Take a good look in the mirror. Now smile.

If you take the time to look you may notice that as your nose and eyes crinkle as your lips turn up into a nice, toothy grin.

You might also notice a few wrinkles around your eyes – crow’s feet. Or smile lines as we more affectionately refer to them as.

Eye wrinkles can be a nuisance, especially if you want to maintain your youthful appearance. Unfortunately, with age and several other factors they can pop up.

What Are Under Eye Wrinkles?

Eye wrinkles start out being fine lines and then develop into deeper lines – ridges or creases. These lines surround your eye and are most noticeable at the outer edge of your eyes and underneath.

The skin around your eyes is incredibly thin and sensitive, making it super susceptible to micro tearing and other damages.

Think about it, we touch our eyes a lot. Whether we’re rubbing our hands over them or applying makeup, these repetitive actions dehydrate the skin, which ultimately leads to lines and eye wrinkles. Speaking of what causes them…

What Causes Eye Wrinkles

Wrinkles, whether they’re under eye wrinkles or crow’s feet (hell, even forehead wrinkles!), are caused by so many things. As we just mentioned, dehydration is one of those factors, but that’s not all. Here are some of the top causes of eye wrinkles:

Eye Wrinkles Caused by Aging

Try as we might, we cannot stop time from aging us. And one of the first tell tale signs of aging is often wrinkles.

As we get older our skin becomes thinner and it becomes harder for it to hold in moisture. The skin around your eyes relies on hydration to keep the skin strong because it doesn’t produce oil on its own.

The two proteins integral to keeping our skin tight and plump, collagen and elastin, are also affected.

Not to mention how hormonal changes (ahem, pregnancy and menopause) can affect us. All in all, the older we get the more likely our wrinkles and eye lines are going to become pronounced.

Facial Movements that Cause Eye Wrinkles

Apart from aging, repetitive movements are one of the leading causes of under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Smiling, squinting, and furrowing your brown all put a lot of pressure on your facial muscles to perform, and more importantly, recover daily. Like any muscle, overuse can cause tearing and damage.

Well, the same rings true for repetitive facial movements. Your face relies on its natural elasticity so that your skin can spring back after each facial movement. Repetitive use compromises the integrity of this elasticity and suddenly more and more crow’s feet are popping up.

Poor Skin Habits that Cause Eye Wrinkles

Have you ever really taken a moment to consider your skin care routine? Or how you treat your skin in general?

Many of us (ourselves included) are guilty of touching our face too often. The worst part is this is a reaction that we rarely register even when we’re doing it. We lay our hand in our palm, rest our chin on our hands, run our hands down our face or rub our eyes when we’re tired or frustrated. Over time these seemingly meaningless actions take a toll on our skin.

By touching our face so frequently we dry out our skin, introduce bacteria and grime, as well as give ourselves micro tears that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles.

Another poor skin habit that can cause eye wrinkles is by foregoing facial moisturizer and under eye creams.

As we mentioned above, the skin around your eyes does not produce oil the same way the rest of your face does. This means you need to be mindful to apply moisturizer regularly.

Eye creams are specifically designed for the sensitive eye region and are usually best, but any moisturizer is better than no moisturizer. If you can, choose an eye cream that contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) as this ingredients helps fight under eye wrinkles by gently exfoliating, stimulating and giving your skin a much needed hit of plumping moisture.

Smoking Causes Eye Wrinkles

We all know that smoking is bad for you, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people still doing it. We’re not here to judge – however, we are here to let you know that it does contribute to your eye wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Smoking can actually make your current fine lines appear darker and more noticeable. Smoking constricts your blood vessels making blood flow to the skin surrounding your eyes difficult. Poor blood flow means the nutrients you need to keep your skin looking fresh are being deprived.

Studies show that smoking multiple cigarettes daily can actually add up to 14 years onto your face. Simply put, you are speeding up the clock instead of turning it back.

In addition to giving you deeper eye wrinkles, smoking also gives your skin a nasty jaundiced appearance and can lead to smoker’s wrinkles around the lips from all that inhaling.

Sun Exposure and Under Eye Wrinkles

When it comes to sun exposure and wrinkles we probably sound like a broken record. The reality is, overexposure to the sun dehydrates your skin, breaks down your collagen and elastin and compromises your delicate facial skin.

UV rays emit harmful molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals wreak havoc on your skin and cause wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and more.

How to Get Rid of Eye Wrinkles Naturally

There are several ways you can fight against the signs of aging and get rid of eye wrinkles naturally. Our favourite method is always with an at home remedy or DIY recipe. Here are a few of our faves:

Anti Eye Wrinkle Mask

A quick anti eye wrinkle mask is a great way to start reducing the appearance of wrinkles by nourishing your skin and supporting the natural production of collagen and elastin.

To make this anti eye wrinkle mask you will need:

  • 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey
  • 3 drops of orange essential oil

Step One:

Mix both ingredients in a small bowl

Step Two:

Using clean fingers apply all around your eyes. Be careful not to get any in your eyes though. Let this soak in for 15-20 minutes.

Step Three:

Rinse off using a clean face cloth and lukewarm water. Moisturize afterwards.

This works because orange essential oil is full of vitamin C which has been found to increase the production of collagen and elastin. It also acts as a diuretic so that blood can flow freely to the skin in this area.

Honey on the other hand, is a natural humectant meaning it locks in moisture for a deep, soothing nourishment. It can also help you combat any eye puffiness you may be experiencing.

Fun fact, If you suffer from allergies, it has been found that using locally harvested honey can help reduce the irritation you experience during allergy season.

DIY Anti Aging Eye Cream

To really tackle your eye wrinkles with some deep moisture and reparative ingredients, this simple DIY anti aging eye cream will do the trick.

You will need:

  • 3 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 3 teaspoon apricot kernel oil
  • 3 teaspoon Rosehip seed oil
  • 5 drops carrot-seed essential oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon shaved beeswax

Step One:

In a double boiler, mix all of your ingredients except the carrot-seed oil. Heat on low until everything is melted.

Step Two:

Once melted, stir in the remaining ingredient and mix well.

Step Three:

Place in fridge to allow it to cool. Use every morning and evening for best results.

This cream works wonders because it contains so many amazing ingredients. Rosehip oil soaks into your skin with ease without leaving your skin feeling or looking greasy.

Jojoba oil is not only a fantastic moisturizer, but it also reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles.

Apricot kernel oil is a hydrator, while carrot seed oil is rich in antioxidants that restore your skin to its youthful appearance. And  of course, beeswax is a thickening agent for the cream that also adds a bit more moisture.

Best Eye Cream for Under Eye Wrinkles

We have a bit of a love affair with Lifecell anti aging cream. Lifecell can be used all over your face or you can specifically target your eye area – as always, just be sure not to get it right in your eye.

Lifecell contains a revolutionary blend of antioxidants and nutrients that target the signs of aging right at their core, but also works instantly thanks to its light reflecting technology.

How to Get Rid of Eye Wrinkles Surgically

If you are looking for a quicker fix to get rid of eye wrinkles then you may want to look into more surgical options. Here are a few to consider:

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments for eye wrinkles are an effective option if you have the budget for it.

Laser treatments utilize the pulsating light beams from lasers to remove super thin layers of skin. It essentially removes the wrinkled layers of skin and what you’re left with is gorgeous, youthful eye skin.

Botox and Dermal Fillers

Botox and dermal fillers are another option for treating eye wrinkles and crow’s feet.

If you have eye wrinkles that are caused by repetitive facial muscle movements then botox injections may be right for you.

Botox temporarily impairs nerve functioning of the muscle to give you a more relaxed looking face. This often requires multiple injections and can cost a small fortune.

How to Prevent Under Eye Wrinkles

It is much easier to prevent under eye wrinkles instead of trying to treat them after the fact. The best part is, our prevention tips are super simple and easy to implement into your daily routine, even if you’re busy or on the go.

Wear Under Eye Cream at Night

The skin around your eyes needs help getting moisture because it does not produce oil the same way other parts of your body does. Applying an under eye cream at night is a simple, yet very effective way of giving your eyes the moisture it needs without much effort.

Elite Serum, Lifecell or even something as simple as a homemade coconut oil and vitamin oil blend are perfect.

Just apply a generous amount all around your eyes after you clean your face before bedtime and you’re good to go.

Healthy Diet

Our skin is a reflection of how well we treat our bodies, so it’s important to nourish it from the inside out.

Making sure you eat a healthy diet rich in nature’s whole foods will ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need to maintain beautiful skin.

Avoid processed sugars, additives and alcohol as best you can. Since we believe in living a balanced life, just remember that moderation is key. You don’t have to give up everything you love, just try and abide by an 80-20 rule of healthy to not-so-healthy.

Wear Sunscreen

This preventative measure seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t slather on the SPF before heading out into the sun.

Sunscreen doesn’t always feel the nicest on your skin, but it protects your skin from harmful UV rays that can break down your collagen and elastin and give you premature wrinkles.

You don’t have to let your age define you with wrinkles and fine lines. With preventative measures and effective cures for eye wrinkles you can shave years off your face easily.

While we cannot guarantee that you won’t eventually get a wrinkle or two eventually, by following these tips you will be looking younger for years to come.