Crêpes don’t belong on your eyelids, they belong on an oven-warmed plate served in your local french restaurant. So, in the interest of maintaining order in the universe, I felt that Crepey Eyelids was the obvious choice as Part III of my Anti-Aging Eyes series.
What are Crepey Eyelids?
If you have crepey eyelids, trust me, you know what they are. If somehow you’re not sure, here’s a quick test:
Pinch your eyelids. Do they stay that way even after you let go? Yes? Then you have crepey eyelids aka crinkly eyelids, wrinkly eyelids, papery eyelids but whatever you call them it’s probably a good idea to address them before they get out of control.
This is not the same as droopy eyelids and many women who treat their droopy lids still experience the crepiness in the eyelid skin.
Treating Crepey Eyelids
Crepey, wrinkly, papery, crinkly, whatever you call them, these tissue paper lids may not necessarily be ‘hooded’ as addressed in Anti-aging Eyes – Eye Opening Tips for Droopy Eyelids (Part 1) and need to be treated accordingly. There are options specialized for the texture of the skin even after the droop is gone.
Products for Crepey Eyelids
Let’s start with THE single most important product for your eyes – one that should be used preemptively as well as ongoing to protect your eyes from it’s biggest adversary, the sun. (This little tidbit, my dears, is another tasty morsel of wisdom to share with your daughters, granddaughters, and any other lucky girl to have you as their beauty mentor!)
Sunscreen! It’s easy to forgo sunscreen around your eyes since old formulas would make your eyes burn. Problem solved. No more excuses with newly formulated sunscreens specifically for around your eyes.
Although many sunscreens have a water base that migrates with sweat, the new SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 has an oil and wax base that will stay put and not end up running into your eyes during the day. In addition, the SPF 50 sunscreen contains the natural minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect from UV rays.
The tinted formula works great as a foundation before applying eyeshadow to your lids and concealer under your eyes.
Another good choice of sunscreen for the eye area is the EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46. This product contains little to no nicotinic acid which can cause flushing or irritation of the skin around the eyes.
Home Remedies for Crepey Eyelids
1. Petroleum Jelly – Crepey Eyelids have the tendency towards dryness which only promotes that tissue paper look and feel. Take a container of petroleum jelly and keep it in your fridge. When your lids are feeling especially crepey just dab a little on top which will hydrate your skin and plump it up enough to make a difference in the texture but not make your eyes look puffy.
2. Add a Banana – Mush up a peeled banana, don’t forget to scrape out those white fibers from inside the peel, and mix in 1/4 part of your chilled pertroleum jelly. Use your ring finger to pat it onto the skin around your eyes (this is the gentlest finger and we don’t want to be pulling that skin, gravity needs no assistance!).
Leave it on for 5 or 10 mins then lightly rinse off with a cold wash cloth.
Over the Counter Products for your Eyelids
Revision Skincare D.E.J. Eye Cream
Revision Skincare D.E.J. Eye Cream targets the dermal-epidermal junction to improve the overall appearance of your upper and lower eyelids. Utilizing advanced extracts, peptides and potent antioxidants, leaves your eye skin intensely moisturized from the inside out promoting a smooth texture and eliminating the crepiness.
Revision Skincare D.E.J. Eye cream is the gold standard for treating crepey eyelids.
Cosmedica Skincare Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
All natural & organic, Cosmedica Skincare’s Pure Hyaluronic Serum plumps, restores, and hydrates your eyelids, immediately smoothing out the crepiness. I like use this product on the tops of my hands as well.
Only put this on the top section of your lids, mixed in with your eye cream. Don’t put it in your eyes!
The Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum combines the free radical defense benefits of Ferulic Acid (which also helps protect skin from UV damage) with Retinol to help correct the crepiness and mini-wrinkles around your eyes.
TIP: When applying anything to your eye area make sure to use your ring finger, which uses less pressure, and pat the product on gently. NEVER use your index finger and never, EVER pull your skin. Defeat the purpose why don’t we??
Lasers for Crepey Eyelids
Clearlift Q-Switch Laser by Alma
The results vary per person and although the treatment is recommended 2 to 3 times for the best results along with a touch up every 6 months, lots of women would beg to differ and claim an instant gratification that only gets better with time. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas MD, Phd, FAAD, PC uses this device as her go to treatment option for the crepey skin around the eyes.
The Clearlift also addresses pigmentation and can be used on your whole face and neck.
Fractional CO2 Laser
Considered the gold standard in resurfacing crepey eyelids, the Fractional CO2 Laser is an ablative laser that vaporizes the top layers of your skin so that the new skin can grow back more youthfully.
It also promotes the future growth of collagen which helps nix the whole paper mâché eyelid issue. This treatment has at least 8 days of true (don’t-leave-the-house) downtime.
You can read more general details about the CO2 laser skin treatment in my Laser Skin Treatment – A Basic Education (Ablative vs Non-Ablative) article but I assure you, I will be publishing a more in depth recount of my own personal experience (ordeal?) in the coming week or so as my face finishes healing.
I will say though, that my eyelids, although still red and peely 23 days after getting fractional CO2 laser treatment, are no longer crepey!
Hope this was helpful!