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Dermatological Recommendations On How To Get Rid Of Under Eye Wrinkles

As your skin ages, you may start to notice fine lines and wrinkles starting to appear underneath or in the corners of the eyes.  Firstly know this is completely natural, normal and healthy, and the lines you see are a reflection of a life well lived.

If you are still reading this, however, it means you may not like the appearance and you may want to soften or reduce them, which is also natural, normal, and healthy.  With age, the ability to replenish collagen naturally decreases by about 1.0%-1.5% per year.

This natural decrease in collagen, combined with repeated facial expression movements that stretch the tissues over and over again, is one of the characteristic hallmarks associated with the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles, particularly surrounding the eye area.

The skin around your eyes is particularly delicate and thin, making it more prone to showing early signs of aging.

In our article, we’re diving deep into the world of undereye & eye fine lines and wrinkles. We’ll explore the different types of under eye wrinkles, along with topical and medical treatments if you are looking to lessen these particular signs of aging.

What are Eye Wrinkles?

Wrinkles around the eye area are commonly known as undereye wrinkles if they occur in the area underneath the eye, and crow’s feet if they are located in the outer corners of the eyes (most visible when smiling or laughing).

They are a natural part of the aging process as skin loses elasticity from the slowdown in natural collagen production, along with the natural breakdown from aging (which occurs primarily from UV radiation…so don’t forget to wear sunscreen). This delicate area of skin is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of the face, which makes it prone to showing signs of aging more quickly.

Factors such as repeated facial expressions in a person with a highly expressive face, unprotected and prolonged sun or UV sunbed exposure, and a natural decrease in collagen production from the natural process of aging, can bring on and exacerbate the presence of wrinkles.  While some under eye wrinkles are fine and only visible with a wide smile, others can be deeper and appear more prominently even at rest.

Types of Under Eye Wrinkles

Types of Under Eye Wrinkles

If you want to effectively treat the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, it’s essential to distinguish between the different types:

Dynamic Wrinkles

These are the wrinkles that appear when you make normal facial movements and express natural emotions.  Over time, these repeated motions along with natural collagen reduction, cause fine lines and wrinkles to become more pronounced or deeper, and appear consistently, possibly even at rest.

Static Wrinkles

Unlike dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles are continuously visible on your skin regardless of facial movements. They often develop as a natural part of the aging process and, of course, can be influenced by factors like sun exposure, an inflammatory diet high in processed foods, refined sugars or alcohol, and unhealthy lifestyle practices such as smoking, excessive drinking of alcohol, or sun tanning, for example.

Wrinkle Folds

These are even deeper than static wrinkles and can be harder to diminish. Wrinkle folds are often more about loss of structure and volume in the skin, which requires an entirely different approach to treatment.

Dermatological Recommended Remedies for The Appearance of Wrinkles

Below, we dive into a mix of home remedies and medical wrinkle treatments designed to fade those aging signs, tailored for various tastes and needs. Whether you’re into easy, natural fixes or thinking about getting some professional dermatology work done, our guide is here to help you figure out the best path for you.

Consider using product with Retinol or Bakuchiol

Retinol, a powerful derivative of Vitamin A, stands as a formidable weapon in getting rid of under-eye wrinkles. Dermatologically proven to boost collagen production and accelerate cell turnover, it promotes smoother, more luminous under-eye skin. Retinols do have their downsides for those with sensitive skin.

Bakuchiol, is a plant-extracted alternative to Retinol that is gentler and milder, and doesn’t cause common Retinol reactions in skin such as redness, flaking, or irritation.  Huna Rosehip Brightening Glow Oil contains 1% Bakuchiol for brightening skin and fading sun spots and dark marks.

Moisturizing your under-eye area

Maintaining hydration in the around the eye area is essential. Dryness can accentuate wrinkles, making them more noticeable. Choose a light hydrating eye cream enriched with vegan-sourced hyaluronic acid to retain hydration and help plump the appearance of skin to look more hydrated.

Huna Firming Vegan Eye Cream is formulated with vegan hyaluronic acid and firming botanical extracts like witch hazel, sea kelp, and seaweed, that effectively hydrate, firm, tone, and nourish the delicate skin around the eye area.

Sealing in hydration with an oil

Using an eye cream that contains a natural moisturizing and nourishing skin-safe oil, such as organic camellia oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, castor oil, or borage oil, is a great strategy for maintaining supple and hydrated skin, particularly in delicate areas such as the undereye. These oils are rich in essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, natural lipids, and vitamins, aiding in the softening and moisturizing of skin.

This keeps skin looking supple, hydrated and soft in appearance, which can significantly reduce the appearance lines and wrinkles, especially when applied prior to cosmetic application as it makes cosmetics apply smoother and with more ease. However, you should always conduct a spot test first to ensure any eye cream or oil is compatible with you, given the heightened sensitivity of the skin under the eyes.

Trying Facial Massages

Regular facial massages or lymph massages aid in treating under-eye wrinkles by stimulating blood circulation. They also drain lymph fluid that has collected and encourage lymph to flow, which reduces the appearance of puffiness or inflammation in the face, including undereye bags.

When massaged gently using fingers, a Gua Sha or Jade Roller facial tool, the increased blood flow carries oxygenated blood cells and nutrients to the skin and under-eye area, promoting collagen production, encouraging healthy skin cell turnover, and promoting lymph flow and drainage.

Applying Face Masks

Treat yourself to a hydrating eye mask or, better yet, try multitasking with a full face natural mask that extends its benefits to the under-eye area. Ingredients like hydrating cucumber, anti-inflammatory toning witch hazel, and antioxidant-rich green tea, can help soothe and de-puff.

 Using SPF Sun Protection and Sun Glasses

Sun exposure from natural sunlight or UV tanning beds, is the number one cause of prematurely sagging skin and loss of elasticity from breakdown in collagen. In other words, unprotected sun exposure causes eye wrinkles and sagging skin. Protecting your under-eye area from UV damage during the day is very important.

A natural and mineral-based (non-nano Zinc oxide active) broad-spectrum SPF 30 (or higher) can help prevent skin damage and protect collagen, while wide sun glasses with 100 percent UVA and UVB absorbent protection, or UV 400 are also essential. Make sunscreen a non-negotiable step in your morning skincare ritual and your skin 25 years from now will be singing your praises.

Be gentle when applying products

When dealing with the under-eye area and applying skin care products, be gentle. The skin here is among the thinnest on your body and requires tender handling. Avoid tugging and pulling, by instead lightly tapping your eye cream or serum instead of rubbing it in.

Try using your ring finger to apply eye cream, as it naturally applies the least amount of pressure. This safeguards against early signs of aging from tugging or handling skin too roughly, and can prevent under-eye wrinkles from showing up prematurely or from progressing further.

Eating a Healthy Wholesome Diet

A nutrient-dense diet rich in healthy wholesome vegetables, fruits, and wild foods can do wonders for your skin, including the under-eye area. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, and vitamins A, C, and E, are all frequently used in skincare products because they contribute to skin health and improved skin texture and appearance.

Incorporate plenty of organic fruits, vegetables, wholesome seeds & grains, wild foods, and healthy fats into your diet to nourish your skin from the inside out.

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol

Certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, eating highly processed or sugar-rich foods, chronic dehydration, repeated unprotected sun exposure, and living a high-stress lifestyle, can all accelerate the aging process and cause premature wrinkles.

By making healthy choices for your body, you’re not only protecting your overall health but also safeguarding the youthful look of your skin, including the area around the eye.

Microneedling to reduce deep wrinkles and stimulate collagen production

Microneedling is a minimally invasive aesthetic cosmetic procedure designed which is designed to stimulate collagen production and improve the texture and firmness of your skin. Also known as a collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves puncturing fine, tiny holes in the skin to encourage skin cell renewal and stimulate the body’s natural healing response.

While it might not be for the faint of heart, it can be remarkably effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly the deeper wrinkles that remain stubborn.

Use products with the right ingredients

Not all skincare products are created equal. When it comes to targeting lines and wrinkles around the eyes, the best under eye wrinkle products contain ingredients that have scientific backing. Here are a few worth considering:

Hyaluronic Acid

A natural humectant that draws moisture into the skin, making it an excellent ingredient to maintain the skin under your eyes hydrated while reducing wrinkles.  Be sure to look for vegan options.


An amino acid that can increase the amount of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, providing it with greater strength and structure.

Sea Kelp & Seaweed

Ocean-based ingredients that have been studied for their firming, puffiness-reducing, and anti-aging properties.


Caffeine is able to stimulate blood circulation in order to draw blood flow to the undereye area, which reduces the appearance of dark undereye circles.

Green Tea

Green tea contains rich bioflavonoids that have shown promise in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes.

Calendula, Helichrysum, Cornflower

Botanicals with anti-inflammatory properties, such as Calendula, Helichrysum (Immortelle), and Cornflower, contain phytoactives which are effective at reducing the appearance of puffiness, inflammation and bags around eyes.

Consult a professional person

In some cases, professional intervention may be the most effective route, especially for those with deeply set under-eye lines and wrinkles or a desire for more pronounced or dramatic solutions. Dermatologists, medical aestheticians, and other skincare specialists can offer tailored advice and treatments suited to your skin’s specific needs.

Considering injectables for eye wrinkle treatment

For those looking to get rid of wrinkles fast, injectables could be the answer for you. They are reported to be minimally invasive and can smooth out wrinkles, fine lines, and creases under the eyes with a quick turnaround time, leaving you with a more youthful, rested appearance.

Be cautioned however, as both Botox and Hyaluronic acid injectable fillers have recently been reported to clog lymph fluid and interfere with lymph flow, so doing your own research and speaking to your physician about your concerns is important.  Here’s a primer on the injectables commonly used:

Anti-Aging Injectables

These prescription injections work by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where they’re injected, which prevents the muscle from contracting and softens the appearance of wrinkles.

Botox Injectables

A popular choice for minimizing the appearance of wrinkles such as the 11’s between the brows, forehead wrinkles, and nasolabial folds or laugh lines, Botox injections can provide noticeable improvements with little to no downtime and a turnaround time of 1-2 weeks for the Botox effects to kick in.  It typically lasts 3-4 months before you’ll require another treatment.

Dermal Filler

These injectables add plumpness and volume to areas that have lost volume while smoothing wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid fillers have been used to add volume when volume has been lost under the eyes, as they can provide natural-looking results when used correctly.

However ensure that you seek a highly trained and reputable medical professional that has plenty of experience injecting hyaluronic filler under the eye area successfully, as this is an area that can be performed poorly by someone with a lack of experience or training, which delivers less than ideal visual results. It’s your face…invest in expertise.

Tear Trough Fillers

Designed to specifically address hollowing and dark circles under the eyes, tear trough fillers can make an improvement to the appearance of under-eye wrinkles.

Which Treatment Is The Best for Your  Under Eye Wrinkles


Which Treatment Is The Best for Your  Under Eye Wrinkles?

When it comes to choosing the best treatment for your under eye wrinkles, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Your best course of action will depend on factors such as the severity of your wrinkles, your skin type, your desired results, and your personal level of comfort around aging and treatments.

For those seeking organic, natural and gentle approaches, Huna’s organic, plant-based, sustainable and high-performance product line offers an array of Skin Health focused products designed to soothe, nourish, and combat aging without compromising your health, safety, or the environment.


How can I tighten the skin under my eyes?

In addition to the recommendations above, incorporating ingredients such as caffeine, botanical astringents, seaweed, sea kelp, and vitamin K into your skincare routine can help tighten, firm and tone skin and reduce the appearance of under eye bags and puffiness.

Gua sha, facial massage, facial yoga, and facial exercises are all effective techniques to either drain lymph fluid and encourage lymph flow, develop and work the facial and neck muscles, and reduce inflammation and swelling, which will also give the appearance of tighter, toned, and firmer skin.

Why do I have lines under my eyes in my youth?

Under-eye lines which appear at a young age such as the young 20’s, can be a result of several factors, including genetics, sun exposure, lack of sleep, stress, and dehydration.

It’s crucial to protect your skin from a young age by wearing sunscreen, drinking plenty of water to eliminate toxins, and adopt a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet, plenty of sleep, and ways to effectively manage and cope with stress.

Does coffee cause under eye wrinkles?

Caffeine, when applied topically, can actually help reduce fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes by constricting blood vessels and reducing inflammation. However, excessive consumption of coffee, along with insufficient hydration, can contribute to chronic dehydration, which can make wrinkles and fine lines more noticeable and exacerbated.

 Try reducing your caffeine intake by switching to herbal teas, and increase your intake of water and hydrating foods such as cucumber, grapefruit, watermelon, and pears.


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