Have you ever had someone say to you, “are you tired? You look tired” As you’re thinking… “I feel great, I actually got 8 hours of sleep, I’m running on a grande latte and I have my good mascara on! how rude.” Well one thing that can make you look more tired than you actually are is excess eye wrinkles. These few tips will help prevent eye wrinkles and make you look as refreshed as you’re feeling.
1. Wear Sunglasses- Squinting from the glare of the sun can not only cause crows feet it can also make frown lines and forehead lines worse too. Invest in a few pairs of sunglasses. Keep a pair in your purse, home, car, etc… so you always have one handy when needed.
2. Sunscreen- If I haven’t been clear in my previous posts, applying sunscreen is a MUST. It is inexcusable to not apply moisturizer with SPF every morning. Travel size bottles of sunscreen or powdered sunscreens make it easy to keep at your desk, in your purse, the the glove box, etc…
3. Rubbing Your Eyes- it may be a hard habit to break because most of the time we don’t realize we are doing it! The skin around our eyes is particularly delicate, so rubbing causes that thin skin to fold .
4. Sleeping on your side/stomach- when your face is scrunched in a pillow, the skin stays folded in that position for possibly hours. Try sleeping on your back.
5. Retin-A– aka Tretinoin is a prescription vitamin A derivative that speeds up cell turnover rates, rapidly exfoliating the skin. This exfoliation can soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The skin around the eye is very sensitive. I recommend starting with a low strength of Retin-A and only using it 2x/week. If your skin can tolerate it you can increase how often you are using it. Talk to your Derm to see if this prescription medication is right for you.
6. Botox- This is not only a treatment for crows feet but can also be preventive. If you temporarily paralyze the muscle around the eye you are unable to make the squinting expression that causes crows feet. Botox typically lasts 3-4 months.
Combining good habits and a regimen from your Dermatologist/Derm PA, can help decrease the look of wrinkles around the eyes…start now if you haven’t already!