For many people, the development of under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet signals the end of our youth.
These wrinkles in our skin might also be viewed as wrinkles in our personality, wrinkles in our attractiveness. It’s true enough that eye wrinkles are signs of aging. Even in our twenties our skin loses some of its elasticity and its ability to retain moisture and natural oils. As we age, our drier skin begins to wrinkle.
Wrinkles around the eyes are, unfortunately, very visible and often make us look older than we are. People love to look at our eyes, not only because much of our attractiveness emanates from them, but also because we express so many emotions by manipulating the tiny facial muscles around the eyes. These facial muscles are almost constantly in motion expressing surprise, concern, fascination, boredom and a multitude of other emotions. The constant wrinkling of the skin around the eyes eventually leads to permanent wrinkles.
Crow’s feet are those tiny lines that branch out from the corner of the eye. It’s only mildly comforting that sometimes people refer to them as “laugh lines.” They too are caused by the constant use of facial muscles to express emotions, but they probably appear earlier in people who have cause to squint a good deal. Being outdoors in bright sunlight not only dries out the skin but forces squinting. People in northern latitudes are often not aware of how much they squint to reduce the glare from snow.
Because the skin around our eyes is very delicate, under eye wrinkles are often more noticeable in people who smoke (and therefore dry out their skin) or who often rub their eyes because they are around eye irritants such as air pollution, smoke, and other fumes. Stressful conditions also cause us to rub our eyes.