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When you’re trying to suss out someone’s age, the first place you probably look is around their eyes. That’s because this delicate skin can often be one of the first places to show visible signs of aging, like those fine lines and wrinkles known as crow’s feet. Sadly, you can’t actually get rid of crow’s feet. But if you’re looking to help diminish the appearance of crow’s feet, there are a few steps you can take as part of your skin care routine, including using an eye cream. Below, we’re sharing all the deets on crow’s feet (seriously, why are they called that?), our best eye creams to help minimize the appearance of crow’s feet, and tips for putting together a skin care routine for crow’s feet. (Bonus: some of our eye creams also help minimize the appearance of dark circles under eyes and under-eye bags!)
Crow’s feet are tiny wrinkles that can appear at the corners of your eyes. But why are they called crow’s feet? Well, they tend to resemble the shape of a crow’s footprint. Crow’s feet are a common sign of skin aging that can begin to appear on your skin as early as your mid or late 20s. As you age, you may notice crow’s feet becoming more visible around your eyes. That’s because as you age, skin loses essential oils, which can lead to wrinkles looking more noticeable (and remember: The skin around your eyes is particularly delicate!).
Now that you know what crow’s feet are, it’s time to address their appearance. Look for an eye cream formulated to help reduce the look of crow’s feet. Try one of the following eye creams, depending on your age.
If you’re in your 20’s or 30’s…try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream. With age, skin can start to look and feel less firm, and fine lines and wrinkles can appear more visible. The delicate eye area is particularly susceptible to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and dark circles. This eye cream helps reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and dark circles with continued use over time.
How to use it: Dot on a small amount of eye cream to your eye area with fingertips and gently blend in. Apply daily on bare skin or as the last step in your skin care routine.
If you’re in your 40’s…try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream. As you age, you may notice a decrease in overall vitality, even around the eye area. That’s where this eye cream comes in. With a powerful skin-renewing formula, it helps reveal a more radiant-looking eye contour. Immediately, eye area is hydrated, while with continued use the appearance of crow’s feet are smoothed, dark circles are visibly minimized, and eyelid crepiness is reduced.
How to use it: Every morning and evening, apply a small amount around of eye cream the entire eye area using fingertips and pat in gently until thoroughly absorbed.
If you’re in your 50’s…try the L’Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert 55+ Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment. The skin has evolving anti-wrinkle needs as it ages. Starting in your 50s, skin loses vital nourishment, which can lead to an increase in the appearance of wrinkles like crow’s feet. This eye cream formula with calcium helps to improve skin smoothness and visibly reduce the signs of aging, including, crow’s feet, dryness, and skin texture with continued use over time.
How to use it: Every morning and night, apply a small amount of eye cream around the entire eye area using fingertips and smooth gently until absorbed.
Using an eye cream isn’t the only step you can take to address the appearance of crow’s feet. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, unprotected sun exposure can be a cause of early skin aging. So, make sure you take sun protection measures daily (whether or not you have crow’s feet). Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as directed, and reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. You should also limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seek shade when you’re outside, and cover up exposed areas—that means wearing UV-blocking sunglasses to shield your eye area.
In addition to taking sun protection measures if you have crow’s feet, be gentle when you apply eye cream. Pat—don’t rub—your eye cream in. Finally, rough fabrics can pull and tug at the delicate skin around your eyes. So, providing your skin with something softer to rest on, like silk pillowcases and a silk eye mask, can keep skin from getting aggravated by abrasive fabrics.
And that’s a wrap on crow’s feet! While you can’t get rid of crow’s feet, now you know how to diminish their appearance. Dealing with a different eye issue? Here are Our Best Eye Creams for Puffiness.