As you peer into the mirror and see the fine lines radiating from the corners of your eyes, don’t panic. Crows’ feet are some of the first wrinkles to form on the surface of your face, and can start to develop as early as your 30s. With a little help from home remedies for crows’ feet, you can put into motion a plan to slow down the process of aging.
Table of Contents
- What are Crows’ Feet?
- Causes of Crows’ Feet
- Crows’ Feet Home Remedies
What are Crows’ Feet?
Crows’ feet (also called ‘laugh lines’) are small wrinkles that develop around the eye. They typically start at the outer corner of the eye and are most visible when you contract the muscles in your face – squinting and smiling often unlock their presence. Crows’ feet are considered a dreaded feature on a face because they are associated with age. As you get older, these wrinkles tend to deepen and expand.
Causes of Crows’ Feet
The main cause of crows’ feet is your exposure to sunlight, which plays a big role in the overall aging of skin. Since the sun makes people squint a lot, the constant motion of the skin causes wrinkling in the face. Smokers are also susceptible to crows’ feet for two reasons – the chemicals that swirl around their skin and the tendency to squint the eyes in order to shield them from the irritants in the smoke. Other factors that contribute to the development of crows’ feet include menopause, solar radiation, and infrequent skincare measures.
Crows’ Feet Home Remedies
Crows’ feet make up some of the first wrinkles to appear on the face. Treating this region is pretty tricky since it is vulnerable to fine lines and plenty of everyday threats. If you detect a few lines making their way around your eyes, you may want to consider some of the following home remedies for crows’ feet:
To prevent crows’ feet from getting worse, wear a hat when you plan on being out in the sun.
Wearing sunglasses helps you avoid the facial lines that come from constant squinting and grimacing when faced with the sun’s rays.
To prevent wrinkles from forming in delicate eye areas, apply sunscreen for protection.
d) Olive Oil:
Apply olive oil to crows’ feet to ease the signs of aging.
To treat crows’ feet, you can use the antioxidant-rich power of blueberries, which promotes healthier skin. Add four tablespoons of blueberries and ½ cup of lemon juice to a blender, and mix well. With a cotton ball, apply the remedy to the outside of your eyes. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
f) Petroleum Jelly:
Some people will rub petroleum jelly on their crows’ feet to soften the lines on their face.
g) Papaya Juice:
The enzymes found in papaya juice can help treat crows’ feet. The papain found in the fruit helps remove dead skin cells, as well as helps prevent the formation of wrinkles under the eyes. Apply papaya juice around the eye area and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes to enjoy a hydrating treatment.
h) Egg Whites:
For a once-a-week treatment, apply egg whites around the crows’ feet region of the eyes. Use a cotton ball to administer this remedy. Allow it to dry, and then remove with a cotton ball soaked in warm water after 10 to 15 minutes have passed. Completely wash off the treatment. You should feel a temporary tightening under the eye skin. The egg whites also help to flatten the appearance of wrinkles.
Drink lots of water to keep hydration levels up, which reduces the appearance of crows’ feet and wrinkles.
j) Go Easy on the Foundation:
If you avoid the use of heavy foundation or powder around your crows’ feet, you can minimize the appearance of lines on your face.
To reduce wrinkles around the eyes, take advantage of the alpha hydroxyl acid (malic acid) found in Thompson seedless grapes. Choose the green variety, where you mix 20 grapes in a small food processor on high for one minute. Pour some of the juice on a cotton ball and apply to the face. Let it stay on for 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
l) Soybeans and Milk :
To reduce crows’ feet, add ½ cup of soybeans (that have been soaked overnight in one cup of water) to a blender and turn into a paste. Add one tablespoon of whole milk, and blend for another minute. Place the remedy under the eyes and leave on for 15 minutes.
m) Vitamin E Oil:
With powerful antioxidant properties, vitamin E helps fight wrinkles on the face. Break open a capsule and rub in under and around your eyes.
n) Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods:
There are foods that can increase the protection of your skin. Opt for foods that are high in antioxidants. A few suggestions include eggplant, asparagus, and fish.
o) Quick Makeup Removal:
When you no longer have the need to dazzle in your favorite eye shadow and mascara, quickly remove your cosmetics. Going to bed in your makeup encourages fine lines and crows’ feet to develop.
p) Kick the Habit:
Smoking tobacco products can worsen the appearance of crows’ feet and drastically age your skin over time. Kick the habit to enjoy health benefits beyond better skin. Also, stay out of smoke-filled rooms, which can also affect the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
q) Moisturize the Skin:
It is important to pay attention to your skin no matter what age you are. Keeping your skin hydrated is a significant part of face care because dry skin is a playground for wrinkles.
 Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder; pg. 71.