How To Get Rid Of Crow’s Feet – 11 Ways & Prevention Tips

Naturally reduce crow's feet with aloe vera, argan oil, or essential oils and facial exercises.

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Crow’s feet are a natural part of the aging process. While you cannot get rid of crow’s feet and other aging signs, you can minimize their appearance and make them appear less obvious. We have compiled a list of 11 home cures to help you fade crow’s feet. Continue reading to learn more.

What Are Crow’s Feet?

As you age, your skin tends to undergo gradual changes that make certain parts of your face more susceptible than the others to the signs of aging – like the delicate area around your eyes. The little lines or wrinkles that spread out from the corners of your eyes are referred to as crow’s feet. Every time you make a facial expression, there are tiny muscle contractions happening in the muscles of your face. Crow’s feet are the result of such contractions.

There are two main types of wrinkles – dynamic and static wrinkles. While dynamic wrinkles are those that occur due to muscle contractions, i.e., when you smile, static wrinkles worsen with muscle contractions and are visible all the time, even when your face is at rest.

If your crow’s feet are visible only when you are smiling, they are dynamic. Otherwise, they are static.

Many factors and lifestyle choices can worsen or trigger the appearance of crow’s feet, and they are discussed below.

Causes Of Crow’s Feet

Sun exposure is one of the causes of crow's feet.
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  • Frequently squinting or rubbing your eyes
  • Increased sun exposure can cause free radical damage that can lead to skin damage and cause crow’s feet.
  • Smoking can damage the collagen in your skin, thus contributing to crow’s feet.
  • Menopause can result in a drop in your estrogen levels, thus triggering crow’s feet.
  • Advancing age
  • Your sleeping position: Constantly sleeping on one side can also contribute to crow’s feet and wrinkles.

Crow’s feet can add a few years to your appearance. Here’s a list of home remedies that might make them less prominent.

How To Minimize Crow’s Feet Naturally

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel may help reduce crow's feet.
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Aloe vera increases collagen production (1). When taken in the dietary form, aloe vera may help in the improvement of facial wrinkles. Moreover, aloe vera has a photoprotectivei  XRefers to substances used to minimize the deteriorating effects and cancer risks from exposure to UV rays of the sun. effect on the skin (2). This may help in reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles.

You Will Need

1-2 teaspoons of fresh aloe gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply aloe gel around your eyes.
  2. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.
  4. You can also have a tablespoon of fresh aloe juice daily.
How Often You Should Do This

You can apply this 2 times daily for best results.

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Another way to use aloe vera to soothe your skin while treating crow’s feet is to mix 2 teaspoons of the gel with 5 teaspoons of cucumber juice. Soak a cotton ball in this mixture and apply it to your crow’s feet. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash it off with water.

2. Argan Oil

Argan oil exhibits anti-aging effects (3). This may help in improving skin elasticity and assist in reducing the crow’s feet.

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of argan oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply argan oil directly to the skin around your eyes.
  2. Leave it on until it dries.
  3. You can also consume food-grade argan oil.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply argan oil 2-3 times daily.

3. Egg White Face Mask

Egg white may help in tightening your pores and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet. Its antioxidant activity may also fight free radical damage (4).

You Will Need

1-2 egg whites

What You Have To Do
  1. Whisk the egg white and apply a thin layer to your face and neck.
  2. Leave it on for 15-25 minutes and then rinse it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a week.

4. Coconut Oil

Woman applying coconut oilt to minimize crow's feet.
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The topical application of virgin coconut oil boosted collagen production of the skin in rats (5). Coconut oil can also keep skin moisturized (6). This may also delay the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet.

You Will Need

1-2 teaspoons of cold-pressed coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply cold-pressed coconut oil to the affected area.
  2. Leave it on until it dries completely.
How Often You Should Do This

You can apply coconut oil to your skin multiple times daily.

5. Essential Oils

a. Lemon Essential Oil

Elastase is an enzyme associated with the degeneration of dermal elastin, and it may contribute to aging and wrinkling skin. Lemon oil might help in inhibiting the activity of elastase (7).

You Will Need
  • 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of any carrier oil (like sweet almond oil or jojoba oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a drop or two of lemon essential oil to a teaspoon of any carrier oil.
  2. Mix well and apply it to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on until it dries.
  4. You can also rinse it off after 25-30 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times daily.

b. Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit oil is an elastase inhibitor (7). Hence, it may help in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 drops of grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of any carrier oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Add one to two drops of grapefruit essential oil to any carrier oil.
  2. Mix well and apply it to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times daily.

6. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice or any citrus juice possesses antioxidant and anti-ageing properties (8). It also contains vitamin C that has anti-ageing effects and protects the skin from photodamage (9). These factors may help in decreasing skin thickness and the appearance of wrinkles.

You Will Need
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 glass of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a glass of water.
  2. Mix well and add some honey if required.
  3. Drink the fresh lemon juice.
  4. You can also rub a lemon slice all over your face and wash it off after 15-20 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink this juice 1-2 times daily.

7. Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E has photoprotective effects (10). This property may help in repairing free radical damage that leads to aging and wrinkling skin.

You Will Need

1-2 vitamin E capsules or 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a thin layer of vitamin E oil to the affected area.
  2. You can also consume vitamin E-rich foods like nuts, sunflower seeds, and green leafy vegetables.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this at least once daily.

8. Avocado Oil

Avocado oil may help reduce crow's feet.
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Rat studies show that avocado oil may increase collagen production (11). Hence, avocado oil may help you deal with aging skin and wrinkles.

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of unrefined avocado oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Using your fingertips, apply a thin layer of the oil all over the crow’s feet.
  2. Allow the oil to dry naturally.
  3. You can also include avocado in your diet.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily.

9. Garlic

Garlic helps repair free radical damage caused by increased exposure to the sun due to their antioxidant properties (12). This may help in improving the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles.

You Will Need

1-2 garlic cloves

What You Have To Do

You can either chew on the garlic cloves directly or add them to your favourite dish.

How Often You Should Do This

You may do this once daily.

10. Milk

Milk proteins are used in multiple cosmetic products for their moisturizing and nourishing properties. Further, milk proteins such as proline and threonine may boost elastin and collagen production and heal tissues. This may help get rid of wrinkles and crow’s feet naturally (13).

You Will Need

  • A bowl of chilled whole milk
  • Cotton pads or balls

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak the cotton in a bowl of chilled milk, just enough to be drenched but not dripping.
  2. Place it on the crow’s feet areas around your eyes.
  3. Lay back and relax for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove the cotton and rinse your face with cool water.
  5. Follow it up with a moisturizer.

How Often You Should Do This

You may do this once daily or every alternate day.

11. Face Exercises

Facial exercises may help in reducing the appearance of crow’s feet. They include:

  • Eye Tapping – Tap along the natural curve of your eyes gently with the pads of your fingers to promote blood flow to the eyes.
  • Crow’s Feet Tension Reliever – Using your index finger and thumb, pinch the skin under your eyebrows and roll it gently between the pads of your fingers to relieve tension.
  • Eye Wrinkle Stretch – Place each of your index fingers on the outer corners of both your eyebrows and move your fingers upwards to stretch the skin there gently.
  • Eye Wrinkle Pressure Hold – Place your index finger and middle finger on either side of the eye wrinkles and gently press down.

Parmita, a vlogger, shared how regularly doing facial exercises have helped reduce the wrinkles around her eyes. She said, “If I forget to exercise my eyelids or eye area for several days or weeks, my eyelids will begin to descend (i).”

While these remedies and exercises may help in reducing the appearance of crow’s feet, here are some tips that might help prevent them from worsening.

Prevention Tips

  • Limit your exposure to the sun. Always apply sunscreen before stepping out.
  • Follow a healthy diet that contains fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to protect your skin from free radical damage.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid using tanning beds.
  • Moisturize your skin regularly.
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Exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin and minimize the signs of aging. You can exfoliate twice a week to keep your skin clean. Those with sensitive and dry skin should limit exfoliation to once a week.

Infographic: 7 Typical Signs Of Skin Aging

With age, the skin begins to lose its youthful appearance. While it is a completely natural phenomenon and irreversible, skin aging can be slowed down with proper care and effort. It is ideal to start giving your skin some extra care and attention as soon as you spot the signs of aging creeping in.

Check out the infographic to know what the most common signs of aging are so that you can slow them down in their tracks and keep your skin looking radiant and youthful for longer.

7 typical signs of skin aging (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

The best way to get rid of crow’s feet is to prevent or delay its appearance in the first place. These fine lines or wrinkles spreading out from your eyes are stubborn aging signs that are tough to treat. However, you can make them less visible by taking a few remedial actions. Natural ingredients like aloe vera, argan oil, egg whites, coconut oil, essential oils, lemon juice, vitamin E oil, etc., have anti-aging properties and work well to reduce premature aging signs like fine lines and wrinkles. Besides, doing face exercises may also help. Limit sun exposure, use sun protection daily, and make certain lifestyle changes like eating right, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, etc., to delay the onset of crow’s feet.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what age do you get crow’s feet?

While the chances of developing crow’s feet increase with age and skin damage, they may also occur in some individuals as early as in the mid-20s.

What is the best cream for crow’s feet?

One of the best topical creams used to fight crow’s feet is Tretinoini  XA type of vitamin A that increases your skin’s cell turnover rate and is thus often used as an anti-aging treatment. . Those aged between 30-50 years can opt for laser treatment, skin tightening surgery, or botox botox treatmenti  XA treatment in which botulinum toxins are injected to inhibit muscle contractions and reduce visible signs of aging. to smoothen out the crow’s feet as well as wrinkles. Make sure you consult a dermatologist and understand the treatment options available before going for the best one for you.

Can you put filler in crow’s feet?

Yes, you may opt for soft-tissue filleri  XA type of injection also known as a dermal filler that is used to contour facial features and correct wrinkles and fine lines. therapy to improve the appearance of crow’s feet. The results usually last for around 3-4 months and need follow-up sessions to maintain.

Does cucumber help crow’s feet?

Yes, cucumber contains potent antioxidants that may help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and help with skin rejuvenation around the eyes. According to a study, cucumber extract can help minimize wrinkle formation. Hence, it finds wide use in cosmetics and other beauty products (14).

Key Takeaways

  • Crow’s feet are the tiny wrinkles that develop near the outside corners of your eyes and are part of natural aging.
  • Increased sun exposure and smoking can harm your skin’s collagen and cause crow’s feet.
  • Aloe vera boosts the hydration of the skin and reduces facial wrinkles.
  • Lemon juice has vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-aging properties, which may aid in reducing the appearance of crow’s feet.
  • To protect your skin, maintain a regular skincare routine and use sunscreen every day.

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