One of the most noticeable signs of aging are wrinkles around the eyes and fine lines under the eyes. While the aging process may be inevitable, aging prematurely is optional. And, let’s be honest, when you look your best, you feel your best.
In this article, we’ll talk about some proven “home remedies” for wrinkles around the eyes- easy steps that anyone can take to prevent and/or reduce this variety of fine lines.
Quitting Smoking and Avoiding Secondhand Smoke
According to the Mayo Clinic, nicotine causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin, thus impairing the flow of blood. With less blood flow, skin does not get as much oxygen and nutrients. Combined with the numerous chemicals in tobacco smoke that can damage collagen and elastin, this decrease in blood flow leads to less healthy, more wrinkle-prone skin in smokers, and the skin around your eyes is no exception.
A more obvious way that smoking can cause eye wrinkles is through squinting. Smokers regularly squint their eyes to avoid smoke, and like any repeated facial movements, this can cause the formation of wrinkles.
It should be noted that secondhand smoke is also very bad for the skin, as it can contain high levels of nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, and nitric oxide. Therefore, if you’re hoping to prevent eye wrinkles, avoiding all smoke is key.
It is widely known that daily sun protection can help prevent premature aging of the skin like eye wrinkles.
A study published in the American College of Physicians’ Annals of Internal Medicine was the first research to show that daily sunscreen use could help prevent premature skin aging. Now, the Skin Cancer Foundation states that daily application of broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is an important part of the sun protection regimen, but we take things a step further; we recommend using a physical sunblock with an SPF of 15 or higher. Physical sunblocks contain zinc or titanium and actually block the sun’s harmful rays from reaching the skin. Chemical sunblock, on the other hand, absorbs the rays from the sun. This causes free radicals to form in the sunblock, and these free radicals can damage the skin.
Sunblock isn’t the only way to protect your eyes from wrinkles caused by sun damage, though. Sunglasses with full spectrum UVA/UVB protection and hats that shade your face are also excellent tools for sun protection. Like sunblock, they should be used in all seasons; the sun’s UVA/UVB rays are just as damaging to our skin in the fall and winter as they are in spring and summer.
Becoming a Back Sleeper
Are you a side or stomach sleeper who notices wrinkles around your eyes or on your face in the mornings? These are known as sleep wrinkles, and they are caused by face contact with your pillow. Through this contact, your skin is stretched, pushed, and pulled, eventually causing wrinkles around your eyes as well as on your face, depending on which part of your face is pressed into the pillow.
Our skin’s elasticity decreases with age, and constant compression can cause wrinkles to become permanent. If you have a hard time sleeping on your back or you are worried about turning in your sleep, invest in a supportive anti-wrinkle pillow that prevents facial contact to minimize wrinkles around the eyes.
Don’t Look Back
All of the aforementioned home remedies for wrinkles around the eyes will help you look and feel your best. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these changes won’t happen overnight. Once you start a regimen, stick with it! Over time, you’ll be glad you started when you did.