4 Things You're Doing That are Causing Your Eye Wrinkles

Eye Wrinkles: 4 Mistakes You're Making

What's there to like about eye wrinkles? Nothing! They make us look and feel older than we are and also make us spend our hard earned money on product after product in order to try to get rid of them. Who needs that?

But did you know you're probably encouraging your eye wrinkles to multiply or even get deeper without even realizing it? It's true! Check out the four most common mistakes people make that give your eyes those dreaded creases. Start changing your habits today and you will stop your eye wrinkles in their tracks.

Updated by Hanah Tetro

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Not Wearing Sunglasses

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I wear glasses, and for the longest time I avoided getting prescription sunglasses because I just didn't want to fork over hundreds of dollars for frames and lenses that would quickly go out of style. Boy did I ever pay the price. Because of the decade of constant squinting, I now have crow's feet as well as forehead wrinkles. I would give anything to turn back the clock and cough up the money from the beginning.

If you don't wear sunglasses for whatever reason, you're encouraging wrinkles!  Look in the mirror and squint like the sun is in your eyes. See the lines that form on your face?   Once you move your face over and over those temporary lines will eventually become permanent. Wrinkles form for different reasons but one reason is repetitive facial movements that over time break down collagen and elastin in the skin. This happens each time you squint because you aren't wearing sunglasses.

Go buy sunglasses and use them year-round. Remember that you also need sunglasses in the winter when the sun is still bright from reflecting off of the snow.  If you smoke cigarettes you probably squint through the smoke.  This also causes wrinkles around your eyes.

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Rubbing and Tugging at Your Eyes

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What do you do when you're tired? Chances are good you rub your eyes. It's instinct!  It feels good to rub your eyes when you're tired or when they are feeling itchy, but it's a habit you must stop today if you want to avoid looking older than you really are.

The skin around your eyes is so thin that when you rub the skin it causes them to wrinkle back and forth. Consistently rubbing them will cause this skin to wrinkle faster than if you never started the bad habit in the first place.

This goes for removing your eye makeup as well. Don't remove your eye makeup roughly. Let the makeup dissolve a bit with a cotton pad covered with remover before you rub off the rest of your makeup. When you remove eye makeup by tugging at the skin around your eye you break down the collagen there.  When you use eyeliner that tugs at the skin around your eyes you are causing further damage to that skin. When using eye creams, apply with your ring finger and gently tap the cream on, don't rub it in aggressively.

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Sleeping on Your Stomach

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When you sleep on your belly, the side of your face resting on your pillow is squished for hours at a time. By constantly squishing your face each night into your pillow, you are causing creasing which can eventually turn into wrinkles. (Notice sleep lines each morning?)

Try falling asleep on your back. If you find it hard to stay that way, put a pillow under your knees, which will help you stay in place and not roll over onto your stomach.

Can't imagine not sleeping on your belly? Consider investing in special shaped pillow that allows you to sleep on your stomach while protecting your skin from wrinkles.

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Skipping SPF

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The sun causes your skin to age; it's as simple as that. The skin around your eyes is so thin that aging can happen there sooner than other areas of your body.  Sun exposure is one of the main reasons that collagen and elastin breaks down in our skin.  The breakdown of collagen and elastin causes wrinkles and fine lines in your skin.

Luckily you can find many great eye creams that have sun protection in them so that not only is your eye area getting great anti-aging ingredients but SPF as well.  Try: