The eyes have it: Giving crow’s feet the boot

eyes hyacinth 2Ackkkk!! Help! Just looked very closely at my eyes in the mirror the other day for the first time in a long time and yikes!! – my crow’s feet have developed crow’s feet! How can this be? 🙂
Of course, I’m no spring chicken, and my 50-plus-year-old eyes can’t be expected to still look as fresh and dewy as a twentysomething’s, but still. I’ve not done the eye cream thing much at all over the years and now I’m starting to seriously regret it.

A good while back, a friend gave me a sample of a La Mer eye cream, but it must’ve been too rich or something, because after several nights, I began to develop a few tiny little bumps around my eyes. So I quit using it, or any others, to let my skin re-set, then kind of forgot about the whole thing and completely fell off the eye cream wagon.

But now I’d like to get back on and I’m not sure where to start. I’ve heard there are some good products out there (especially those that won’t break the bank), but most of all, I’m looking for a high level of effectiveness; something that would work well for someone coming late to the eye-care game.

So do any of you wonderful Posse readers have any eye product suggestions? Any tips and tricks to help conceal the lines I’ve already got? Or any recommendations for a concealer (for the dark circles) that won’t settle too much into the wrinkles and look even worse?

The only (tiny) silver lining to my dilemma is that since I’m nearsighted, my glasses tend to make my eyes look a bit smaller anyway, thereby also reducing the look of my lines. But that’s not that big of a comfort … sigh.

Photo of Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bouquet in the BBC comedy series “Keeping Up Appearances.” This woman can evoke more laughter with her eyes (and eyebrows) than any performer I’ve ever seen.

49 Comments
Catherine Heveron March 9, 2016

In my 50s I began to switch all my products (well, except fragrances, of course!) to natural and organic lines, and not only does my skin now look better than it ever has, but the milia that I had around my eyes for many, many years has gone completely! My 2 favorite eye products are Odacite eye cream and Vered eye serum. While nothing topical will actually get rid of wrinkles, both of these leave my eye area brighter and smoother that it has been before. Good luck!!

LaDona March 2, 2016

I use Dr. D Schwab products exclusively. No animal products or testing, no petroleum products, and certified organic. Try the Gingkosome or citrusome serums on your eyes. I have great luck with their products, and get no break-outs. Love them. www.perfectskinsandiego.com

carlsbad February 27, 2016

Well, your first mistake was looking closely in the mirror! Aside from that, I think retin a is the only thing short of botox or surgery that actually works. The rest soften a little, very little.

filomena813 February 23, 2016

I use Strivectin (the one in the yellow tube). It doesn't cost as much as a lot of others, and it lasts a long time and works as well as any $250.00 jar of eye cream.

peach February 23, 2016

I use CeraVe Eye Repair cream for night and Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Age Defense Eye Cream for day (sun protection to keep away the crow's feet). The CeraVe is kind of awesome especially for the low price. If you have use a good fragrance free face cream you can use it around your eyes. Nothing against fragrance, but it can irritate your eyes in a cream. For sun protection I find mineral only sunscreen, i.e. titanium oxide and zinc oxide, is best so it doesn't sting your eyes like chemical sunscreens. FYI-No cream will get rid of crow's feet that is already there, but it can soften and temporarily plump up crepiness. Here is an article about crow's feet if you want to look at it. http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/eye-care/_/how-to-minimize-crows-feet

Pixel February 23, 2016

Your sad discovery sounds awfully familiar :) I have just started working on the same issue. I've been completely surprised at how well Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair works. It's pretty easy to get samples of this from any high-end department store. I'm just trying to reduce the puffies...

Mary E. February 22, 2016

Check out the eye cream frim Tatcha. They sell trial/travel sizes so you could invest a small amount to see if it works for you. Put on the eye cream before you use a concealer.

Cherie Curry February 22, 2016

Paula's Choice works great - no scent and not too creamy, but rich feeling. It's called Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream. Her stuff is great for people who react to weird things in their products. You can only buy online, but she has great products for my 50 year old face.

Diana February 22, 2016

i think that anything topical will only make a subtle difference. Have you looked into line filler injections? They stimulate collagen in the skin and actually fill the creases.

Kathleen February 22, 2016

I've been using Isomers, a company from Canada. They are not sold in dept stores, just online. I use various serums, as most creams for that delicate skin are too heavy and can cause puffiness and those little bumps that you experienced. They have various serums with good descriptions. Also, a phone # which you can use to get advice. I''ve used these products for over 15 yrs now, and am quite pleased with the results

rosarita313 February 22, 2016

Hi Ann! I've kind of given up - my skin is so touchy and every eye cream I've ever tried just irritated my eyes and skin in general. About all I use now is CeraVe cream, it's a very effective moisturizer. As to wrinkles, I feel I've earned every one! ????

Aelily February 22, 2016

I second Paula's Choice products. I have used her line exclusively for years, and in my opinion, my skin is better for it. She has lots of different options for anti aging for all skin types (Including blemish prone skin, which is great for me since I'm one of those lucky people who have to worry about both wrinkles and blemishes). You can buy samples of almost all her stuff, some in larger sizes. Also not an affiliate, just a fan.

Deb February 22, 2016

I'm just glad to have lived long enough to have things like wrinkles. :o) I'm a transplant patient, first transplant in 1990 and second in 2005. I "shoulda, could'a, would'a" died so long along ago if it weren't for the Lord and modern medicine. If time is marked by a few wrinkles, it is a small price. We're alive! :o) However, wrinkles don't do anything for appearance, I agree. If i had them....maybe I do, I haven't really looked.....I'd use the things from Paula's Choice because what they do for the rest of my skin is amazing. It looks much younger than my 59 years. I would take look at her Resist anti-aging eye cream and any other Resist product than can be used around the eyes. (I am not affiliated; just a fan.) I really think it's more a matter of underlying skin structure than surface issues, as evidenced by the person above who has used eye creams from age 25 and still developed them.

Neva February 22, 2016

Hi Ann, I've been using eye cremes from the age of 25 (approximately) but I've also developed crow's feet. Somehow I don't care because I laugh a lot and it only enhances the lines around the eyes anyway. A good trick to prevent the concealer from settling into the lines is to mix it with a tiny bit of eye gel and then apply it under the eyes. I use E. Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer and mix it with the eye cream or gel that I currently use.

Marianna February 22, 2016

I highly recommend eye serum by Drunk Elephant - togeter with the rest of their products

leenie2 February 22, 2016

*I have no idea how an ebay link got in my 100% Pure comment, sorry about that.

leenie2 February 22, 2016

for the crowsfeet ~ Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Whipped Squalane Face & Eye Mousse http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/products/details/for-the-face/moisturizers/whipped-butters/whipped-squalane-face-eye-mousse (I'm 55, sensitive skin, sometimes I slather this on my whole face just because it's awesome) for puffiness ~ 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream http://www.100percentpure.com/collections/eye-cream/products/organic-coffee-bean-caffeine-eye-cream-0-3-oz (I have genetic predisposition-level eyebags, they are right there in my childhood photos; however, this helps when they're baggier than usual) Both of these products smell GREAT, have all really safe ingredients and are super affordable, too. I don't have dark circles, so can't comment on the concealer.

Barbara.McCaughin February 22, 2016

I have dark circles inherited from my father and all my life have tried various concealers. What I am using now and which works far better than anything I have ever tried, is a combination of Laura Mercier concealers: Secret Concealer and High Coverage Concealer. I use two different shades to get it just right for me. I luckily have very fee wrinkles at age 72 but if I didn't have this terrific way of using concealers I would clearly look my age. As it is, I easily pass for way under 65! Wishing you success, Barbara

eldarwen22 February 22, 2016

What I use on my face is the Skyn Iceland glacial cleanser and pure cloud cream. My skin is pretty fussy about what I use and my skin is dry. The Skyn Iceland serum is great too. I used to be able to find all of this at Sephora but they quit carrying it. But you can find it on Amazon. They have the sampler sets too.

Baroness Octothorpe February 22, 2016

I'm having good results with a combination of Hylamide Subq Eyes & Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Night Eye Cream (which I'm not finding on Neutrogena's site right now, so maybe it's been discontinuted?).

Stacie February 22, 2016

Currently I'm using Avene Soothing eye contour cream which I love, but you might want to try a cream containing pro retinal. Then, for concealer I use Laura Mercier Secret Concealer which has good coverage, and blends easily.

Jennie February 22, 2016

You read my mind - I'm currently in the market for the same thing. I would be very interested to hear recommendations of others who have found something that actually works.