How to Get Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles. Close up of handsome man with blue eyes

Getting Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles

Posted by Sandra Scott on

Your eyes may be the windows to your soul – but they’re also the first place to show signs of aging. Not to mention sun damage and tiredness!

Fine lines and wrinkles can start to appear on the delicate skin around your eyes as early as your mid 20s.

Your skin makes less collagen as you age – and along with environmental damage – these are the two main culprits.

But there are things you can do to prevent and treat wrinkles under your eyes.

From a simple skin care action plan and some lifestyle changes, to more extreme cosmetic treatments, we’ve got all you need to know to keep your eye area smooth, firm and bright.

We'll show you how to look noticeably younger and fresher right away …


How to Get Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles. Close up of handsome man with blue eyes


We’ll start with what’s causing the skin around your eyes to wrinkle. Because once you know the causes, you can see how to alleviate them.

What Causes Under Eye Wrinkles?

The main reason for lines and wrinkles appearing around your eyes is …. aging.

That’s all down to the loss of collagen as we get older.

Collagen is what gives strength and structure to your skin. It’s the fibrous protein that keeps your skin looking firm, youthful and wrinkle-free.

It also helps maintain your skin's elasticity, so it bounces back after eye movements.

Unfortunately, production of your natural collagen begins to decline as you age. leading to dehydrated skin and wrinkles.

Starting in your late 20’s, your skin starts producing less and less collagen - and with that come wrinkles and crow’s feet around your eyes.

But there are other contributing factors too:

  • Sun damage
    UV rays from unprotected sun exposure break down the collagen in your skin.
  • Smoking
    Smoking exposes your skin to extra oxidative stress, damaging the collagen and elastin.
  • Repetitive movements and facial expressions
    Smiling, frowning, and furrowing your brow, cause fine lines to develop around your eyes.
    And even your sleeping habits can cause wrinkles. Research shows that sleeping with your face buried in your pillow can contribute to lines under your eyes. 
  • Environmental factors
    Dry weather, wind, and pollution can all dry out your skin and contribute to lines and wrinkles around the eyes.


But all is not lost….

Boost Your Collagen Levels to Reduce Wrinkles 

You can’t apply collagen directly to the skin because the molecules are too big to be absorbed.

So how can I strengthen the collagen under my eyes?

You need to use skincare that encourages collagen production and protects the collagen you have.

The right skincare ingredients will boost and strengthen collagen, improving your skin's firmness and overall texture. 

And lifestyle plays a part too.

For example, adding more protein to your diet is a sure way to stimulate more collagen production to make your skin firmer.


ACTION PLAN: How to Get Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles 

5 ways to prevent and treat wrinkles under your eyes – and keep your eye area smooth, firm and bright.

  1. Moisturize your under eye area - day and night
  2. Protect from the sun
  3. Be gentle
  4. Eat a healthy diet
  5. Get planty of sleep



Why is this so important?

There are virtually no oil glands in the under eye area so it’s essential to keep the skin here well hydrated. Lack of moisture will only increase the appearance of fine lines around your eyes.

Do I need a separate eye cream?

The answer is no (and we explain why here).

You just need a good lightweight moisturiser.

Look for light moisturizers that are rich in ingredients shown to promote collagen. Peptides, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera are all backed by years of research and dermatologists.

Our Hydrating Daily Moisturizer is the best face moisturizer out there for hydrating and regenerating your eye area!

It’s a lightweight moisturising gel-cream that sinks in easily, plumping the look of wrinkles and smoothing the texture of your skin.

Delivering benefits that you can see right away, and also build over time.


Getting rid of under eye wrinkles. Otis Hydrating Daily Moisturizer


Why it works: Next level ingredients

Hydrating Daily Moisturiser is packed with wrinkle-fighting ingredients - including peptides, antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and Aloe Vera – that firm and smooth away lines in your eye area.

  • Peptides – Anti aging peptides boost collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve elasticity and firm the skin around your eyes.
  • Antioxidants - they protect the delicate under eye skin from free radical damage that causes signs of aging to appear.
  • Hyaluronic Acid – one of the best, and lightest, hydrating ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid continues improving the moisture level of your skin all day long, improving elasticity, as well as encouraging skin cell renewal. 
  • Vitamin E – An exceptional antioxidant, Vitamin E fights off environmental damage. So it helps to stop signs of aging (like lines and wrinkles) from forming. Vitamin E also encourages collagen production to keep your skin smooth and line-free.
  • Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and adds collagen and hydration when applied to the skin.

Start to Smooth Under Eye Wrinkles Now






The sun’s UV rays are one of the primary causes of wrinkles.

Sun exposure can cause the breakdown of the collagen and elastin that keeps your skin smooth.

So you should protect your eyes—and the delicate skin around them—from the sun with SPF, sunglasses and, if needed, headgear.


Apply an SPF of at least 30 each morning before heading out the door (even if it’s not sunny). It helps to prevent wrinkles, but also helps avoid any discoloration and dark spots too—other consequences of sun damage.

Sunglasses shield your eyes, and the skin around your eyes, from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

It’s one of the best ways to protect the delicate skin and avoid under-eye wrinkles naturally. As well as stopping you from squinting.

Head gear
If you’re going to be in strong direct sunlight for any length of time, then consider grabbing a cap, or brimmed hat. Like sunglasses, a hat will keep you from squinting, an expression that can create wrinkles when repeated often enough.



The eyelids and under-eye area have much thinner skin than the rest of your face. This makes it very sensitive, and easy to irritate. 

That means you need to be gentle with it.

Never rub, stretch or pull on the skin around your eyes. Even pulling on the eye to put in contacts can loosen the eyelid skin.

Always dry your skin by patting dry with a soft towel (not rubbing)

And be gentle when you apply moisturizer to your eye area.

  • Apply one pump of moisturizer to your fingertips.
  • Then tap the moisturizer gently along your cheekbones and around your eye socket using your ring finger. This finger will apply the gentlest pressure and won’t drag the skin.
  • This will hydrate and help to prevent dark circles and puffiness - smoothing and nourishing the whole eye area.



A healthy diet promotes smooth, firm skin.

With plenty of research showing a strong link between a healthy diet and healthy skin.

Four things to prioritize for smoothing under eye wrinkles:

  • Plenty of proteinBoth animal and plant-based proteins strengthen your collagen levels making your skin firmer and less prone to wrinkles.
  • Fruit and Vegetables - These foods are rich in the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help support healthy skin.
  • Omega 3 - Omega-rich foods - like salmon, avocado, and walnuts - encourage a healthy skin barrier.
  • Water - Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated.




There’s nothing better for younger looking eyes than a good night’s sleep.

It’s easier said than done but getting the right amount of sleep is essential to your body’s health and well-being - especially for your eyes.

When you’re asleep, your skin cells repair and rebuild themselves.

And as an extra incentive for an early night, the body also produces new collagen when you’re sleeping – to keep your skin firm and fight off wrinkles.

Everyone requires a different amount of sleep, but experts generally agree on between seven to nine hours of sleep a night.

A Silk pillowcase

Your sleeping position can contribute to lines under your eyes (especially if the same facial muscles are being pushed up against a pillow each night).

A silk pillowcase can help with this.

The super smooth surface of silk reduces friction on your skin, and so reduces facial wrinkles.


Getting rid of under eye wrinkles. Sleep is one of the best remedies


But if you’re really concerned about the wrinkles under your eyes then before you opt for surgery, you could consider a minor cosmetic procedure.

Cosmetic procedures to decrease wrinkles under your eyes 

These can dramatically reduce deep wrinkles around your eyes and improve the smoothness of your skin.

But they should only be performed by a dermatologist or trained aesthetician that you trust.

  • Botox
    A tiny amount of botox is injected into the muscles under your eyes causes the area to relax - decreasing the appearance of wrinkles.
    According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), most people see results in 3 to 7 days, with a significant reduction in wrinkles that lasts for 3 to 4 months. 
  • Dermal fillers
    Fillers are injected into the skin under or around the eyes to “plump” out any lines. The effect is temporary, with most products giving results that last 6 months to 2 years.
  • Lasers
    Lasers are becoming increasingly popular as a treatment for under-eye lines and wrinkles.
    Several types of laser treatment are available.
    Fractional lasers work by poking microscopic holes into the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
    Not for the faint hearted, but the results can be impressive!

Dark circles and under eye bags 

Having thin skin around the eyes also means this area comes with specific problems like:

  • Dark Circles– Tiny blood vessels can be seen through the delicate under eye skin and as a result dark circles appear.
  • Under Eye Bags - Fluid can collect under your eyes causing puffiness and eye bags.




Getting rid of under eye wrinkles. Close up of handsome man with smooth skin under eyes



Are peptides or retinol better for under eye wrinkles?

Retinol and peptides are both very effective at smoothing out wrinkles.

But peptides are less irritating than retinol, making them better for sensitive areas like the skin under your eyes.

Peptides help to stimulate collagen production plumping the skin's structure to strengthen and firm skin.


Is it too late to reduce wrinkles under my eyes?


Moisturising the eye area will always improve the smoothness and texture of your skin.

Choose a moisturiser that encourages collagen production (and protects the collagen you have) and it will smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve elasticity and firm the skin around your eyes.

Peptides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants are all backed by years of research and proven to reduce wrinkles and keep your skin looking firm and youthful.


Do I need a separate eye cream?


It’s essential to keep the skin around your eyes well hydrated, but you don’t need to buy a separate eye cream.

A lightweight facial moisturiser is fine. Even better if it includes anti-aging ingredients



The Takeaway

Fine lines and wrinkles can start to appear on the delicate skin under your eyes as early as your mid 20s.

As you age your skin makes less collagen, the protein that provides structure for your skin.

On top of this, environmental damage and the constant movement of the eyes also accelerate the appearance of lines and wrinkles in this area.

But these 5 rules will help to prevent and treat wrinkles under your eyes, keeping your eye area smooth, firm and bright:

  1. Moisturize your under eye area - day and night
  2. Protect from the sun
  3. Be gentle
  4. Eat a healthy diet
  5. Get plenty of sleep

And making you look noticeably younger and fresher.

All you need to stay looking handsome. 





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