Often, one of the first things people notice about another person is their eyes. They say “The eyes are the window to your soul”, but what they forgot to say was that they are also often the biggest blabber-mouths telling everyone your age!
Why Do the Eyes Show the Signs of Aging First?
The skin around the eye area is some of the most sensitive, thin, and delicate found in our bodies. There are also fewer oil glands and collagen production in that area which makes it more susceptible to dryness, wrinkles, fine lines (crow’s feet), and droopiness.
Many overlook their eye area when using skincare products, and they do this for good reason. If you look at the directions of most products it says “avoid eye area” right there on the label!
This leaves our poor eyes out of even the most basic skincare routines, i.e.moisturizing, cleansing, etc. It is no wonder they give away our most private info to strangers! While many products are not made to be used around the delicate eye area, many were created for just that purpose and you should be using one every day.
What Is This Chicken Skin under My Eyes?
Normally, this is caused by a harmless skin condition called keratosis pilaris and can present as tiny bumps that look like little whiteheads clumped together closely resembling chicken skin. No one wants chicken skin under their eyes, except maybe a chicken.
This bumpy, uneven skin may also be a result of other skin issues like Mila or maybe you just have prominent sebaceous glands. The best way to find out why you have chicken skin under your eyes is to consult your dermatologist.
This way, you can learn exactly what you are dealing with and decide the best treatment to eliminate it. Treatments can range from a topical cream to laser treatments but under-eye chicken skin can be treated and corrected. No one has to live with under-eye chicken skin!
Can I Improve the Skin Texture Around My Eyes at Home?
If the issues under your eyes are not too severe they might respond to some topical solutions. To get rid of crepey skin under my eyes you should:
- Moisturize skin under the eyes – to protect and preserve the delicate skin in the eye and under-eye area, we should be using moisturizers that are formulated specifically for these areas and sink deep to deliver much-needed hydration. Avoid using your facial moisturizer around your eyes as it is probably too strongly concentrated to use on this delicate area.
- Choose good quality products – the skin around your eyes is delicate and thin but it still deserves some extras! Look for creams made specifically for the eye area containing ingredients like:
- Retinol, derived from vitamin A, fosters cell regrowth and the production of collagen. It penetrates deep within the skin and improves the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines;
- Hyaluronic acid to boost hydration;
- Caffeine and Vitamin K will help lessen the appearance of dark circles;
- An eye cream with green tea would be a great choice for use in the morning. Its antioxidant properties will offer protection all day against environmental damage that can fast-track the aging process;
- Eye gel and a chilled jade roller work wonder on puffy eyes.
- Use care in applying products around the eye area so you do not stretch this delicate skin. The best way to apply eye cream is by patting it on using a very light touch with your pinky finger.
- Create a routine and stick with it. A good skincare regime is one of the keys to healthy skin. Most, importantly do not forget your eyes because, as we previously discussed, they are not very forgiving!
How Can I Rejuvenate the Eye Area?
Sometimes, try as you might, the damage in the eye area has already been done and over-the-counter solutions are just not enough. It is also possible that genetics played a part in the dark circles or thinning skin appearing in the eye area even though you did everything right!
The good news is that there have been a great number of advancements in non-invasive cosmetic procedures that can alleviate many issues in the eye area. Whether your issues include dark circles, puffiness, crepey skin, or wrinkles there is a solution available that can help.
Non-Surgical Solutions to Tighten Skin Under Eyes
You can get your eyes done using radiofrequency assisted lipolysis (RFAL) and skip the surgery! Accutite uses RFAL to tighten skin and liquefy fat cells if needed. It can be used to target the smallest of areas safely and can eliminate fat deposits under the eyes (eye bags) or correct the look of crepey skin.
Morpheus8 is a microneedling treatment that also uses radiofrequency to tighten the skin under eyes and firm it as well as stimulate collagen production. It can be used to treat dark undereye circles, eye bags and improve the overall texture and look of the skin under the eyes and surrounding the eye area.
CoolPeel® is a laser treatment that is done using cutting-edge laser technology that can intricately target its output to perform skin resurfacing without the lingering heat that could potentially damage surrounding areas. CoolPeel® can be used to reduce crepey skin in the under-eye area and alleviate eye bags.
4. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers such as Restylane® and Juvéderm® are two of many types of fillers used at SurgiCare Arts. They last from a year to 5 years depending on the filler used but are temporary require maintenance.
Eye bags, dark circles, and hollows around the eyes can be almost completely corrected with the use of strategically administered dermal fillers. Lost volume can be restored to the under-eye area and it can also be used to lift the cheeks correcting shifting and displaced fat creating a very natural refreshed look.
Dermal fillers are not capable of fixing wrinkles so Botox may be used in conjunction with a filler for optimal results.
Botox is used to block nerve impulses that cause a muscle to contract resulting in the appearance of a wrinkle. With the nerve blocked, the muscle can not move and this is how Botox reduces the appearance of wrinkles. It only works to reduce wrinkles in areas that are affected by muscles that perform repetitive motions such as the lines between the eyebrows or crow’s feet on the sides of the eyes etc.
Botox is temporary and must be maintained about every 4-6 months. Many people think that you should wait until you begin to get wrinkles to use Botox but actually, it is recommended that you start using it to prevent wrinkles from even starting.
6. ORI-OR™ Skincare
Using quality skincare products is a must in maintaining the health of your skin. Dr. Angelina Posteov, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon developed a line of skin care products with this in mind. It is free from irritating additives and is effective but also safe to use in the sun.
The Ori-Or skincare line can be found in the SurgiCare Arts online store.
Surgical Solution Lower Blepharoplasty
Sometimes, there are more complex issues around the eye area that can not be corrected with topical remedies, cosmetic treatments, Botox, or fillers. Often with aging, the fat under the eye begins to migrate downward toward the bone and this creates a dark circle directly under the eye, then a pronounced bump that is composed of fat, then another dark indentation.
A dermal filler can not correct this and will make the situation worse. If there are excess wrinkles on both eyelids or your vision is partially impaired due to droopy eyelids you will be best served by having an eye lift or blepharoplasty.
This surgical procedure can be performed on the upper lid, the lower lid, or both. Blepharoplasty is fairly quick, offers dramatic results, and only requires a little over a week of recovery time.
Video: Blepharoplasty Surgery for Crepey Skin under Eyes
All Things Work Together
Many factors contribute to the condition of the sensitive skin around our eyes. Some things we have no control over such as the genes that were handed down to us. But there are many things we can control, and if we want to see glowing healthy skin on our faces and around our eyes, then we need to be deliberate about it.
Healthy eating habits, getting enough sleep, refraining from smoking, and avoiding consumption of excess alcohol can help us avoid eye bags and dark circles. Also, watching our sodium intake and drinking the recommended 64 oz of water a day makes a difference to the health of our skin.
If you are unhappy with the way your eyes look and are interested in a cosmetic procedure to correct this please contact Surgicare Arts for a personal consultation. During your consultation, we can examine your skin and determine which procedure will meet your desired aesthetic outcome.
It is sure to be an “eye-opening” experience! Dr. Angelina Poestoev, a triple-board certified cosmetic surgeon offers many options in and around Atlanta, Georgia area for correcting aesthetic issues related to the delicate eye area.