The best vitamins for lessening the appearance of under eye wrinkles
Posted on January 19, 2024 Written by: 100% PURE ®
Loving your skin at every stage means loving every part of it – even those creases under your eyes! Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, and can’t (and frankly shouldn’t) be erased completely. After all, they’re the signs of all the laughter, smiles, and experiences you’ve had in life.
But if you’re struggling with deep-set wrinkles or sagging under the eyes, certain vitamins can soften their appearance. Even if you can’t erase wrinkles completely, vitamins and a moisturizing routine can make your under eye area appear softer, less puffy, and more awake.
Vitamin C is a superstar ingredient, known for its ability to brighten skin and promote collagen production. The most unstable form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid, isn’t suitable for your under eye area. It has a hard time penetrating fatty tissue, which can accumulate in this area as we age. Instead, opt for a serum with magnesium ascorbyl phosphate: it’s more stable and less irritating.
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that’s best known for its acne-busting and collagen-boosting benefits. She’s less irritating than her prescription-grade sister, retinoic acid – but did you know these two vitamin A formulas actually prevent and treat wrinkles in the exact same way?
When you apply retinol, your skin actually has to convert it to retinoic acid. This vitamin A formula works slower, which makes it less irritating on your skin. In the long run, however, it’s still potent on your under eye wrinkles! Look for an eye cream with retinol to gently diminish the depth and severity of fine lines in this area.
CoQ10 is an antioxidant we produce naturally – it’s in every one of our cells! This antioxidant is responsible for the energy our cells need to fix skin damage and ensure skin health. As you age, this energy diminishes and slows down. Your body gradually loses the supplies it needs to repair itself, leading to under eye wrinkles.
The good news is you can help replenish your supplies with a CoQ10 skin care product or supplement. Even better news: it plays nice with your other skin care actives.
This vitamin is best paired with vitamin C for a double dose of stable antioxidant, UV-busting power. On its own, however, it’s a famously well-tolerated skin care ingredient that does well with other actives.
If you can’t tolerate vitamin A (retinol) or vitamin C underneath your eyes, then vitamin E might be your go to for under eye wrinkles. You only need about a 0.5-1% concentration of vitamin E to benefit from its antioxidant and anti-aging effects. An added bonus: it may even be able to help with dark circles in the orbital eye area.
In contrast to the other vitamins on this list, vitamin D3 is an oral supplement. While there are vitamin D derivatives in skin care, vitamin D3 is a form that works within your skin. If you’re low on vitamin D, you may suffer from skin inflammation and decreased insulin sensitivity. This can worsen conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema.
Decreased insulin sensitivity can also lead to stiff and prematurely aged collagen, exacerbating under eye wrinkles. You naturally get vitamin D when you go out into the sun – but at the risk of free radical damage. Opt for a vitamin D3 supplement if you find yourself low on this antioxidant!
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These ingredients are chock full of antioxidants that help with elasticity, brightness, and moisture – known enemies of fine lines and wrinkles. For best results, they should be used in combination with the 5 vitamins for under eye wrinkles.
Expelled from the flowering fruits of the rose bush, this oil is rich in linoleic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C. In addition to its impressive store of skin-plumping vitamins, this oil is also gentle enough to use under the eyes. That’s what makes rosehip oil a perfect little number for lightweight moisturization, while lessening the appearance of under eye wrinkles.
Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins and ellagic acid. These antioxidants help starve free radicals that damage the collagen and elastin in your skin, and ultimately lead to wrinkles. Rich enough to lock in hydration, this oil can lessen the appearance of existing under eye wrinkles, too.
Not only are grapefruit, bergamot, and orange essential oils a pleasant surprise for your nose, these citrus oils also contain brightening properties for the under eye area. Most of this brightening power comes from the abundance of vitamin C present. Not to mention, grapefruit is antibacterial, bergamot is high in exfoliating AHAs, and orange is light enough for sensitive skin. A big plus: all three citrus oils stimulate circulation to reduce dark circles and puffiness.
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This richly concentrated golden elixir is pale in color, but potent in strength. A revolutionary hybrid oil and serum texture leaves your skin with a dewy glow. Incorporate this serum into your evening routine, and enjoy a subtle orange aroma while improving the appearance of your hard-earned under eye wrinkles.
Which vitamins are most effective in reducing the appearance of under-eye wrinkles?
The most effective vitamins for reducing the appearance of under-eye wrinkles include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A (Retinol), Vitamin K, and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide). Vitamin C is an antioxidant that boosts collagen production and brightens the skin. Vitamin E helps in moisturizing and repairing the skin. Retinol speeds up cell turnover and stimulates collagen production. Vitamin K can help in reducing dark circles, and Niacinamide improves skin elasticity and reduces inflammation.
How does Vitamin C help in treating under-eye wrinkles?
Vitamin C is crucial for treating under-eye wrinkles due to its role in collagen synthesis. Collagen is a protein that gives skin its firmness and elasticity. As we age, collagen production decreases, leading to wrinkles. Vitamin C also helps combat free radical damage and can brighten the under-eye area, reducing the appearance of dark circles.
Can Retinol be safely used for under-eye wrinkles?
Yes, retinol can be safely used for under-eye wrinkles, but it must be done cautiously. Retinol promotes skin cell turnover and stimulates collagen production, which can help reduce wrinkles. However, as the under-eye skin is delicate, it’s important to use a lower concentration of retinol and gradually increase as your skin adapts. Always apply sunscreen in the morning, as retinol can make skin more sensitive to the sun.
What are the benefits of Vitamin E for the under-eye area?
Vitamin E is known for its moisturizing and healing properties, making it beneficial for the under-eye area. It helps in nourishing and hydrating the delicate skin, preventing dryness and keeping the skin plump, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin E also has antioxidant properties that protect against environmental damage.
How does Niacinamide improve the appearance of under-eye wrinkles?
Niacinamide, or Vitamin B3, improves the appearance of under-eye wrinkles by boosting skin elasticity and reducing inflammation. It enhances the skin’s barrier function, retaining moisture and improving skin texture. Niacinamide also helps in reducing pigmentation, which can minimize the appearance of dark circles and make the under-eye area appear brighter and more rejuvenated.