Crow’s feet are wrinkles that appear around the eyes as you get older. They kinda look like (you guessed it!) crow’s feet.
While totally normal, lots of folks aren’t happy with the way they look.
Here are the best ways to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet (plus some prevention tips).
There’s no cure-all for crow’s feet. Some folks won’t ever smooth them out all the way. Sometimes, your face ages with you. And that’s fine — it’s what faces are for.
But terrific treatments are available that reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and prevent them from getting more visible.
Here are the best options for your unique needs.
There are oodles of ointments, creams, and lotions that can diminish your crow’s feet. If OTC options don’t do the trick, a doctor can prescribe treatments like tretinoin (Retin-A).
Keep in mind, everyone’s skin is different (and many products are different, too). It’s best to talk to your doc before trying a DIY remedy.
Some folks also use it to prevent facial lines and wrinkles from developing. The results usually last about 3 months.
Possible side effects can include:
These symptoms usually clear up in 1 to 2 days. But if they don’t, give your doctor a call.
For Botox, go legit
PSA: It’s hella important you go to a legit provider. Not every Groupon Botox treatment is a home run, and some can even do real damage. Avoid turning those crow’s feet into roadkill.
Chemical peels can give you a full-face glow-up. They remove the older layers of skin to reveal the younger skin below. The exact results depend on the type of peel you get and your skin type.
Professional peels range from superficial to deep. Superficial peels are pretty painless and usually require little to no recoup time. But deep peels are another story.
Deep peels can be uber uncomfortable. In some cases, you’ll receive anesthesia during the procedure. And you might need several weeks to bounce back 💯.
For the best results, try getting a superficial peel every 2 to 4 weeks or a deeper peel every 6 to 12 months.
The best treatment: Self-love
Short of becoming a walking IG filter, no one is blemish-free.
Many treatments for crow’s feet are widely available and relatively cost-effective for peeps whose crow’s feet are really eroding self-esteem.
However, it’s important to remember the following (say it along with us, if it helps):
- You. 👏🏽
- Are. 👏🏽
- Stunning. 👏🏽
- Just. 👏🏽
- The. 👏🏽
- Way. 👏🏽
- You. 👏🏽
- Are. 👏🏽
And no number of Botox injections will help you shut down that negative self-talk.
Dermatologists inject dermal fillers (aka soft-tissue fillers) into crow’s feet with a small needle. Each filler has its own properties, and some last longer than others. Your doctor can provide the most appropriate options based on your skin care goals.
Popular dermal fillers include:
Laser resurfacing removes the upper layers of the skin to rejuvenate and tighten the skin. It also stimulates collagen growth.
You might receive pain meds before the procedure. Recovery time depends on the intensity of the treatment. Some folks can take several weeks to heal after laser resurfacing.
Some potential side effects are:
Makeup tips to conceal crow’s feet
Crow’s feet are notoriously tricky to conceal. Here are some tips to cover them up:
- Apply a lightweight moisturizer before putting on makeup.
- Avoid heavy makeup that can make your wrinkles look thicker.
- Stick to a silicone-based primer for a smoother appearance.
- Try a bold lip to draw attention away from your eyes.
- Blend a bit of your foundation with a wet sponge for a lighter finish.
- Don’t use loose powder — it can settle in the wrinkles and make them stand out more.
Alas, crow’s feet are a natural part of getting older. But there are ways to hold them off or reduce their appearance.
Here’s how to help prevent them:
- Don’t smoke. It can make you wrinkle faster (although more research is necessary).
- Hat’s the spirit. Wear a brimmed hat that blocks the sun from your face.
- Throw shades. Wear polarized sunglasses that protect your skin from rays.
- Stay moisturized. A little under-eye cream can go a long way.
- Use sunscreen on the daily. SPF 30 should be the minimum. ☀️
Good news: Even if you already have crow’s feet, you can still keep them from getting worse.
Here’s what could be causing your crow’s feet:
- Age. Skin becomes less elastic over time. Also, your skin produces less natural oil as you get older. This can make your skin look more dry and wrinkled.
- Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. UV radiation breaks down the skin’s connective tissues like elastin fibers and collagen. This can speed up the aging process and make you wrinkle faster.
- Smoking. Cigs may accelerate aging.
- Facial expressions. Squinting, and smiling, and scowling, oh my! Grooves form under the skin when you move your facial muscles. Over time, these grooves can become permanent wrinkles (see, wrinkles are groovy).
Crow’s feet are totes natural and shouldn’t be a source of any shame.
But if you want to get rid of them, there are several treatments that can reduce their appearance.
The treatment you pick depends on how intense the lines are and your skin type. Ask your doctor what option they think will work best for your skin care goals.