What Are Crow's Feet, And How Can I Treat Them?

monique.croppedCrow’s feet are almost like an archive of our life experiences: these creases beneath the eyes document not only our time spent having fun in the sun, but also our facial expressions—ranging from squinting, to smiling, to wide-eyed surprise. Though crow’s feet show personality through expression and are signs of years spent smiling, these lines around the eyes can be frustrating, making them one of the most common skin concerns. Treating crow’s feet sometimes feels like an uphill battle. We’re here to share tips from our pros and our all-time favorite treatment for crow’s feet.

What causes crow's feet?

Crow's feet are wrinkles that form in the corners of eyes. There are some causes of crow’s feet that can feel inevitable (think blinking and facial expressions that tug the skin away from its connective muscle). Fortunately, other causes of crow’s feet can be treated by incorporating skin care that treats loss of elastin and collagen as well as exposure to UV rays.

Not only is the skin around the eyes very thin—leaving it susceptible to showing creases—it is also an area on the body that produces very little oil. These factors lead to unwanted fine lines and wrinkles that should be treated with a product specifically for the eye area. What makes eye products so special is that they are formulated to penetrate the delicate skin around the eyes in a way that a heavier facial moisturizer cannot. These concentrated products may come in a smaller size, but they are packed with active, results-driven ingredients.

Our favorite duo for combatting crow’s feet:

An industry favorite treatment for addressing crow’s feet is Dermalogica's Biolumin-C Eye Serum applied to cleansed skin, followed by Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Firm. This duo will leave your under-eyes feeling refreshed, hydrated, and plumped. The combo also offers gentle exfoliation properties that benefit the delicate skin around eyes.

Biolumin-C Eye Serum: 

Dermalogica boasts of the product: “Supercharged Vitamin C eye serum outsmarts visible premature skin aging caused by daily eye movements and environmental stress. The lightweight serum delivers a highly-bioavailable Vitamin C complex to the skin around the eyes to dramatically brighten and visibly firm.”

What we love most about this serum is that it combines natural derivatives and scientifically-formulated ingredients for truly effective results. Papain, an extract from papaya, gently exfoliates the under-eye area, while Arjun tree and mushroom extracts provide nutrients and antioxidants. Meanwhile,peptides and Vitamin C offer brightening and firming properties while improving the skin’s elasticity and texture.

Multivitamin Power Firm:

This product is truly one of a kind. Formulated with a silky silicone base, it acts as a protective barrier for the skin, aiding in moisture retention. Active ingredients including vitamins C and E aid in skin’s elasticity and minimize fine lines. 

Perhaps most of all, we appreciate the light exfoliation Multivitamin Power Firm provides. Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, gently exfoliates the under-eye area, while the silicone base and Red Seaweed Extract protect and nourish skin. The balance of active and soothing ingredients in this eye treatment make it a one-of-a-kind favorite.

How To Get The Most Out Of This Duo:

Start with a clean canvas. 

There’s no denying that a good eye treatment will not come cheaply. To get the most bang for your buck by ensuring your product performs as it should, make sure that your face is thoroughly cleansed to allow products to sink in and do their job, rather than sit on top of the skin.

Use your product during the most effective hours. 

Did you know that the best time to use a results-driven product is while you sleep? During the day, our skin is actively fighting to protect itself from sun exposure, free radicals, and other elements. While we sleep, our skin is able to focus on repairing itself from damage done in the day, making nighttime known as the best time to use targeted treatments. 

While nighttime is the most effective time to use your products, this duo can be used day or night. Multivitamin Power Firm is even known to act as a great makeup prep, and the Vitamin C found in Biolumin-C Eye Serum will protect from free radicals and sun damage. Just be sure to wear sunglasses and include SPF in your regimen during the day, as the active ingredients in these eye treatments can make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

Apply as the pros do.

When applying products around the eyes, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Lightly tap the eye treatment into the skin around the eye area.
  • Use your ring finger to apply your product. This is the weakest finger, so it will put the least amount of pressure on the extremely delicate skin around the eyes. 
  • Never tug or pull around the eye area. We always want to avoid stretching this delicate skin. 
  • Let your serum fully absorb before layering your eye cream on.
  • Don't use more than a pea-sized amount, as it should be plenty to cover each under eye areas.


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Posted by Sasha Booker

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