Tiny lines around the corner of the eyes, known as crow’s-feet, can crop up as early as during your 20s. While these little lines can be troublesome, the good news is they are preventable and correctable.
All those years of squinting and smiling eventually start to catch up with your face. “Chronically using those muscles— coupled with a loss of elasticity—causes small wrinkles to appear in the outer corners of the eyes,” says Los Angeles dermatologist Annie Chiu, MD. The best way to prevent them? Load up on a good daily sunscreen and don a pair of big, protective sunglasses to prevent aging eyes.
Softening crow’s-feet with the right ingredients makes them look less obvious. Skin-care products that utilize anti-line and anti-wrinkle ingredients can help diffuse the look of lines around the eyes. But the best way to minimize the look of crow’s-feet is with neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. “They relax the muscles around the eyes so that the crinkling you see when you smile or squint is minimized or completely smoothed out,” says Reno, NV, plastic surgeon Tiffany McCormack, MD. “There’s nothing that works quite like it.” In some, filler or a fractional CO2 laser needs to be used too to tackle deeply etched lines at the outer corner of the eyes.