Over the years, so-called ‘wrinkles’ or expression lines, also known as crow’s feet, appear on the face. However, the use of homemade masks can help us reverse the appearance of these lines on the face.

The crow’s feet are due to several factors, among which the constant exposure to the rays of the sun , the use of makeup, poor hydration and moisture, fat loss and elastic fibers, constant exposure to cigarette smoke and of course the movements that we normally carry out through gestures. This is why prevention is very important, which is based on starting from a young age to take care of the skin of your face.

The daily use of moisturizing creams and masks, weekly exfoliation, proper daily hygiene, the use of sunscreen, the use of quality makeup, removing makeup with astringent and special lotions daily and avoiding the use of cigarettes are some of the strategies to avoid the appearance of wrinkles on the face.

What are crow’s feet

Crow’s feet are the lines that appear around the eyes, on their outer edge. These expression lines can be prevented with the aforementioned recommendations, but if you already have them, you can reduce their intensity with certain products on the market, or if you prefer with natural creams and masks.

Masks to avoid crow’s feet

That is why we will explain below some recipes for homemade masks to avoid the appearance of the well-known crow’s feet and also to rejuvenate the face , returning the texture and natural shine to your skin:

1. Lanolin mask

Ingredients that you will need for the preparation of this mask that can help you reduce fine lines.

You will need to:

  • 50 grams of pure lanolin
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil
  • ¼ cup rose water
  • 10 grams of white wax
  • a teaspoon of vanilla.

Preparation: Heat the lanolin and wax in a bowl for a few seconds in the microwave , then add the other ingredients little by little, stirring and mashing until you get a homogeneous and uniform mixture. The consistency should be thick.

How to use:

Apply on the affected area (or if you prefer better results, apply on the entire face) and let it act for 30 or 40 minutes. What about keep it in the fridge to use it in the next few occasions. After time, you should remove it by rinsing with plenty of warm water . Do this treatment 2 or 3 times a week.

2. Carrot and yogurt mask

This is an effective recipe to avoid the formation of wrinkles or to treat them to reduce lines . To make this mask you will have to peel and grate 1 carrot, then liquefy the zest with a little water. Subsequently, in a bowl, mix the carrot with 1 teaspoon of plain (unflavored) yogurt and 1 teaspoon of glycerin.

Beat until you get a thick consistency mixture. Apply a thick layer to the skin of your face and neck and leave for 30 minutes. After that time, remove by rinsing with plenty of warm water. You can keep the leftovers in the fridge for future applications, it can last up to 1 month in the fridge.

3. Cocoa butter and wax mask

To make this very effective mask to hydrate the skin and avoid crow’s feet, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons petroleum jelly
  • 2 tablespoons white wax
  • ½ cup of cocoa butter
  • ½ cup witch hazel


Heat the wax in a bowl for a few seconds in the microwave. Then mix all the ingredients until you get a uniform and smooth consistency.

How to apply it on the face:

  • Apply a thick layer to the affected area, and let it work for a period of 20 minutes. Finally remove by rinsing with warm water.

4. Cucumber mask

The use of cucumber is known to treat the beauty of the face, and in the case of treating wrinkles or crow’s feet it also has a very important function , since cucumber acts as an anti-inflammatory and also helps to hydrate the skin, restoring its texture and shine.

How to prepare this simple mask:

Peel and chop 1 cucumber into small pieces, then blend or place in a food processor with ¼ cup of milk. Apply to the skin of your face and let it soak in for 30 minutes. After that time, remove the mixture by rinsing with warm water.

5. Organic whole milk compress for the face

Apply a cloth dipped in whole milk to the eyes and the sides of the face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and wash with running water. You can add a tablespoon of honey or a teaspoon of almond oil to milk for added benefits. Do this as part of your morning and night skincare routine.

Milk is full of substances compatible with the skin, such as amino acids, lipids, vitamins and minerals. It contains nine essential amino acids and six semi-essential ones, including arginine, glycine and proline important for the formation of collagen. Hydroxylation of proline results in hydroxyproline, which makes up about 13% of the total collagen in our body. Along with proline, it plays a key role in maintaining collagen stability.

Milk also contains all the fat-soluble vitamins, of which vitamins A and E are particularly helpful in skin cell renewal. Its high antioxidant power helps reduce tissue damage from UV radiation and chemical pollutants. The fats in milk help keep the skin soft and hydrated.

6. Coconut oil for crow’s feet on the face

Give the skin the benefit of the moisturizing and nourishing effect of coconut oil through a light massage at night. Heat the oil slightly to promote complete absorption. Wipe the face with tissue paper to remove any excess. You can add a drop or two of vitamin E oil as well.

The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil have excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. It has only small amounts of vitamin E, but fatty acids enhance the absorption of this skin-friendly vitamin.

Tips to get the most out of these masks

You will find some of the necessary ingredients for masks in health food stores or pharmacies, and every day it becomes easier to acquire certain health and beauty products.

It is also important to take into account, the performance of facial massages at the time of daily facial cleansing, to avoid the appearance of wrinkles . The massages to be performed can be carried out with a moisturizing cream. They should always be circular and upward movements. Smooth the areas where you already have wrinkles, with the help of your fingers gently, until the cream penetrates. Perform the massages every day, around the mouth, on the sides of the nose, on the cheekbones, forehead, between the eyebrows, around the eyes ( crow’s feet ) and on the neck . Once the massages are finished, you can put on any of the masks explained above.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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