5 ways to build collagen around your eyes

The eyelid skin has very little collagen and elastin in it, that’s why it’s the first area in the body to show signs of aging ⏳⁠

Here's a refresher: Collagen accounts for 30% of your body's protein. It provides structure, support or strength to your skin, muscles, bones and connective tissues.

I know retinol is a great ingredient for boosting collagen, but I see a lot of patients who experience eye irritation from retinol, and we're not here for that. So read more for some alternative options.

Collagen protein

Stay hydrated: staying hydrated is always a good idea.

Water not only plays a role in the production of collagen, it helps the skin to stay plump and less susceptible to irritations. ⁠

Wear sunglasses: protecting the eye area from UV damage is very important in preserving collagen. ⁠

Take Vitamin C: our bodies don’t naturally make or store Vitamin C. Yet we need it to build collagen.

Using products with vitamin C help to rebuild and preserve collagen.

Treat eye irritations: it’s important not to ignore when your eyes are feeling irritated.

Over time irritated eyelids leads to inflammation and breakdown of collagen. ⁠

Use antioxidants: like Vitamin E to help protect the delicate eyelid skin against photo damage and oxidation. 


Collagen, here we come!

XO, Dr. Nicky, Founder of You & Eye