Eye wrinkles are a skin concern almost everyone eventually has to deal with. In fact, approximately 57% of people will have their first wrinkle in the orbital area. And although some say wrinkles are a sign of wisdom, most people see them as nothing more than unwanted signs of age.
Wrinkles appear when collagen and elastin in the skin diminishes. This causes the skin to loosen and lose elasticity, causing folds and lines. A better understanding of what causes wrinkles has led to technological strides in both limiting new wrinkle formation and in improving the appearance of existing lines.
Read on for more information on this condition and ways to treat.
This article will discuss:
- First appearance of eye wrinkles
- Origin of crows feet
- Ways to treat
The Origin of Crow’s Feet
Whether you call them crow’s feet or laugh lines, you’ll likely notice the first signs of eye wrinkles during your mid-20s. They take the form of fine lines that branch outwards from the outer corner or curve below the eye. They’re the result of years of smiling, squinting, and frowning.
Crow’s feet appear when the underlying structures of the skin become damaged due to the a loss of collagen and elastin. This makes skin less flexible and less able to regain its smooth shape after movement
Slower cell replication in the lower layers of the skin is another factor. As with many other conditions, genetics can play a role in how old you are when cell replication slows down. Cells divide on a continual basis, but aging slows down the cell division process. When this happens in the orbital area, it increases the chance of crow’s feet appearing.
Other Causes of Eye Wrinkles
Along with genetics and the deterioration of collagen and elastin, there are other factors at work in eye wrinkle formation.
One is a lack of moisture in the top layers of skin. The skin around the eye area is among the thinnest and most sensitive on the face, and is thus prone to dehydration. When skin under the eye becomes dehydrated and dry, it creases more easily. This creates fine lines or a sagging appearance.
Another contributing factor to wrinkle development is UV radiation. Too much sun contributes to changes of skin texture. It causes free radical damage to cells and speeds up collagen degeneration, further weakening the skin’s ability to snap back after stretching. This in turn causes deep wrinkles.
Wrinkles can also develop due to stress. Due to the hormone cortisol, high stress levels affect not just the mind, but also the body. Large amounts of cortisol can cause serious damage to the body, including weight gain, and is considered a leading cause of premature aging.
Ways to Treat Eye Wrinkles
To control the presence of wrinkles and crow’s feet around the eye, look to Dr. Perricone’s eye care line.
The High Potency Eye Lift helps to tighten and lift the skin around the eye. A key ingredient, pycnogenol, can renew collagen while also brightening the skin. It works to support healthy cell production, resulting in a toned and radiant glow.
For the most severe lines and wrinkles, the Neuropeptide Eye Area Contour is an even more advanced choice. It uses proprietary neuropeptide technology to fight sagging, deep lines, and crepiness and deliver more toned and resilient skin. It is also equipped with phospholipids, natural lipids that work to strengthen the membrane while rehydrating dry areas and keeping moisture in the skin.
These products are designed to help repair and restore the eye skin where age shows first. They treat both early and more advanced signs of aging, while helping to prevent future damage. For some of the best results, use them together as part of a daily skin care regimen.