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.
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.”