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You might think under-eye wrinkles are age-related and something that, if you're in your twenties or early thirties, you don't need to think about. Now, first things first, there is nothing wrong with wrinkles! Facial lines can show the world you smile, are animated and have a zest for life, but if you want to soften the look of lines then that's okay too.
Fine lines and wrinkles can occur for a couple of reasons. The first is dehydration which can hit at any age if you're not getting enough sleep, not drinking enough water or not taking care of your eyes with skincare. That's why even in your teens and twenties you might notice fine lines tracing their way along the thin skin around your eyes.
The second reason lines and wrinkles appear is because, as we age, our body's collagen production starts to slow. Collagen is a building block of plump, bouncy skin and production starts to slow from age 25. Of course, genetics and lifestyle play a part in how fast and steep the decline in collagen is but eventually we will all start to notice fine lines and wrinkles.
The skin is thinner around the eyes which means they are often one of the first places you notice those pesky lines and wrinkles but don't worry, it's easy to rehydrate (read: plump) dehydration lines and trigger your skin to produce more collagen. Keep reading for the 5 skincare ingredients you need to use to get rid of under-eye lines and wrinkles (or at least help them look less visible!)
Applying Vitamin C topically to the skin for 12 weeks was found to increase collagen production around the eye area in one study. It also helped to boost hydration in the skin, which in turn helps to reduce the look of fine lines.
Top Tip: You don't need to use separate eye products! Your usual serums and creams can work, just be sure not to use too much product as you don't want to overload the delicate skin as this can lead to puffiness.
Glycerin is a humectant that draws moisture from outside into the skin. The more hydrated the thin skin around your eyes is, the less chance you have for fine lines to show up. When your eye area is looking particularly parched reach for these patches...
Purslane is a succulent plant and the extract has so many great skincare benefits. It's rich in Vitamins A, C and E and it's an antioxidant, which means it protects the skin from environmental aggressors like pollution and UV rays. It's packed with skin-nurturing minerals and nourishing omega-3. In short, it's a bit of a wonder ingredient for tackling existing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as preventing them.
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, it's a pretty incredible anti-ageing ingredient that does almost everything from smoothing skin texture, whilst also reducing wrinkles and pigmentation. Unless you have very sensitive skin you can tap a retinol-based formula around the eye area.
Top Tip: As with any skincare product you just want to make sure not to get it into your eyes. If you tap your ring finger lightly under your eye you will feel the edge of a bone, this is the orbital bone—use this as a guide for where to apply the cream around your eyes.
Peptides are fragments of protein and made up of chains of amino acids that work like cell communicators to tell your skin to act young by producing more collagen and elastin.