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Crow’s-Feet: 6 Treatment Options that Actually Work

What exactly are crow’s-feet, and what causes them? Below, find the answers to all your questions on the topic, along with popular remedies to reduce fine lines around the eyes.

Crow's feet

What are crow’s-feet?

You might be wondering, just what are crow’s-feet? They’re the fine lines that form around the outer corners of your eyes as you age. Crow’s-feet get their name from the way they look when you smile or squint. 

What causes crow’s-feet? 

Sun exposure, general skin aging, and several other factors contribute to the development of crow’s feet. These lines typically start out as subtle creases extending from the outer corner of your eye. 

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As your skin is exposed to environmental elements and hormonal changes over the course of your lifetime, it loses elasticity and produces less collagen. Sun damage and free radicals increase the likelihood of crow’s-feet appearing and deepening.

Wondering how to get rid of crow’s-feet? You’ll be glad to hear there’s a wide array of products and procedures proven to combat the appearance of these lines.

A woman uses vitamin-enriched cream to get rid of crow’s-feet

The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate because it’s roughly 40 percent thinner than the rest of the skin on your face. That’s why it’s crucial to exercise added care when dealing with premature aging and the elimination of fine lines. 

The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate because it’s roughly 40 percent thinner than the rest of the skin on your face.

Vitamin-enriched eye creams and masks provide much-needed moisture to prevent the very thin skin around your eyes from drying out. Secondly, they contain nutrients, including vitamin C, which protect against sun damage and harmful toxins.  

Furthermore, it’s important to choose a product suited for your skin type and designed specifically for the eyes. Experts recommend products containing vitamins A, B, and E, and other antioxidants like coenzyme Q10, polyphenols, flavonoids, and glutathione. 

Facial massage relieves stress, redistributes moisture, and increases blood flow to the area. It also removes dead cells and improves tone.

When massaging, use a high-quality oil, serum, or cream to reduce excess friction, which is damaging to the skin. Apply light pressure, moving upward and outward from the center of your face. This process stimulates collagen production, smoothes skin, and fills in sagging areas.

Lastly, be sure to drink plenty of fluids after massaging to draw out any toxins released during the process. 

Invented in the 1800s, peels are used to chemically remove the outermost layer or layers (depending on the strength) of dull skin. Dulling usually indicates the presence of dead skin cells accumulated on the surface.   

Specialists recommend a mild chemical peel, especially around the eyes. Take special precautions to avoid getting it in your eyes. If you’re concerned about the way your skin might react to a chemical peel, contact a skincare professional to discuss possible options.

For years, laser resurfacing has demonstrated its effectiveness in the treatment of skin damaged by severe acne and scarring. It can also be used to reduce the appearance of crow’s-feet.

Injectable dermal fillers plump and smooth your skin in the targeted area. Do some background research on the vast assortment of fillers on the market as their usage depends upon your desired outcome. 

When choosing this particular skincare technique to battle crow’s-feet, be aware that the results of the procedure are only temporary. As your skin continues to age, the lines around your eyes will gradually reappear. 

The final option for tackling bothersome crow’s-feet is Botox. This involves the injection of a small amount of botulinum toxin into the skin around the corners of your eyes. Botox works to block nerve signals from reaching your muscles, which causes them to contract less often. Multiple side effects are associated with this product and, as such, should be discussed with a trained healthcare professional prior to injection.

While there’s no surefire way to completely prevent the formation of crow’s feet around your eyes, there are certain things you can do to postpone the inevitable. 

Eat a well-balanced diet, always apply sunscreen, and put on sunglasses whenever you’re outside to protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Remember to do so even when you’re wearing foundation. 

Eat a well-balanced diet, always apply sunscreen, and put on sunglasses whenever you’re outside to protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Secondly, handle the area around your eyes with caution as it is delicate and easily damaged. Finally, get plenty of sleep every night and moisturize the skin around your eyes before bedtime. 

As simple and straightforward as they sound, such preventive measures may go a long way towards delaying the appearance of crow’s-feet.

Fabbrocini, G., & Cacciapuoti, S. (2016). Aesthetic Procedures for Eye Wrinkles: Skin Needling and Botox. In Nonsurgical Lip and Eye Rejuvenation Techniques (pp. 29-36). Springer, Cham.

Meaike, J. D., Agrawal, N., Chang, D., Lee, E. I., & Nigro, M. G. (2016, August). Noninvasive Facial Rejuvenation. Part 3: Physician-Directed—Lasers, Chemical Peels, and Other Noninvasive Modalities. In Seminars in Plastic Surgery (Vol. 30, No. 03, pp. 143-150). Thieme Medical Publishers.

Rouvrais, C., Baspeyras, M., Mengeaud, V., & Rossi, A. B. (2018). Antiaging efficacy of a retinaldehyde‐based cream compared with glycolic acid peel sessions: A randomized controlled study. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 17(6), 1136-1143.

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