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How to Prevent Fine Lines Under Eyes

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Ageing is an inevitable part of our life. Sooner or later, your face will develop wrinkles, no matter how hard you try to avoid them.

The area around the eyes is usually the first to be affected by this undesirable process. You may notice some fine lines, crepey skin or depressions in this delicate region of your face.

At what point this will happen cannot be precisely determined because it depends on many factors such as genetics, lifestyle and diet, stress, skincare and others.

And while you can't stop the ageing process entirely, there are some things you can do to slow it down. Here, we'll go over some tips and tricks for preventing fine lines and wrinkles and keeping your skin looking younger for longer. But before we move forward, let's see why this area is so susceptible to premature ageing and what factors are to blame.

Why do you get under-eye lines and wrinkles?

Ageing is normally one of the leading causes of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Your skin changes as you age, just like your overall body, your mind, and even your feelings and emotions. However, it is not uncommon to see people in their 20s who appear older than others in their 30s. Why is that so, and why do some of us get wrinkles earlier than others?

This is simply due to the fact that natural ageing is greatly influenced by a variety of external factors that can either hasten or delay the process. Some of the things that will have an impact on how soon you will get fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes include:

  • how often do you expose your skin to direct sunlight
  • the repetitive facial movements you engaged in on a daily basis
  • how much you sleep as well as your sleeping position
  • your nutrition habits
  • your skincare routine and the products you use
  • whether you smoke or drink alcohol.

Even your emotions can influence how quickly your skin ages. Living a hectic lifestyle and being overly stressed can result in fine lines, wrinkles, and premature ageing.

How can you prevent under-eye fine lines?

The skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the body, making it highly susceptible to the effect of creasing. Unhealthy lifestyle choices, poor diet, excessive sun exposure, and poor skin care can all contribute to unsightly lines around the eyes. So you really need to consider all of these factors in order to prevent under-eye wrinkles.

Lifestyle changes to reduce premature skin ageing

Get your beauty sleep

Sleep and beautiful skin go hand in hand. Having good, quality sleep is as much important as having a good skincare routine.

When you sleep, your body and skin go into repair mode. This is the time when your skin cells go through regeneration, with the most activity occurring between midnight and 1 am. In addition, many hormonal and metabolic changes happen at night.

Inadequate sleep can interfere with these processes and give your skin a dull and dry appearance. It also causes blood vessels to dilate, resulting in unsightly dark circles and bags under the eyes.

The ideal amount of sleep per night is 7 to 9 hours. Be sure to make this time for yourself every night so that you always look well-rested and attractive.

Pay attention to your diet

"You are what you eat". You have probably heard this phrase thousands of times. But, what many people do not realize is that food actually plays a vital role when it comes to skin ageing. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet can really help you prevent or even erase some of the signs of fine lines.

The nutrients you should focus on when fighting under-eye wrinkles include antioxidants, vitamin C-rich foods, protein, and healthy fats. It is critical to include fruits and vegetables in your diet. Consuming citrus fruits, which are high in vitamin C, on a regular basis will stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin.

Incorporating foods rich in antioxidants such as spinach, tomatoes, and broccoli will help you fight environmental damage that can cause fine lines and wrinkles. They will also aid in the regeneration of your skin cells.

Protein is another macronutrient that is important for skin health because it stimulates collagen production. You should also include healthy fats, such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, in your diet, as they help keep skin hydrated and wrinkle-free.

Call a halt to smoking

Do you know smoking can cause premature under-eye wrinkles? That's yet another reason to stop smoking. This bad habit can hasten the normal ageing process of your skin, contributing to unsightly creases on your face. Furthermore, it is associated with skin damage in other parts of your body, like your inner arms, neck, and so on.

Tobacco smoke contains numerous toxic substances that can harm collagen and elastin, two important components of the skin. These noxious substances also cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow and limiting oxygen and nutrients to skin cells.

Cigarettes can significantly increase your chances of developing facial wrinkles, particularly around your mouth, eyes, and forehead. They can also cause loose skin and dark circles under the eyes. If you smoke, make an effort to kick this habit before it's too late.

Skincare to prevent fine lines and under-eye wrinkles

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Create a proper skincare routine

Throughout the day, the skin on your face and around your eyes are exposed to a variety of challenges, including cold, wind, sun, dirt, and dust. That is why it is important to create a skincare routine to mitigate the daily stress this area endures. Here are some pointers you might want to consider:

  • Cleanse your face and eyes thoroughly every morning and evening using a gentle cleanser. Never ever go to bed with make-up because it can disrupt cell turnover and cause fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Use a toner to remove any remaining dirt and impurities. You can choose a product that has exfoliating properties, but be sure that it is specifically designed for the skin underneath the eyes. Gently exfoliate dry skin that has formed in this area two to three times per week. This will help stimulate new cell growth.
  • Apply eye cream. If you aim to prevent or reduce fine lines, then choose a rich cream that contains ingredients like jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C or vitamin E. They will help your skin retain moisture and appear smoother for longer.
  • Moisturize your facial skin. Make sure to select a product that is appropriate for your skin type.
  • Always wear sunscreen during the day. This is a step you should never skip if you want to keep your skin looking young for as long as possible.

Aside from at-home care, there are some cosmetic procedures that can help you delay the appearance of new fine lines and remove existing ones. These include chemical peels, laser and radio frequency treatments, and others.

Make sunscreen a part of your daily skincare regime

woman using sun screen under eyes

The sun is one of the biggest enemies of the skin. There are many negative effects associated with excessive sun exposure, including premature ageing, dark spots, loss of skin elasticity as well as skin cancer. The simplest way to protect your skin from sun damage is to incorporate SPF into your daily skincare routine.

You must ensure that the skin surrounding your eyes is properly protected against UVA rays. This is an area that many people actually get missed when it comes to sunscreen application.

An eyelid is made up of several layers of connective tissue that contain elastin. When elastin levels are less than they should be, the skin is more susceptible to changes. Sun damage plays a major role in this. The UV rays can penetrate the skin and reduce the amount of effective elastin. Over time, this can lead to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the under-eye area.

Choose the right eye cream

Face moisturizers and creams are normally not suitable for the eyelid skin. This is a delicate area which requires a special product designed for its physiology and needs. However, the cosmetic industry is way over flooded with various brands and types of skincare products. Every day a new beauty brand pops up, and every day there is a new eye cream that claims to be a unicorn miracle, so it is easy to find yourself confused.

When choosing an eye gel or cream, you should consider both your age as well the specific characteristics of your skin. Generally speaking, cosmetics for the eye area can be categorized into two categories: preventive and anti-ageing.

Products that have a preventive effect are usually lighter in texture. Essentially, they protect the delicate skin around the eyes from dehydration, the effects of the sun's rays, sudden temperature changes, or any other negative environmental factors.

Anti-ageing products are typically designed to improve blood circulation, repair damaged collagen-elastin layers, and combat wrinkles, swelling, and dark circles. Many of the items contain cooling ingredients that soothe the skin and reduce tension caused by fatigue and prolonged computer use.

If you want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, consider purchasing an anti-ageing eye cream that contains ingredients such as vitamin C, retinol, hyaluronic acid, or peptides.

How to deal with already existing fine lines and wrinkles under eyes?

woman getting dermal fillers for under eye wrinkles

One of the quickest and most effective ways to get rid of already existing fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes is through medical treatment. Some home remedies and anti-ageing eye creams can also help you deal with visible signs of ageing. However, they might not be as effective in reducing deep wrinkles and creases.

Here's what you can do if you notice changes that indicate the skin around your eyes isn't as supple as it once was.

At-home treatments for fighting under-eye wrinkles

Try facial exercises

Many people claim that facial yoga and other facial exercises may tighten the skin around the eyes and smooth out wrinkles. Is that really true? There is no scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of such exercises. However, there is no reason not to try this method if you believe it may benefit you in some way. It is simple, cost-free, and does not cause any harm.

Address your allergies

Allergies can have a negative impact on the appearance of your face and eyes. They can make your eyes watery and cause unsightly dark circles and eye bags. Furthermore, allergies can make you rub your eyes more frequently, which can harm the thin skin in the area. Treating allergy symptoms can help you avoid eye puffiness and have a more relaxed appearance.

Use retinoids

Despite the fact that vitamin C and hyaluronic acid can also help treat under-eye wrinkles, retinol is a proven anti-ageing agent. It is a key ingredient in many cosmetics, particularly eye care products. It is derived from vitamin A and has been shown to stimulate collagen production and reduce fine lines. Moreover, this ingredient can help you tighten the skin around your eyes and minimize puffiness and dark circles.

Medical procedures to treat fine lines and wrinkles under eyes

Chemical peels

A chemical peel is a medical treatment that can help you deal with a variety of skin imperfections, including hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and fine lines. The procedure removes the top layer of the skin, allowing it to form healthy new skin cells.

However, for an optimal result, you may need a series of treatments, the number of which will be determined by your doctor based on your individual needs.

You also need to understand that chemical peel alone might not be able to eliminate deeper lines and creases around the eyes. They usually require more serious treatments such as injectables, lasers or facelift surgery.


Lines that appear around the eyes with facial expressions, such as crow's feet, are usually caused by muscle activity. Collagen breakdown and loss, and constant creasing of the skin cause these lines to be visible even at rest.

Because specific facial movements cause lines to deepen, limiting muscle activity can help reduce their appearance. This can be accomplished with a neurotoxin such as Botox. The wrinkle reduction treatment will block the contraction of certain groups of muscles and make the lines and wrinkles appear smoother and less deep.

Laser resurfacing

Wrinkles under the eyes can be successfully treated by improving the skin quality of the lower eyelids. This can be accomplished using heating devices such as lasers. They can tighten the skin and help with long-term collagen production in that area.

It is known that the body produces collagen as a response to injury. What the laser device does is deliver heat and remove part of the upper layers of the skin, which is kind of a controlled injury. As a result, the collagen in the lower eyelid increases, making the skin thicker and healthier. In addition, the removal of the top layer of the skin allows for healthy new cells to emerge.

Hyaluronic acid fillers

Collagen stimulation is not limited to the application of laser devices. It can be promoted with an injectable treatment such as dermal fillers.

Hyaluronic acid fillers have the ability to support the production of collagen in the skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, they can help you restore the lost volume in the under-eye area and minimize dark circles.

To conclude

It is completely normal to develop some fine lines and creases around your eyes as you age.

Using proper UV protection and eye care products, as well as following a healthy diet, might help prevent or minimize their appearance. However, it may not be as easy to completely eliminate them.

If you need expert guidance on how to treat fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes, consult a board-certified dermatologist or another doctor who specializes in this field.

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