Wrinkles, also known as “rhytides,” form when skin folds over itself. As you get older, your skin produces less collagen or elastin, becoming thinner and making wrinkles around the eyes more common with age. Aging skin shows more damage from exposure to the sun or pollution. While this is a natural part of aging, check out these tips on how to get rid of wrinkles around the eyes if you want to slow wrinkle growth in this common trouble area.

What causes wrinkles around the eyes?

Skin cells around your eyes don’t renew as quickly when you get older. Your skin also loses more moisture and makes less oil. These factors naturally cause wrinkles to appear under and around the eyes. Some other contributing factors include facial expressions, UV radiation, dehydration, sleep habits, and smoking.

Facial expressions

Smiling and laughing not only contribute to lines around your mouth but become part of your eye area, too. Whether you’re prone to frowning or smiling, widening your eyes, or squinting them, each facial expression becomes more permanent with time.

Ultraviolet radiation

The sun’s UV rays damage the delicate tissues around your eyes, reducing the skin’s flexibility and strength. Over time, this sun exposure and damage contribute to loose skin that gets more wrinkled as you age. 

Dehydration

When you’re younger, you can get away with drinking less water. As you get older, your body doesn’t respond as well to dehydration. Your skin, especially around the eyes, can become crepey-looking and uneven. 

Bad sleeping habits

You will notice more eye and facial wrinkles if you don’t get enough sleep at night. This adds to your stress level and creates “worry” creases around your eyes. How you sleep is also a factor. For example, if you sleep on your side, your face will show more wrinkles on whatever side is regularly pressed into your pillow.  

Smoking

Smoking or vaping tobacco products constricts blood vessels. This eventually removes more collagen and elastin and speeds up the aging process. Smokers consistently show more fine lines, deep wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles around and underneath the eyes. 

How to prevent eye wrinkles 

Slow down the aging process and wrinkle formation with these important tips. 

Sleep on your back

This is something you can do every night to help prevent wrinkles. Sleeping on your back isn’t easy for everyone, but almost everyone can try it. Your face will look more refreshed in the morning and throughout the day. Use two pillows to give your head a more comfortable lift. 

Protect yourself from the sun

Limit your time outside between 10 am and 2 pm if you can. If you have to be outside, even for short periods, wear sunglasses. This protects your eyes from harmful rays and will also prevent you from squinting—both of which cause serious wrinkles.

Wear a hat when you’re outside for long periods. This protects your head, including your eyes, and limits the UV rays that get to them. Hats paired with protective clothing for your whole body can help reduce damage and wrinkles everywhere. 

Lastly, wear sunblock with at least SPF 30 if you’re outside during the day. Reapply every two hours for maximum protection, and don’t forget to apply carefully around your eyes. 

Stay hydrated

Drink water throughout the day to moisturize your skin from the inside out. Add slices of lemon or lime if you want flavor without sugar or other sweeteners. When snacking, you can also choose fruits with plenty of water, like watermelon, to create plumper skin with fewer wrinkles.

Moisturize your skin

Dry skin only increases fine lines and deep wrinkles, so don’t forget to moisturize with lotions and serums. For example, try an alternative to cream for eye wrinkles, like RENU28 Revitalizing Redox Gel by ASEA, for overall skin health, enhanced texture, and smoother skin. 

Age gracefully

Learn how to get rid of wrinkles under your eyes to look your best. Getting plenty of sleep, eating right, avoiding direct sunlight, prioritizing skin care, and remembering to drink water throughout the day help your skin and overall appearance.