Rubbing your eyes
The skin around your eyes is super delicate and prone to damage. “Rubbing this sensitive area stretches skin and breaks down collagen and elastin, which can result in wrinkles,” explains Board Certified dermatologist and RealSelf Contributor, Sejal Shah, MD. The more you do it, the worse it gets. Have you ever pulled your lids taut to apply eyeliner? This has the same damaging effect. (Here’s what derms want you to know about getting rid of wrinkles.)
Leaving your shades at home
Squinting at the sun—or even your phone or computer—forces the muscles between your brows and around your eyes to contract, which causes the overlying skin to crease. “Initially you may see the wrinkle only when you make the movement, but over time the collagen will break down and the wrinkles will become deeper and fixed,” says Dr. Shah. The most common symptom of squinting? Crow’s feet! The best way to prevent them is to wear sunglasses. Be sure to see your eye doctor if you notice you’re squinting to see—it could be a sign that you need glasses. Check out the other sneaky signs you could need glasses (or a new prescription).