Under-Eye Wrinkles: Causes & How to Treat Them

As we age, our skin loses elasticity and requires special skin care. Because the skin around the eye area is thinner than in other areas of the face, it is more susceptible to the formation of wrinkles. Under-eye wrinkles can occur for a variety of reasons, such as photoaging due to sun exposure.

While wrinkles in this area are natural and harmless, you might still want to find a way to address them. That’s what we’re here for.

In this post, we’ll explain some of the most common causes of under-eye wrinkles, how to get rid of under-eye wrinkles, and what you can do to keep more from appearing. If you’re frustrated with under-eye wrinkles or are worried about getting them, keep reading to learn everything you need to know to address your concerns.

What Causes Under-Eye Wrinkles?

In addition to photoaging, smoking, rough treatment, and harmful environmental factors are among the many other factors that cause wrinkles under eyes. Let's take a look at some of the most common under-eye wrinkle causes.

What causes under-eye wrinkles

Sun Exposure

Too much sun exposure can cause skin damage anywhere on the body. However, it can especially wreak havoc on the fragile skin under the eyes, causing fine lines to form directly underneath and more prominent wrinkles or crow's feet to show up at the corners of the eyes.

Using sunscreen is crucial to the prevention of wrinkles under your eyes and for the health of the skin. Using mineral sunscreen can help you protect the delicate skin under the eyes from the harmful effects of too much sun exposure. A good peptide serum can help by adding a layer of protection against sun damage and can aid in the treatment of wrinkles that have already formed.


This may surprise you, but smoking is one of the main culprits of the formation of facial wrinkles. Smoking can contribute to under-eye wrinkles because it causes squinting and nicotine can reduce the flow of nutrients to skin cells.

Aside from quitting smoking, there are some things you can do to help improve under-eye wrinkles.

The Total Eye® Restore Regimen is a skin care treatment trio that has the potential to cover all the bases for under-eye wrinkles. It includes the Total Eye® 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy, Total Eye® Concentrate, and 12 pairs of Total Eye® Hydrogel Treatment Masks for under-eye wrinkles.

Exposure to Harmful Environmental Factors

People who work outdoors or athletes who play outdoor sports often get premature wrinkles under their eyes due to harmful environmental factors. Things like pollution, wind, and dry weather can result in the formation of wrinkles under the eyes.

Total Eye® Firm Repair Cream is a wonderfully soothing way to treat under-eye wrinkles. Since environmental factors can cause extra-dry skin, an under-eye wrinkle treatment that contains powerful humectants delivers rich botanical ingredients, peptides, and advanced antioxidants to support elastin and collagen can help enhance the skin's elasticity and firmness.Total Eye® Firm Repair Cream also contains caffeine, which helps get rid of puffiness and results in a fully-awake appearance.

Man looking at under-eye wrinkles while smiling and looking in the mirror

Natural Movement

Repeated natural movements, such as squinting or even smiling, can also be reasons for under-eye wrinkles.

These types of wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles and usually appear as "elevens" at the top of the nose between the eyebrows or across the forehead. Crow's feet also fall into this category.

One type of under-eye wrinkle treatment that is effective for these types of wrinkles under the eyes is our Total Eye Hydrogel Treatment Masks. These tear-shaped masks are comfortable and refreshing for the under-eye area.

Rough Treatment

Wrinkles under the eyes can also be caused by rough treatment, such as rubbing or extra-strong scrubs or even from washing with a rough washcloth. The skin under the eyes should be treated gently at all times, otherwise, damage can occur.

Colorescience offers a full line of skin treatments, such as All-Calm® Multi-Correction Serum which can help calm the skin and reduce redness, or the Total Eye® Firm and Repair Cream, which helps restore a vibrant, youthful look. These are healing under-eye treatment modalities that offer copious benefits.

Poor Skin Care

Without consistent skin care, wrinkles can be more likely to form. This might be because the skin isn’t getting the hydration it needs, among other factors.

Keeping the skin clean and well moisturized is imperative. An excellent product for maturing and dry skin is the Pep Up® Collagen Boost Face and Neck Treatment. This hydrating product can provide moisture to all areas of the face and neck area, including the sensitive skin under and around the eye area.

Blue Light

Blue light exposure can be unintentional poor skin care because some people are unaware that it can do harm. Blue light from computers, tablets, cell phones, and other electronics that have screens can cause adverse effects on the skin.

Blue light can lead to premature aging of the skin and can even damage the eyes. Using skin care products with the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can help protect the skin from blue light damage.

Can You Reverse Under-Eye Wrinkles?

Yes, with diligent care, you can often get rid of—or reverse—under-eye wrinkles that have formed.

What is the right under-eye wrinkle treatment for you

Under-Eye Wrinkle Treatments

There are a variety of treatments you can use to help get rid of under-eye wrinkles. We’ve covered some of the most common below.

Under-Eye Treatment

A reliable under-eye treatment is the Total Eye® 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35. This product is specifically designed to help protect against photoaging and can also improve the appearance of wrinkles.

You can also try the Total Eye® Restore Regimen for a complete specialized under-eye care routine that reduces puffiness and appears to remove fine lines and wrinkles with powerful yet gentle ingredients that can make a real difference.

 Under-Eye Cream

If your skin feels as though it needs hydration, the Total Eye® Firm Repair Cream can deliver rich moisture to the skin’s surface, improving skin health. It also includes antioxidants and peptides, which can help promote collage and elastin production.

Under-Eye Masks

Total Eye® Hydrogen Treatment Masks provide a boost of hydration to the under-eye area and can also help with depuffing and dark circle relief. If you’re trying to rejuvenate your eyes, these are helpful to keep on hand as part of your under-eye regimen.


 Fillers can be a temporary measure taken to fill in wrinkles for several months. However, they can be very expensive and sometimes painful, and not everyone can tolerate them. If you are considering fillers, it’s important to talk to a specialist first.


Microneedling is thought to help the skin produce more collagen. Undergoing several treatments can help reduce the appearance of under-eye wrinkles. However, it can also have side effects, such as bruising, swelling, bleeding, and discomfort. If you’re considering microneedling, it’s important to speak to a specialist first.

All Over Face Makeup

While it’s not exactly a treatment, you can also conceal under-eye wrinkles as you work on addressing them.

Colorescience offers mineral makeup that provides sun protection as well. Our mattifying primer, for instance, is often used by people who have blemish-prone or oily skin to help blur imperfections while working to control shine. It has SPF 20. Additionally, our mineral color correction palette, which can help conceal imperfections, also has SPF 20.

Sunscreen helps prevent under-eye wrinkles

For light coverage and excellent protection, try the Sunforgettable® Total Protection Brush-On Shield, which can add color and has SPF 50.

What Is a Natural Remedy for Under-Eye Wrinkles?

You might be curious about how to get rid of wrinkles under eyes using all-natural methods; while there are some natural remedies you can attempt, they typically do not provide the long-term solutions most people are looking for.

Two that are common include:

  • Face yoga: Performing face yoga exercises can temporarily tighten the skin in some areas of the face, but is not effective in fully eliminating wrinkles and is not a scientifically supported method.
  • Exfoliation: Depending on the method used, exfoliation can, in some instances, be mildly effective for under-eye wrinkle treatment. However, if too abrasive, it can injure the sensitive skin around the eye area and cause irritation. Without proper caution, it could potentially also cause more wrinkles.

If you’re unsure what method of treatment would work best for you, you may want to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to decide on a plan.

Keep Under-Eye Wrinkles at Bay with Colorescience

As you can see, you’re not stuck with under-eye wrinkles if you wish you didn’t have them. Whatever the cause of your under-eye wrinkles, Colorescience can help you tackle the issue at hand. Our products are safe and made using high-quality ingredients that are carefully chosen to address specific skin concerns.

Shop our treatments now to find new additions to your skin care regimen that will help you get rid of under-eye wrinkles and prevent them from coming back.