keep you from squinting.
The Solution for Getting Rid of Wrinkles
Eating salmon is one suggestion that might work.
Salmon contains protein needed to make new skin cells and fibers. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids that could make your under eye skin firmer.
Omega-3 fish oil might also help
Omega 3 fish oil can increase the skin firmness by up to 10 percent. With improved firmness, wrinkles may “stretch” out. That’s how the older face lifts and the newer wrinkle filling injections work.
In addition to following a diet that keeps inflammation in your body to a minimum, you can also take supplements containing anti-inflammatory ingredients like curcumin. Omega-3 fish oil is also high in anti-inflammatory activity.
A diet that reduces the production of advanced glycation end-products(AGEs) in your body could make you look younger. The chain reaction begins with the consumption of simple carbohydrates like sugar and white bread. There is a nutrient called carnosine that works to prevent the formation of AGEs. You can find the ingredient in some of the better anti-aging supplements.