Eye wrinkles, bags and hollows: 3 ways to treat ageing eye concerns
From under-eye bags and hollows, to thinning skin and wrinkles – we round up the latest skincare and make-up fixes as well as in-clinic procedures to tackle maturing eyes.
The skin around our eyes is naturally thinner than anywhere else on our face and only keeps getting more fragile as our collagen and elastin depletes. A lack of oil glands makes this delicate area more prone to dryness as well.
Products to use: Retinol is well regarded as an ingredient for boosting cell renewal, but be sure to look for a formula specially designed for the eye area to avoid any irritation. As skin becomes thin and translucent, veins and blood vessels can become more visible, but they can be easily disguised with concealer.
Treatment to try: Dermapen
Performed by a nurse or qualified skin aesthetician, Dermapen is a microneedling technique that can be used right up under the eyes. “The Dermapen rejuvenates the skin by causing micro injuries resulting in a release of growth factors,” explains Dr Ellen Selkon of Clinic 42. “Along with that, the wound healing boosts collagen and elastin fibres and remodels the skin to make it smoother and tighter.” Ideally, three treatments are recommended three weeks apart, and then one every six months as maintenance. It’s a little uncomfortable but not unbearable and is over reasonably quickly.
Expect to pay around $400 per treatment ($1,000 for 3), or $600 for one treatment of Dermapen and PRP combined
Once upon a time, the lines that twinkle from the corner of our eyes out towards our temples only showed up when we smiled, but as we age they become permanently etched into our skin. They are still our “happy” lines though!
Products to use: Focus on keeping the skin around your eyes hydrated to help the area look smoother and replenished. If your eye cream doesn’t include an SPF, be sure to extend your every-day sunscreen to the orbital bone (eye socket) area and get further protection by wearing sunglasses. Be mindful of where you put shimmery make-up like highlighter because it will accentuate these lines. Enlist a primer that uses light-reflecting pigments to create a flattering soft-focus effect.
Treatment to try: Muscle Relaxant
With this treatment, a muscle relaxant such as Botox is injected to temporarily paralyse a small portion of the circular muscle that surrounds the eye so that when you squint or smile, the outer part of the muscle isn’t able to contract and form lines. “Done well, it can decrease the aging process and elevate the lateral part of the brow,” says Dr Selkon. However, over-treatment can result in an unnaturally “blank” expression and puffiness due to compromised lymphatic drainage. “That’s why a ‘less-is-more’ approach is needed” says Dr Selkon. “It’s important to treat the muscles at the correct depth as they are extremely thin, and if treated incorrectly you can target the incorrect muscle which can result in side-effects.”
Expect the treatment to be relatively painless (just a few tiny pricks), last around three-four months and cost upwards of $300.
Some of us are more prone to hollowing under our eyes simply because of genetics, but it can also occur with age as we lose volume in the face. The trouble is, the shadows that hollowing causes can make us look tired − even when we’re not.
Products to try: Through make-up, use the principle of light to make things appear closer, and less shadowy and dark to recede. Try using a lighter, brighter concealer in the recessed or hollowed area and blend it well so the skin looks more uniform. If you find that blending with your finger or a brush ends up removing more than you’re putting on, try patting with a sponge. The egg-shaped variety makes for a seamless finish and the pointed end fits perfectly into the corner of your eye.
Treatment to try: Filler
One of the most difficult areas to treat, this advanced technique sees a small amount of specific filler (not all fillers are suitable) injected directly into the under-eye hollow. “Some people have under-eye hollows from teenage years and this is a structural problem, while others are a result of aging,” explains Dr Selkon. ”Either way, dermal filler can usually improve the appearance considerably. It will take a couple of weeks to settle properly, but... can last for over a year.”
Expect the treatment to take around 45 minutes with minimal discomfort, and cost upwards of $800.
What treatments have you tried around your eyes?