Eye wrinkles are a natural course of aging, but certain things can encourage them to set in—too much sun exposure, smoking, stress. There are many expensive cosmetic treatments for eye wrinkles, and there are equally good inexpensive natural treatments. The skin under and around the eyes is very delicate, and requires continual hydration to stay youthful—read on.
1. Coconut oil
Many of the treatments on this list are oils; body lipids and oils are necessary for maintaining healthy skin, and decrease as we age—replacing them with other natural oils is a way to stay youthful. Coconut oil works very well for reducing wrinkles, especially when used consistently for a few weeks. Massage a small amount of coconut oil into the epidermis under your eyes—before bed is a good time, as it gives your face a long stretch of time to absorb the oil’s benefit.
2. Grape seed oil
Another oil: grape seed, which is often used in massage, for its deeply hydrating quality. Grape seed oil is packed with antioxidants, like proanthocyanidins, which repair cellular damage related to age, reducing the signs of aging. Applied to a dry epidermis, grape seed oil is a strong moisturizer; a dry epidermis is far more likely to get wrinkly.
Cucumbers are some of the most water-heavy vegetables on earth, which makes them a good choice for beauty treatments—they’ve been used towards that end for many years. Cucumbers reduce both eye-lid wrinkles and crow’s feet, with their combination of hydration and antioxidants. Placing cucumber slices on your eyes, for twenty minutes or so, is a relaxing way to reduce eye wrinkles.
Another watery fruit, avocados are good for the epidermis and decrease the appearance of eye wrinkles. Avocado oil helps the skin look more youthful—hydration again. Their high fat content reduces wrinkles. Slice an avocado and place a slice over each eye, covering the under eye area as well. Leave the avocado on for fifteen minutes, pressing gently occasionally to let the natural oils soak in and nourish your skin.
5. Castor oil
A rich moisturizer, castor oil is one of the oldest known anti-aging treatments. After washing your face in the evening, apply a few drops of castor oil under your eyes, and massage them in. You can treat your skin with castor oil once or twice a week after the wrinkles have diminished, to keep them at bay. Remember not to over-moisturize; this may bring on puffy eyes.
6. Orange juice
Freshly squeezed juice, not store bought stuff, is what we mean here. The antioxidant vitamin C in oranges and other citrus fruits supports the immune system, which is reflected in a clear complexion. Using a cotton swab, press fresh orange juice into the skin around your eyes, morning and evening. Be careful not to get any into your eyes. Keep this up for a few weeks, and you’ll start seeing a decrease in lines and wrinkles.
7. Egg whites
A widely used home beauty ingredient, egg whites tighten skin to reduce wrinkles, and they prevent premature wrinkles from appearing. Paint a layer of egg white under and around your eyes, and only keep it on until the skin starts feeling pulled—this skin is delicate, and the egg whites can pull it too much, which will cause loose, saggy eye bags.
8. Rose water
Rose water, which you can make yourself or buy in a health store, tones and reinvigorates the skin—it treats wrinkles and prevents loosening. Dab a few drops of rose water under the eyes, and allow it to air dry, soaking into the skin. Try this treatment twice a day to treat under-eye wrinkles and keep new lines away.
Pineapple juice has an enzyme called bromelain, which is both an anti-inflammatory agent and an alpha hydroxy acid—this latter element treats wrinkles. Also, pineapple has astringent qualities, which help to exfoliate the skin of dead cells and stray pollutants. Apply a bit of pineapple juice to the areas around and below your eyes, and leave it on for a few minutes before washing off. As with the orange juice, be careful not to get any in your eyes—it stings.
10. Vitamin E oil
A strongly healing compound, vitamin E decreases and prevents wrinkles under the eyes. It also reduces scars and stretch marks; its thick oil thoroughly hydrates a dry epidermis. The antioxidants in vitamin E lubricate around the eye, preventing new wrinkles from forming, and decreasing the appearance of existing wrinkles. Before retiring for the night, squeeze the oil from a vitamin E capsule and massage it into under-eye wrinkles. Or, pick up a small bottle of vitamin E oil for the same purpose.