Answer: I answer every email that I get at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, but this one is so relevant for all of us, I wanted to put it in my Q& A. While its true that you can’t use straight retinoids around the eyes, a combination product of retinoids, a steroid and hydroquinone known as Triluma can deliver anti-aging benefits. Triluma’s claim to fame is its ability to erase dark spots and patches, but the retinoids also may build collagen and reduce wrinkling. For reasons that are not clear, Triluma is no longer available commercially, but a full-service pharmacy can compound it specially for you. I did just that and uploaded up post about the process on March 28, 2012.
Triluma ( branded or custom made) can only be used for three months at a time. After a three month holiday, you can use it again. Some people don’t react well to Triluma while others are turned off by the steroids or hydroquinone, but there are other options. Vitamin C, growth factors or peptides like Matrixyl have shown to at least reduce lines around the eyes, but its not always clear how much of these effective ingrdients are in a commercial product. Home lasers like Palovia are approved by the FDA for smoothing crows feet and their before and after pix are impressive. And then there always is Botox for instant results.
But whatever treatment you choose, prevention is not an option. The first thing I do every morning is to put on a sunscreen under and around my eyes. I smooth on a concealer fortified with sunscreen that both hides dark circles and protects against sun damage. THis is one of my favorite products and my current go-to concealers is Revlon Age Defying SPF25. It’s less than $10, comes in a range of colors and lasts for hours. In warm sunny weather I keep one in my purse for touch-ups.
One last thought: Wear full size shades to both block UV rays and avoid squinting in bright light. Over time, squinting can etch deep wrinkles all around the eyes. In very sunny areas like Texas, doctors report crows feet in girls as young as 15 due o squinting in the strong light.