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How to Get Rid of Under-Eye Lines & Wrinkles

author image Joshua Duvauchelle
Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.
How to Get Rid of Under-Eye Lines & Wrinkles
Don't let wrinkles ruin your eyes. Photo Credit: NikiLitov/iStock/Getty Images

Because the skin under and around your eyes is so thin, signs of damage like age spots, fine lines and wrinkles are especially common. This can make you look and feel older than you really are. Over-the-counter and at-home skincare remedies and lifestyle changes can help you smooth up and firm away lines and wrinkles. With the right care, you can help rejuvenate your face and create a more youthful complexion.

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Step 1

Stop destructive lifestyle practices. Certain aspects of your lifestyle can cause wrinkles around your eyes and make existing facial lines and wrinkles even worse, says the American Academy of Dermatology. Common examples, the academy says, include frowning and other facial expressions that crinkle the skin around your eyes; smoking, which releases free radicals that damage your skin cells; tanning; and sleeping with the side of your face pressed against your pillow.

Step 2

Protect the skin around your eyes from the sun, recommends anti-aging skincare tester Paula Begoun, author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me." The ultraviolet light in sunlight damages your skin cells and causes hyperpigmentation and wrinkling. Before you go outdoors, smooth on sunscreen -- Begoun recommends a minimum SPF of 15 -- and put on a pair of sunglasses.

Step 3

Moisturize your skin every morning with a moisturizing facial cream or eye cream. A basic lotion or moisturizer fills your skin with water to decrease the severity of wrinkles and fine lines, resulting in a "brighter and younger" complexion, reports the American Academy of Dermatology.

Step 4

Smooth on an anti-aging wrinkle cream every evening before bed. Although there are dozens of eye creams on the market designed to combat lines and wrinkles, not all are made alike. For the best results, advises Emily Hebert on, look for an anti-aging eye cream that contains effective ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, retinol, antioxidant vitamins E and C, or neuropeptides.

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