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Can hyaluronic acid help fight fine lines and dehydration under the eyes?

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As it’s so delicate, the skin around the eyes is particularly vulnerable to fine lines and dehydration. We take a look at what hyaluronic acid has to offer this sensitive area of the face.

Can hyaluronic acid help fight fine lines and dehydration under the eyes?

Is your smile causing eye wrinkles? Unfortunately yes. The eyelid skin is unique in that it is the thinnest skin of the body. It is exceedingly vulnerable to environmental damage and photodamage (exposure to sun radiation)(1). Eye wrinkles, also referred to as crow’s feet and smile lines, manifest due to a number of internal and external factors. These factors include aging (and the decrease in skin cell turnover), environmental effects such as damaging UV rays and pollutants, and facial expressions like frowning, smiling or squinting. Crow’s feet, a common sign of aging, run lateral to the eye, extending from the lower eyelids to the cheeks(2). They are caused as a result of the underlying muscles of the eye region becoming hyperactive, and developing crow’s feet(3).

In addition to this, the eye area is very delicate and particularly prone to dehydration, a common symptom of skin aging. The appearance of wrinkles in this area is often very noticeable.

after applying hyaluronic acid, the skin feels firmer and tightened while appearing smoother, especially around the eye area

Benefits of hyaluronic acid under the eyes


Thanks to its hygroscopic properties, in other words its ability to absorb moisture from the air, hyaluronic acid fills space within skin. When applied, these filling spheres penetrate its superficial folds and swell when hydrated, resulting in a smoothing effect(4)- this can help make those fine lines and pesky crow’s feet, less visible. Hyaluronic acid also increases hydration as a humectant, so it can retain and preserve moisture(5), keeping your eye wrinkles at bay.

Studies suggest(6) that after applying hyaluronic acid, the skin feels firmer and tightened while appearing smoother, especially around the eye area. Within 3 months, there are notable improvements in the appearance of facial wrinkles (7). Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid has been proven to significantly decrease the depth of wrinkles and improve skin hydration, firmness and elasticity after continually sustained use. Topical line treatment demonstrated both immediate and long-term improvements in the appearance of mild and moderate lines and provide significant results as a well-tolerated and no-downtime alternative(8). All the more reason to start treating your eye wrinkles with topical hyaluronic acid today.

Furthermore, studies have shown that when applied daily, it can result in lasting skin hydration effects(9), ideal for those who are prone to dry skin.

water represents
60%of the body’s composition

Why is hydration important for skin health around the eyes?


This is where treating dehydrated skin around the eyes comes in. For skin to be healthy, it needs adequate hydration. Water is the main component of the body representing 60% of the body’s composition(10). Dehydration of the skin can lead to the development of scaly, taut skin and superficial lines, especially prominent around the eye area(11). Hydration is therefore key in achieving anti-aging effects around the eyes.

Hyaluronic acid injections for under the eyes


Hyaluronic acid injections involve a surgical procedure which provides immediate and significant improvements in targeting facial wrinkles. They also promote skin rejuvenation by increasing hydration and stimulating the process of skin cell turnover(12). However as it is more invasive than topically applied hyaluronic acid in the form of a cream or serum, these treatments come with a caveat about potential risks or complications and a period of recovery time(13). In addition, due to the sensitive nature of skin around the eye area, it is very prone to significant bruising, which can occur following injections(14).

SOURCES:

1. Pilkington, S.J. et al, "A Review of Topical Cosmeceuticals for Periorbital Skin Rejuvenation" in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 8.9 (2015) pp. 39-47 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4587894/]
2. Pilkington, S.J. et al, "A Review of Topical Cosmeceuticals for Periorbital Skin Rejuvenation" in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 8.9 (2015) pp. 39-47 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4587894/]
3. Brandt, F.S. et al, "Hyaluronic acid gel fillers in the management of facial aging" in Clinical Interventions in Aging 3.1 (2008) pp. 153-159 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2544360/]
4. Trookman, N.S. et al, "Immediate and Long-term Clinical Benefits of a Topical Treatment for Facial Lines and Wrinkles" in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2.3 (2009) pp. 38-43 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2923951/]
5. Werschler, W.P. et al, "Enhanced Efficacy of a Facial Hydrating Serum in Subjects with Normal or Self-Perceived Dry Skin" in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatlogy 4.2 (2011) pp. 51-55 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3050617/]
6. Trookman, N.S. et al, "Immediate and Long-term Clinical Benefits of a Topical Treatment for Facial Lines and Wrinkles" in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2.3 (2009) pp. 38-43 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2923951/]
7. Pavicic, T. et al, 'Efficacy of cream-based novel formulations of hyaluronic acid of different molecular weights in anti-wrinkle treatment.' in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 10.9 (2011) pp. 990-1000 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22052267]
8. Trookman, N.S. et al, "Immediate and Long-term Clinical Benefits of a Topical Treatment for Facial Lines and Wrinkles" in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2.3 (2009) pp. 38-43 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2923951/]
9. Pavicic, T. et al, 'Efficacy of cream-based novel formulations of hyaluronic acid of different molecular weights in anti-wrinkle treatment.' in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 10.9 (2011) pp. 990-1000 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22052267]
10. Palma, L. et al, 'Dietary water affects human skin hydration and biomechanics' in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 8 (2015) pp. 413-421 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4529263/]
11. Werschler, W.P. et al, "Enhanced Efficacy of a Facial Hydrating Serum in Subjects with Normal or Self-Perceived Dry Skin" in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatlogy 4.2 (2011) pp. 51-55 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3050617/]
12. Ganceviciene, R. et al, "Skin anti-aging strategies" in Dermato Endocrinology 4.3 (2012) pp. 308-319 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583892/]
13. Trookman, N.S. et al, "Immediate and Long-term Clinical Benefits of a Topical Treatment for Facial Lines and Wrinkles" in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2.3 (2009) pp. 38-43 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2923951/]
14. Brandt, F.S. et al, "Hyaluronic acid gel fillers in the management of facial aging" in Clinical Interventions in Aging 3.1 (2008) pp. 153-159 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2544360/]

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