Crow's feet are the fine lines that appear around the eyes. Because the skin around our eyes creases when we smile or laugh, they are also known as "laughter lines".Crow's feet are not as deep or pronounced as "wrinkles" but are often a first indicator of skin ageing.
As we age we lose collagen and elastin in our skin and this, combined with other factors, causes our skin to develop fine lines and wrinkles. Facial movement and expressions, sun damage, stress, dehydration and lifestyle factors such as drinking, diet, alcohol and drugs can all contribute to the formation of fine lines.
Crow’s feet tend to appear around the eyes, as it is an area most associated with facial expression. Our faces also have the most exposure to the sun, which is another contributing fact in the formation of fine lines.
Crow’s feet are a natural part of the ageing process and we will all get them in some form or another. Those who smoke or spend a lot of time in the sun are more likely to develop fine lines however.