Laugh lines? Bah! My eyes are mak­ing me look older than I am! How can I help?

You could walk around rais­ing your brows to get a lit­tle lift. Just jok­ing! There are so many bet­ter ways to make your eye area look firmer, fresher and younger.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty -

If you have un­der-eye wrin­kles

Ev­ery­one (we re­peat: ev­ery­one!) has lines un­der their eyes. And that’s not a bad thing – it’s nat­u­ral! “If you tried fill­ing ev­ery last wrin­kle there, you’d look like a blow-up bal­loon,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Doris Day. She uses a thin hyaluronic acid filler to plump fine lines ju­di­ciously; the re­sults last sev­eral months to a few years. For no-ap­point­ment-nec­es­sary grat­i­fi­ca­tion, get a good mois­tur­is­ing eye cream ( look for one with hyaluronic acid or glyc­erin on the in­gre­di­ent list) and then go to town with it. “Lines look so much worse when your skin is dry,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Amy Wech­sler.

If you have crow’s feet

These can dra­mat­i­cally soften – if you so choose – with Bo­tox. The mus­cle here is thick enough to re­lax, and you won’t get the bal­loon ef­fect.

At home, an eye cream with pep­tides or retinol thick­ens skin to help smooth crow’s feet in about a month. “And it’s sur­pris­ingly easy to pre­vent new crow’s feet,” says Dr Wech­sler. They’re caused by squint­ing, so wear sun­glasses when­ever you are out­side.

If you have cre­pi­ness

This is where der­ma­tol­o­gists break out the big guns – of the laser va­ri­ety. “To smooth crepey lids, you typ­i­cally need three to five monthly ses­sions of gen­tle frac­tional laser,” says Dr Wech­sler. Short of that, mois­tur­is­ing eye creams and light-re­flect­ing liq­uid shad­ows down­play cre­pi­ness.

If you have sag­ging eye­lids

Dr Wech­sler has a holistic fix for this one: “When you’re sleep-de­prived, ev­ery­thing droops more.” So yes, get some rest!

Less holistic: “A lit­tle Bo­tox un­der the brow can lift up the eye­lid by a mil­lime­tre or two.”

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