Do you have crow’s feet? Do you feel like these unwanted lines by your eyes are making you look older, or otherwise affecting how you feel about your appearance? The bad news is that there are no absolute “cures” for crow’s feet. The good news is that there are dozens—probably even hundreds—of home remedies that you can try for getting rid of them.
Read on to learn a bit more about these potential solutions.
What Are Crow’s Feet
To figure out how to get rid of crow’s feet, we need to know what causes them. Essentially, “crow’s feet” is a non-medical term that is frequently used to denote the fine lines or wrinkles that tend to appear on the outer corners of each eye with age. Sometimes, these small lines aren’t even noticeable unless you are looking closely. Other times, they start to form into larger clusters or deeper wrinkles, which can create a more “aged” appearance.
Crow’s feet are sometimes referred to as “laugh lines,” and laughing or smiling frequently can certainly bring about their development. Other contractions of the muscles of the face—like squinting or frowning—can also bring about crow’s feet. In addition, certain lifestyle choices or environmental factors—such as heavy smoking, poor nutrition, or UV radiation—are also often listed among the “causes” of crow’s feet.
The truest cause of crow’s feet, though, is time. As we get older, our skin loses some of its key proteins, like collagen and elastin. As this happens, the skin in the face can become less adept at “springing back” to its normal position after the facial muscles contract.
To get a sense of what we mean, take a look in the mirror and squint or smile. You will notice your skin developing temporary wrinkles, dimples, or lines around the eyes and mouth. When you stop squinting or smiling, the muscles beneath your skin go back to their resting positions, thereby allowing the skin to relax as well. Over time, though, as skin loses its elasticity, these wrinkles will start to become more permanent. For many people, this natural process of aging leads to the development of crow’s feet sometime during the 30s.
Crow’s Feet Home Remedies
To help you combat crow’s feet, we have put together a list of some of the most common and popular home remedies for these pesky laugh lines. Please note that this list does not constitute all of the possible home remedies for crow’s feet. As we said previously, there are dozens of proposed home cures, if not hundreds. We have merely selected some of the most common, with a focus on the ingredients that you are most likely to have lying around the house
Believe it or not, milk is one of the best home remedies for clearing up crow’s feet. Simply drinking milk on a regular basis can do wonders for your skin. However, for a more active approach, you can soak a washcloth in milk and prepare a compress for your eyes. Whole milk is most effective, as it is the richest in the nutrients and amino acids that are going to wash away dead skin cells and promote collagen formation. Leave the compress on the areas by the corners of each eye for 10 minutes at a time, twice a day.
Coconut oil is loaded with vitamin E, which naturally moisturises the skin and helps promote the growth of new cells. Like with milk, you can experience some of the skin benefits of coconut oil simply by incorporating it into your daily diet. However, if you are specifically combatting crow’s feet, the best course of action is to dab a few drops of coconut oil onto the skin at the corners of your eyes each night before you go to sleep. While you rest, the coconut oil will go to work rejuvenating the skin. This method can also help to prevent crow’s feet from forming in the first place.
An egg yolk won’t do any good for your crow’s feet, but you might be surprised at how beneficial the egg white can be. Letting an egg white dry on your skin will cause the skin to tighten. As a result, it’s an effective method for lessening wrinkles—or making them disappear altogether. Egg whites also have the added benefit of helping to flush out your pores.
To enjoy these benefits, separate an egg white from the yolk and beat the egg white in a bowl. Wash your hands and face thoroughly before applying the egg white to your face. You can apply the egg white just to the areas around your eyes, but you can also cover the whole face if there are other wrinkles you would like to smooth out.
For best results, apply one coat, let it dry, and then apply a second coat. Then, with both coats on your face, lie down and relax. The more relaxed your facial muscles are, the better results you will see. Wash the egg whites off your face gently after 20 minutes. Experts recommend this treatment twice a week.
Alternatively you can try face exercises to tighten the skin around the eyes using your fingers.
The list of natural remedies goes on and on, free green tea to papaya to yogurt to cucumber. We recommend the four options above to target crow’s feet, but keep in mind that there are other methods to try if you don’t see the results you want from whole milk, coconut oil, or egg whites. Sources like Top 10 Home Remedies and Natural Living Ideas have great information on how to make other natural remedies work for you.
Of course, there are also more “medically-driven” remedies for crow’s feet, including over-the-counter ointments and prescription drugs. The FDA has also made Botox a permissible means of addressing laugh lines, according to WebMD. However, with so many remedies that can rejuvenate the skin and treat wrinkles naturally, it’s advisable to start with home remedies before moving on to these more extreme and expensive cures.