The skin around our eyes is so delicate, isn’t it? As we get older and as our face muscles move over time, it’s likely to be a key area where we develop fine lines and wrinkles. Why does that happen and what can we do to help slow down the process?

Did you know the skin under the eye is ten times thinner than elsewhere on the face? Amazing! So, it’s not surprising that as time goes on, five key things can work on it to create fine lines and wrinkles:

  1. The sun’s UV rays – They release free radicals which break down the collagen and elastin in the skin, meaning it doesn’t ‘spring’ back as quickly when it is folded, and lines develop.
  2. Ageing – As we get older, we lose a lot of our skin’s collagen. This is especially true for women in and after the menopause.
  3. Lifestyle issues – Including smoking, lack of proper hydration, and a diet without enough vitamins and minerals. All of these can affect the skin and lead to the development of wrinkles and lines.
  4. Lack of sleep – The skin regenerates itself overnight, so a lack of good sleep can lead to wrinkles, bags, and dark circles under the eyes.
  5. Your genes – Some people’s genetics give them slightly thicker skin under the eyes which is less prone to wrinkling. It’s just the luck of the genetic draw!

Developing lines under our eyes is a natural part of the ageing process, but if you feel self-conscious about them, there are things you can do to give you a more youthful look.

What can we do to treat the skin under our eyes?

Protect your skin from the sun – Use daily skin products which contain sunscreen of at least SPF 30. This will slow down the effects of the UVA and B rays on the skin. Sunscreen should be worn at all times of the year.

Use a retinol serum – Retinol boosts collagen production in the skin and repairs damaged cells. Make sure you consult a skincare expert about retinol serums, as you will need the right strength for your skin and advice on how to use them, especially building up the effects gradually. The effects are generally seen within three months.

Plump the skin with a serum containing hyaluronic acid – This skin product helps to encourage hydration in the skin, leading to a plumper appearance over time. Often the serums also contain vitamins B, C, or K.

Protect the skin with products containing vitamin C – Studies have shown that vitamin C can play a key role in protection the skin from the free radicals produced by the sun’s UV rays. Free radicals would normally attack the skin and help to age it.

Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water – A diet rich in fruit and vegetables and omega oils will help encourage your body to produce new, fresh skin, and drinking 2.5 litres of water per day will help ensure you stay hydrated and your skin is at its best. Supplements, such as omega 3 oils, can also help you get enough nutrients you may not get in your daily diet.

Get enough rest – The skin fights off UV rays and free radicals during the day, but when the sun goes down it switches into regeneration. Melatonin, which is known for its anti-ageing properties, is produced by the body during the night and the levels of the stress hormone cortisol fall in our bodies, helping the skin to repair the damage cause during the day. Collagen is produced at night too, helping the skin to retain its plump appearance and reducing the depth of lines and wrinkles.

Apply products carefully – It can be easy to damage the skin under our eyes, so treat it carefully. Dab your products at the outer corner of the eye and smooth upwards to the inner corner gently. Don’t drag the skin.

It’s worth noting that some anti-wrinkle treatments which are ideal for other areas of the face, such as the forehead or cheeks, are not recommended for that delicate area under the eye. Talking to your skin specialist about the alternatives is always a great place to start.

Would you like expert advice on dealing with under-eye lines and wrinkles? Book a consultation with me and let’s chat through your options!