How to Prevent Squinty Eyes and Wrinkles

by Kay Ireland ; Updated July 18, 2017

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The skin around your eyes is extremely thin and delicate, so it's no wonder that it's one of the first places where your age is apparent. But some of your daily habits may be exacerbating the fine lines and wrinkles that appear around your eyes when you've been squinting too much. By taking steps to protect your eyes and keeping them open and relaxed, you can reduce the number of crow's feet lines and wrinkles you see in the future.

Wear sunglasses or a hat with large brims to help prevent squinting from the sun. Many fine lines and wrinkles are the result of repetitive motions that you make with your face. By continually squinting into the sun when you're outside, you make yourself more prone to crow's feet and other eye wrinkles.

Slather on a sunscreen with at least a Sun Protection Factor, or SPF of at least 15. Sun damage can cause the skin around your eyes to thin, wrinkle and become discolored, making you look older than you really are. By making sunscreen application part of your daily skin care regimen, you can spend five minutes each morning protecting your skin, instead of time and money later to correct the lines around your eyes.

Quit smoking. Smoking can dehydrate your skin, making it more susceptible to damage. Margaret A. Weiss, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions also mentions in MotherNature.com that smokers tend to squint to stop the smoke from stinging their eyes. Stop smoking and avoid establishments where others smoke and you'll ultimately squint less.

Schedule a yearly appointment with your optometrist. If you find yourself squinting while driving, reading or watching television, you may need to wear glasses or have your prescription updated. Your vision changes from year to year, so the glasses that help you see perfectly two years ago may not be strong enough now. Stop squinting by getting a stronger prescription so you can relax your eyes and see properly.

Apply an anti-aging cream containing retinoids to help fight squinting lines and eye wrinkles, Glamour magazine suggests. Retinoids help stimulate cell turnover, increase collagen production and treat the fine lines around your eyes for more youthful looking skin. Add an anti-aging cream to your skin-care regimen to help preserve the thin and delicate skin around your eyes.

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