Though some may refer to the crows on the outer edges of your eyes as “character lines,” we often consider them the bane of our existence every time our makeup collects in the area or they’re more prominent than we’d prefer in a photo. Why do crow’s feet even form in the first place, and more importantly, how can you get rid of them? “The eye area has the thinnest skin on our body—eyelids are 3 to 5 times thinner than the skin on the rest of our face. We blink about 10,000 times a day, and all emotions are dealt with in the eyes,” says esthetician Joanna Czech. “Mix this with the aging process, squinting, smoking, and other factors, and you have crow’s feet.”
Microneedling and Massage
Because limiting your facial motions isn’t the most reasonable remedy for the issue, Czech suggests looking into micropuncture—aka microneedling—as an in-office procedure. Your eye area is fragile, so we’d definitely recommend seeing a professional for this, rather than using a Dermaroller on your own. “The thought is that you intentionally injure the area, and fibroblasts rush to the area to heal it,” she explains. “I also like facial massage specifically for the eye area as another way to combat crow’s feet.”
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Invest in an Eye Cream and Mask
If the idea of microneedling is too invasive for you, eye creams can diminish the effect just as well, and prevent them from forming in the first place if you’re one of the elite who has yet to get them. “Use eye treatments or massage the area starting in your twenties, or as early as possible,” says Czech, who notes La Mer’s Lifting Eye Serum ($240; nordstrom.com) and Biologique Crème Yeux et Lèvres Biofixine ($195; paullabrecque.com) as her favorite formulas. “Exercise the eye and face area by rolling your eyes around, then scrunching and releasing your entire face. You can also use ice or refrigerated creams on the area as this is anti-inflammatory and stimulates your skin.” We’re also big fans of at-home treatments like Glamglow’s Brightmud ($69; sephora.com) and the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks ($39 for eight; nordstrom.com) for quick fixes, as well as the Farmhouse Fresh Crow Catcher Eye Serum ($43; farmhousefreshgoods.com). Applying with a press-and-release or tapping motion is the best way to make the most of the anti-aging magic, as this helps your skin hold the product better.