You look in the mirror and see the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, commonly referred to as crow’s feet. While we may say the eyes are the windows to our souls, they present a clear picture of something else – your age. Unfortunately, the thin, delicate skin around the eyes is one of the first facial areas to show signs of aging which is why many seek skin care products and treatments to prevent and remedy eye wrinkles, ultimately restoring a a more youthful appearance.
Dr. Gerald D. Ginsberg, Medical Director at Tribeca MedSpa explains, “To see why crows’ feet form earlier than lines elsewhere on the face compare a terry towel to a piece of paper. Crumple the towel, then uncrumple it…no residual folds. Do the same with the paper and it unfolds with lines and creases. The face is the same. The skin in the crows’ feet area is thin and a bit dry (few oil glands and pores there). The underlying squint muscles keep crumpling this creasable area. The rest of the face has much thicker skin and ages slower.”
Why Do We Get Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet Around Our Eyes?
While the delicate nature of the skin around our eyes makes it more prone to dryness and likely to show signs of aging early, there are other factors that can lead to wrinkles and crow’s feet around our eyes. Here are some of the most common reasons for wrinkles around our eyes:
No. 1: Aging
When we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin naturally, making it loose and saggy with prominent lines. Production of natural oils slows down with age, making our skin drier with the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
No. 2: Genetics
According to the genetic theory of aging, our genes, and mutations in these genes, are responsible for how we age. Our DNA molecules deteriorate with time and prevent cell replication, which leads to wrinkles.
No 3: Facial Expressions
Muscle contractions in our face, from repeated facial expressions and movements (e.g., frequent frowning, furrowing your brow, even smiling) can cause creases to develop around the eye area. Eventually, the skin loses its ability to snap back into place, and the crease turns into lasting wrinkles.
No 4: Sleeping Habits
Beauty sleep is real. All activities surrounding sleeping play an active role in the appearance of your skin, such as lack of sleep, sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, sleeping on your stomach, and sleeping with your face buried in a pillow.
No 5: Rubbing Your Eyes
Pulling and tugging on the skin can lead to premature aging, and if you are constantly rubbing your eyes, this is exactly what you are doing. This regular habit can lead to a breakdown of elastin, leading to line formation.
Ways to Prevent and Reduce Undereye Wrinkles at Home
There are some preventive measures, even some at-home beauty treatments, that can help to minimize and reduce the appearance of eye wrinkles and crow’s feet.
- Sun protection – Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 whenever you go outside.
- Keep yourself well hydrated – Dehydration can wreak havoc on the skin, including pronounced lines around the eyes. Drinking 5- 8 glasses of water a day keeps the body hydrated and helps maintain your skin’s elasticity.
- Load up on antioxidants – Whether from your diet or skincare, antioxidants help your skin repair itself and support the cellular level renewal process.
- Adjust your sleeping habits – Sleep on your back, sleep on a silk pillowcase, and make sure to get 6-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Implement A Skincare Routine – While there are tons of anti-wrinkle creams promoted in the market, there are other ways to help address this issue. In general, Dr. Ginsberg recommends, “To slow down the aging process make the papery skin of the crows’ feet area more like a terry towel. You’ll want to stimulate a thicker, more resilient skin and moisturize with SkinCeuticals AOX Eye Gel at night. For even more plumping try a drop of HA Intensifier along the rim of the orbital bone (the eye socket) in the mhttp://AOXorning. Finally moisturize the whole face and apply sunblock. Bye bye crows’ feet!” Other guidelines include:
- Looking for skincare with active ingredients. One of the most effective ingredients to look for is retinol. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and is excellent at stimulating skin cells’ metabolism and encouraging collagen production.
- Keeping the skin hydrated. Look for skincare products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and peptides that are known to promote new cell growth and blood circulation—resulting in healthier, younger, and plumper-looking skin.
- Gently exfoliate. You can gently exfoliate the dry skin around your eyes regularly to promote new cell growth. Use products that are specifically made to massage and exfoliate the delicate skin around your eyes.
Plasma Pen Fibroblasting For Treating Undereye Wrinkles, Crow’s Feet and Tightening the Skin
Suppose an at-home skincare routine is not enough to help fight those pesky eye wrinkles. In that case, there are some innovative, non-surgical treatments to help eliminate wrinkles, like the Plasma Fibroblast Pen that you can combine with your at-home anti-wrinkle treatments.
A plasma pen is considered one of the top non-invasive tools for treating loose, sagging skin, combating loss of collagen, and reducing wrinkles for those problem areas around the eyes. As an FDA-approved device, it provides fibroblast therapy, delivering plasma energy created by a high-frequency electric current from the pen to the skin. This technique targets fibroblasts (collagen and protein-producing cells) by stimulating the production of new collagen in the skin, which over time strengthens and plumps. It lifts the skin structure, resulting in plumping and possible elimination of soft/medium depth wrinkles and softening of deeper wrinkles.
The plasma fibroblast skin tightening offers advanced and noninvasive skin tightening, is highly effective in fibroblast plasma lift, and the best treatment for crow’s feet and droopy eyelid treatment. Fibroblast plasma skin tightening can show up immediately in some, with significant results seen over several weeks in others.
Other Nonsurgical MedSpa Treatments to Treat Eye Wrinkles
While Plasma Pen can be considered the new kid on the block, there are other popular treatments to help treat eye wrinkles. The key to minimizing and preventing wrinkles comes down to collagen production; hence, it’s critical that treatment options encourage collagen production and strengthen the skin.
- Chemical Peels are another solution for treating under-eye wrinkles using alpha hydroxy acid and glycolic acid. They are great at deeply exfoliating the skin and promoting new cell growth.
- Fraxel is a laser treatment used to treat wrinkles and sun damage. This treatment works by creating micro-injuries in your skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
- Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure for skin exfoliation. Using a diamond tip handpiece as a tool, microdermabrasion can eliminate dull, dead skin cells and promote blood circulation in the sensitive skin around your eyes.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a type of light therapy used to treat a deeper layer of the skin while stimulating collagen growth, improving the skin’s texture, and reducing the appearance of fine lines.