Rhytide is another term for a wrinkle, which is a ridge, fold or a crease in the skin. Wrinkles typically appear because of a number of various reasons: A result of aging processes, because of habitual sleeping positions, loss of body mass, or a result of prolonged immersion in water -though this wrinkling is just temporary.
Cause of Eye Wrinkles
Age wrinkling is promoted by aging, habitual facial expressions, smoking, sun damage, poor hydration, etc.
Sleep wrinkles, on the other hand, are created when the face is compressed against a pillow or bed surface on side or stomach (sleeping) positions.
They are usually distinct from wrinkles of facial expression as they can deepen and become permanent over time, unless these habitual sleeping positions are altered.
In addition, the wrinkles that occur in skin after prolonged exposure to water are sometimes referred to as pruney fingers or water aging. This temporary skin condition, wherein the skin on the palms of the hand or feet becomes wrinkly provides improved traction in wet conditions and a better grasp of wet objects.
Prevention is KEY
Being aware of how these fine lines and wrinkles are formed means that you can take preventive steps to help diminish and delay its appearance on the eye area. What are the best ways to prevent eye wrinkles? Here are some important tips.
1. Wear Sunglasses.
The shade will provide an addition barrier against wrinkle-causing UV rays, in addition to preventing you from repeatedly squinting -a motion which causes your muscles to contract and creates creases in your skin; over time, these creases form wrinkles.
To increase the amount of your sunglasses’ protection, be sure to purchase a pair that are polarized or coated in a layer of UV protection. They may be a bit costly but there’s never an expensive investment in the youthfulness of the skin around your eyes.
2. Use Sunscreen.
Keeping the skin under your eyes hydrated and protecting it from sun damage can help delay and diminish the development of eye wrinkles. SPF 15 to 30 applied on a daily basis helps guard against sun damage. Numerous studies indicate that sun exposure is the biggest cause of wrinkles—so protect yourself against it.
Apply your sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and reapply in every two hours and following water exposure; if you’re swimming.
3. Gently Apply (& Remove) Face Creams & Makeup.
The delicate skin around the eye is five to 10 times thinner than the rest of your face.
When removing your makeup, avoid scrubbing and excessive wiping with makeup remover cloths. Be gentle when using your hand and use cotton to remove. Avoid using tissue as it is too harsh; it is made from wood pulp.
4. Sleep On Your Back.
To help prevent wrinkles on not only your eyes, but also your face and neck, you should sleep on your back. Sleeping on your side or stomach exposes you to sleep lines that can become permanently etched on your skin.
Invest in comfy silk sheets, and if you do sleep on your side or stomach, also try alternate which side of your face is against the pillow so as to not overly stress one side.
5. Do not use ordinary soap on your face.
We are already aware that the skin around the eye area is the most delicate part of the face. Soap bars are made to clean your body and are not always gentle enough for your eye area. Moreover, a lot of soaps have a high ph, which can lead to irritation or dryness.
Be sure to use a gentle cleanser, specific to your skin type on your face and an eye makeup remover formulated specifically for your eye area.
6. Get your beauty sleep.
Per research, our body ideally needs 8 hours of sleep per day. The body is on a repair mission to replace sick and damaged skin cells. So, the more sleep you get, the more time you’re giving your body to naturally fight the signs of aging. This is literally the least expensive and the most natural way to get that fresh and relaxed glow we are all after.