Dealing with Eye Wrinkles — Fine Lines, Crow’s Feet, and Bags
The eyes have it. Wonderous orbs of mysterious and mystical beauty, it’s no wonder the poets call them the windows to the soul. There’s a reason you feel you never truly know someone until they look you in the eye—it’s the best place to look for signs of dishonesty.
Despite all the great things the eyes have to offer, they can sometimes be a problem for some. Unfortunately, the area around the eyes is often the first to show signs of aging.
The most common signs of aging around the eyes are in the form of fine lines, crow’s feet, and bags or puffiness under the eyes.
But where do these signs of aging come from, and what can you do about it to minimize the damage and look more youthful, radiant, and vibrant?
Fine Lines, Crow’s Feet, and Under-Eye Bags: An Overview
As you age, your cells make less and less collagen and elastin, the fibers that support your skin and help it snap back in place. This is what allows wrinkles to appear. There’s no medical way to turn those cells back on yet, so eventually your skin wrinkles and sags, which can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. When you squint around your eyes, either from laughing or from the glare of the sun, the lines formed take longer and longer to bounce back until finally they leave a trace behind.
Under-eye bags can result from many causes including fluid retention, lack of sleep, allergies, smoking, and heredity—sometimes you’re genetically predisposed to them. But they do get more common as you get older.
One of the first steps you can take in the battle against fine lines, crow’s feet, and bags is to diminish their appearance through makeup. Of course, this does nothing to erase any of the underlying causes, but it does help minimize the impact.
The first step is to use an eye primer first before doing your eye makeup. The primer will settle in and fill the creases that would otherwise show through if you applied your makeup directly to your skin. And it helps you maintain your look for longer.
You can also switch things up dramatically with your eyeliner. Using the same dark tone top and bottom draws attention to crow’s feet and tends to make dark circles look even darker. Try using dark above the eye and a lighter shade below to break up the landscape as it were. Also, finish it off with a highlighting shadow along the crease for a brighter. More youthful appearance.
To lighten dark circles, concealer seems to be the agreed-upon solution. There’s a lot of supposed miracle cures you can spend your money on, but the tried, tested, and true method is a creamy concealer with yellowish undertones to neutralize the purple tones common with baggy eyes.
Skincare for Around Your Eyes
Make moisturizing an essential step of your skincare regimen, as a leading cause of cracks, lines, and bags is dry skin. Try using calendula eye balm or a gel eye serum if puffiness is an issue for you and add in a nighttime retinol cream to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. If you can, favor products made with vitamin E—it’s great for the skin.
And make sure you apply eye creams with only a pea-sized amount on the tip of your finger. Pat gently and work from the inside out—from the nose to the crow’s feet. Applying too much pressure can cause too much folding which could possibly make matters worse.
We lose a lot of water through our skin, especially in cool, dry environments. If this is the case for you, consider sleeping with a humidifier. Also consider using an eye mask to reduce under-eye baggage, especially if it’s been a late night.
Be gentle when you cleanse. Avoid using face wipes near your eyes. Your skin is particularly thin there and using these towels could lead to lasting damage. Opt instead for a gentle, hydrating product designed to clean the eye area with non-damaging ingredients that you apply with a cotton ball.
Natural Remedies to Help with Under-Eye Bags
If your main concern is baggy eyes, there a few all-natural remedies you can try. We’ve all heard of putting cucumber slices on your eyes, but it turns out that your go-to veg might be the humble sweet potato. Loaded with anti-inflammatories, find ten minutes to put one-inch slices of sweet potato on your eyes before doing your daily makeup routine.
Or if you’re drinking green tea, save the bags and let them cool. They act a cold compress, the caffeine helps reduce swelling, and the tannins help by further constricting the blood vessels.
Eating Better for Better Looking Eyes
You are what you eat, and an essential part of keeping your skin looking younger is to make sure you feed it using the best ingredients possible. Your skin can’t do what you need it to if you don’t try to give it the good stuff—and knock it off with the bad.
One simple step is to reduce your salt intake. Yes, it makes almost everything taste better, but it also helps you retain water, which leads to under-eye puffiness. True, your body needs a certain amount of salt, but you can get by on as little as a teaspoon a day. And if you eat processed food or eat at restaurants, chances are they’re already got you covered.
Then do what you can to get more iron in your diet. Bags and circles could be a sign of an iron deficiency, so get more kidney beans, shellfish, spinach, and dark chocolate into your life.
Other Lifestyle Changes for Younger Looking Eyes
Always wear UV-rated sunglasses when out in the sun. For one thing, it’ll make you squint less. For another, it’ll spare your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. for further protection from the sun, make sure all your daytime makeup has the added benefit of SPF protection as well.
Try to avoid rubbing your eyes. The skin in this area is thin and fragile and won’t stand up to too much abuse. Excessive rubbing could lead to fluid buildup, dark circles, and even burst blood vessels.
And call it a night as early as you can. Sleeping too little is a leading cause of under-eye circles and bags. So, if you don’t have the luxury of lying in every morning, get an extra hour or two of shuteye by turning in earlier and wake up to more vibrant and healthier-looking eyes.
At Home Anti-Aging Devices to Reduce Fine Lines & Wrinkles
There are, as always more extreme solutions for fine lines, crow’s feet, and baggy eyes. This is the point when people start throwing about words like spa treatments, Botox, and out-patient procedures. While those are all valid options to consider, you may prefer to take matters into your own hands.
Silk’n offers several anti-aging devices that are clinically proven to be effective to help make the most of the skin around your eyes.
For example, the Titan anti-aging device is effective for reducing fine lines and wrinkles while tightening loose damaged skin. It’s a convenient, inexpensive option to costly spa treatments.
Or use the FaceFX device to naturally stimulate collagen production for long-term clinical results. Achieve optimal results in as little as eight weeks and stop wasting money on expensive creams and moisturizers.
Minimize the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles Around Your Eyes
While the eyes may be the windows to the soul, they’re also the first place to wrinkle and show age. While signs of aging are inevitable and show that you’ve had a little fun with your life, it’s natural to want to minimize the damage to maintain a healthy, youthful glow.
There are many ways to cover up the damage using makeup or reduce and prevent damage through proper skincare and making certain tweaks to your lifestyle and diet. For those looking for more effective solutions, we recommend the use of safe, at-home devices such as Titan and FaceFX.
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