One of the first things we notice about the people we meet are their eyes. Believe it or not, we place a great deal of importance on the eyes.
Although under eye lines are a natural sign of graceful aging and perhaps years of wisdom and experience, sometimes, they can also make you look drained, tired, and even older than you would like to seem.
What are Under Eye Wrinkles?
Under eye wrinkles are also known as fine set lines, creases, or crow’s feet that become prominent under the eyes.
For women, you’ll notice that sometimes, your foundation or base will sit within these lines, drawing unflattering attention to your makeup. For men, eye wrinkles can age your entire face.
Learn more about what causes them and understand the best solutions for getting rid of under eye wrinkles and even prevent them.
What Causes Wrinkles Under Eyes?
Under eye wrinkles can occur due to several factors and it is useful to understand the most common ones to keep them away.
Unfortunately, for the most part, these pesky lines and creases cannot be prevented simply for one reason: Aging.
Collagen and elastin are proteins found in connectivity tissues that are essential for maintaining a youthful skin. Collagen gives your skin strength and firmness while elastin enables skin to stretch back to original position.
As we get older, elastin and collagen formation within our skin begins to slow down too, we tend to lose the firmness and elasticity we once had in our youth when it comes to our skin.
As we age, the skin loses its tautness and the wrinkles becomes more and more prominent and noticeable. One of the earliest signs of aging are these lines and wrinkles, often around the eyes, mouth, and forehead.
2. Sun Exposure
For example, too much exposure to the sun can aggravate the onset of fine lines under the eyes.
If you are not wearing your sunglasses, the harmful Ultra Violet rays can dehydrate and damage the under eye skin and one would squint their eyes automatically when exposed to direct sunlight.
These can cause fine lines and wrinkles with regular sun exposure as it breaks down collagen and elastin.
Some people tend to be genetically predisposed to have more prominent under eye lines than others, their ancestors may have lived in areas where certain factors brought about the higher rate of deep set lines.
4. Poor Diet
On other occasions, simply having a poor diet can encourage fine lines to set in. Processed foods, fried foods, high carb and high sugar foods can damage skin and make you unhealthy.
A diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants can keep away dark eye circles and bags. Eating fruits, vegetables and fish is recommended for good skin health.
Drinking lot of water to stay hydrated always is also essential to maintain the suppleness of your skin.
Finally, one major concern for scientists and dermatologists as of recent is the impact of smoking on our skin’s health. This of course, includes the early onset of wrinkles.
Regular smoking makes the wrinkles darker and deeper and also deprives the skin of nutrients needed to repair itself. Also the facial movements in smoking adds more lines to your skin woes. Excessive alcohol consumption can also reduce your skins health.
6. Facial Actions
Wrinkles can sometimes result from too many facial expressions such as frowning, squinting or making faces. Repeated movements makes your skin lose its elasticity.
7. Rubbing Eyes
Rubbing and tugging your eyes vigorously when itchy or tired can cause fine lines. Wrinkles can be formed while removing eye makeup or while applying eye serums or creams roughly.
8. Sleep Position
Sleeping on your stomach or side with your face squished on to the pillow can also lead to fine lines and wrinkles so it is better to sleep on your back.
9. Skin Care Regimen
Your skin care routine is also an important factor, whether we exfoliate, moisturize and tone our skin may have an impact on the fine lines under eye. If you have dry and dehydrated skin the chances of having lines under the eye are high.
Eye brow waxing, wearing false eye lashes, applying face products on under eye skin and lack of sunscreen lotion can all damage the sensitive skin under eye and form wrinkles.
10. Other Factors
Lack of sleep, stress, over exposure to mobile or computer screens, health issues are some often overlooked factors when it comes to early onset of under eye bags.
How to Get Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles
There are actually quite a few treatments that can slow the onset of wrinkles, as well as drastically reduce the appearance of them as they begin setting in.
Some treatments, depending on the severity of the wrinkles themselves, can actually completely remove them altogether.
The skin around the eye is the thinnest and delicate, so make sure to do in depth study before arriving at the best treatment option for your eyes.
Treatments can range from somewhat invasive dermatologist solutions such as Botox injections, laser treatments, and dermal filler treatments to non-invasive at home solutions including microdermabrasion, specific eye creams that target fine lines and wrinkles, and of course, simple eye masks that can reduce the prominence of wrinkles.
Best Under Eye Wrinkle Treatment
1. Injection of Botox Under Eyes
Botox is a very popular option for many women and men when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes. It has a short recovery time and gives quick visible results making it very popular. It is also FDA approved.
Botox, Xeomin, Dysport are all injectable under eye wrinkles Botox, made from Botulinum toxin which works by paralyzing the targeted muscles under eye and softening the appearance of wrinkles.
The mechanism behind Botox is quite simple, it merely relaxes the muscles, specifically the under-eye ones, to prevent creasing when you show emotions such as when your eyes are lifted as you smile.
Botox tightens the skin and essentially paralyzes it in a way so as to prevent the onset of fine lines.
Botox for Crow’s Feet
Crow’s feet are facial wrinkles that are formed outside the corners of our eye and Botox is effective for reducing these too. The injections relaxes muscles surrounding the corners so that the skin smooths out to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.
The procedure is usually completed in an hour where the dermatologist injects a very small amount of Botox into muscles under the eyes.
You can see the results in seven to ten days and the effects can last for three to four months, whereupon you have to get it re-injected.
Cost can vary depending on your area and expertise of dermatologist. Typically it is charged per unit and a single session will need 20 to 25 units depending on the wrinkles.
On an average it can cost anywhere from $200 to $800 per session. It is recommended to get it done at an expert dermatologist for best results.
Risks and Side Effects
Some of the side effects of taking a Botox under eyes are
•Bruising or pain at site of injection
•Droopiness in eyelid
•Headache and muscle weakness
•Fatigue and dry mouth
•Swelling or inflammation
However most of them are temporary anbrowd goes away with adequate rest, but if they persists one should see the doctor immediately.
Best Suited For: Those with deep under eye creases looking for a quick fix that really works. Botox delivers desired results if you don’t mind the regular visits and high maintenance along with possible side effects.
2. Laser For Under Eye Wrinkles
Laser treatment for wrinkles around your eye is a popular dermatologist procedure. This technique work by using short, pulses of an extremely fine laser shot into the deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
The older damaged skin is pushed out by body’s natural healing process to form new, smoother, skin without the wrinkles. The popular lasers used for this are like fractional CO2( carbon dioxide) or Fraxel lasers like Erbium which are FDA approved.
The dermatologist focuses the laser beams to affected areas using laser device. It takes about 30 minutes per session and one may feel slight burning sensation and pain during the procedure.
It is minimally invasive with a recovery period of four to seven days. Healing and new skin generation can take three to four weeks.
One may require multiple sessions to achieve desired result after which maintenance treatment once in a year will keep the wrinkles away.
Laser Eye Wrinkle Treatment Cost
It also depends on the area being treated and can cost from $1000 to $3000 per session.
Risks and Side Effects
•Itching, redness or swelling for few days
•Rashes, bruising or scarring of skin
•Risk of infections
Best Suited For: Those looking for permanent solution for deep wrinkles. It is an effective non-surgical procedure that gives good wrinkle reduction, though expensive and not suited for those with sensitive skin under eye.
3. Dermal Fillers
Another popular less invasive dermatologist procedure for eye lines is a dermal filler. In this method, a filler protein is injected into the affected area to pump up lost elasticity and volume.
They are best suited for deep eye lines and dark circles. Popular fillers are Restylane, Juvederm which are made from FDA approved hyaluronic acid, a natural molecule found in the body.
Once injected hyaluronic acid binds with water to fill and plump up the wrinkles from inside your skin. The effects can last up to 6 months after which one need to take them again. Procedure will take up to an hour and full recovery in three to four days.
Dermal Fillers Cost
One may need one to two syringes for a session depending on the area and the price of one syringe will vary from $500 to $1000.
•Bruising , redness or swelling
•Risk of Infection
Best Suited For: All skin types and has least allergic reaction due to use of hyaluronic acid. Dermal fillers gives quick results and lasts longer than Botox and is expensive as well.
4. Chemical Peels
Chemical peeling for facial skin is quite popular, now there are peels for treating under eye lines. They are made with alpha hydoxy acid and glycolic acids to exfoliate the skin deeply to reveal younger fresher skin. Peels with TCA or retinoic acids can also be used.
It is recommended for those with light colored skin and hair and needs to be done by a dermatologist. One can get different kinds of peels like superficial peels or deep peels. Recovery can take several weeks depending on type of peeling done.
Can vary from $200 to $1000 above depending on type of peeling used. The deep chemical peels can cost several thousands of dollars.
•Risk of infection
•Dehydration of skin
•Sensitive skin and prone to UV damage and sunburns
Best Suited For: Light colored people to treat saggy and wrinkle prone skin. Can be expensive depending on the type of peel and not suited for those suffering from any skin issues like eczema, rosacea, psoriasis etc.
Microdermabrasion uses a hand held device to remove the top layers of skin to reveal fresher younger skin.
With microdermabrasion, the skin is buffed gently with a high quality diamond to almost, sand away the top layer of skin, so as to encourage more collagen growth for fresher, more youthful looking skin.
It is not suited for deep creases and cannot be used too close to the eye. The effects will last for 6 to 12 months and the procedure can be done in an hour with no downtime.
Cost for Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion can cost $100 to $200 per session
Best For: Those with wrinkles and lines and without deep wrinkles. Less expensive way to get rid of superficial eye lines.
Home Remedies For Eye Bags
1. At Home Devices For Eye Wrinkles
Today you can a wide range of safe at-home devices to get rid of eye lines that makes use of similar technology used at the clinics and at a fraction of the cost making them more popular than ever.
Here we list the most popular of these at home anti-aging gadgets that can give you a wrinkle free eye.
At home microdermabrasion devices are available as diamond tipped or crystal spray devices. The crystal devices have a risk of crystal entering the eye so it is better to use diamond tipped devices for superficial wrinkles and line reduction.
The handy device uses vacuum to suck away older skin tissues being abraded by the diamond tip of the device as you move it across your face.
Kendal, Trophy Skin, PMD, Olay and Neutrogena manufacture some of the popular at home microdermabrasion devices.
To know more, read our detailed post about at home microdermabrasion devices.
You can now get home laser devices that employ fractional laser technology to treat wrinkles. The device sends a target beam of light that penetrate skin surface to initiate collagen and elastin regeneration in treated area which results in smoothening of fine lines and wrinkles.
Tria Smooth Beauty Eye wrinkle is one such dermatologist recommended laser device that is FDA cleared for home use.
Radio and High Frequency Devices
High frequency devices make use of safe currents at high frequency to penetrate and heat the skin from within to boost collagen and elastin production while removing old affected cells.
They are non-invasive and consists of a handheld device with gas filled glass electrodes which is inserted to the device.
The device generates and passes mild alternating currents when the electrode comes in contact with the skin. It has been found to be effective for removing dark eye circles and wrinkles around the eye.
Check out our post on high frequency devices here
Radio Frequency devices are similar to high frequency devices but they make use of radio waves to penetrate and heat the skin tissues. They are compact portable hand held devices fitted with a RF tip that generates the radio waves.
Learn more about radio frequency machines here
You will need regular sessions for many weeks with these devices till desired results are achieved. Krasr, Norlanya, Dermawand, Project E Beauty and New Spa have home devices that makes use of these two technologies.
Led Light Therapy Devices
Led Light therapy device is another new age anti-aging gadget that is now available for home use. It makes use of low level led lights to penetrate skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production.
Red led lights are used for reducing eye wrinkles and they have been FDA approved for home use. The handheld portable devices are easy to use and requires exposing affected area to led light for 5 to 10 minutes daily for visible results.
Trophy Skin, Baby Quasar, Lightsim, Silk’n and Norlanya are some of the top brands having red light therapy devices
Find out more about red light therapy devices here
Another popular eye gadget is an eye massager. There are various types of eye massagers. You can get a vibrating sonic massager or heat based massagers.
Some are hand held that can be rubbed over affected areas while a wearable type is more convenient due to its hands-free operation mode. Eye massagers stimulate collagen production and increases skin elasticity to give a well-toned youthful appearance.
Breo, Panasonic, Foreo and Touch beauty are some of the popular brands of eye massagers.
Price can vary in the range of $50 to $200 for these massagers
Best For: Those with sensitive skin who don’t wish to apply any products or use abrasive methods. Results can vary and not suited for those who need quick solution
2. Eye Creams
Eye creams offer an affordable and easy solution for treating the wrinkles and reduce their appearance on long term.
Eye creams or serums are different from anti-aging products as the skin under eye is thinner and more sensitive.
Creams that contain Retinol, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acids, glycolic acids, caffeine, alpha hyrdoxy acids and peptides are the ones that will give best results. These creams hydrate, exfoliate, strengthen elasticity, boost collagen and soften fine lines while keeping new wrinkles from occurring.
Always use the best quality creams and they can cost anywhere between $100 to $500 or even more. Dr Brandt, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Olay
Best For: Those who want affordable, easy and long lasting solution though results can vary and not so perfect results.
3. Eye Massages
A good facial massage is one the best skincare methods you can use to get rid of under eye lines and dark circles.
Eye massages improve blood circulation, flushes out toxins, stimulate collagen production and restore the elasticity of your skin in the process.
For a good massage you need a good massage oil suited for your skin type and learn an effective but simple to perform massage technique.
Massaging your face yourself is a better option than a spa visit, as these need to be done daily for several weeks for noticeable reduction in wrinkles. Find a good massage technique and stick to it for some time.
Here is one massage technique you can try out at home.
4. Eye Masks
Eye masks have been around a long time and is still a popular home remedy for getting rid of under eye wrinkles.
You can either use a homemade natural mask or purchase eye mask sheets or strips. Eye mask sheets deliver the desired nutrients to under eye area in a gentle and effective manner.
These patches often contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, Vitamin C, E, glycerin, cucumber and Aloe Vera to provide immediate relief to tired skin around your eyes.
Homemade eye masks are equally effective as long as you use the right ingredients.
If you want to try some DIY prevention options, coffee is the number one choice for many people who would rather use natural, at home ingredients to tackle their wrinkles.
DIY Eye Masks For Wrinkles
1. Carrot Egg Mask
Combine 1 tablespoon shredded carrot with 1 egg white and 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera till they are blended well and apply around and under eyes. Wash after 20 to 30 minutes. The Proteins in egg and Vitamins in carrots along with hydrating Aloe Vera will bring quick relief to fine lines around eyes.
2. Avocado Almond Oil Mask
Simply mash some 2-3 Avocado slices along with few drops of almond oil till you get a creamy consistency. You can then use it as an eye mask, leave it on for 30 minutes, and gently wash it off. The mask is rich in vitamins and minerals and rejuvenate the under eye skin.
3. Cucumber Parsley
A good mask to get rid of saggy skin is cucumber which is rich in Vitamins C, E and Parsley that reduces inflammation. Squeeze the juice of cucumber and add chopped Parsley and apply for 15 minutes and wash off with water.
5. Balanced Diet and Lifestyle
Last but not the least your diet and lifestyle is important in getting rid of eye bags or lines and also to prevent them.
Diet for Eye Health
Food rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins (A, C, E, and K), iron and water content are best for your eyes. Here are the most important anti-aging foods to include in your diet
•Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene that protect skin against sun exposure.
•Broccoli, green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach are rich sources of iron.
•Cucumber, Aloe Vera, water melon are good hydrating foods.
•Eggs, red meat, nuts and seeds are good sources of amino acids
•Salmon, Tuna ,walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, eggs, avocado are good source of omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E
•Antioxidant rich foods like green tea, dark chocolate, berries, kidney beans
•Foods rich in Vitamin A like sweet potatoes, carrot, spinach, milk and yogurt.
•Citrus fruits like oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, grapefruits rich in Vitamin C
•Cucumber, celery, grapes, eggplant pears are rich in Vitamin K
•Drink lot of water to stay hydrated always
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to avoid wrinkles around your eyes. Here are few things that improves your eye health.
•Getting enough sleep
•Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
•Keeping your weight in check
•Avoid spicy, sweet and salty foods
•Use a good sunscreen
•Cleanse and moisturize facial skin regularly
Ways to Prevent Under Eye Wrinkles
There are numerous ways to prevent the onset of wrinkles and drastically reduce their intensity when they do end up gracing our faces.
1. Always, always, wear sun protection! Whether that means investing in a pair of sunglasses to prevent yourself from squinting 24/7 or whether that means soaking yourself with a good SPF cream. Sun damage is a real concern for the onset of wrinkles.
2. Make sure you also drink plenty of water throughout the day. You should be putting water into your system constantly. Avoid habits like smoking and try to get a good night’s sleep, at least 7 hours.
3. The area under our eyes is very sensitive, it is actually a very thin area of skin which does not produce its own oil. Hence, it is vital to moisturize during the day and especially, at night. Invest in a high quality eye cream. You can also purchase natural oils and substitutes like retinol serums instead too.
4. Avoid frequent squinting and unwanted facial expressions to reduce strain on your eyes. Also lie on your back if your pillow is squishing your eyes.
5. Follow a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly. Always try to be happy and positive without worrying too much about your eye lines.
Best Eye Wrinkle Treatment
Now that you are aware on how to get rid of under eye wrinkles, it’s time to try them.
Once you stick to a best under eye wrinkle treatment for your needs, maintaining a wrinkle- free eye mostly come down to a clean diet and healthy lifestyle.
The more time and effort you invest into your skin, the happier and healthier you’ll feel both inside and out, and there’s definitely nothing wrong with that.