The wrinkles that develop in the under-eye area are the first to show on most people’s faces and are a sure-fire give-away of aging skin. So if you want to retain that youthful look for longer, learn how to prevent eye wrinkles and take action – our tips can help you keep your smooth skin.
Swollen or puffy eyelids and the development of fine lines beneath and at the corners of the eyes can really age a person’s appearance and make them look tired and unhealthy. Without any preventative measures, the fine lines can quickly turn into deeper wrinkles that are difficult, if not impossible, to eradicate without expensive cosmetic surgery.
Additionally, if you wear make-up, foundation and face power can also settle in deep wrinkles making them look even worse.
Here are my six tips to help make your eye area less susceptible to premature aging:
- 1. Wash the eye area with lukewarm water only as extremely hot or cold water can dry out and damage the skin, while harsh chemical cleansers can irritate the area causing redness and puffiness. If you are removing eye makeup, use a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser and never pull or rub at the skin. Only ever use gentle strokes from the inner corner of your eye upwards and outwards.
- 2. After washing the eye area, gently pat it dry with a soft towel. Vigorously rubbing the area with a scratchy towel can stretch the delicate skin causing loss of elasticity, dryness and redness, which will not only look unsightly, but can also be very painful.
- 3. Try to get plenty of sleep each night. When you are asleep, the skin around your eyes can relax and be still as you are not changing your expression or blinking, so it has a chance to renew itself. Also, lack of sleep can cause dark circles under the eyes which are another problem to eradicate or conceal.
- 4. If you use eye make-up, try to use products with natural ingredients. The area around the eyes has the highest absorbency rate of any area of skin on the human body, so any harsh pharmaceutical chemicals that you apply to the area will be absorbed into your bloodstream. Commercially manufactured eye cosmetics also tend to require you to use drying chemicals to remove them, which can really damage the skin.
- 5. Using a high quality natural eye cream is one of the best ways to prevent deep wrinkles. A specialty formulated eye cream will be much more moisturizing than a general lotion and can prevent the skin from drying out, cracking and possibly getting infected. Be sure to use one that has a built-in SPF of at least 15 to protect the delicate skin from the effects of sunlight. Remember that eye cream should be applied in small dots with the pads of your fingertips and then gently patted into the skin, it should not be rubbed in!
- 6. Wear sunglasses whenever you go out in bright sunlight. If you don’t wear glasses, you will probably find yourself squinting a lot which produces “crows’ feet” wrinkles around the eyes.
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Wrinkles round the eye area can take away some of your natural beauty, but by incorporating some of the tips mentioned above into your eye care routine, you should start to see real improvements in the skin around your eyes and be on your way to looking your best.
If you already have deep set wrinkles, although the above tips on how to prevent eye wrinkles could help to stop new wrinkles from forming, they are unlikely to get rid of the ones you already have, so you might want to consider visiting a dermatologist who can recommend a suitable medical treatment, such as prescription strength retinoids, botox, collagen injections or laser surgery.