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How to reduce and prevent eye wrinkles

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Crow’s feet are wrinkles around the eyes that occur naturally with ageing. They can grow more pronounced as the skin ages if treatment is not applied.

This article will explain how to reduce the prominence of wrinkles under the eyes and crow's feet, how you can identify them, and which actions you can take to help prevent them.

What are crow's feet?

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All types of skin can develop wrinkles around the eyes and crow’s feet. Under the eyes, the skin is very thin and has little fatty tissue, which is why the first wrinkles often become visible in this area.

  • Crow's feet are wrinkles or expression lines that appear in the corner of the eyes. The appearance of the radially arranged wrinkles is reminiscent of the claws of crows, which is why they are also called crow's feet.
  • Under-eye wrinkles are a little more self-explanatory, and they first appear as fine lines before developing into wrinkles.

Although they are both part of the natural ageing process of the skin, their formation is also promoted and intensified by certain external and internal factors. 

With the help of suitable care products and a skin-friendly lifestyle, the formation of wrinkles under the eyes can be contained and delayed.

What causes wrinkles under the eyes and crow's feet?

There are several causes for the development of crow's feet. These include: 

  1. natural ageing of the skin
  2. facial expressions
  3. lifestyle habits 

With age, natural structural components in the skin that make it look smooth and firm are degraded. These include elastin, hyaluronic acid and collagen. As a result, the skin structure is less firm and becomes irregular – the first wrinkles start to appear.

Most people discover their first wrinkles under the eyes from the age of 25 to 30.

Most of the time, at first, you only notice wrinkles under your eyes when you smile, which increase over time. Learn more about the causes of wrinkles here.

How to get rid of crow's feet and under-eye wrinkles

The development of crow's feet and wrinkles under the eyes cannot be completely prevented. However, if you’re wondering how to get rid of crow's feet and eye wrinkles without botox then there are a number of ways to do this as part of your skincare routine.

Use eye creams to treat crow's feet and wrinkles

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Crow's feet and wrinkles under the eyes are often the first wrinkles ever, because the skin around the eyes is very thin.

Care products with hyaluronic acid are ideal for plumping up wrinkles from the inside. This makes the skin look fresh and young. Eye wrinkle creams that also contain a sun protection factor are particularly suitable against wrinkles. Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Eye SPF 15 is an anti-ageing eye cream with hyaluronic acid, SPF 15, and UVA protection that suits all skin types.

Also important for your skincare routine is a day cream against wrinkles. The Hyaluron-Filler Day SPF 30 counteracts the first signs of ageing in dry skin. A product that can be used in addition to the day cream is the Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate: the intensive anti-wrinkle serum fills up wrinkles and stimulates the skin’s own Hyaluronic Acid production.

Care creams with urea such as the Eucerin UreaRepair Face Cream are also well suited for dryness and wrinkles. Urea binds moisture in the skin.

Apply SPF daily

UV radiation increases the formation of wrinkles (photoageing) and is a part of the reason why sun protection should be worn everyday. Photoageing Control Sun Fluid SPF50 is an everyday facial sunscreen for all skin types, which visibly reduces wrinkles on the face and décolleté.

Cover crow's feet and eye wrinkles with makeup

If you want to conceal crow's feet, you can simply apply makeup over the wrinkles. Particularly good results are achieved by tinted anti-wrinkle creams that correct the complexion and cover fine wrinkles.

Treat eye wrinkles gently

Care products and creams should only be dabbed on gently. Also, when removing makeup, be careful not to rub too hard on the skin – this can increase crow's feet and wrinkles under the eyes. Eye makeup should be removed in the evening so that care products can be better absorbed into the skin overnight.

The Eucerin DermatoCLEAN [HYALURON] Cleansing Milk is well suited for daily cleansing, as it cleanses mildly but effectively and does not dry out the skin. Finally, be sure not to over-exfoliate around the eye area.

How to help prevent under-eye wrinkles and crow’s feet

There are some lifestyle influences that can increase the prominence of eye wrinkles and crow’s feet like smoking, not drinking enough water or sun damage. As outlined above, it’s important to use targeted skincare products, but certain habits can also help prevent wrinkles from forming, or reduce existing ones.

  • Maintain a healthy diet: Firstly, drink lots of water to avoid dehydrated skin. Your diet should include foods that are rich in antioxidants like nuts, berries and dark green vegetables. Omega-rich foods like avocado, salmon, soy and walnuts support the skin barrier and prevent water loss.
  • Get enough sleep: Aim for a healthy eight hours of sleep each night. Our skin's ability to naturally repair itself is more active overnight, which can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Night counteracts the ageing process and noticeably plumps up fine lines and even deep wrinkles such as crow's feet. 
  • Reduce stress: When we feel stressed our body produces cortisol, a hormone that impacts collagen in the skin. High stress levels can mean the skin cells are unable to counteract this loss of collagen, increasing wrinkles around the eyes. To reduce stress, try to find a method that works for you, like going for a walk, exercising, or listening to music.
  • Sports and exercise against wrinkles: Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. In this way, you will improve blood circulation, and this will have a positive effect on the appearance of the skin. 
  • Healthy lifestyle: Try to avoid alcohol, nicotine and too much sugar as much as possible to keep your skin fresh and radiant.
  • Try face masks: These can restore and nourish the skin. Consider using targeting eye masks that help reduce wrinkles and dark circles.

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