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What to Do About the Crows Feet Around Your Eyes

While many of the solutions you might find during a quick internet search may and can be successful, the choice of which ones you should include in your skincare routine depends on your individual skin conditions, their severity, your personal preferences, and the research you’re willing to do.

It can be a daunting task to find a way to get rid of the inevitable crow's feet around our eyes, thus named due to their resemblance to a bird’s foot. It may seem like there are simply too many options available to make a good choice if you’re not employed in the skincare industry.

While many of the solutions you might find during a quick internet search may and can be successful, the choice of which ones you should include in your skincare routine depends on your individual skin conditions, their severity, your personal preferences, and the research you’re willing to do.

Frustrating “crow’s feet” wrinkles are a natural sign of aging that occurs around your eyes, which is one of the most delicate areas of skin on the body. Although crow's feet can be a nuisance, we’d suggest that you not worry too much. They’re most visible because of the small muscle contractions that occur near your eyes when you smile. So, even if you’re on the hunt for an effective treatment, take solace in the fact that they are truly a result of your joy.

Another great reason not to worry is that countless products, treatments, and routines can treat crow’s feet. The list of hacks and tips is extensive and even longer when you add more invasive steps to treat more prominent cases.

Crow's Feet Treatments

The most popular treatments for crow's feet include topical creams, botox, specific facials, dermal fillers, and several more.

Topical Creams

Certain topical creams, over-the-counter, and prescriptions can specifically fight signs of aging using formulas designed to build up healthy new skin. Although topical creams are not effective for severe crow's feet, they can be used for less extreme cases, and consumers should expect to see results in about 24 weeks. Look for products containing retinol, hyaluronic acid, peptides and/or ferulic for best results.

Botox

Because botox treatments are used to prevent facial muscles from overperforming, it is an exceptional treatment for crow's feet. The effects of botox typically last around three months before additional rounds of treatment are needed. The limited side effects tend to subside just one to two days after treatment.

Facials, Microneedling, and Laser Genesis

Many facials are specifically designed to reverse the naturally occurring effects of aging, including crow's feet. Between traditional facials, laser facials, and more, there are several options to choose from. Our Fit Face Microcurrent Facial and Hydrafacial, two different techniques, are specifically designed to reduce the effects of aging on the skin. Both treatments include the reduction of crow's feet in their long lists of benefits.

Our Laser Genesis Facial and Laser Genesis + create a similar effect. By utilizing collagen boosting laser treatments, we create more youthful and firmer skin around the eyes and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Microneedling is another excellent option for treating crow’s feet. In as little as three treatments, microneedling can noticeably reduce wrinkled areas, firm the skin, and ultimately give the skin an extra boost.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal filler treatments can be used to target the under-eye area directly. A trained professional injects fillers into the place where the crow's feet appear to reduce wrinkles. The effects can last anywhere from three months to one year, even longer in some cases. These are generally used for dark circles and under eye hollowness, however, combined with botox they can have a dramatic positive effect on the overall eye area.

Prevention Tips

If you have yet to spot crow's feet on each side of your eyes, there are several steps you can take to help prevent them, like:

  • Sleeping with a silk pillowcase
  • Wearing sunglasses
  • Using sunscreen consistently
  • Selecting an effective eye cream
  • Being gentle to the eye area when removing makeup or applying products.
  • Exfoliating the area with soft acids

Ultimately though, the only tip that can guarantee the prevention of crow’s feet is to stop smiling; and no one wants to do that. Although the appearance of crow’s feet can be frustrating, there are many treatments to soften them, and they truly are a testament to all of the parts of your life that make you smile.

Meet the author

Katie Werbowski
Director of Brand Strategy & Development at Skin Spa New York

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