Under-eye wrinkles are a natural sign of aging. However, more than 50% of women admit that these signs make them feel self-conscious. Meanwhile, 31% say they’d be more confident if they could look younger. So, it comes as no surprise that many women seek out products and procedures to combat their under-eye wrinkles in the hope of maintaining a youthful appearance. But which solution is the most effective?

Topical skin care products

One way to treat and reduce wrinkles under the eyes is to use topical skin care products. You’ll want to find ones that contain ingredients proven to combat wrinkles and aging, though. Vitamin C is highly recommended by dermatologists as it is an antioxidant which protects the skin from damage. But, what’s even better about it is that it prevents fine lines and smooths out any wrinkles already under the eyes, due to its collagen producing ability.

Another ingredient to look out for is retinol. Retinol is somewhat of a miracle ingredient as it increases the production of collagen and stops it from breaking down. Finally, utilize products which also contain hyaluronic acid as it soaks up water in the air and uses it to smooth out wrinkles and plump the skin.

pros and cons of topical creams

No cream is going to work miracles overnight. However, in most cases, with prolonged use, you’ll see a visible improvement in your under-eye wrinkles. For example, creams containing retinol must be used continuously for three months for them to make a difference.

And, you may also experience side-effects initially, including acne and dry patches. On the plus side, you’ll benefit from a low-risk anti-aging solution, which is low-cost, pain-free, and effective.

Microdermabrasion facials

Microdermabrasion facials have been cited by some as the ‘half an hour facelift’. The minimally invasive procedure involves microcrystals being sprayed into the skin. This removes the stratum corneum, or superficial layer of skin, as it is otherwise known. As a result, the skin is tricked into thinking it has been damaged and forces new, healthy skin cells to grow. At the same time, elastin and collagen are produced, both of which help to make the skin under the eyes appear wrinkle-free.

pros and cons of microdermabrasion

One of the biggest advantages of microdermabrasion is that the results last between six and 12 months. Therefore, at a cost of between $75 to $200 per treatment, it’s a fairly good deal. On the downside, microdermabrasion is only suitable for individuals with fine wrinkles as the procedure doesn’t penetrate past the top layer of the skin under the eyes.

The procedure can cause some side-effects too. Skin sensitivity, bruising, skin tightness, and abrasions are all possible. Furthermore, microdermabrasion is not suitable for individuals with existing skin conditions, such as rosacea, eczema, and acne as it can cause these conditions to flare up.

Women Applying Cream in Mirror

Botox injections

Botox is one of the most common types of cosmetic procedures carried out in the U.S. In 2017, 7.23 million procedures were performed. Botox is typically used on the forehead and around the eyes, however, it can also be used to reduce the appearance of under-eye wrinkles. The procedure is a relatively simple and short one, involving a small amount of Botox being injected into the muscles beneath the eye.

Pros and cons of Botox injections

Botox under the eyes is an off-label treatment. This is because the procedure is not approved by the FDA as there is very little evidence detailing the impact that it has on the body. There are also side effects to consider, which include difficulty closing the eyes, drooping eyes, numbness of the eyes, and eye swelling.

However, if you do decide to undergo this procedure in order to improve your under eye wrinkles, you can expect to see noticeable results in three to four days.

The good news for millions of individuals is that there are multiple ways to tackle under-eye wrinkles. Some of these methods are more invasive and carry more risks than others. Therefore, before embarking on any treatment, it’s highly recommended that you weigh up the pros and cons of the procedure.