Repairing Your Aging Eye Area

Dermatologist working on removing wrinkles in the eye area

Dermatologist working on removing wrinkles in the eye area

In a 2012 survey, women ranked in order their best features as No. 1 eye, No. 2 breasts, and No. 3 brain.  In yet another survey, women said that they would accept gray hair permanently in exchange for eradicating wrinkles in the eye area.  Obviously, there is a very strong link between their eyes and a woman’s view of her identity and appearance.

Two conditions cause wrinkling in the eye area.  Since it in such a noticeable area, it is difficult to hide, and is of great concern to a woman’s appearance.  The skin in the eye area is very thin with little fat under the area to keep it plumped up.  Since the skin is so thin it is vulnerable to damage caused from free radicals and exposure to the sun.   For the most of the population, the skin in the eye area ages before most other areas of your face and is very noticeable.  There is an upside, however, creams can more easily penetrate the thinner skin and improvement is seen quicker than with other parts of the body.

Lines around the eyes are formed by the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers which exist under the skin’s surface and keeps it plumbed up.  Squinting, sunbathing, wide smiles and pollutants are the main causes for the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers.

Using primer to fill in the fine lines provides a smooth, line-free area to apply your concealer.  Products on the market now contain peptides that firm the skin.  One such product is Sephora’s Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer.

Some peptides relax muscles underneath the skin and diminish contractions that call attention to crow’s feet.  Peptides also speed up collagen production.  When purchasing a skincare product check the labels to ensure that the label lists palmitoyla oligopeptide or palitoyla terapeptide-7.  Or Matrixyl might be listed which is a combination of the two.  According to clinical studies, in two months of application Matrixyl has been shown to show a visible reduction of fine wrinkles.

Dermatologists have been injecting Botox in the area around eyes to alleviate the creation and appearance of crows’ feet but Botox isn’t able to fill in the fine lines and leaves a lumpy appearance although it works well on the deeper lines.   The preference is now to use Belotero which is superior to Botox for filling in fine wrinkles.   Dermatologists recommend starting with Botox followed by the Belotero and spacing the treatments two-three weeks apart.  The Botox lasts up to four months and costs range around $500 for each application and Belotero lasts around six months and costs about the same.

As early as 20 you can see crepiness in the eye area caused by sun and dryness.  The most effective way to fight crepiness is applying hyaluronic acid which can hold 1,000 times its weight in water.  There’s also dimethicone.  Dimethicone is silicone oil that strengthens the skin and holds in hydration.  Estee Lauder Advanced time Zone eye cream  (containing hyaluronic acid) or Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging eye roller with dimethicone are both excellent products to combat crepiness around the eye.

Remember, that this is not just a problem on the surface of the skin to address, you also must work to smooth and tighten by boosting cell turnover and the production of collagen.  For this, retinol and peptides are recommended.  Women using products like Olay’s Pro-X line saw the diminishing of crepiness within eight weeks of application to face and eye areas.  Remember, when applying do not tug on the fragile skin around the eye area but pat on with the cushion of the middle finger.

If crepiness is caused by allergies, the use of allergy medication, hypoallergenic pillow covers and HEPA air purifiers will keep your eyes from itching and you from rubbing and stretching the skin around your delicate eye area.

If you’re in a hurry you can visit a dermatologist to have radio-frequency treatments to smooth and tighten the skin.  Sound waves heat up collagen which, in turn, speeds up production.  One choice is Thermage with a newer vibrating tip.  There is also Pelleve that treats crepiness but doesn’t work well on loose skin.  Prepare to dig deep when undergoing these treatments; Pelleve is about $900 per treatment and Thermage is $2,500 to $3,000 per treatment.  But, of course, if time is a factor, Thermage or Pelieve is the way to go.

Drooping skin over the eyes is inherited from your parents as well as being caused by the environment, facial mannerisms and genes.  Not protecting your skin from the sun can cause loss of volume under the skin, that’s losses of skin, fat muscle and bone around the eye.  Treating the drooping eye, other than surgically, is a long process with only minimal results.

However, although you have to realize that they will never rival the results from surgery, there are some tightening products on the market such as Peter Thomas Roth’s Instant Firmx Eye which smooths and tightens the lids.  There is also a microcurrent device, NuFace, that uses a gentle electrical stimulation to increase the muscle tone and collegen level of the forehead, thus pulling up the eye lid.  The effect only lasts for a day or so, however, if you have a special affair, like a college reunion, it would be worth it, wouldn’t it?

With specific guidelines it is possible to apply a vitamin-A derivative around the eyes, even on the eyelids.  Since it is irritating, you use just a trace amount.  After applying a pea-size drop on your face, use what is left on your fingers to dab on your upper lids.  You will probably have to build up a tolerance by using it only every 3 nights at first.  You will start to see skin become significantly firmer from four weeks to six months.

If that’s not fast enough then you can get Botox injections into the area around your eyes and forehead.  A shot can also boost the lids by lifting the brows.  This will last for 3-4 months.   Another procedure is the fractional CO2 laser treatment.  This procedure usually takes 3 or 4 sessions, 2 weeks apart, with minimal downtime with a day or two of feeling like your eyelids are burning.  Results have ranged from good to excellent for tighter lids in a study of 45 patients in 2012.


About Rescie

UCLA grad, English Major, animal lover, especially pitties and Chihuahuas, am a firm believer in always adopting, never buying pets. Hobbies include reading (love mystery novels with female Protagonists, a guilty pleasure), music (everything from classical to country-pop), movies, ocean, travel and, obviously, my wonderful workhorse computer. old cars (especially GTO Judges) and lastly, speed in any form; boats, cars, motorcycles.
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