Many people say that eye wrinkles are one of their chief skin care concerns. People feel that wrinkles around the eyes are one of the most glaring indicators of age. The truth is that this sensitive portion of the skin around the eyes is under a lot of stress throughout a person’s life. Many people are constantly rubbing their eyes, and eye wrinkles can also be the results of stress, lack of sleep and alcohol consumption, all of which can damage the capillaries around the eyes.
Eye wrinkles can typically fall into one of several categories. These include:
Eye wrinkles when smiling: These are one of the most common types of eye wrinkles. Many people notice that, starting in their 30’s, fine lines appear when they make certain facial expressions. This comes from the repetitive contraction of muscles when these expressions are made and, in the case of something like a smile, this they develop over the course of thousands of laughs.
Eye wrinkles when not smiling: These are thought to be caused by a lack of collagen. As we age, the body’s production of collagen slows down. This is the same cause as wrinkles in other areas.
Puffy under eyes and drooping lids: These are largely considered to be genetic. Drinking alcohol is also thought to contribute to puffy under eyes condition, but not much else is known about what causes these.
Dark circles under eyes: This condition is caused by burst capillaries in the sensitive under-eye area. Unlike eye wrinkles, most people who suffer form dark circles under their eyes are more self conscious about looking tired than about looking old. Contributing factors include not enough sleep, stress, allergies, and drinking alcohol.
Of course, different eye wrinkles call for different solutions. For puffy under eyes and drooping lids, sometimes surgery can actually be the most effective and practical solutions. However, for eye wrinkles you’ll want to look into a gentle topical treatment. Many wrinkle fighters from big brand use harsh, relatively expensive wrinkle fighting ingredients like glycolic acid and retinol. Avoid these if you’re concerned about eye wrinkles, and instead pick a gentle solution that features lab-engineered oligopeptides as an active ingredient. One such peptide, Matryxil 3000, can be found in several high end wrinkle fighters. This peptide has been proven to increase the skin’s collagen production in the applied area, and it would be perfect for treating eye wrinkles, especially those that can be seen when not smiling. The other thing to avoid in an eye cream is parabens. These cheap synthetic preservatives have been known to irritate sensitive skin, and putting them near your eyes is not recommended. Fortunately, there are plenty of paraben-free wrinkle fighting formulations available.