What Causes Wrinkles Around the Eyes?

Weird, isn’t it, that a tiny part of your body – your eyes – can get so many wrinkles! In fact, the windows to our soul are affected by two types of wrinkles: crow’s feet (around the eye, particularly in the corners) and under the eye.

The Causes of Wrinkles Around the Eyes

There are a number of reasons as to why we get wrinkles around the eyes and much of these reasons happen long before we actually see the wrinkles. This is why you should start preventing them as soon as possible. Some of the causes include:

  • The sun. This starts to damage the skin around our eyes when we are very young and wrinkles are the last thing on our mind. You must use sunscreen to make sure your skin doesn’t get damaged. To add to the difficulty, the sun makes us squint and this causes wrinkles as well. So wear sunglasses!
  • Hydration. If you don’t have enough hydration, it is easier for your skin to become wrinkly. Hence, make sure that you treat your skin to antioxidants as early as possible. Start in your 20s if you can.
  • Stress. We experience stress due to smoking, doing too much, not sleeping enough, and more. Try to relax as much as possible and make sure you don’t rub your eyes either.
  • Diet. There are a number of studies, for instance, that have shown eating too much sugar can make your skin dull and wrinkly. This is due to the damage it does to collagen, an essential element in the elasticity of your skin. Of course, sugar isn’t the only culprit. If you don’t eat a healthy diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals, you really aren’t doing yourself any favors. Your body needs essential nutrients to fight free radical damage (which causes wrinkles), so make sure that you feed yourself properly.
  • Aging. Unfortunately, aging happens and there is nothing we can do about it. We can have laser wrinkle removal to hide some of the signs of aging, but there is no way to actually stop yourself from aging.

The eyes aren’t called the windows to the soul for no reason. It is because they tell others who we are, and where we have been. One of the ways in which they do that is through their wrinkles. Perhaps you have laughed a lot, spent a lot of time in the sun, worried a lot. All of it will show on your eyes, and the older you get, the more it will show. But you should be ok with having your eyes tell the story of you, because it is what has made you and formed you, and you should be proud of who you are.

That being said, most of us would like to do what we can to slow down the visible signs of aging. The best chance you have to achieve that is by remembering that you should prevent as much as possible, as that is always better than cure. Eat well, look after yourself and relax often, and you should be fine.

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