As we age, the years of smiling, laughing, and squinting will encourage fine lines and wrinkles to develop around our eyes. Luckily, there are steps we can take to reduce eye wrinkles and keep our skin resilient and smooth. Using the right eye cream for you will make a huge difference in how your skin ages over the years.
Wrinkles develop when dead skin and other blockages clog pores in areas where our skin creases, like at the corners of our mouths, along our foreheads, and around our eyes. New skin grows around and over this buildup, over time creating a deeper and deeper crease. This can happen more easily when skin is dry because it flakes off randomly, unlike hydrated skin, which turns over dead cells evenly. This is why eye creams aim to moisturize as their most basic purpose.
Creams meant specifically for around the eyes are going to be gentle formulas. This skin is thinner and more sensitive. Of course, it's right next to our eyes, so a product can’t be too runny or give off fumes that could irritate them. Their job first and foremost is to provide moisture to the skin and to keep that moisture in. Most eye creams have another function: usually to deliver nutrients or to exfoliate.
An eye cream that prevents lines is going to be delivering nutrients like vitamins A, E, or C. These antioxidants help cells reproduce and promote an even skin tone. They also will penetrate deep into your skin and encourage collagen production, important for volume and holding moisture in the skin tissue. This can also help with dark circles. Puffiness, usually due to inflammation, can also be reduced with nutrient-rich products. Eye creams that help diminish fine lines contain gentle solutions like hyaluronic or salicylic acids that will dissolve the bonds of the dead skin, making it easier to lift and remove when washing your face.
When choosing a wrinkle reducer or another kind of eye cream, make sure the one you pick is right for your skin type. If you have oilier skin, use a lighter formula that won’t clog your pores or make you too oily. If your skin is dryer, your eye cream should be a robust moisturizer. Normal skin types can find products that maintain their balance, keeping moisture and delivering nutrients.
While eye creams will be your at-home prevention and maintenance strategy, a dermatologist can help you with wrinkle reducing treatments that will go deeper than what you’re able to do yourself. A chemical peel or a facial can be formulated to be a gentle, light exfoliant that will help diminish wrinkles by lifting dead skin and promoting new growth. Laser resurfacing treatments also exfoliate and stimulate cell production. Topical treatments like these will leave your skin looking bright and healthy with minimal invasion. Your eyes are a delicate area, so they should be treated with care.
Talk with a dermatologist to learn about your skin type and the best product choices that will work for your unique needs. Request an appointment today!