Dr. Kassouf recommends retinol topical creams to help reduce that crepey look. Retinols help restore skin's elasticity and thicken collagen (which gives our skin its structure) as well as elastin (which gives our skin its stretch).
Nonsurgical treatments — including hyaluronic acid fillers, or injections like Botox® or Dysport® — can help you look more youthful. These treatments can smooth out wrinkles around your eyes, fill in hollows or tighten sagging eyelids.
Cucumbers contain ascorbic and caffeic acids, both of which reduce saggy eyelids. They decrease inflammation and naturally tighten skin. Cucumber slices help make your skin look healthy, smooth and glowing brighter than before. Lay two slices of chilled cucumber over your eyes.
You can work eyelid muscles by raising your eyebrows, placing a finger underneath and holding them up for several seconds at a time while trying to close them. This creates resistance similar to weight lifting. Quick, forcible blinks and eye rolls also work eyelid muscles.
Although there is no evidence that exercises for droopy eyelids actually work, some people believe that exercising the muscles of the face can strengthen and tighten them. If droopy eyelids are obscuring vision or having a negative effect on a person, they should consult their doctor.
Why do eyelids droop over time? Your skin begins to lose elasticity as you age, causing the skin above and below your eyes to begin sagging. This excess skin may start to look wrinkly and, in some cases, may negatively impact your vision.
Vaseline can help with a number of dry eyelid conditions. People who notice that their skin is dry or irritated during the dry, cold winter months can use it to prevent moisture loss from the eyelids. Some people also use it as a moisturizer to reduce the risk of wrinkles, or as a supplement to traditional eye creams.
It's also not recommended to apply eye cream on your eyelids unless the directions say it's safe to do so. Generally, eye cream should be applied before daytime moisturizer and sunscreen. That's because eye cream is usually light, and heavier formulas should go on last.
A good lifting eye cream can restore the skin's firmness and elasticity and reduce the appearance of droopy eyelids. The best eye cream formulae come with powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid, pro-retinol, or vitamin E to combat the aging signs and minimize the droop.
But rather than using your standard retinol cream, it's best to use a product formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eyes. "The under-eye area is quite sensitive as it is some of the thinnest skin on the body," explains New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Anthony Rossi.
"Many face creams could go around the eyes if they were diluted with something light, like Cetaphil and CeraVe moisturizers," said Dr. Bergfeld. "You just need the elegance of the emollient, the fluidity."
Apply Olive Oil
Once the olive oil reaches the right temperature, massage a bit onto your eyelids, and let the solution stay on your face overnight. Then, wash your face with cold water in the morning. This will help rejuvenate your eyelids and improve the elasticity of your skin.
Ptosis, the loosening of the upper eyelids' muscle strength, is the most common of these conditions. As you age, the muscle that holds up your eyelid — the levator — can lose its elasticity and/or weaken. When this occurs, your upper eyelid can droop and start to block the pupil and cause vision problems.
Blend four tablespoons of plain yogurt, four tablespoons of aloe vera gel, two tablespoons of oatmeal, and five slices of peeled cucumber until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to your eyelids, leave on for 20 minutes, and rinse with cool water when you're done.
Secondly you can safely use Double Base Flare Relief, Aveeno and Dermalex around the eyes. Perhaps you have already tried this on other areas around your body, if it works there, try it in small amounts around the eyes on the affected areas.
Hereditary dark circles improved in as little as 2 weeks. Over time my under eye creases started to smoothen. This is the only eye cream that works for me without irritation. Would definitely recommend!
You can wash your whole face or entire body with Cetaphil. Because it is so gentle and hypoallergenic, it can be used once or many times daily without stinging, drying, or cracking the thin delicate skin of the eyelids.
A number of side effects to retinoid treatment have been recorded; one group of such side effects relates to eyes and vision. Dry eye syndrome and blepharoconjunctivitis are the most common side effects, appearing in 20-50 % of patients treated with retinoids.
First, the answer is yes, retinol can make wrinkles worse, especially when you first start using it. What is happening is a drying effect, and one can get epidermal sliding from separation from the dermis.
Also avoid retinol if you're going to be spending a lot of time in direct sunlight without proper sun protection. Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it's important to use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day — even when it looks cloudy.
Retinol works on both the upper and lower eyelids as it improves the skin barrier function and increases the collagen content of the skin (4). This increase in collagen tightens the skin and visibly reduces any fines lines and sagginess of the eyelids. Retinol has a powerful antiaging effect on the skin.
Vitamin C serum includes active ingredients such as L-ascorbic acid for a fast absorption. Vitamin C serums with ferulic acid formulated for the face are safe to use under the eye area. The skin is thinner in this area and fine lines under the eyes will benefit from the stimulation of collagen synthesis.
The Bottom Line:
Plexaderm is a topical option for temporary tightening of the lower eye skin. It does not treat the upper lids nor does it resolve the loose and herniated fat pad that creates bulging under the eyes.