Crying a river over your crow’s feet? Do you see them every time you smile? Or do they refuse to go away even on your poker face? Crow’s feet are one of the major signs of ageing & can be easily corrected with early prevention, clinical intervention & a powerful skincare routine! Read on to find out in this complete crow’s feet guide for men & women!
What Is Crow’s Feet?
Lateral canthal rhytides (LCRs) also known as crow’s feet or eye wrinkles are lines that appear around the outer corner of your eyes especially when you smile, squint or laugh.
These lines start from the corner of your eyes and radiate all the way to your temples and upper cheeks, looking like the claws of a bird.
“Wrinkles merely indicate where smiles have been” — Mark Twain
Mark Twain was right! Your crows feet eyes are usually the sign of frequent facial expressions as well as skin ageing. While smiling is absolutely fine but the presence of eye wrinkles can make you look aged and tired. Nobody wants that right?
Why Do Crow’s Feet Form?
The skin around your eyes is 40% thinner than the skin of the rest of your body. Hence, making it very delicate and susceptible to the effects of ageing. This is the very reason why your eyes are usually the first places to show fine lines, creases and wrinkles.
Orbiscularis oculi or Crow’s feet muscles are actually responsible for giving rise to your eye wrinkles around the eyes. It is a ring shaped muscle running around the eye. So when you move them, you can notice creases similar to ‘spokes of a wheel’.
Know Your Eye Wrinkles
Your crows feet start from being dynamic to static, thanks to frequent muscle movement and then collagen loss due to ageing. This is the reason why Cosmexperts advise patients to take early preventive actions when they see wrinkles around eyes in 20s.
9 Most Common Reasons Behind Crows Feet Wrinkles
There are more than one reason behind your crows feet wrinkles and not just ageing and smiling or laughing. Many patients at CosmeDocs are also guilty of:
Squinting & Scrunching
Any facial expression you make needs you to move your facial muscles. Of course, this leads your skin to move and wrinkle.
Whether you are squinting or scrunching under the sun while reading without your power glasses or due to glare from the digital devices, you are inching closer to forming eye wrinkles.
The American Academy of Dermatology states that squinting and scrunching causes a crease in the skin. This groove creates a wrinkle over time which becomes more profound as you age.
Thinning Skin With Ageing
You will be surprised to know that the skin around your eyes is 10 times thinner than the skin on your face! As if that were not enough, with time your skin becomes more delicate and fragile due to collagen breakdown.
Moreover, your eye muscles are constantly at work, blinking and producing 10,000 movements per day! All of this stress and strain can eventually lead to formation of visible wrinkles around the eyes.
Skipping Sunscreen Shield
Sun’s UV rays are not your skin’s friend, period. Photo damage is a more serious concern that you think because sun exposure without sun protection can break down your skin’s most important proteins — collagen and elastin.
Hence, if you love sunshine and not your sunscreen, do not be surprised if you wake up with a crow’s feet face one morning.
Sleeping On Their Face
So you are getting a good 7-8 hours of recommended beauty sleep, yet you notice a crows feet face. What gives? Chances are, you are not sleeping the right way. Whether sleeping on your side or on your stomach, you may develop wrinkles.
Such creases appear not just around your eyes like crows feet, but also cause nasolabial folds as well as wrinkle your décolletage.
Rubbing & Tugging
How often do you rub your peepers when you are tired or sleepy? Do you have to tug the eyes while putting on your lenses or eyeliner? The top most layer of your skin, the epidermis is much thinner around the eyes. Hence, all this physical strain can damage skin’s protein fibers causing wrinkles around eyes.
Low Levels Of Youth Hormone — The Estrogen
Hormones are responsible for running your body functions smoothly. From Melatonin that makes you sleepy to the Insulin or fat-storage hormone, to male testosterone and female sex hormone estrogen — you just cannot do without them!
Estrogen is a hormone that ensures a lady’s skin is elastic. The hormone also maintains collagen levels in check, thus, keeping major ageing signs at bay. When menopause occurs, your estrogen level dips which ultimately causes eye wrinkles and crows feet.
Consuming Too Much Sugar
Didn’t see this one coming, right? Well, we have a good reason to blame your ‘sweet tooth’ for those pesky wrinkles. Even modest amounts of processed sugar in your diet can create dark circles, eye creases, skin dehydration and speed up the overall ageing process.
Your Water Levels Are Low
Not drinking enough water every day? Consuming too much alcohol or caffeine? Dehydrated skin has its own ways of telling you to increase your water intake, and one of them is a crow’s feet face.
Not Wearing Sunglasses Under The Sun
As mentioned earlier, squinting or scrunching your face when it is sunny and bright outside eventually leads to wrinkles around the eyes. A pair of sunglasses is not merely a fashion accessory; they also prevent damage to your eyes and the skin around them. Time to add them to your must-haves!
Benefits Of Correcting Crows Feet
“It is never too late to age elegantly”
For some people, smile lines and eye wrinkles are not a matter of concern. However, for others, especially women, crows feet are the telltale signs of ageing. According to aesthetic experts, here are some of the amazing benefits of eye wrinkle treatment.
You Look Refreshed & Rejuvenated
Of course, you do! After the crows feet treatment, patients at CosmeDocs have reported receiving tons of compliments at work and in their social circles. Moreover, the treatment softens the fine lines around the eyes and gives a well rested look to a face.
You Become More Confident
Many people still consider wrinkles, no matter where they appear, undesirable. We also understand that these creases can also cripple your confidence. However, with the best treatment for crow’s feet at CosmeDocs, you can enjoy more self confidence.
Smooth Makeup Application
Women go to great lengths to hide eye wrinkles with makeup but end up making them more prominent. Now you can prevent your foundation and eyeshadows from sinking into those grooves around your eyes with effective clinical treatments.
Prevent Deeper Eye Wrinkles!
As you age from your 30s to 40s to 50s, your smile wrinkles eyes will only get worse and more noticeable. With early prevention and timely treatment with Botox or Retinol, you can actually prevent the ageing signs from adding years to your face.
How To Get Rid Of Crow’s Feet?
It may be quite challenging to combat crows feet and eye wrinkles successfully. There seems to be many ways to eliminate crows feet, however, only a few treatments have proven to be helpful such as Botox for eye wrinkles, filler for crows feet, retinol products, Vitamin C serum, Microneedling.
What Is Crow’s Feet Botox?
Better than any eye wrinkle cream in the market is Botox for your stubborn crow’s feet.
Botox injections for crows feet targets the root cause of the issue by relaxing small muscles around your eyes called orbicularis oculi muscle.
Your doctor injects a small amount of Botulinum Toxin into these muscles, which momentarily blocks certain nerve signals to the target muscles. This in turn, relaxes the skin on top of these muscles and smoothing out smile lines around your eyes.
Units Of Botox For Crow’s Feet
It is important to note that everybody is different and hence, may need different units to treat eye wrinkles and crows feet.
However, it is important to note that since the facial muscles of males are stronger than those of females, men usually require more Botox units.
For Crows Feet Men = 15 units for each eye
For Crows Feet Women = 10-12 units for each eye
Botched Botox Crows Feet — A Word Of Caution
Only a qualified injector knows that Botox is an effective anti ageing solution but also knows that too much of it can take away your natural facial expressions. Moreover, when it comes to Botox, there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’.
When too much Botox is injected into the orbicularis muscles, it can swell up the fat pads below your eyes. Also , this effect cannot be undone immediately, although it does ultimately wear off in a few months.
Hence, a crows feet Botox done right means reduced eye wrinkles, lifted eyes, and a rested, youthful face.
Baby Botox — Keeping It Real & Natural
No need to worry here! Baby Botox does not involve babies. Instead, it means ‘small’ or ‘micro’ doses of Botulinum Toxin to be injected into the wrinkled skin. The final result? Your look but better!
Baby Botox London is in fact more popular among many people because they can avoid the ‘frozen look’. With Baby Botox injections patients enjoy a refreshed look yet naturally expressive face.
‘The best wrinkle is the one you never get!’
That is indeed very true! But then what is the right time to get treatment for crows feet wrinkles? It is usually seen that wrinkles around the eyes tend to appear somewhere in the mid to the late 30s. However, Cosmexperts suggest, ‘the earlier, the better!’
Therefore, you can get Botox for eye wrinkles when they appear upon smiling, squinting, frowning or laughing. It is best to avoid smile lines around your eyes before they become a permanent feature of your skin!
Is Botox For Eye Wrinkles An Effective Eye Wrinkle Treatment?
A qualified and an experienced practitioner can effectively use Botox to treat your crows feet eyes. The aim is to diminish the look of these creases without making you look frozen!
Take a look at the picture of our client with crow’s feet face below. The botox injections for crows feet have refreshed her look and reduced unwanted ageing eye wrinkles too.
Botox Before And After Crows Feet
How Long Does Botox Last On Crows Feet?
Loving the wrinkle free results of Botox on your eyes? Well, the good news is that you can enjoy a smoother eye area for several months. The effects of Botox are not permanent and usually last for about 3-4 months.
In 2016, a study was conducted, according to which, 1,362 patients had crows feet treatment using Botox. They had reported that the effects of the treatment had lasted for at least 4 months.
So far, Botox injection is considered to be the best procedure for crows feet with little to no side effects.
Filler For Crows Feet
Dermal fillers are considered the best treatment for crow’s feet that have become engraved and deeper due to age and collagen loss. Taking years off of an ageing face is a known forte of hyaluronic acid fillers and they can do the same for your dreaded eye wrinkles too.
How Does Eye Wrinkle Filler Work?
The doctor injects hyaluronic acid filler under the skin of the eyes, which adds volume and smoothens deep crow’s feet. Men with deep creases around their eyes can greatly benefit from dermal fillers. Similarly, women in their 40s and above can enjoy visible results.
At CosmeDocs, the experts use Juvederm in combination with anti wrinkle injections or Botox. The goal is to minimize the frequent muscle movement of your eyes and, at the same time, restore volume loss in the skin.
Filler-Tox Treatment For Smile Lines
It is important to note that dermal fillers results are not permanent and may only last for up to 18 months, depending on the amount of product injected. At CosmeDocs, experts treat dynamic eye wrinkles with Botox. The deep static crow’s feet are corrected using a filler-tox approach.
Hence, relaxing the target muscles underneath the skin that causes wrinkles while reducing the grooves etched deep into the skin for a smoother eye area.
How To Get Rid Of Crow’s Feet Without Botox?
Retinol For Crows Feet & Eye Wrinkles
Your skin has a life and in your youth, your skin’s elasticity keeps it ‘bouncy’ and ‘plump’. However, as soon as your biological clock starts to tick towards ageing, not only collagen and elastin levels start to go down but also take longer to produce.
What happens next? Thinning skin with crepey skin texture especially around the eyes.
Cosmexperts at CosmeDocs do not hail Retinol for no reason! This ‘skin superhero’ has been around for a long time and we do not see it going away anytime soon.
How Does Retinol Work For Crows Feet?
Skin care companies just cannot have enough of Retinoids, also known as topical Vitamin A.
According to Harvard Health Publishing by Harvard Medical School, retinoids reduce the look of ageing signs by promoting natural collagen production.
Moreover, the patients with fine lines and wrinkles need to use topical Vitamin A regularly for 3 to 6 months, in order to see some improvements.
Retinoids Thickens The Skin
Since topical Vitamin A stimulates collagen production in your skin, hence it indirectly thickens it. Using retinoids for your eye wrinkles can be very effective and can also rejuvenate entire eye area.
Moreover, if you have sensitivity around the eyes, you can always apply an eye cream before layering your retinoid. Therefore, using the retinoids correctly and regularly can actually help you reap the benefits!
Best Retinol For Eye Wrinkles
Thanks to tons of science and research behind this top skincare product, Stimulate RA and Stimulate RE:
- Speed up your skin’s cells turnover
- Encourage collagen production
- Slow down the collagen breakdown
Vitamin C Serum For Crows Feet Reduction
Do not take this citrusy vitamin for granted people! A powerful Vitamin C serum such as Revitalize C20 containing a whooping 20% L-Ascorbic Acid and a cocktail of vitamins can help your eye wrinkles.
Best Eye Serum For Wrinkles
Revitalize C20 serum not only prevents but also corrects and even brightens the eye area thanks to the antioxidants in it. Experts at Harley Street Formulations advise using vitamin C serum in the daytime to:
- Prevent sun damage
- Boost collagen in your skin
- Prevent the onset of future wrinkles
- Smooth out existing fine lines and wrinkles
Moreover, the facial serum is formulated with Hyaluronic acid to smoothen and plump ageing lines around your peepers!
The client has successfully transformed her skin and fine lines around her eyes by regular use of Revitalize C20 Vitamin C serum on her face and around her eyes.
Microneedling Crows Feet
Known to induce natural collagen production in your body, the microneedling treatment is an ideal crows feet cure! The star element of this tried and tested procedure is our favorite protein, Collagen.
The protein in your skin is 70% collagen!
Collagen is what keeps your skin firm, taut and wrinkle free. It is a major element in all anti ageing products and treatments.
The production of this essential skin protein declines by 1% every year as soon as you hit your 20s. Moreover, by your 40s, the collagen in your skin declines even more, causing thinner skin and deeper wrinkles.
How Does Microneedling Work On Crows Feet?
Also known as ‘Collagen Induction Therapy’, helps to boost your skin collagen and elastin production. This simple non surgical treatment involves making tiny tears in the skin surrounding your eyes, thus, signaling your body to make more collagen.
The results? Your entire eye area looks much smoother and firmer, while you look refreshed, rested and rejuvenated.
How To Get Rid Of Eye Wrinkles Yourself?
Prevent . Treat . Repeat!
Get A Solid Skincare Routine — Today!
They say it is never too late to make a change, but at CosmeDocs we say:
“Self care starts with skincare!”
So how about dropping by a skin clinic like CosmeDocs? Here our dermatologists can help you not only manage your crows feet eyes, but also handcraft a skincare routine to prevent dreaded crows feet men and women.
Take a look at how Cosmexperts at CosmeDocs handcraft your skincare routine using CRES principles for your specific skin type and unique skin concerns
Sleep More, Sleep Well, & Sleep Right
Merely a good night sleep is not enough, you also need to have a proper sleeping position and a pillow! Cosmexperts suggest investing in a satin or silk pillowcase for yourself. The benefits are many, such as:
- Keeps acne at bay
- Less friction on skin, hence no crows feet
- Skin’s moisture remains intact
- Regulate your body temperature
- Better hair health and less frizz and breakage
Don Your Sunglasses Outdoors
Your peepers need to be protected at all times, especially under the sun. The obvious reason behind your squinting or scrunching face is that bright sunlight. It is best to carry polarized sunglasses in your bag or in your car and wear them whenever it is sunny outside.
Give Your Eyes A Break — Literally!
We advise going easy on your peepers. Avoid rubbing, tugging, and squinting your eyes as much as possible. Staring at digital screens for too long can put a physical toll on your eyes too. Wear glasses if you need one while reading, and use anti-glare shields for your laptops and smartphones screens.
Make Sun Protection Your Second Nature
This advice just cannot be stressed enough! The sun’s UVA rays cause premature wrinkling and the delicate skin around your eyes cannot take the toll. Wearing sunscreen is a crucial part of anti wrinkle protection and Cosmexperts suggest using it everyday come rain or shine!
Keep The Eye Area Hydrated
You just do not need any ordinary skincare for your under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet. Cosmexperts suggest using products of clinical strength! A juicy Vitamin C serum can help you during the day while using retinoids at night to thicken your skin. Time to up your skincare game a bit.
Let CosmeDocs Correct Your Crows Feet
Whether you are a man who wants to look youthful and sharp or a woman who simply wants to take years off of her face, CosmeDocs is here to help. Experts in our clinics do not stick to one eye wrinkle treatment but will provide you a holistic approach to combat crows feet.
Love Your Smile, Lose Your Lines!
Book a consultation with us and discover how easily and visibly you can banish those clingy eye wrinkles. With our expertise and treatments you will certainly not search for the best eye cream for crows feet!