As you age, your skin loses some of its elasticity. Environmental factors, like sun exposure, as well as genetics play a role in how early wrinkles and fine lines will start to appear on a person’s face.
The skin around your eyes is an area that’s likely to show earlier signs of aging because the area under your eyeball (the periorbital hollow) is thin skin with blood vessels.
Having lines under your eyes is a normal part of getting older. If these lines make you feel self-conscious, you can address them through several preventive methods and home remedies.
The most common cause of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes is simply aging. But other common contributing factors may be possible to avoid:
Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays break down the collagen in your skin. Collagen is the main protein in your skin tissue, and it’s key to your facial structure holding up over time.
The Mayo Clinic reports that aside from age, smoking is the strongest predictor of wrinkles in women and men. Smoking exposes your skin to extra oxidative stress, damaging its collagen and elastin. Smoking also constricts the blood vessels in your face, obstructing circulation to your blood vessels and depriving your skin of vitamin A.
Repetitive movements and expressions
Facial expressions, like smiling, frowning, and furrowing your brow, can cause fine lines to develop on your face.
Even your sleeping habits can cause fine lines if the same facial muscles are being pushed up against a pillow during sleep each night. Your skin loses its ability to bounce back to its original place as you grow older. Research indicates that sleeping with your face buried in your pillow can contribute to lines under your eyes.
Getting rid of under-eye lines and wrinkles at home
Try facial exercises to tighten skin
Certain facial exercises have been shown anecdotally to be effective at tightening the skin underneath your eyes.
Treat your allergies
Allergies often cause inflammation around your eyes. They can also make your eyes watery. Rubbing or scratching your eyes due to allergy symptoms can contribute to red eyes and make your skin feel dry. Treating allergy symptoms can give your face a more relaxed appearance, and it can also protect the skin under your eyes in the long run.
Moisturize with an eye cream
Lack of moisture can increase the appearance of fine lines around your eyes. Look for moisturizers that are rich in ingredients shown to promote circulation and new cell growth. Retinol (a derivative of vitamin A), peptides, and hyaluronic acid are all backed by research and aestheticians.
Avoid sun exposure — use sunscreen and a hat
You can help prevent fine lines from forming by protecting your skin from UV rays. Always wear an SPF of at least 30 when you’re venturing outside, even if it’s not particularly sunny.
When you’ll be in direct sunlight for several hours at a time, consider shielding your eyes with a hat as well as wearing sunglasses. Brimmed hats and visors serve an added benefit for your eyes: They keep you from squinting, an expression which can create wrinkles when it’s repeated often enough.
Eat a healthy diet
Vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E are all frequently used in skin care products. By incorporating foods rich in these vitamins into your diet, you’ll be helping your skin (and the rest of your body) to form healthy new cells.
facial acupuncture for wrinkles
The aim of acupuncture is to rebalance your energy to boost your wellbeing. During the treatment, needles are typically placed along what acupuncturists call vortex points or acupuncture points, which run along energy lines that act as pathways between energy points called meridians.
By inserting ultrafine acupuncture needles into those areas, it creates a ‘micro trauma’ that triggers an increase in blood flow and promotes collagen production, says Tam on her website.