Creams for Crows Feet

by Kimberly Johnson ; Updated July 18, 2017

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They are called crow’s feet to reference the fork-footed black bird, but they are really just eye wrinkles. These fine lines around the outer corners of the eye increase as we age and due to sun exposure. Although many creams claim to reduce these imperfections, only ones with certain ingredients get the job done.

Over-the-Counter Options

Don’t just pick up any eye cream that says it reduces wrinkles. Carefully read the ingredient list and look for ones that dermatologists recommend. To reduce crow’s feet, look for the terms retinol or linoleic acid. Some eye creams contain both, providing moisture as well as anti-inflammatory properties, and work to resurface the delicate eye area. No matter which product you choose, apply it at night, not in the morning. According to Allure, retinol breaks down due to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, making it less effective. If you don’t see results after using over-the-counter creams, visit a dermatologist. They can prescribe a retinoid treatment much like the over-the-counter option, but in a much stronger dose.

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About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.