10 Bad Lifestyle Habits Responsible for Wrinkles under the Eyes
The EYES are the window to the SOUL, which is a common saying, and Indian women are known to have big beautiful eyes over centuries. The skin around the eyes is one of the thinnest in our bodies, making it sensitive to any change, be it external or internal. The under-eye area commonly reacts to changes negatively by showing signs of fine lines or wrinkles, dark circles, pigmentation, or under-eye swelling and puffiness. Among these, sudden wrinkles under eyes are one of the most typical signs of under-eye damage.
The use of creams, lotions, masks, and having procedures in the under eyes are not sufficient unless we correct the lifestyle habits that lead to the wrinkles of under eye.
What causes wrinkles under the eyes is critical to know to prevent them from forming in the first place. In our daily life, we develop habits that can have a negative impact on the area under the eyes. These habits can be involuntary, and many times we may not be aware of doing these repetitive actions that can cause deep wrinkles under eyes. An understanding of the common 10 lifestyle habits that causes wrinkles under the eyes will help us become aware of and change our habits. It will also help us stop the appearance of sudden and deep wrinkles under the eyes.
10 lifestyle habits to be aware of and change:
- Eating Junk Food
- Drinking a Lot of Alcohol
- Drinking A Lot of Coffee
- Sleeping On Your Face
- Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses
- Staring At The Computer Or Mobile Phone
- Adequate Sleep
- Poor Skincare
We are what we eat. We have commonly heard this saying over the years, and it is true.” Garbage in, Garbage out.”
Your body requires a diet rich in nutrients and fiber to help it heal itself.
When you eat junk food that is high in sugar or refined flour or processed food, these are inflammatory to your body and are causes of wrinkles under the eyes.
Tip: Have a diet rich in Vitamin A, B, E, with iron and omega 3 fatty acids
Foods like salmon fish, flaxseeds, avocados are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Have Spinach, egg, broccoli, pomegranate for required vitamins as they are an anti-inflammatory food, which helps reduce the appearance of sudden wrinkles under the eyes.
Everything in moderation. That is the mantra. Excessive alcohol is one of the leading causes of wrinkles under the eyes.
Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on our body, especially on the skin, as 90% of the water is stored in our skin. Alcohol also has high sugar content, especially if you are drinking cocktails. High sugar generates free radical damage and is what causes wrinkles.
Tip: Avoid high sugar additives to your drink like tonic water or juices or aerated drinks. Drink one glass of water for every 30 ml of alcohol that you consume. This will help alleviate the dehydration and quench your body’s thirst and prevent sudden wrinkles under the eyes.
Coffee is both good and bad for you. Coffee has many health benefits but in moderation. But when a large amount of coffee or caffeine is consumed, it becomes one of the causes of wrinkles under the eyes.
Coffee elevates your cortisol levels. It also dries out your skin, which increases your chances of getting deep wrinkles under your eyes. Also, beware of the sugar and dairy added to the coffee as this can lead to inflammation in the body. Inflammation is what causes wrinkles commonly.
Tip: For every cup of coffee that you have, match with an equal amount of water right after. Try to drink black coffee, as it is healthier.
Smokers frequently ask what causes wrinkles, even though they know that smoking leads to free radical damages to our skin and body. Free radical damage is one of the leading causes of wrinkles under eyes due to the damage of our skin’s collagen and elastin. Not just free radicals, but the nicotine in tobacco restricts and slows down the blood flow, which reduces the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the skin leading to deep wrinkles under the eyes. It also slows down the lymphatic drainage, which detoxifies the skin, leading to the build-up of toxins in the skin, causing sudden wrinkles in the eye area.
Tip: Take oil on your ring fingertips and massage the skin around the eyes seven times daily at night, from inside towards the outside. This will help the circulation and increase the blood flow to the area.
Take antioxidant supplements like Kosmoderma KosmoGlow nutrition supplement capsule, which contains a mix of super antioxidants and nutrients that can combat the free radical damage from smoking and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles under the eye.
You probably would not have imagined that your sleeping position can be one of the causes of wrinkles under the eyes. But it is. If you sleep on your tummy or your side, it means your face becomes squished against your pillow. This puts pressure on the skin around your eyes. Constant pressure will lead to lines and deep wrinkles under the eyes.
Tip: Sleeping on your back with your face upwards is the position to sleep. This is an anti-aging posture. With practice, you can get into the habit of sleeping in this position through the night. Use Position pillows around you to avoid turning over.
When the sun hits your face, the natural reaction is to squint. Constant squinting action pulls together the muscle around the eyes. There is a sheet-like muscle called Orbicularis Oculi that runs around the eyes and has a sphincter like effect. This constant action is one of the leading causes of wrinkles under the eyes.
Tip: Wear sunglasses whenever stepping out in the sun. If you don’t like to wear sunglasses, wear a hat that provides shade on your face and protects your eyes from the brightness of the sun. This will stop the appearance of deep wrinkles under the eyes.
Computer and laptop monitors, mobile phones screen, tablet screens, emit radiation. The blue light they emit over the long term can cause skin damage on the face and eyes and lead to sudden wrinkles under the eyes.
A digital detox now and then is recommended. We tend to squint our eyes while reading mails and long messages on small screens like on our phones. Squinting with time leads to deep wrinkles under the eyes.
Tip: Use a larger screen for reading long messages and surfing the net
Get clear lenses that protect against the blue light. Consider using a pair if you work long hours on the computer, especially if you are working from home.
Sleep is a beauty elixir. Your body regenerates and repairs itself when you sleep. At least 8 hours of sleep a night is recommended. Studies have shown disturbed sleep or insomnia is one of the leading causes of wrinkles under the eyes.
Estee Lauder found that women who slept less than 5 hours a night had more wrinkles, which is almost twice the amount than those who had 8 hours of good sound sleep.
Tip: Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night. Avoid caffeine after 4 PM. Do some deep breathing or meditation before bed to relax your mind and body to get deep sleep.
Constant frowning or squinting or raising your eyebrows causes the muscles to contract. This is what causes wrinkles, especially wrinkles under the eyes as the skin here is thin and constant actions lead to deep wrinkles under the eyes.
A study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research in depressed participants showed that 52% of them got relief from depression from muscle relaxing injections like BOTOX. It shows that when you have negative actions, people respond to these wrinkle treatments/injections.
Tip: Become conscious of frowning and squinting actions; these are negative emotions. Train yourself to frown less and squint less. Seek a dermatologist’s help for muscle relaxing injections to help you get over the habit.
Poor skincare or lack of skincare routine is one of the most prevalent causes of wrinkles under the eyes.
Common mistakes that cause wrinkles under the eyes are:
- Not removing makeup before sleeping
- Rubbing eyes when there is no cream, the friction on eyes causes the skin to break.
- Not applying cream to the under-eye area. The skin around the eyes is sensitive to external factors like pollution, temperature, etc.
Tip: Apply cream to the eye area. In the daytime, use sunscreen and at night use a vitamin base of hyaluronic acid to boost the hydration of the skin in this area.
For deep wrinkles under the eyes, apply a retinol-based product to increase cell turnover like the Kosmoderma Multi-Vitamin Moisturiser. For sudden wrinkles under the eyes, apply a Hyaluronic Acid-based serum to hydrate the skin like the Kosmoderma Hydra Boost Serum.
The above 10 habits are the common causes of under-eye wrinkles. By being mindful, these habits can be overcome to prevent and treat under-eye wrinkles.
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