scare away crows’ feet
The skin around your eyes also loses collagen and elastin as you age; and since it’s thinner to begin with, it’s more susceptible to wrinkles. “In addition, the fine lines near your eyes are the result of facial movements like smiling or squinting, which break down tissue,” explains Jeanine Downie, M.D., a dermatologist in Montclair, N.J., and author of Beautiful Skin of Color (Regan Books, 2005).
WHAT TO DO
• The same ingredients—retinol and peptides—that smooth lines elsewhere on your face work for crows’ feet by increasing collagen production and warding off free radicals. Products with at least SPF 15 can prevent further sun damage; those with hyaluronic acid will plump lines and make them less noticeable. “Use products specifically made for the eyes (not the face), because they’re formulated for this very sensitive skin,” cautions Downie.
• Wear sunglasses to prevent squinting and sun damage.
• Sleep on your back—not your face or side. “Long-term, you’re crushing that delicate skin,” explains Downie.
• Stop rubbing. Get an effective makeup remover so you don’t tug on skin. If allergies are the problem, seek relief.