Five Reasons Why The Skin Around Our Eyes Ages and How To Prevent It

The area around the eyes is often the first to show visible signs of aging, and fine lines, wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity can detract from an otherwise youthful appearance.

Thin skin

According to Dr. Jessica Weiser, New York City - based dermatologist, “One main reason the eye area is prone to premature aging is because this skin is significantly thinner than skin elsewhere on the face and body” - and several other factors contribute to age-related changes around the eyes and skin rejuvenation as well.

The natural aging process

“The skin’s collagen production begins to slow around the age of 25. From then, existing collagen in the skin becomes stiff, brittle and less able to provide structure to the skin, which leads to the development of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet around the eyes,” Dr. Weiser explains.

Environmental damage

The delicate skin around our eyes is often left unprotected from UV rays, making this area especially susceptible to sun damage that compromises the skin’s collagen as well. Other environmental factors such as wind, cold weather and free radicals generated by pollution can also contribute to wrinkles and sagging due to loss of skin elasticity around the eyes.

Facial expressions

Repetitive facial expressions such as smiling, squinting and laughing cause our skin to wrinkle in the same place over and over again. “Combined with the natural decline of collagen as we age, a lifetime of these repeated muscle contractions eventually causes minor wrinkles to become etched into the skin, which makes them visible when the face is at rest,” Dr. Weiser explains.


Excess sun exposure, poor diet and too much alcohol all cause premature aging that negatively affects the appearance of the eye area, and smoking is one of the most damaging habits for the skin (and the body as a whole). According to Dr. Weiser, “The nicotine in cigarettes causes the blood vessels closest to the skin to narrow, in turn reducing blood flow to skin. With less oxygen and nutrients available, the skin becomes more likely to develop wrinkles.”

How to prevent eye-area aging

It’s never too early to be proactive about visible signs of aging around the eyes. For starters, small lifestyle changes such as wearing sunglasses and a hat while spending time outdoors can reduce this skin’s exposure to UV rays. Dermatologist Dr. Jesica Weiser recommends, “Skincare plays an important role as well, and daily sunscreen use can be extremely effective for preventing visible signs of aging.” Be sure to apply to the eyelids as well the skin below and on the sides of the eyes. You can also opt for a sun-protection formula designed just for the eye area, and many of these products work double-duty as eye-makeup primers. Eye cream should become a part of your daily skincare routine as early as your 20s. “Anti-aging ingredients can help maintain the skin’s collagen production while preserving the integrity of existing collagen in the skin around the eyes,” she explains.

Reversing visible signs of aging

Even if you’re already seeing age-related around the eyes, preventative measures such as healthy lifestyle habits, sun protection and anti aging cream can help slow their progression. Yet correcting the appearance of existing visible signs of aging requires advanced anti-aging ingredients that have been proven to stimulate the skin to produce fresh, new, younger-acting cells.

Prevent and correct signs of eye aging with DefenAge

According to Dr. Weiser, “Research has shown that a specific type of target-specific molecules called defensins can wake-up dormant stem cells and prompt them to produce new, young skin.” DefenAge is the only skincare range that offers the skin-rejuvenating benefits of Age-Repair Defensins, and the award winning 3D Eye Radiance Cream both prevents and corrects visible signs of aging around the eyes. Proven to visibly lift, firm and smooth the upper eyelids while improving crow’s feet and other wrinkles, dark under-eye circles and puffiness, this anti-aging innovation also features a unique applicator tip that is gentle on delicate skin as it soothes and cools on contact.

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