How to Get Rid of & Treat Men's Crow's Feet
Crow's feet in men are a common frustration for a lot of guys. Find out what causes crow's feet and how to get rid of wrinkles around your eyes with these tips.
A lot of guys have mixed feelings about their crow’s feet.
On the one hand, wrinkles around the eyes can add character and authenticity, but on the other hand, they can make some guys look old and tired.
If your crow’s feet are bothering you, there are a few effective ways to diminish their appearance.
Below, we’ll explain what causes crow’s feet in men and how you can rid of them.
Here are three things you need to know about treating your crow’s feet.
- Crow’s feet are caused by a breakdown of collagen and elastin as we age
- Chronic sun exposure can contribute to the appearance of crow’s feet in men
- Protecting your skin from the sun and using a daily eye cream can help diminish fine lines around the eyes
What Causes Crow’s Feet in Men?
Crow’s feet are generally caused by repetitive movement of the facial muscles.
Squinting from the sun and smiling are both repetitive motions that break down the collagen and elastic fibers in the skin, resulting in wrinkles around the eyes.
This breakdown in collagen and elastic fibers happens more as we age, particularly in men.
According to a 2013 study published in Dermatologic Surgery, wrinkles appear earlier in men than they do women and are usually more severe (see claim: “Wrinkles clinically manifest in men earlier and are more severe than in women.”)
Guys also have less bony support in the opening in the skull around their eyes. Less support in this area can lead to baggier eyes earlier in life.
Another major factor in the development of crow’s feet? UV exposure.
The skin around our eyes is already thin and delicate. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can damage the skin and lead to early development of wrinkles around the eyes.CONTROL EYE BAGS
How to Get Rid of Crow’s Feet
If you think that your crow’s feet make you look old and haggard, you don’t need to put up with them.
Here are a few of the most effective treatment options for crow’s feet in men.
Use an Eye Cream
Using an anti-aging eye cream for men is one of the more practical and affordable ways for guys to slow down aging around their eyes.
But not all eye creams are created equal.
When shopping for an eye cream, look for one containing peptides such as Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (aka, Argireline), which has been proven to reduce wrinkles around the eyes (see claim: “This study showed that argireline had a significant anti-wrinkle effect in Chinese subjects.”)
This powerful amino acid works similarly to Botox by reducing repetitive muscle contraction, earning it the nickname “Botox in a Jar.”
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Will using a daily moisturizer with SPF get rid of your crow’s feet?
But will it help prevent them from getting significantly worse?
A thousand times, yes.
According to a 2014 study published in Molecules, the sun’s harmful UV rays are a major cause of age-related changes in the skin like skin cancer (see claim: “Solar UV exposure is a major causative factor for age-related changes such as skin cancer development.”)
By using daily sunscreen, you can effectively reduce your risk of skin cancer while preventing deep eye wrinkles.TAKE THE SKIN CARE QUIZ
Squinting is a repetitive movement that can contribute to eye wrinkles, and you may be doing it unknowingly.
Many of us squint in the sun or when we’re trying to see something more clearly.
Pick up a pair of sunglasses (make sure they have 100 percent UV protection) to avoid squinting in the sunlight.
It’s also a good idea to get your eyes checked by a doctor to reduce squinting from poor vision.
Lately, more men have been turning to Botox to take care of their crow’s feet.
Although it’s certainly not for everyone, research has shown that Botox can help get rid of wrinkles around your eyes.
In a 2016 study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Botox was effective at treating crow’s feet in subjects and had few—if any—side effects (see claim: “…onabotulinumtoxinA is effective and generally well-tolerated for CFL treatment.”)
However, the study reported on an adverse side effect (mild swelling of the eyelid).
Botox only lasts for about three or four months, which means you’ll need to get them again to retain a wrinkle-free appearance.
Keep in mind that Botox can be pricey.
A single session for crow’s feet can range between $200 and $750.
Crow’s feet aren’t the end of the world.
If you’re starting to notice fine lines around your eyes, just add a high-quality eye cream to your skin care routine to keep them at bay for longer.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to diminish the appearance of your crow’s feet.
It could be as simple as adding a daily eye cream to your skin care routine.
Luebberding, S., Krueger, N. and Kerscher, M. (2014), Quantification of Age‐Related Facial Wrinkles in Men and Women Using a Three‐Dimensional Fringe Projection Method and Validated Assessment Scales. Dermatol Surg, 40: 22-32.
Amaro-Ortiz, Alexandra et al. “Ultraviolet radiation, aging and the skin: prevention of damage by topical cAMP manipulation.” Molecules (Basel, Switzerland) vol. 19,5 6202-19. 15 May, 2014.