The wrinkles around your eyes are usually the first ones to appear; they pop up all of a sudden and once you notice them it’s difficult not to become fixated.

At first they may be the temporary kind, caused by alcohol, sleep deficiency, stress or over-exposure to the sun. These can be treated just by modifying your behaviour, and recently we wrote an article focussed on doing just that.

After a while, however, the fine lines that you’ve acquired around your eyes will stop disappearing all by themselves. You’ll notice your makeup beginning to settle in them and perhaps even the first signs of crow’s feet. But why does this happen?

Causes of Eye Wrinkles

The skin around the eyes is the thinnest in the whole body, and the expressions that you make every day cause it to wrinkle and fold. Over time, as your skin naturally loses collagen and elasticity as you age, your skin will stop springing back into its former, smooth position, and these wrinkles and folds will become permanent.

Preventing Eye Wrinkles

If you’re still lucky enough to be at a stage when eye wrinkles are still preventable, then it’s best to do this in three ways:


Unsurprisingly, healthy eating can play a big part in slowing the ageing process. You will have heard the term ‘super foods’ being thrown around the media, and while they’re not a fix-all solution, eating a diet high in these things can help. Include products like oily fish, nuts and seeds, plenty of fruit and vegetables, dark chocolate and green tea.

Sun Protection

The delicate skin around your eyes is easily damaged by the sun, so it’s essential to use a specifically designed high SPF. Wearing sunglasses on a regular basis will also drastically reduce wrinkles caused by squinting.

Skincare Products

When it comes to eye creams and serums, there are a few ingredients that you should look out for. Hexapeptides work similarly to botulinum toxin to reduce muscle movement, idebenone (a smaller version of coenzyme Q10) is a powerful antioxidant, retinol (a vitamin A derivative) thickens the skin to make it look less transparent, and peptides stimulate collagen production.

Eye Wrinkle Treatments

There are a number of non-surgical cosmetic procedures available that can effectively treat eye wrinkles, and each is most suited to different types.

Botulinum Toxin Injections

These injections are best suited to crow’s feet, frown, worry and ‘bunny’ lines – also known as ‘dynamic’ wrinkles.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers do exactly that, they ‘fill in’ the deeper, permanent wrinkles that botulinum toxin injections are unable to treat.

Ablative Treatment

Treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser treatments are indicated for facial rejuvenation, and encourage the skin to produce new collagen which will reduce fine lines and tighten the skin.

Save Face

For more information on any of the above procedures, please take a look at the Save Face information pages. There you will find useful fact sheets, industry reviews, consumer checklists and also the Save Face Standards for Accreditation. These are the standards against which all Save Face Accredited Practitioners are vetted to ensure their safety.

If you are thinking of having a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, choosing a Save Face Accredited practitioner is the only way to guarantee that your treatment is administered by a qualified, trained and certified medical professional.

Use the Save Face search engine today and stay safe – not sorry.


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