Named for their likeness to a crow’s footprint, crow’s-feet are those unsightly little lines that extend from the corners of your eyes as a result of excessive contraction of the muscle around the eye from squinting or even smiling. Excessive sun exposure can also be a factor and may even exacerbate the depth of these pesky lines. But you can have the last laugh in the war on crow’s-feet by preventing them with the right products and correcting them with the appropriate treatments.
The Five-Minute Massage Must
According to celebrity aesthetician Ildi Pekar, the skin around your eyes possesses fewer oil glands and smaller pores than other areas of your face, which can make it more susceptible to dryness, and possibly accelerate the appearance of crow’s-feet. “I suggest eye creams as they are formulated to hydrate this area.” Pekar also says that because the eyes are a source of expression, those muscles are used more often, and relaxing them is essential. “You need to relax those muscles every night. Take your eye cream and perform a five-minute massage to rest the muscles.”
Look for eye creams containing hyaluronic acid, which helps boost collagen and staves off fine lines and wrinkles, Pekar adds.
The Ultimate Protector
Protect your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun—and look good doing it—with a pair of sunglasses that offer polarized lenses to prevent squinting and coverage of the whole eye area. Oliver Peoples Rovella Coco Sunglasses, $325, neimanmarcus.com
The Aging Eye Reverser
Luxurious black tourmaline gems and South Sea pearls combine with sweet almond and goji berry extracts in this decadent formula that purportedly helps diminish fine lines and puffiness, leaving you looking refreshed and rejuvenated. Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift, $150, esteelauder.com
The Eye Perfecter
Puffiness and dark circles can cause you to look tired and make crow’s-feet seem even more obvious. Hide them with a concealer that offers buildable coverage and leaves eyes looking refreshed and youthful. Per-fékt Skin Perfection Conceal, $28, sephora.com
The Multitasking Rejuvenator
Infused with black tea, blackberry leaf extract and lychee seed extract, this all-natural formula claims to deliver a trifecta of eye-perfecting benefits: reduces puffiness, minimizes dark circles and firms skin. Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate, $85, fresh.com
The Ultimate Crow’s-Feet Eraser
Used off-label for years and FDA-approved for the treatment of crow’s-feet in September 2013, Botox, according to New York oculoplastic surgeon Jessica Lattman, MD, acts to relax the muscles of expression, so the overlying skin remains smooth, preventing wrinkles from appearing. “Botox is the best treatment for this concern. Fillers for fine lines can also be used along with Botox to help erase more severe crow’s-feet.” In terms of preventing them from appearing, Dr. Lattman recommends that you avoid squinting and always wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and sunglasses. When more corrective treatment is necessary, laser-resurfacing treatments can improve the quality of skin around the eyes.
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