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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Rid of Crow's Feet For Good

The eyes are the windows to the soul. They’re also one of the most delicate areas of the face, and one of the first spots that you’ll see signs of aging a.k.a crow’s feet.

Crow’s feet are perfectly normal - and a natural sign of aging - but, while some women choose to embrace their lines, others want to turn back the clock. Here are the products and tricks that really work.

First Thing’s First: Why Do We Get Crow’s Feet?

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To know how to treat crow’s feet, it’s important to first understand where they come from and why they develop.

Crow’s feet develop over time when the orbicularis oculi muscle - or the circular muscle around the eyes - contracts over time as we smile, laugh, squint, or frown. Ultimately, this causes pull lines in the skin, and these lines get deeper over time. On top of that, the skin around the eyes is thinner and susceptible to environmental damage, and it has fewer oil glands, which makes the skin drier and less moisturized. In other words, it’s the perfect wrinkle-creating storm.

More generally, though, keep in mind that wrinkles form from repetitive actions, which weaken collagen and elastin fibers in the skin over time. Plus, we naturally produce less collagen and elastin as we age.

6 Tips to Getting Rid of Crow’s Feet

1. The Best Treatment Is Prevention

Once crow’s feet really set in the face, they can be hard to get rid of with topical products. That’s why the most effective - and least expensive - course of action is prevention.

To this end, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Use SPF: Good sun protection can prevent UV damage and free radical damage on the skin - after all, 90% of skin aging is due to sun-related photodamage. This, in turn, can prevent crow’s feet from forming.
  • Wear sunglasses:Similarly, sunglasses provide physical sun protection. Look, specifically for full-coverage sunglasses that offer 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays, as bothcause damage and wrinkles.
  • Apply and eat antioxidants:Free radicals are unstable molecules that steal from your cells to try to stabilize themselves. This damages your cells’ DNA, leading to premature aging of the skin, hyperpigmentation, inflammatory conditions, and even skin cancer (you can read more about how they work here). Antioxidants stop free radicals in their tracks, helping you maintain healthy, youthful skin.
  • Sleep on your back:Sleep is absolutely essential for smooth, youthful skin - but sleeping on your side can actually cause the skin to get pulled on the pillowcase. Over time, this can cause more permanent creases and marks in your skin.

2. Consider Botox or Fillers

Botox can be used for preventative treatment of crow’s feet. Since it keeps the muscles from contracting, it can prevent lines from deepening over time. That said, it doesn’t address the lack of volume or collagen. This is where fillers can come into play since your doctor can add collagen directly into the skin.

Plus, keep in mind that needles aren’t the only way! If you’re skittish with getting injected - or you just don’t want to get poked - you can apply botulinum toxin
(aka botox) topically for the same results.

3. Exfoliate

Regular exfoliation is also great for both preventing crow’s feet and minimizing any small lines that have already formed. The reason here is simple: exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, helping to reveal fresher, smoother skin underneath.

Here, you have two main options: chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation. On the chemical side, the best option is glycolic acid.It’s widely studied and recognized as the most effective AHA, and regular exfoliation with glycolic acid can actually add volume to the dermis (you can find it in a brightening cleanseror a concentrated serum here).

When it comes to physical exfoliation, remember to choose your particles wisely. Many popular scrub particles - like walnut shells and apricot pits - can actually cause microtears in the skin, which can exacerbate acne, redness, and inflammation. Equally as bad, microbeads found in many pharmacy brands wash into waterways, majorly harming fish and the environment.

That’s why you need to look for a physical exfoliant with skin-friendly, environmentally safe ingredients like:

  • Bamboo fibers: Primarily composed of silica, bamboo fibers are known tohelp with collagen synthesis, promote skin strength, improve elasticity, and more.
  • Jojoba beads: Jojoba beadsare essentially jojoba wax in its hardened form. They’re odorless, colorless, all-natural, and they actually imitate the structure and consistency of sebum, the oil naturally produced by the skin. This similarity means that applying jojoba beads topically can actually trick your body into thinking it’s producing enough sebum, thereby lowering your natural oiliness and protecting skin against acne breakouts. The beads are also round and smooth, meaning they’re much less likely to cause microtears or irritation.

4. Rebuild Your Collagen

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Collagen is a super important protein that’s necessary for skin health, joint health, and movement. As our skin ages, it loses both elastin (stretch) and collagen. This, combined with repetitive movements like blinking, squinting, or smiling is a major cause of fine lines and crow’s feet.

Replacing this collagen, then, can help turn back the clock. Here, look for ingredients like Matrixyl 3000.

Peptides are proteins found naturally in skin that communicate with cells to trigger collagen production. When topical skincare peptides are applied, they signal your body to produce new collagen. This minimizes wrinkles and plumps skin. Look, specifically, for the anti-aging peptide Matrixyl 3000. It’s composed of two proteins that can trigger the formation of several important skin components, including elastin and collagen.

Find it in Night Shift nighttime hydration gel or All In multi-correctional brightening eye cream.

5. Try Skin Tightening

Once crow’s feet develop, one thing that can really help is skin tightening. This can be accomplished using radiofrequency devices. These emit radiofrequency waves - or thermal energy - deep into the skin, which increases circulation around the eyes and ultimately visibly reduces the appearance of crow’s feet.

6. Don’t Forget SPF

A whopping 90% of age-related skin damage and changes to the skin - including fine lines and wrinkles - is caused by UV-related damage. 90%! So the best thing you can do to combat that damage is protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.

That’s right, we’re talking about sunscreen. As a rule of thumb, you should look for a sunscreen that’s:

  • Broad-spectrum:Broad-spectrum formulations will offer protection against UVA and UVB rays. Standard sunscreens don’t; they only protect against UVB rays, which cause the actual reddening of the skin. This just doesn’t cut it, since UVA rays are the ones that reach the deeper layers of the skin and damage collagen and elastin. In other words, they make you look older faster.
  • Free of toxic chemicals:Avoid problematic ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, avobenzone, and retinyl palmate. These can be endocrine disruptors andthey can hurt the environment and coral reefs.
  • SPF 30:For real protection, you want to look for at least SPF 30, as this will protect against over 97% of harmful rays.

And of course, don’t forget about sunglasses to physically block UV rays and prevent squinting.

7. Try Microneedling

Lastly, if you’re looking for a solution you can find in the dermatologist’s office, consider microneedling. By making microholes in the skin, microneedling actually stimulates collagen production, thereby minimizing the appearance of fine lines.

Alternatively - or for deeper lines - you could try lasers like Fraxel.

Looking for a place to get started? Start with peptide-packed, hydrating, and antioxidant-rich products like Night Shift hydrating night geland All-In depuffing eye cream.