Under-eye wrinkles are an inevitable part of getting older. While you can’t prevent them entirely, there are certain steps you can take to slow down the development of fine lines under your eyes. Check out our top tips👇.
Tip #1: Focus on being extremely gentle with eye makeup application and removal
Any tugging, stretching or pulling of the eyelids or area around the eye is a surefire way to accelerate the formation of wrinkles.
When it comes to application, replace harsh brushes with soft ones and try to apply them very lightly. Better yet, choose a creamy stick shadow over a powder formula or forgo eyeshadow completely. The same goes for eyeliner - do not pull or stretch the lid during application.
When removing eye makeup choose a gentle remover. Avoid drying alcohol-based formulas and choose oil-based formulas (like our Soothing Coconut Eye Balm, designed specifically for this), that have lots of slip, which makes it glide easily. If you need cotton pads, choose ultra-soft versions (like our Reusable Velvet Bamboo Pads - again, specifically designed for this!).
Tip #2: Sun protection all day, every day
We know that UV exposure accelerates the formation of wrinkles.
The eyes are particularly vulnerable to sun exposure for two reasons; 1) The eyes are often forgotten when it comes to sun cream application, 2) We also squint when we're in the sun - so it's a double whammy.
Apply a mineral SPF right up to the lash line (our recommendation is Sarah Chapman's Eye Insurance) and wear very large UV400 protective sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat, especially when driving to help offer protection and reduce the need to squint to see.
Tip #3: Work hard at sleep
Sleep itself is incredibly important to the repair and restoration of the cells within the skin, so prioritising 7-9 hours of good beauty sleep has been scientifically proven to improve the appearance of the skin.
In addition to this, watch your sleep posture. Sleeping on the side can accelerate the development of fine lines if your face is 'scrunched' in the pillow for hours at a time and sleeping on your back can help.
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