The eyes are one of the first areas on the face where wrinkles, particularly under eye wrinkles, begin to emerge. The delicate and fragile nature of the skin in this area makes it susceptible to premature ageing.
As we age, the skin goes through several processes that compromise the quality and function of the skin. A culmination of contributing factors can cause the appearance of under-eye wrinkles…
Free radical damage (smoking, drinking, sun damage, pollution) is mainly responsible for the speed at which ageing and wrinkles form around the eyes. While lifestyle influences accelerate this cell-damaging process, some scavengers like pollution and exposure to other toxic chemicals are less within our control. Free radicals are also produced naturally within the body as part of the ageing process, along with genetics.
With this process of oxidation, the skin loses collagen and elastin– the youth-giving proteins responsible for giving the skin a ‘bounce-back’ ability. As collagen and elastin production slows down, the skin around the eyes becomes thinner, drier and more prone to wrinkles.
Treating under eye wrinkles requires a tailored approach to skincare application and non-surgical treatments. The 111 Harley St. programme will replenish your collagen levels and tighten and smooth the skin.
Ageing can make the skin drier, and in addition to a decline in collagen and elastin, the skin around the eyes can start to look papery and thin. Juvéderm Volite is a texture-improving injectable filler containing hyaluronic acid which is known for its hydrating properties. Not only does it help to improve hollowness, and therefore dark circles, but it also gives a smoother appearance to the skin to reduce fine lines around the eyes.
Depleting levels of elastin means that the skin is less able to spring back after squinting and smiling, so crow’s feet and fine lines nestle and mark in the skin for longer. Sun damage plays a significant role in not only under eye wrinkles but also pigmentation and crepiness adding to the ageing appearance of the eyes. With the skin being so thin around the eyes, it’s particularly prone to experiencing the damaging effects of the sun. Squinting in the sun also intensifies the effects of the habitual expressions. Botox restricts this movement to reduce under-eye wrinkles and lines around the outside of the eye.
You can often optimise the overall anti-ageing effect around the eye by combining Botox with iPixel treatments to restore collagen levels and renew the surface of the skin for improved texture and reduced crepiness. Alternatively, Accent Skin Tightening can give a tightening effect by using radiofrequency. The treatment has a unique handpiece designed to treat the perioral area. The heating of the dermis causes the skin to retract for smoother skin.
Free radical scavengers attack your healthy skin cells and damage your skin repair barrier. Once the skin cell function is compromised, you’re more likely to see fine lines and under-eye wrinkles. Mesotherapy is a treatment that has many benefits for the eye area, including boosting hydration, neutralising free radical damage and combating dryness. The injectable treatment infuses the skin with hydrating hyaluronic acid, vitamins and amino acids that will improve the look of crepiness.
Retinol and hyaluronic acid are two essential ingredients to keep under eye wrinkles at bay. The versatile derivative of Vitamin A boosts collagen production and resurfaces the skin for a smoother under-eye area. Hyaluronic acid is another ingredient that is intensely hydrating and will help to ensure that concealer and foundation don’t get stuck in the lines. Dr Yannis recommends the use of the 111SKIN Space Defence Eye gel that contains Argireline (that mimics the effects of Botox) or the Hyaluronic Acid Booster (hydrates and repairs skin barrier function with niacinamide) coupled with the 111SKIN Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil (1%).
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