How to Get Rid of Wrinkles Under Your Eyes?
It happens to most of us. You look in the mirror one day while you are getting ready for work and you notice something, well, different about your eyes. They don't look as firm and bright as you remember. As you lean in for a closer look, you see your worst nightmare has jumped onto your face: eye wrinkles!
For me, it happened when I was 25. I noticed some wrinkles right on the corners of my eyes. Of course, my mother thought I was fussing over nothing. But I know that the sooner you start to treat your wrinkles, the better you can slow down the process.
Before you spiral into a dark abyss of expensive creams and serums, you should start with this guide to getting rid of wrinkles under your eyes. This guide is helpful whether you are just noticing some sneaky crow's feet, or if you are just tired of seeing the years reflected in your eyes every time you look in the mirror.
The most important thing to remember is that all skin eventually wrinkles. Wrinkles are a sign that your skin is aging. As we don't have an anti-aging serum on the market just yet, all we can do to help slow the progression of aging and improve the appearance of skin.
They do, however, signal that your skin needs more attention than it once did.
What you will need to follow this tutorial:
- Plenty of drinking water
- A good water bottle
You can add infusions to your water to make it more flavorful. Strawberry and Mint is my favorite water infusion.
- Coconut oil
- Honey and ginger extract (blended together)
You can choose one of these to try at a time, or use a combination if you prefer. When combining methods, alternate the days that you use each once to avoid irritating your eyes or skin (also follow this advice for step 3). Since everyone's skin is different, I recommend trying each solution in order for steps 2 and 3 to see which one works best for you
- Rose water
- Egg whites
- Lemon juice
None of these solutions are overnight. Even the most expensive department store creams take weeks or months for you to see results. If you are consistent with a skincare regimen, you will see positive results over time. I recommend taking photos every week so that you can compare them after 6-8 weeks.
Step #1: Hydrate
Many people are surprised to find that they spend most of their days dehydrated. Water in your body is vital for all your cells to function, including those that control skin cell health. If you know you don't drink enough water, you should try this first and see the difference in your skin, including your eyes! A general rule of thumb is to take your weight, cut that number in half, and that is how many fluid ounces of water you need each day for proper body functioning.
When you wake up, the first thing you should do is drink a glass of water. Your body has been deprived of liquid for at least 6 hours when you wake up. This visual will help you find ways to make drinking more water enjoyable.
During busy work days, it can be hard to remember to drink your water. As a teacher by trade, I know all too well how hard it is to take care of my body when I'm in front of children for several hours at a time. I was so bad at drinking my water that I eventually assigned one of my students the job of holding my water bottle and reminding me to take a big drink every thirty minutes. The students loved their important job of helping take care of their teacher, and I got a chance to improve my water habits.
Of course, not all jobs come with tiny personal assistants, but there are tons of applications that can serve the same purpose. Many fitness trackers now come with water reminders along with their movement reminders. You can also set timers on your phone to go off and remind you to take a drink.
This Reader's Digest video discusses the importance of drinking enough water for your entire body.
Step #2: Moisturize
If you are just noticing the beginnings of wrinkles under your eyes, you may be surprised what adding a little extra moisture can do for your eyes. Instead of spending money on expensive creams, there are many home remedies that are proven to help moisturize the eye area and help smooth out wrinkles.
This solution has been around since what feels like the beginning of time. But this tried and true method is a go-to for anyone looking for natural skin solutions. A slice of cucumber chilled in the fridge for 30 minutes place under each eye will reduce any puffiness and add much needed moisture to the delicate skin under your eyes. For my visual learners, this tutorial shows you how to use cucumbers under your eyes.
Coconut oil is all over the internet as a popular DIY beauty product. This oil is full of healthy fats that help your skin look supple while delivering intense moisturization. You can simply take a small amount of virgin coconut oil and rub it on the skin under your eyes. You can leave it on until it is full absorbed into your skin. If you wear makeup or other products during the day, you may want to apply this at night before bed. If you prefer a cream, you can make your own coconut oil eye cream by following the steps in this video.
Honey and Ginger
Honey and ginger have long been praised as popular natural health staples. Most may assume these two ingredients just make a great tea, but the truth is you can use them as a 10-minute eye treatment a few times a week for great results. Simply take one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of ginger extract (you can also use mashed ginger if you prefer), mix them together and apply a small amount using your fingers under each eye. Rinse off completely after ten minutes and enjoy brighter eyes with each use! This video shows you how easy it is to use ginger and honey on your eye wrinkles.
Step #3: Tone and Tighten
Once moisture has been restored to your skin, you can begin toning and tightening the skin gently to help smooth out any remaining wrinkles and help prevent new ones from forming.
While you can use store-bought toners, rose water makes an excellent natural toner that will add a little moisture to your skin while toning and preventing the skin from loosening further. Simply dab the water with a cotton ball and pat onto the skin around your eyes. Within a few weeks of use, you will start to notice your skin lifting and tightening.
Egg whites are very effective for tightening skin due to the different proteins found in eggs. Take a fingertip of whipped, raw egg whites and smooth it over your eye area. Leave on for 30 minutes and then carefully wash with cool water. This video shows you how to use egg whites under your eyes. Be gentle when washing the solution off as the eggs can pull the skin pretty tight as they dry and the skin under your eyes is incredibly thin.
You won't want to accidentally get this into your eyes, but carefully applying a small amount of lemon juice to your skin will help remove dark circles while tightening and toning skin. Your eyes will look brighter and tighter with just a few weeks of use.
There are lots of combinations you can use with lemon described here if you love lemon based beauty solutions!
Store bought products
If you do choose to use store-bought products, there are a few steps to follow to make sure you are making the right decisions for your skin. These steps are inspired by this Elle magazine article.
- Check the ingredients. The fewer, the better.
- Look for Retinol (Vitamin A), vitamin E, and vitamin C
- Find one that also includes Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides (these increase moisture retention – the number one cause of eye aging).
If you like DIY and natural solutions like I do, you should check out this video on making your own wrinkle cream at home that you can use on your eyes. Homemade creams use a lot of the ingredients discussed above, and once you get comfortable, you can experiment with new combinations that you like.
Some women opt for more drastic measures to deal with their wrinkles. If this is something you are considering, it is worth a conversation with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. They can help you make your decision and prepare you for the procedure. This website is also a great source to start with to educate yourself before your appointment. Here are some of the most popular surgical treatments for wrinkles:
- Laser treatments
- Dermal fillers
- Botox or Dysport
Final thoughts on getting rid of eye wrinkles
One of the most frustrating parts of aging is skin aging. The skin under our eyes is usually the first to weaken and start to wrinkle. Luckily, you can help slow this process and improve the look of your eyes by following the steps I have described for you above. These natural remedies are affordable and easy to add into your daily routine.
I have included several options for moisturizing and toning due to the subtle differences in everyone's skin and personal preferences. Feel free to try each one until you find the one you like the best. The key to a successful skincare routine is consistency. Making your skin a priority will help ensure that your eyes start to look better than ever sooner than you think.