Undereye WrinklesA younger acquaintance of mine was complaining not too long ago about some unwanted aging signs that were beginning to appear – sun spots on her cheeks, pimple scars, uneven skin tone and her biggest complaint? Wrinkles.

She is barely over the age of 30 and takes pretty good care of her skin -She honestly thought that she wouldn’t have to worry about under eye wrinkles until she hit her 40s!

The bad news is that wrinkles are an inevitable part of aging. No matter what kind of sorcery we use, all of us will eventually succumb to its grasps. The good news is they don’t always have to emerge prematurely and that there are ways to effectively reduce their appearance.

As the popular saying goes, keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer. So in order for us to get the upper hand, we must first be able to understand why and how wrinkles come about.

The skin’s middle layer (called the dermis) produces proteins called elastin and collagen that keeps skin strong and supple. As we age, production of these proteins begins to slow down which leads to a breakdown in the skin’s structure. The fatty layer underneath the skin also begins to thin out and oil production comes to almost a halt. All of these biological factors lead to skin sagging, fine lines and wrinkles.

Smoking and the long term effects of gravity can also lead to premature aging. However, the number one cause of wrinkles is sun exposure. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology reported that 80% of skin aging is caused by unprotected UV exposure. In addition, our skin’s vulnerability to UV damage also increases with age.

Our best advice against premature aging is the religious application of sunscreen. It doesn’t matter what you’re going to do that day – lounging at home, working inside the office or running errands around town – slather on sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 after washing your face. Use something stronger when you’re going to be outdoors all day and reapply every 2 hours. Aside from preventing wrinkles, sunscreen also protects you from skin cancer. Believe us, there is no downside to sun protection!

But what if the wrinkles are already there?

Wrinkles appear in areas that are used for facial expressions such as the eyes, the forehead and around the mouth. Out of the three, under eye wrinkles are often the bane of women around the world. They are usually first to appear and are difficult to treat/conceal because of the sensitive skin around the eye area.

The aggressive options against under eye wrinkles include botox injection and surgery. Both may provide temporary relief, but they can’t guarantee that the wrinkles won’t come back.

If you’re looking for a more conservative treatment, most experts would recommend using a retinoid or retinol cream. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A that has the ability to stimulate the skin’s natural ability to produce collagen. Since wrinkles are brought about by a decrease in collagen production, retinol creams provide a more long term solution to wrinkles. Retinol was first introduced over 40 years ago as acne treatment, but Dermatologists soon noticed that patients receiving retinol also experienced clearer, smoother and brighter skin.

Time and nature might be against us when it comes to the war against wrinkles, but we don’t have to suffer the consequences just yet. With a few adjustments and additions to our regular beauty routines, we just might be able to outsmart aging!

And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!”
― Audrey Hepburn