Eye Wrinkles

Why are eye wrinkles the first wrinkles you see and how can you minimize them?

The sensitive skin around your eyes may be one of the first places that fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging appear. Get tips on the prevention and treatment of eye wrinkles  from the experts at our of products.

Your eyes are one of the first things that people notice about you. However, the skin around your eyes is also one of the first places that you may develop fine lines and wrinkles. This delicate skin is particularly susceptible to wrinkles and a loss of hydration because it doesn’t produce its own natural moisture. Additionally, repetitive facial motions like squinting can cause the development of crow’s feet in the corner of your eyes. Between the natural deterioration of skin as you age and the impact of repetitive motions, visible eye wrinkles may develop long before wrinkles on the rest of your face. However, there are many eye treatments to help prevent and reverse the signs of aging around the eyes.

Causes of Eye Wrinkles

Like other wrinkles, the cause of eye wrinkles can be attributed to Genetic Aging , Hormonal Aging and Enviromental Aging. From a Genetic Aging and Hormonal Aging standpoint, the natural aging process and the reduction of estrogen that happens during the years leading up to menopause affect collagen production and elastin strength in the skin. Collagen is what gives skin its firmness and suppleness, and as it declines the skin begins to sag and wrinkles develop and deepen. Elastin is what causes your skin to “spring” back into place from a wrinkled or furrowed state. As it weakens, temporary creases in the skin, such as those that occur with repetitive face movements, become permanent. This is particularly true with crow’s feet in the corners of the eyes. From an Environmental Aging perspective, many people forget to protect the skin around their eyes from UV damage. Over time, sun exposure impacts collagen and elastin production and causes dehydration and pigmentation changes that result in older-looking eyes.

The area of skin around the eyes is less equipped to combat these signs of aging because it doesn’t contain oil-producing glands like the rest of the skin on your face does. Therefore, dehydration and a loss of skin firmness can become visible around the eyes many years before the rest of your face begins to show the signs of aging and wrinkles.