The under-eye are is thin and has a different texture from the skin on the rest of your face. Since your eyes are open during most of your waking hours, their strain takes its toll on the skin around them, sometimes producing wrinkles, discoloration and other signs of tension. The best solution is to rest your eyes frequently, but for those wrinkles that are already there, various treatments may help reduce their severity.
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One of the most popular medical treatments for under-eye wrinkles is laser resurfacing. It involves a laser beam that tears down the epidermis and causes new collagen to grow in the next layer of skin. This procedure can be done on an out-patient basis. Laser treatment works best for minor damage to the outer layer of the skin. Immediately after the procedure, the skin is likely to be pink and sensitive, but with proper care prescribed by the administering doctor, the results will be a more youthful appearance.
Cosmetic companies sell under-eye creams and gels that are touted to reduce fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. These products work by tightening the skin or constricting the blood vessels in the immediate area, which prevents the puffiness that may result in wrinkles. Under-eye products with retin-A may be applied to the crow’s feet and tissue under the eye, but avoid using them on your eyelids.
Under-eye treatments can be found in your cupboard or medicine cabinet. Apply raw egg whites to the area around your eyes, being careful not to get any of it in the eye. Lie down and close your eyes for approximately 15 minutes. As the egg white dries, it will tighten the skin. Another product that can be used under the eye is castor oil. This is soothing and will provide moisture to the area that doesn’t produce as much oil as the rest of the face. A blend of equal parts comfrey infusion and witch hazel with a few drops of patchouli essential oil patted beneath the eyes with a cotton ball or tissue will soothe the under eye area and help reduce wrinkles.
Rest and Relaxation
Tension and squinting are two of the biggest culprits that cause wrinkles around the eyes. If you spend time at the computer, give your eyes a break by closing them for a few minutes every hour. A gel eye mask can be refrigerated and placed over the eyes to constrict the blood vessels and sooth the eyes, which will help reduce additional wrinkle production and the appearance of fine lines that are already there. Another cool, soothing treatment is to place thin slices of cucumber over the eyes and relax for at least 15 minutes.