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Your skin becomes less firm as it ages. Genetic and environmental factors influence how soon fine lines and wrinkles appear on your face. Among the most noticeable places on your face where lines would start to show up is the area under your eyes that’s above your cheeks.
While it is normal for anyone to have lines under their eyes as part of the aging process, it can make some people more self-conscious. If you are one of them, you have to know the causes of fine lines so that you can address them appropriately with simple remedies.
What causes lines and wrinkles to form under the eyes?
Genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors can cause lines to form under your eyes. Although genetics is out of your control, you can still do something about the environmental and lifestyle factors.
UV radiation – the environmental factor
UV radiation is an invisible yet harmful form of energy that comes from the sun. It encourages the formation of free radicals on the surface of your skin that strips your cells of electrons. Without electrons, your skin cells become less stable and able to hold on to your facial muscles over time. Frequent exposure to UV rays will make fine lines and wrinkles appear earlier, and those who work under the sun over long periods are expected to have these facial issues. However, frequent use of tanning beds can also lead to increased UV exposure.
Smoking – the lifestyle factor
Cigarette smoke contains many free radicals, which, similar to UV radiation, undermines the stability and structure of your skin cells. Nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco products also compete with oxygen in your bloodstream, which reduces the flow of oxygen that your cells need. Because of this, it is unsurprising that there is a high correlation between facial wrinkles and smoking in both women and men.
How to get rid of under-eye lines and wrinkles at home
Although fine lines under your eyes are inevitable as you age, you can do something to prevent them from appearing early. At the same time, there are home remedies and skincare products that you may try yourself to reduce the fine lines.
Tighten your skin through facial exercises
Facial exercises help keep the muscles beneath your skin, particularly those muscles close to your cheekbone, rigid. The rigidity would help keep the skin above the muscles attached firmly. While studies and evidence of its effectiveness are still limited, there is no harm trying to exercise the muscles on your face.
Exfoliate your face’s skin
Exfoliation will remove old, dry, wrinkled skin and encourage the formation of new skin. However, when buying exfoliants, be sure that you read the labels first. Make sure that the exfoliant or skin rub you use is appropriate for your skin type and sensitivity.
Moisturize around your eyes
Eye creams and moisturizers help retain moisture in your skin cells, keeping them firm. Look for moisturizers that are rich in Vitamin A and E. Vitamin A helps the skin repair itself while Vitamin E helps the skin protect itself against free radicals. Apply moisturizers on the area below your eyes every morning after you bathe and after every evening wash before you go to bed.
If you are a smoker, the first step towards getting rid of fine lines under your eyes is to quit smoking. Because of the harmful effects that smoking gives, your body, including your skin, would begin healing and regenerating itself once smoking is stopped.
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