I'm developing pronounced wrinkles and crow's feet around my right eye only. Help me figure out what's causing this and how to stop and/or reverse the process.
I'm a 31 woman and have recently given up smoking. I've been a skincare obsessive since my teens and have always cleansed, toned, moisturised and used oodles of sunscreen and eye cream. The smoking was my only (skincare) vice.
In the last 6 months or so I've started to develop crow's feet around my right eye only. It seems to me that they are developing quickly. They are particularly noticeable if I am in any way tired or dehydrated. The difference between each eye is striking. The skin around my left eye is almost completely smooth.
Naturally I'm hitting the wrinkles with all the products I can think of but to no avail. I haven't ever been to a dermatologist but that's probably the next step. I'm reluctant to take drastic measures to reduce the wrinkles until I know what's causing them. Also I enjoy the home version of skincare but find the next step intimidating and don't really know what I'm doing once I move away from the bathroom shelf. Am I looking for botox, fillers, dermabrasion, retinol...what?
Possibly relevant information:
The skin on the right hand side of my face is slightly more oily and prone to puffiness than on the left.
I sleep on my sides and sometimes my back or tummy. I'm as likely to wake up on my left hand side as my right.
I spent the last 2 winters working partly outside in the arctic in some severely cold temps. I moisturised only at night during this period. I don't think my rhs was any more exposed to the cold than the lhs.
I've seen this
and related questions but they don't fully answer my query. I'm not convinced my wrinkles are sleep related and I can't think of any time or situation when one side of my face was regularly exposed to the sun more than the other.
Why are these wrinkles on only one side of my face? What can I do to halt their development and get my right eye looking as smooth as my left? If I do have to break out the hardcore processes what one should I go for and how do I ensure that I use a skilled professional who will get me a natural look? I'm assuming the asymmetric nature of the wrinkles will make it more difficult to achieve a natural effect that looks balanced around both eyes.