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What is Crow's Feet and How to Treat Them?

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

When you see a picture of yourself smiling in a group photo, you zoom in, and horror descends over you as those tiny lines around your eyes.

You have Crow's Feet!

Actually, While crow’s feet are a totally natural part of the aging process for pretty much every human being who ever lived, when they start showing up around your eyes at a young age, they can seem like they add years to your face.

What are crow's feet exactly? What causes them?

Crow's feet are the wrinkles and the fine line that branch out from the outer corners around the eyes. They are a very common skin issue that usually starts showing up in your 30s.

The main causes of crow's feet consist with 3s:

Smiling, Squinting and Sleeping


Smiling is a repetitive movement, and chances are good you smile many times every day.

Everyone smiles a bit differently, but those people who use the muscles next to their eyes when they smile obviously will get crow's feet earlier than people who don’t.


You should wear sunglasses every single day, all year round. This is because squinting from the sun is a repetitive movement, and just as in that paper clip analogy, continuous squinting causes the collagen and elastic fibers to break down and wrinkles to form.


The ideal way to sleep to avoid wrinkles is on your back, using one of the u-shaped travel pillows. This is obviously not something that most people can do, so using a silk pillowcase can help.

Facial lines are divided into two categories:

Dynamic: Dynamic lines are produced by actions of the underlying muscles. For example, these are the lines you see when squinting or frowning.

Static: Static lines are permanently present and show up on your face even while you are resting. These lines develop after many years of frowning, squinting, and even sun damage.

How to treat them?

Protect your face sensitive area from the sun

Exposure to UV rays causes our skin to lose collagen and elasticity at a faster rate, making sunscreen a must for wrinkle protection.

Since prolonged squinting can increase the depth and speed in which you develop pronounced wrinkles, it’s very important to wear sunglasses when spending time outdoors.

Keep the area under your eye hydrated to prevent wrinkles

You can do this by drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water and apply the Eye Cream. and when removing makeup, applying eyeliner and applying creams. A gentle touch will help keep the area wrinkle-free!

How TCM can help?

Face Acupuncture:

This cosmetic treatment is an extension of traditional acupuncture. It’s said to naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier. And unlike injection procedures, facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health.

Make an appointment today with our Physician Lin Yan Ling.

No more crow's feet!

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