What Causes Crow's Feet & Eye Wrinkles?

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Raise Your “Eye” Q: Understanding What Causes Crow’s Feet & Fine Lines

Crow’s feet – fine lines that can appear at the corners of your eyes – are often one of the first noticeable signs of aging skin. They’re a nearly ubiquitous skin care concern, affecting people of many skin types. You may have oily skin, dry skin, or perfect skin – but crow’s feet are probably in your future.

Crow’s Feet: The Usual Suspects

Why is the skin around our eyes prone to crow’s feet? Here are the basics:

Loss of Collagen and Elastin:

As we get older, our bodies become less efficient at producing both collagen and elastin, two proteins crucial to maintaining the elasticity of skin. Less collagen and elastin in the skin results in tissue that cannot snap back to its original appearance – prime conditions for crow’s feet.

Thin Skin:

We’re all thin-skinned, at least around the eyes. While it’s true that skin loses volume and becomes more delicate over time, the tissue around our eyes is particularly thin no matter how old we are. This makes it more vulnerable to developing creases and fine lines because there’s less collagen and elastin to compensate for the physical stresses it endures.

Environmental Damage:

Unfortunately, it’s not just internal factors that promote the appearance of creases and fine lines near the eyes. The sun is a major cause of premature aging. Powerful UVA rays penetrate below the skin’s surface and have a damaging effect on elastin, in particular. The skin around our eyes is exposed to sunlight every day, and many people neglect to apply sunscreen in this sensitive area.


We’d never recommend that you stop smiling. However, smiling and squinting do cause the skin around our eyes to fold. This physical stress can add up over time, resulting in crow’s feet.

How to Prevent and Manage Crow’s Feet

Most of us will develop some crow’s feet as we age, but skin-healthy habits can delay their appearance and minimize how noticeable they become. Here are some tips for combating crow’s feet:

Wear Sun Protection:

Sun damage can make skin age prematurely, causing crow’s feet to appear at a younger age. Easy solutions include wearing sunscreen every day to protect your skin from sun exposure, as well as wearing sunglasses with UV protection. By shielding your skin from sun damage, you’re protecting the proteins that keep it looking young and healthy.

Exfoliate Your Skin:

This process removes the dead skin cells that lie on top of your skin, bringing fresh tissue to the surface. This not only makes way for newer, healthier skin, but can make it look more plump and smooth. Gently Apply & Remove Makeup: Be careful with applying and removing makeup because it stretches out the skin, which could be damaging in the long run. Continuously stretching the area around your eyes could result in loose, wrinkled skin. Instead, apply and remove your eye makeup with care.

Moisturize Every Day:

Dehydrated skin tends to sag and mimic the look of crow’s feet. Moisturizing eye creams can “fill in” the fine lines and prevent new ones from forming. When skin gains volume, it can lessen the appearance of wrinkles.

Try Crepe Erase’s Advanced Firming Eye Serum:

There are many anti-aging skin care products on the market. Crepe Erase’s Advanced Firming Eye Serum is formulated to smooth, lift, and tighten skin affected by crow’s feet. It contains an anti-aging botanical blend that lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and restores your skin’s luminosity. Crepe Erase is the only product line that features the TruFirm™ Complex, an exclusive formula that helps restore and promote healthy elastin for a younger, smoother look.

Stop Smoking:

Smoking accelerates the skin-aging process, causing people to develop wrinkles at a much earlier age. It can interfere with collagen production and reduce blood flow to the skin.

These are some of the easiest ways to prevent and manage crow’s feet. By simply making a few adjustments to your daily routine, like wearing sunscreen, you can better care for and preserve your skin.