How to Tighten Loose Skin on the Eyelids

Sagging skin is a common sign of aging, due to the loss of your skin's elasticity. The skin around your eyes, including your eyelids, can be especially prone to loosening and drooping with age, because the skin in this area is very thin. Loose skin on the eyelids can be a cosmetic concern to some, and a medical threat to others, if the dropping interferes with normal vision. Facial exercises, anti-aging creams and cosmetic procedures can all help tighten the loose skin on your eyelids.

Do daily exercises to help strengthen the muscles in your eyelids and tone loose skin that may have begun to sag. The Eva Fraser Fitness Center in London, England, reports that performing eyelid exercises for 10 minutes each day, at least four days a week, can help some people tighten the loose skin on their eyelids. Raise your eyebrows and put a finger under your brow bone to hold the skin in place. Close your eyes in several incremental movements, rather than one sweeping motion, and hold the position for six seconds. You should feel the pull of your lids as your keep your finger in place. Open your eyes, and repeat.

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Use a firming or anti-aging cream to tighten loose skin around your eyes and on your eyelids. Loren Pickart, PhD., founder of Skin Biology, suggests choosing a product that contains copper peptides, a compound that can firm up your skin and reduce fine lines. Read labels carefully to ensure that the product you select is safe for use around the eyes. Some creams cannot be used on the eyelid itself, but can be applied to the areas near your eyes to achieve the same result.

Undergo a beauty treatment called Thermage. Thermage is the use of radio waves to heat the skin around your eyes 2. The increase in temperature causes the collagen in your skin to tighten, and can also promote new collagen production. The procedure is non-invasive and approved by the FDA, according to The treatments is relatively long-lasting, with results spanning an average of two years.

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Opt for a cosmetic procedure called a blepharoplasty to tighten loose skin on your eyelids. This type of plastic surgery is used to remove fat, skin and muscle that droops in the eyelid area. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic's website states that a blepharoplasty can be especially effective for people who have vision problems stemming from their sagging skin 1.


Dr. Loren Pickart, a biochemist who has created his own line of skin care products, suggests using minimal eye makeup to protect your eyelid skin from irritation and sagging. According to Dr. Pickart, the metal content and coloring in eyeshadows and eyeliners can harm the delicate skin of your eyelids, which can contribute to sagging.