Crow’s Feet? Here Are 6 Derm-Approved Remedies for Under-Eye Wrinkles

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The delicate skin under the eyes often plays host to crow’s feet, dark circles, and puffiness, and sooner or later, we all start hunting for products and treatments to make it appear firm. As a matter of fact, from as early as the 20s is when most start noticing the early, almost unnoticeable, fine lines, followed by wrinkles (aka crow’s feet), firmness loss, and puffy eyes. This is because, at that age, the body starts to lose collagen and elastin, proteins needed to maintain skin elasticity. So it’s never too early to begin a diligent eye care routine if you want to hold onto that resilient, elastic skin. 

In this post, we discuss all tried-and-true remedies for under-eye wrinkles, from skincare to lifestyle habits and cosmetic procedures, lest you don’t wake up with premature aging signs.

What causes under eye wrinkles?

Undereye wrinkles appear due to proteins, like collagen and elastin loss, that happen with aging. But sun exposure, repeated movements, lifestyle choices, and genetics are also causes of wrinkles under eyes.

Unlike the rest of the face, the eye area is likely to show the first aging signs because the skin around the eyes is thinner and more fragile. Plus, the skin around the eyes lacks support fibers, including fat, muscles, and other essential elements needed to make the skin firm.

How to get rid of under eye wrinkles

Since collagen loss is the primary cause of crow’s feet and fine lines, replenishing it should be top of mind. That said:

Use vitamin C during the day

Daily, the skin is exposed to environmental factors that cause damage and weaken collagen levels, including free radicals, like UV and pollution. To prevent all those culprits from wreaking havoc on your eye area, apply an eye cream with vitamin C every morning. 

As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps defend against damage, aka collagen breakdown and dark spots, while supporting collagen growth.[1] Additionally, vitamin C inhibits the dark pigment-producing cell activity, meaning it brightens dark circles and diminishes puffiness, too.

Other tried-and-true actives needed in your eye cream are peptidesgrowth factorsniacinamide, and hyaluronic acid.[2]

Apply retinol at night

At night, the body is in a natural repairing state, allowing the skin to regenerate and regain suppleness. So, to get even more from the natural skin-repairing process while you Zzz, apply a retinol-infused eye cream.

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that stimulates cell turnover to force old dead cells to slough off, making room for new, brighter ones. This, in turn, minimizes puffiness, brightens the skin, and diminishes crow’s feet. More than that, retinol is a great collagen booster, helping soften fine lines and plump wrinkles over time.

If the active form of retinol causes you redness or irritation, look out for eye creams containing retinyl esters, such as retinyl palmitate or retinyl propionate — the most stable and gentle forms of retinol.


Sun damage is responsible for 80% of facial wrinkles, and the eye area is where they appear first.[3] So you should apply sunscreen as the last step of your morning skincare routine every single day. Doing so helps defend against sun damage, so there are fewer chances for wrinkles and discoloration to occur in your eye area.

Hint: You want to wear sunglasses, too. Not only do they look chic, but sunglasses further protect your eyes from sun damage and help you avoid squinting — a habit that can lead to wrinkles.

Eye masks

Eye masks are perfect for a quick pick-me-up of your eye area, and they are especially good when you lose some sleep at night. These little patches that you place over your undereye area fusion plenty of good-for-skin actives that address puffiness, lack of moisture, and dark circles. Usually, eye patches pack caffeine, green tea, hyaluronic acid, squalane, and botanical oils to infuse your skin with antioxidants and moisture. P.S: Keep your eye masks in the refrigerator for an instant refreshing feel that awakes your undereye.


Also known as collagen-induction therapy — that should be done by a professional — micro-needling involves the use of a pen wand stuffed with tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin. This stimulates the skin’s repairing process, inducing collagen production and retexturizing and softening fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area.[4]


Dermal fillers like botox are used for more dramatic results and should always be administered by a trusted professional. Can I reverse my under-eye wrinkles? It’s likely a question a lot of people have, and using dermal fillers might be the answer. Botox awakens muscles, making undereye wrinkles more relaxed and less noticeable.[5] With Botox injections, the results are visible within a few days, and recovery time is relatively short — you should be able to resume your normal activities after 24 hours. However, botox injections should be repeated once every four months to maintain the desired results.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

Diet and daily habits affect how your eye area looks and ages. For instance, salt-rich snacking and drinking alcohol lead to inflammation and dehydration, which translates into more visible wrinkles and puffiness. Smoking is another bad habit that gets you early under-eye wrinkles.

On the flip side, eating foods rich in fatty acids, such as salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts, and drinking eight glasses of water per day, helps maintain the eye area nourished and increases its defense against photoaging.[6] Getting sufficient sleep — about 8 hours a night — also helps the skin repair itself, which can make the fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable.

What about makeup?

For the times you didn’t have enough sleep, or you simply want to give your eye area a pick-me-up, there’s concealer. Concealers can actually help if you use ones with skin-loving ingredients. For instance, a concealer for mature skin can include anti-aging ingredients that can diminish the look of crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes.


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  2. Pilkington SJ, Belden S, Miller RA. The Tricky Tear Trough: A Review of Topical Cosmeceuticals for Periorbital Skin Rejuvenation. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2015 Sep;8(9):39-47. PMID: 26430490; PMCID: PMC4587894.
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  4. Ablon G. Safety and Effectiveness of an Automated Microneedling Device in Improving the Signs of Aging Skin. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2018 Aug;11(8):29-34. Epub 2018 Aug 1. PMID: 30214664; PMCID: PMC6122507.
  5. Flynn TC, Carruthers JA, Carruthers JA, Clark RE 2nd. Botulinum A toxin (BOTOX) in the lower eyelid: dose-finding study. Dermatol Surg. 2003 Sep;29(9):943-50; discussion 950-1. doi: 10.1046/j.1524-4725.2003.29257.x. PMID: 12930337.
  6. Oregon State University, Essential Fatty Acids and Skin Health, Essential Fatty Acids and Skin Health
Who wrote this?
Ana Vasilescu
Ana Vasilescu
Ana is a sociologist and feminist with a shared passion for literature, psychology, and skincare, the combo that made her determined to start Women's Concepts. With over five years of experience in dermatological research, she has now become a certified skincare consultant keen to convince others of the importance of a diligent routine. Her close relationships with dermatologists around the globe, along with years of researching, analyzing studies, and hand-testing products on a daily basis, made Ana one of the best persons you can get advice from.
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