Can rubbing your eyes or squinting cause wrinkles and sagging? — TONI S.
APRIL SAYS: Yes, our experts confirmed. “Eye-area skin is thinner than that on the rest of your face, so it’s extremely delicate,” says Rebecca Kazin, M.D., a dermatologist in Chevy Chase, MD. “Repeatedly rubbing eyes can cause irritation, leading to redness and puffiness and, long-term, premature collagen breakdown, which prompts wrinkling and possibly sagging at an earlier age.” As for squinting, “repetitive movements like straining the eyes can cause lines to form, but are unlikely to lead to sagging,” she explains. The good news: “Studies have shown that lessening eye-area movement can improve the appearance of lines,” Dr. Kazin says. Be gentle when touching the skin, avoiding rubbing and tugging, reduce squinting by wearing UV-protective sunglasses (see page 56) and visiting an ophthalmologist to treat any vision issues, and apply a topical line-smoothing eye treatment daily. Her pick: PCA Skin ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum, $110, pcaskin.com.
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