How to get rid of under eye wrinkles is probably at the forefront of many people’s minds.
I have a confession to make.
I’m obsessed with the fine wrinkles around my eyes.
I started shopping for the best eye wrinkle cream a few years ago and since then I’ve gone through quite a lot.
I’m almost thirty and it’s not getting any easier.
I’m an expressive person, I laugh, I frown, I pull faces, and all that.
I also have really dry sensitive skin and that leads to many wrinkles.
I rub my eyes during allergy season.
The skin around our eyes is the most sensitive and I love taking extra care of it.
The good news:
Through my research and experimentation, I’ve discovered that there are a lot of answers to the question how to get rid of under eye wrinkles.
The bad news:
Some are really expensive.
Let’s explore some of those together.
Under Eye Wrinkles: What Are They?
Which is the first part of our bodies that first shows the signs of premature aging?
You’ve guessed it right:
It’s the sensitive and delicate skin under our eyes.
- in the beginning you just get a few fine lines, that was the start when I started taking action
- the fine lines go in tandem with under eye bags, also known as puffiness
- in time the fine lines turn into deeper wrinkles, if you want to prevent those deep wrinkles from forming you need to first target the fine lines
- and that’s the point when sagging skin appears, too
When I say that I’m going to talk about how to get rid of under eye wrinkles, I’m first referring to preventing the fine lines from turning into wrinkles.
I’m also including tackling dark circles and puffiness.
Besides eye wrinkles,
There are some other concerns that go hand in hand:
- dehydrated eye skin
- and dark circles
When should you start considering seriously how to get rid of under eye wrinkles?
The answer is a bit different for anyone.
I would say that around the age of 25 is a good number.
It depends from skin type to skin type and our lifestyle influences the exact number.
I actually started looking for ways on how to get rid of under eye wrinkles around that age.
For a long time, I questioned if it was too soon.
The more I researched on it, the more I became confident that it was the right age to start.
Like I said, it might be different for you.
There are a lot of factors that influence that age when it’s time to paying more attention to that delicate area.
What Causes Under Eye Wrinkles?
The eye skin is the first one to show signs of aging.
It would be amazing if only advanced age would lead to the fine lines and, subsequently, the wrinkles under our eyes and to those known as crow’s feet.
Besides aging, which are the other factors that make you wonder how to get rid of under eye wrinkles?
- the skin around the eyes is very thin and it contains very few oil glands, which means it has minimal collagen
- our natural expressions – squinting in the sun or when we laugh or cry or frown or work – all those have a very big impact (I tick all boxes on that)
- sun exposure – this is another important factor that leads to wrinkles and not only that, it also causes pigmentation and sun spots. The UV rays dehydrate and damage the skin, reducing skin elasticity, causing sags and bags
- smoking – besides aging, smoking can be considered the second biggest factor to cause facial wrinkles (it’s not only about the eyes but the mouth, too). The chemicals in tobacco smoke damage collagen and elastin, which impairs strength and elasticity. Also, the nicotine causes narrowing of the blood vessels. Due to the lessened blood flow, the skin doesn’t receive as much oxygen and nutrients
- not drinking enough water leads to dehydration and the first signs that you are not hydrating your body properly will manifest into the fine lines around your eyes and another effect is acne and blackheads
- unhealthy eating habits – packaged and fast foods, eating too much sugar – staying away from these helps those suffering from acne, too
- genetic and hereditary factors – well, there’s nothing you can do about that but you certainly know what you can expect
How to Get Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles
You have those pesky under eye lines that become more and more noticeable as years pass.
Even though we’ve determined what factors cause those annoyances, it’s time to get to the important stuff.
It’s time to analyze all the best methods on how to get rid of under eye wrinkles, how to brighten the skin, reduce the puffiness, and even help a bit with the dark circles.
Topical Creams for Under Eye Wrinkles
Most eye creams just act a moisturizer.
It’s all about looking for the right ingredients.
Vitamin C is known for its anti-aging properties.
It not only rejuvenates crow’s feet but the entire face.
It also protects from sun damage.
And promotes collagen production.
A diet high in vitamin C and a vitamin C serum applied twice daily can improve your overall appearance a great deal, it evens out the skin tone.
I can attest to that since I’ve been using several vitamin C serums for a couple of years now.
The best eye cream ingredients are:
- hyaluronic acid is an amazing ingredient that hydrates, keeps skin plump, and keeps collagen synthesis up
- retinol, also known as vitamin A1, increases collage production, bolsters skin elasticity, lightens spots caused by sun exposure, and it’s a top ingredient to be aware of when considering how to get rid of under eye wrinkles
- peptides and dimethylethanolamine (DMAE)
- antioxidants, like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B3, lipochroman
- ceramides also known as lipids (fats) are often overlooked but they have a big impact in preventing our skin from showing signs of aging sooner than it should: they form a protective layer that limits moisture loss and protects our skin from damage caused by pollution and other external factors
- avoid those that include fragrances because they can cause irritation to sensitive skin
DIY Methods: Massage, Masks, and Homemade Creams
If you don’t want the options offered by beauty stores, there are plenty of options that you can pursue at home, all made by you.
The DIY options for how to get rid of under eye wrinkles are many.
I can’t possibly feature all of them.
If you’re interested, you can find so many surprising helpful treatments for under eye wrinkles, you just need time and patience.
Under Eye Massage to Thicken Skin
I’m pretty sure that the first thing that I was going to suggest under the DIY category was offering yourself an eye massage.
But massages are wonderful. Who doesn’t love them?
This eye massage takes only a few minutes.
You could definitely include it in your night routine, without making an extra effort.
I’ll try to explain the steps but it’s easier to just watch a YouTube video:
- always use your ring finger to apply the cream around your eyes because the ring finger is the weakest so it will apply the least pressure on the most sensitive skin in our bodies
- place a small amount of eye cream on your ring fingers
- gently distribute it under your eyes and on your eyelids
- close your eyes and using your ring and middle fingers start massaging in circles, do about 6 full circles
- after, glide the same fingers from the corner of your eyes towards the temples, repeat the same movement 6 times both under the eyes and on the eyelids
- using the same two fingers, spread them and pull the skin towards the temples, start massaging with a circular motion the skin between the two fingers using your middle and ring finger from your free hand
And that’s about all you need to do.
Dark circles and puffiness will be visibly reduced. And it can help tightening the skin.
DIY Under Eye Mask for Wrinkles
There are a lot of ingredients that you can experiment with.
I’m just going to introduce you to some simple recipes and you can take you from there.
Mask no. 1:
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon of finely shredded carrot
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera
- combine the 3 ingredients and beat them together with a fork until frothy
- apply the mask under the eyes and at the corners
- leave the mask for at least 15 minutes up to 30 or until it gets uncomfortable
- remove it using a wet towel and then apply your usual eye cream
You can find more on this recipe here.
Another example is a simple mask made from avocado and aloe vera. Add 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel to the avocado mash (half of avocado). Leave it on for 20 minutes.
You can find more simple recipes like that here.
And, if those aren’t enough, check out more here.
DIY Under Eye Cream for Wrinkles
I didn’t even realize that you can make your own under eye cream at home.
There are some interesting recipes:
- one made from coconut oil, vitamin E, aloe vera gel, shea butter, and frankincense essential oil – for the quantities and the steps that you have to follow, check out this post
- another under eye cream that you can make at home contains ground coffee, beeswax, shea butter, almond oil, vitamin E, rosehip seed oil, chamomile essential oil, and frankincense essential oil and you can read all about it here
Microneedling is currently regarded as the newest best non-invasive procedure that can give people plumper younger looking skin.
It has its pros and cons.
What does it entail?
It’s a tiny device with tiny needles that are rolled over the skin.
Instead of tiny needles, I should actually say microneedles because their length varies from 0.5 to 3 mm.
They are gentle enough to be used around the eye so there’s no need to fear them.
The specialist will apply a topical cream that anesthetizes the face.
Microneedling is used on the entire face and neck.
How does it work?
The microneedles trigger the skin to repair itself, boosting the production of collagen and elastin, and that’s why the skin looks plumper.
It’s also used for scars and stretch marks.
The side-effects only last for a few hours and manifest in the form of redness and mild swelling.
Really sensitive skin might take one or two days to recover and it can experience some bruising and pinpoint bleeding.
I would say that those with hypersensitive skin should not attempt this method for getting rid of under eye wrinkles.
That’s why it’s very important to see a good specialist.
There are a few affordable microneedling devices that can be used at home.
It’s not the same strength of treatment but if you use the device two-three times a week then you can see tiny improvements after just a few weeks.
It’s all about consistency with these at-home devices.
It can even take up to a year to notice real results so microneedling is not for those who want major change within a small time frame.
After each session moisturize the skin with a retinol-based cream or a vitamin C serum.
Microdermabrasion is definitely another method that you can add to your list on how to get rid of under eye wrinkles.
Microdermabrasion is another non-invasive procedure that can be used to reduce wrinkles and dark circles.
It’s also used on scars and to improve sun damaged skin.
How does it work?
An instrument sands your skin, removing the thicker uneven outer layer. It’s like exfoliation on steroids.
And it stimulates new skin growth.
For increasing the effects it can be combined with a light chemical peel.
It’s good for all skin types and colors.
It leads to a younger looking skin because it helps thicken the collagen in our skin.
The results are immediate, especially when it comes to having a healthy glow instead of dull skin.
For longer-lasting results, five to twelve treatments might be necessary, one every two weeks or one a month.
There are two microdermabrasion methods:
- crystal – the dead skin cells are removed with a hand-held device that emits crystals onto the skin
- and diamond-tip – is pretty much the same as the crystal type, instead it uses a diamond-tip wand and the difference is that it’s more suited for use on sensitive areas, like the skin around the eyes
You need to find a board-certified plastic surgeon or licensed skincare professional.
You will discuss a treatment plan and things you have to do before and after the procedures.
Later, the skin might be dry for a few days.
Each treatment can last from 30 min to an hour.
The usual side-effects are redness and mild swelling, just like is the case with microneedling, both being non-invasive procedures.
A moisturizer with SPF is applied after.
- fine lines and wrinkles
- sun damaged skin
- acne treatment and acne scars
- skin exfoliation
- reducing enlarge pores
- blackheads removal
That’s quite the impressive list of benefits.
It cannot help with deep acne, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.
It’s pretty expensive.
The average cost, according to 2017 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is $137.
But the price can range from $75 to $200.
That’s without anesthesia, which is not typically needed, or any other related expenses.
Another method on how to get rid of under eye wrinkles is represented by chemical peels.
They might sound scary to some people so, let’s see what’s that all about.
There are some great advantages to medium-depth peels:
- reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- pores tightening
- treating hyperpigmentation
- increase collagen production
- improving skin texture
How it works
There’s only one thing you should be aware of:
A medium-depth peel should be done by a professional. Always.
It penetrates beyond the skin epidermis and triggers the skin to heal itself, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.
On the first couple of days after the peel, the skin looks dry and older. After that, it begins to look a lot darker than your natural skin tone.
It begins to peel 4 days after the treatment and it can lasts for a few more days after that.
Don’t pick or pull off the skin, let the process take its course naturally.
Once it’s done, it instantly feels smoother and it will feel tighter in time as the collagen production will continue to increase.
After the peel, a treatment consisting of a gentle cleanser, hydrocortison cream, and moisturizer plus SPF.
For the eye area, 4 treatments per year should suffice.
All in all,
A medium-depth peel can be highly beneficial but it’s also expensive and laser technology is preferred because it can be controlled more precisely.
I wouldn’t recommend it as an answer to how to get rid of under eye wrinkles unless you find a very good specialist, who can control the strength of the peel solution.
It can lead to uneven pigment and even scarring if it’s not done well, which for me sounds like too much of a risk.
Now we’re getting to the serious part in our journey on how to get rid of under eye wrinkles.
This method is especially recommended to people who suffer from hollow eyes.
It’s an impressive remedy.
The primary material used for eye fillers is hyaluronic acid. Some of the most used are Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero.
You definitely need to find a good specialist that understands where the fillers should be placed in order to create a natural effect.
Besides filling, it’s also considered that fillers can stimulate collage synthesis.
The results are naturally looking when the improvements are built slowly over time, instead of using a lot of product to get results.
It’s completely safe.
Since the fillers use hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin, there’s no allergic reaction.
And the treatments are not painful.
Only those who are afraid of needles will have a hard time.
The big benefit is that if the process needs to be reversed, it can be easily done.
The fillers will last for at least 6 months, it disappears in a natural way when the body breaks down the hyaluronic acid.
They are expensive. A syringe can cost from $450 to 750.
Bear in mind that some wrinkles would benefit more from muscle relaxants, like Botox.
Many people claim that laser technology is the best for erasing fine lines and wrinkles.
I don’t know if it’s the best but it should be definitely mentioned by anyone when talking about how to get rid of under eye wrinkles.
Laser technology will tighten the skin, it stimulates it to be more elastic.
It boosts collagen and elastin production by prompting the body to use it healing properties.
Hyperpigmentation and acne scars can also benefit from laser treatments.
The cost can be anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. The average cost is around $2,000.
The common side-effects are redness, swelling, itching, and even blistering.
Depending on the person and the seriousness of their wrinkles (wrinkles are not the same, depending on what’s causing them), it might take 2-4 sessions for serious improvement.
As we move past our mid 30s, the wrinkles start to deepen.
We also lose bone structure and that’s why many women around 40 start getting fillers, which help restoring that youthful well-rested look.
Skin laxity (looseness) becomes another factor and dark circles become more pronounced.
At that point,
A plastic surgeon will definitely recommend a combination of treatments, some of the most common are laser/chemical peels with fillers and a bit of Botox.
It doesn’t sound cheap at all and it isn’t.
A lower blepharoplasty surgery (eyelid surgery) might also be mentioned for reducing bagginess from lower eyelids and remove excess skin from upper eyelids.
The average cost for that is $3,000. It’s something I’m definitely not looking forward considering in 10 years’ time.
Facial steamers don’t actually make the fine lines go away.
Just like these devices don’t cure acne or prevent breakouts from ever reappearing.
They’re cheap and thanks to them the creams and lotions are better absorbed by the skin.
They also increase blood circulation.
That’s always a benefit when you try to make your skin look younger. It’s also what some nanosteamers manufacturers claim.
They’re cheap and definitely a great experience to enjoy once a week, a personal spa experience in your home.
How to Prevent Under Eye Wrinkles
We’ve seen how to get rid of under eye wrinkles, but prevention is actually just as important, if not more:
Tip 1: Always wear sunglasses
Walking in the sun without eyeglasses forces you to squint your eyes.
Squinting leads to fine lines under the eyes, which as we age and our collagen and elastin levels decrease, lead to deep wrinkles that make us look us even older than we are.
Wear sunglasses even in the winter if the light is harsh.
Wearing sunglasses is hardly a hardship.
Tip 2: Drink plenty of water
I drink at least 2 liters a day, not only when I’m thirsty.
Dehydration first shows in the fine lines around the eyes.
Combine that with not enough sleep or with alcohol consumption and you get a disaster that clearly points to wrinkles and crow’s feet.
Tip 3: Give up smoking
Well, this one isn’t that easy but it’s pretty obvious (someday I’m going to take that advice on, as well).
The loose skin under the eyes is a typical sign of a smoker.
It ages our appearance profusely.
It does so by depriving the skin of oxygen and nutrients and it triggers the destruction of collagen and elastin.
It also speeds up the appearance of uneven skin tone.
Tip 4: Sleep the proper amount
Sleep 7-8 hours per night. That’s the recommended amount for an adult.
Give your body time to renew and repair itself.
Tip 5: Use sunscreen
Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and not only in the summer but all year round.
People remember about applying sunscreen when they go to the beach or during the summer months.
But it’s important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays all year round.
Apply sunscreen after you’ve completed your beauty routine.
The order goes pretty much like this: serum, moisturizer, sunscreen.
Tip 6: Eat healthy
What we eat determines a lot how we look on the outside.
There are entire books written on what we should eat.
I will just say that the amino acids found in protein sources (meat, eggs, fish, some grain, tofu, seeds and nuts) help with repairing the damage caused by the weakening of collagen and elastin.
Other foods that can help you look young and healthy, on the outside but more importantly on the inside, are:
- omega fatty acids found in salmon, olive and coconut oils, avocado, walnuts, chia seeds
- leafy green vegetables, especially broccoli, spinach, and kale, and you can also consume them in the form of green juices if you aren’t that eager to eat them
- phytoceramides are also important because they help with the production of ceramides even as we age (I talk about them above, under the ingredients that eye creams should contain) and you can take them from brown rice, beets, wheat germ
- antioxidants – carrots, kale, pumpkin, tomatoes
Tip 7: Don’t rub your eyes
If you are in the habit of rubbing your eyes, you’d better stop it because it leads to chronic dryness, itchiness, dark circles, and even worse, it can lead to serious medical problems, like conjunctivitis and the thinning of the cornea.
If you suffer from dry eyes and the itchiness is forcing you to rub your eyes, you should use eye drops to keep your eyes hydrated.
You can get them over the counter and are highly beneficial in helping you break out of the habit of rubbing your eyes.
Tip 8: Moisturize
That’s an important tip whether we’re talking about how to get rid of under eye wrinkles or about our whole bodies, for that matter.
Dehydration is not to be taken lightly.
I hydrate my face twice daily, with an extensive focus on my eye area.
I use a vitamin C serum, argan oil combined with vitamin E and vitamin A, and an eye cream.
It has helped not only with the dark circles, the fine lines around the eyes but also with my fight against breakouts.
There are so many factors that lead to fine lines and then wrinkles around our eyes.
There’s a lot of info.
I tried to present it so that anyone can understand if something in their life needs changing or improving.
While writing this article, from my own personal experience and from the research I’ve made throughout the years, I’ve realized that thinking about all this is a bit scary.
It can make you become a bit obsessed and not in the productive way.
But in the way that it makes you doubt your own beauty and I definitely don’t want that to happen to anyone reading this.
I don’t want you to think that there’s something wrong with how you look.
In the end,
I just want this post to give you options on how to get rid of under eye wrinkles so that you can feel completely comfortable with how you look.