No more hiding behind those Jackie O sunglasses.
In an ideal world, our eyes would age like fine wine—but sadly that's just a Cabernet-induced pipe dream. When it comes to wrinkles, the eye area actually shows wear and tear first because the skin is much thinner than the rest of the face. "As you get older, the skin foundation weakens, so when you smile or squint, the skin folds, leading to crow's feet and wrinkles," explains dermatologist Joshua Zeichner M.D. "Plus, chronic rubbing from allergies or removing makeup— combined with sun exposure—creates uneven under-eye pigmentation as well."
But thankfully, there is a product, or rather, products that help fight the aging of the oh-so delicate eye area. We talked to Dr. Howard Sobel, a dermatologist in NYC about when you should start using an eye cream, and the ingredients you should reach for.
First and foremost, Dr. Sobel suggests that one starts using an eye cream during their 30's because that's when fine lines around the corners of the eyes start to appear. As a rule, "Eye creams formulated with hyaluronic acid help with dark circles and hydration, but once you are over the age of 25, you should look for eye creams that have peptides to support collagen and elastin—and firm the look of sagging skin."
Here are our favorite wrinkle-busters to incorporate into your skincare routine.