There are essentially two types of eye wrinkles: those that develop around the eye which are often referred to as crow's feet thanks to their feet like appearance; the other type are under eye wrinkles.
Causes of wrinkles around the eyes
It is unlikely you'll be able to completely prevent lines from forming below and around the eye, as any facial expressions we make tend to cause movement and creasing of this zone. What is possible, though, is prevention of deep and static wrinkles- the lines that are apparent even when your face is still.
As with all facial wrinkles, the best way to avoid them is to start planning early on. Even though children do not exhibit wrinkles, damage done at this early stage of life will come back to haunt you as you get older. Obviously your skin's welfare is the responsibility of your parents when you are small, but once you get to your teens and become more independent, you should be able to make your own decisions about how much sun and pollution you expose your skin to.
Of course for some of us our teenage years are long gone and we are now starting to pay the price for days spent sunbathing without adequate protection. No matter how old you are it's never too late to prevent new wrinkles from developing, or for existing wrinkles to worsen.
For eyes, invest in good anti wrinkle creams that contain Retin-A. Retin-A, amongst other ingredients, contains an acid that is derived from Vitamin A, and which is known to increase the production of collagen as well as helping to renew the skin's outer layer.
Next, get yourself a good pair of sunglasses. These will not only protect your eye area from the sun's damaging rays, but they will also stop you squinting into the sun - another known cause of eye wrinkles.
Whether your wrinkles are below or around the corners of your eyes, either type can be improved by simply being aware of how your face moves. Watch yourself in the mirror next time you chat to a friend on the phone; you'll be amazed at how much your eyes crease when you laugh or smile. Once you know what is causing the lines, you'll be able to train you face not to move so much. We're not suggesting you stop laughing or smiling... you just might have to tone it down a little!