You wear sunscreen every day, live in oversize sunglasses, and keep your contacts prescription current. In short, you protect your eyes from the imposing threat of crow’s feet. But squinting in the sun is hardly a sneaky culprit. We’re talking about something far less obvious—something you probably do daily without giving it a second thought.
Scroll through to find out if you’re giving yourself crow’s feet without even realizing it!
How do you remove your eye makeup? We’re guessing it goes a little something like this: saturate a cotton pad in remover and start scrubbing. Therein lies the problem. The skin around your eyes is extremely thin and delicate, so any sort of rubbing and tugging (especially the repeated-every-day kind) can damage the area. Treating your under-eyes too harshly (like scraping that last bit of mascara off) can even create puffiness and break blood vessels. It’s also worth mentioning that pulling your eyelid down to apply your eyeliner creates the same issue for the delicate skin around your eyes—#justsayin.
Next question: But is there any other way to remove all traces of the day’s makeup? Yes—gently. The key is to let the eye makeup dissolve before you start wiping it away. Saturate the cotton pad, lightly press it into your eye, let it set for about 20 seconds, then wipe it away in a downward motion—not up and down or side to side. It’s also important to use a quality eye makeup remover (so that it actually does dissolve the makeup with minimal effort) and one that is gentle on the eyes. Keep scrolling for our favorite gentle eye makeup removers!