The best remedy for crepey skin under the eyes is to strengthen and nourish the whole under eye area.
While professional bio-stimulating treatments such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, micro needling, and laser therapy can enhance collagen production and promote skin regeneration, these treatments can be costly.
So, what if you can't afford these treatments?
In this article, I'll guide you through budget-friendly, natural remedies to help improve the appearance of crepey skin under the eyes.
If you have crepey skin under the eyes, you probably already know what it looks like.
It usually appears as loose, saggy skin or tiny, crisscrossed lines that originate beneath the lower eyelid, and may even extend towards the outer eye and reach the sides of your cheeks.
Sometimes the lines are so deep they're visible even when you're not smiling.
As we age, our skin, much like a rubber band, starts losing its stretchiness. The result? The under-eye area can take on a wrinkled and thin appearance, resembling crepe paper.
This is mostly due to loss of collagen, elastin, and other structural proteins that provide support and elasticity to skin tissues.
But it's not just due to aging.
Spending too much time in the sun, an unhealthy diet, smoking, even your family's genes can make the creepiness show up earlier.
The good news is that knowing the causes can help you learn how to thicken and firm up the area to look more youthful naturally.
I'll tell you what I've done to reduce crepey eye skin in the article below:
I'm living proof that you can improve the firmness and texture of your skin. Especially, in sensitive areas like the under eye area.
In the before and after eye picture below, I had more crepey, loose under eye skin in my 40s than I do now in my 60s!!
What is the best home remedy for crepey under eye skin? An eye circle massage. This is one of the cheapest home remedies for crepey eyelids and eye wrinkles because it's free!
Plus, it really works.
A study featured in PLoS One journal found that "massaging boost the production of proteins such as collagen, laminin, perlecan, fibronectin, decorin, tropoelastin, and procollagen-1. These proteins are known to play a crucial role in maintaining the structure and elasticity of the skin."
So, if you want to tighten the under eyes area naturally, consider performing an eye massage, like the one below, a few times a week.
Over time, this increases healthy blood flow, reduces the appearance of dark circles, improves skin tone of crepey eyelids, (including upper eyelids), and helps reduce puffy eyes.
Make sure to apply a little cream before doing this.
If you have issues with your hands like arthritis, a massage device like the kansa Wand is an easy to hold and use. This ayurvedic copper massaging wand can be used all over the face too.
Hydration is your friend when it comes to crepey skin. And keeping the eye area hydrated is a challenge, especially for women going through menopause or postmenopausal.
It's also difficult finding the right, light moisturizer that won't cause under eye puffiness. That's where Manjishtha, an Ayurvedic herb, comes in.
What is MANJISHTHA?
Manjishtha is an herb with hydrating, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. When used as an eye moisturizer, it may help protect against aging, reducing fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and inflammation naturally.
For even better results, consider massaging the cream when you apply it.
Because researchers found that "the use of a commercial anti-aging cream in combination with massaging amplified the beneficial effect of the cream..."
Why Do I Love This?
This emulsion cream melts into your skin, so there is no "greasy" look. And, the mattifying property of this cream helps to blur away the look of lines and wrinkles.
And, it works well under your makeup, concealers, and eyeshadows. So there is no pilling and your makeup won't melt away. And, it's CHEAP!
When dealing with crepey, wrinkly, thin skin... Retinols are your best friend!
Retinols help increase cell turn over and collagen productions. Collagen adds strength and thickness to crepey skin and works well for the under eye area.
If you're not sure how your skin will react or you know you have sensitive skin, it's best to start with the mildest concentration of retinol (0.3 - 0.5%).
Apply it once a week to start. After 3-4 weeks, evaluate how your skin reacts. If all is well, you can slowly increase to 2-3 times a week.
If your complexion is very sensitive, and you find retinols are causing irritation, you can buffer it by applying a moisturizer first, then the retinol serum.
Alternatively: Look for retinol products that contain Bakuchiol.
Bakuchiol is a plant-derived compound often referred to as a natural alternative to retinol. It's obtained from the seeds and leaves of the Babchi plant (Psoralea corylifolia) and has gained popularity in skincare for its potential benefits.
Regardless of which type of retinol you use, don't be surprised if it takes several months of daily use before you see results.
The important thing is to be consistent!
Money saving tip: To save money, instead of buy "another" cream, consider using a Retinol Serum. Just mix a few drops into your favorite moisturizer.
It's much cheaper and because you mix it with your favorite oil or moisturizer, you'll have less chance of irritation and inflammation.
Fresh potent ascorbic acid crystals is no doubt the best anti-aging protection for your skin.
Only fresh vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) will truly help improve skin tone and texture. Studies show that fresh vitamin C is the best at rejuvenating and building collagen to help firm the skin. (1)
I mix up my own vitamin C cocktail using fresh L-ascorbic acid. I sprinkle a small amount of vitamin C into the palm of my hand and add a drop of serum or moisturizer, mix it and apply directly to the face, neck, and chest.
Note: If you've never used vitamin C or retinols before, pick one and use it for at least a month. And, once your skin has built up a tolerance, then add the other.
And, never use retinols and vitamin C at the same time. I use retinols at night and vitamin C in the morning.
While this is just a temporary fix, there are plenty of under eye firming serums that work for a few hours to "hide" the crepey skin under the eyes, as well as reduce the look of under eye puffiness.
I use these serums when I'm tired and my eyes look puffy or extremely wrinkled. And, I always use them for special occasions to look my best.
They really work well to smooth out the under eye skin, but some of these serums can be a bit drying for mature skin, so it's important to find one that works best for you.
See how this serum compares to popular serums like Peter Thomas Roth, Plexaderm, Preparation-H.
Hyaluronic acid can help plump up the skin, but only if used correctly!
If you've ever tried hyaluronic acid before, you might have noticed it didn't do much for dry skin.
Apply your hyaluronic acid UNDER your moisturizer! You'd be surprised how well it works to seal in the moisture and keep under eye skin looking smooth and firm.
This sounds a bit controversial, but many health professionals agree that lightly exfoliating the skin around the eye is safe and important for healthy skin and to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Dry dead skin cells settle into those tiny under eye lines and make them look more noticeable.
Also, lightly exfoliating helps skin care products absorb better. Here are two ways to exfoliate under eye skin:
Note: If you have sensitive skin, test a small area first. Also, if you're using any prescription creams around the eye area, check with your dermatologist first.
I know this sounds cliché, but lifestyle changes can have a powerful effect on skin health, especially as we get older.
These lifestyle prevention tips are very important and can make a difference in your under eye skin health.
I tried some home remedies found on the internet, like applying egg whites, green tea bags, and cucumber slices. Forget about them.
Used alone, they won't do much to reduce crepey eye skin. And, in fact, according to Healthline, egg whites might not be safe to use on your face.
Regardless if your under eye creepiness was caused by aging, sun exposure, poor diet, smoking or even genetics, it can be improved via various natural remedies.
But this does require dedication, consistency, time, and the right skincare solutions.
Top recommendations include:
It's important to remember that while changes won't happen overnight, consistent application of these remedies can lead to visible improvements over time.
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