When we're young, wrinkles around the eyes disappear after we stop smiling. As we age, they begin to become more permanent. Treating signs of aging in the eye area takes a little finesse since the skin around the eyes is tissue-paper thin. If you’re looking for a high-quality eye cream that will reduce eye wrinkles, here are some things to keep in mind.
We make hundreds of facial expressions every day, from smiling to laughing to frowning to squinting. Every time we make a facial expression, thousands of tiny muscles tighten, causing folds in the skin. When skin is younger, it produces more collagen and elastin. These naturally occurring ingredients help skin stay firm and plump, so that when the facial expression stops, so do the wrinkles. But as skin ages, it slows down collagen and elastin production, and those folds in the skin start to stay put.
Additionally, hydration is an important part of youthful-looking skin. As we age, skin loses moisture, and few people are giving their skin cells the hydration they need on a regular basis. One of the main areas wrinkles show up is around the eyes. Because the skin is already thinner and because the eyes make many facial expressions, the tiny lines commonly called “crow’s feet” are a frequent sign of aging.
If you’re not already using an anti-aging skin care regimen and you’re in your mid-twenties, you should start soon, but no matter what age you are, it's never too late to start. A high-quality anti-aging line can help minimize wrinkles, reduce acne scars, diminish the appearance of dark spots, and more. But the pores around the eyes are much smaller than the pores on the rest of the face, and for this reason, using a specific eye cream can help the area. Eye creams add hydration, just like any facial moisturizer, but they’re generally thicker in order to penetrate the tiny pores.
The ingredients to look for that will work best to reduce eye wrinkles are retinol and peptides. These active ingredients not only diminish the appearance of fine lines but can boost collagen production. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K are common ingredients in eye creams, which can all help brighten the area.
Don’t use anything that irritates the skin or the eyes themselves, regardless of how well the product works to reduce eye wrinkles. And always look for the words “non comedogenic” on the product label, which indicates that the ingredients won’t clog your pores.
Using an eye cream at night is usually best since you can apply it more thickly and allow it to stay on. But if you’re applying a product in the morning, use a lightweight formula that won’t be greasy and visible. Also make sure it doesn’t clump if you wear makeup. The “raccoon eye” effect can happen with mascara, especially since the moisture from the eye cream can cause eye makeup to run or smudge.
Apply the eye cream with your ring finger. This finger is the weakest and will only apply gentle pressure. Pat the eyes cream over the area with a delicate touch, and never tug or pull the skin.
If you’re in the Bellevue, Washington area and need more guidance on choosing an eye cream, contact North Pacific Dermatology today for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists.