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Crow's feet and wrinkles under the eyes - causes and how to get rid of them

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What are crow's feet?

Crow's feet are wrinkles or expression lines that appear in the eye area. The appearance of the radially arranged wrinkles is reminiscent of the claws of crows, which is why they are also called crow's feet. Although they are part of the natural aging 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 crow's feet

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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.

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

1. natural aging of the skin 

2. facial expression 

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. 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. Most people discover 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.  

Treatment: how to get rid of crow's feet

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Creams with hyaluron and urea are well suited for the care of the eye area with crow's feet

The development of crow's feet cannot be completely prevented. But how to get rid of crow's feet without botox? You can use these methods to somewhat reduce the expression of wrinkles: 


1. Eye creams: Care products for crow's feet and wrinkles under the eyes: Care products with hyaluron 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. The reason: UV radiation increases the formation of wrinkles (photoaging). Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Eye SPF 15 is an Anti-aging eye cream with hyaluronic acid, SPF 15, and UVA protection that suits all skin types. Also important for your skin care routine: a day cream against wrinkles. The Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Day SPF 30 counteracts the first signs of aging 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 UREA REPAIR Face Cream are also well suited for dryness wrinkles. Urea binds moisture in the skin.

2. Covering crow's feet and 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. 

3. Treat your skin 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. 

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How to prevent crow's feet

If you want to do something good for your skin and prevent or reduce wrinkles, you can support it with a suitable lifestyle. This includes: 

  • Reduce oxidative stress through diet: Oxidative stress occurs when too many so-called free radicals (natural by-product of metabolism) are present in the cells. This oxidative stress is considered to be partly responsible for the aging process. You can reduce oxidative stress by eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, as they bind skin-damaging free radicals. These substances are found in berries, citrus fruits and nuts, among others. Try to eat a varied diet and rely mostly on fresh, unprocessed foods.
  • Restful sleep: The skin regenerates during sleep. It is recommended to sleep approximately seven to eight hours per night. To provide the skin with the best conditions for nighttime regeneration, apply a suitable night care product before going to bed. Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Night counteracts the aging process and noticeably plumps up fine lines and even deep wrinkles such as crow's feet. 

  • 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. 

  • Drink plenty of fluids: It is best to drink water and unsweetened tea. If the skin is sufficiently supplied with liquid, it appears plumped up and fresh from the inside. Wrinkles under the eyes and crow's feet are also less visible. It is recommended that adults drink about two liters of water a day. 

  • Use sunscreen: UV light can cause skin damage  and can accelerate skin aging. It is best to use a day care product with a sun protection factor or sunscreen to protect the skin and slow down the aging process. Squinting your eyes also promotes the development of crow's feet. Sunglasses provide a remedy here.  

  • Healthy lifestyle: Try to avoid alcohol, nicotine and too much sugar as much as possible to keep your skin fresh and radiant.

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