As we age, we start to notice several changes in and on our body. Take for example your face. You start to notice small wrinkles near the corners of your eyes. They branch out and upwards towards your temple and eventually take the general shape of that as bird’s foot. Some have a single wrinkling, and some have around 4 or more, all stacked up one underneath the other.
These are Crows Feet and start to show up around your late 20's and don’t leave unless you do something to get rid of them. I prefer to call them laugh lines as they become more pronounced when we smile. Sure, they add character and definition to the face and are signs that you have laughed and lived a lot, but many of us would rather they not be there at all. With that said, crow’s feet are the result of said repetitive movements like squinting, frowning, smiling or laughing which causes the corners of your eyes to contract. The appearance of these “feet” is a byproduct of growing older accompanied by the depletion of your collagen and elastin stores. They cannot be easily soothed or coaxed away with a few slices of cucumber or copious amounts of sleep. However, there are a few simple home remedies and other affordable options available to us. Let’s start with the easiest ones first.
1. Place a piece of tape on your forehead and between your brows. When you frown or squint, you will feel the tape contract. This is not only a reminder for you NOT to do either, but also a training mechanism to alert you to these activities while you are doing them and retrain yourself such that you can stop. Eventually squinting and frowning activities will be a thing of the past and so will crows feet. 2. Water! Premature surfacing of crow’s feet is often caused by dehydration. The lack of water in our system or its failure to make its way to our eyes will cause the skin to wrinkle. Prolonged dehydration will result in crow’s feet. Drink plenty of water, up to 4L a day, to keep crow’s feet at bay or take a collagen protein supplement which has been shown to nearly double skin hydration in as little as 8 weeks. Which leads us to #2.
3. Incorporating a collagen supplement into your diet is a surefire way to significantly reduce crows feet and wrinkling around the eyes.
The Souken 2008 Japanese study on collagen and skin aging/wrinkles/crows feet determined consuming 10g collagen protein over a 2 month period of time would render a dramatic change in the depth and appearance of crows feet.
4. Use your sunscreen! Sun exposure will not only give you sunburn but crow’s feet too! The constant squinting while you are in the sun causes your skin to fold around the eyes and the lack of suppleness will start to outline crow’s feet. The radiation off the sun will also damage the top skin layer which will take awhile to heal. To avoid crow’s feet and sun damage, wear sunscreen and wide shades to completely cover your eye and the area around it.
5. At night, apply a good quality moisturizer to your entire face, but also use a targeted cream for the eye area to give specific attention to the “crow’s feet”. Apply using a gentle circular motion on and around your orbital socket, eyelids, and even up to your temple. Be sure to cover your crow’s feet thoroughly. 5. To effectively get rid of crow’s feet, use an eye treatment that repairs and moisturizes at the same time. Look for one with a blend of AHA’s including glycolic acid and blended with glycerin in a cream base. The deep exfoliation from the glycolic acid will give you instant results and the glycerin will plump up your skin making the crows feet less apparent. Top if off with Vitamin A, C and E, then you are in business.
6. Avoid alcohol, sugars and smoking. These 3 vices can quickly give you premature crow’s feet. Crow’s feet are indeed signs of ageing but should not be taken for granted. Wear them with pride but do try your best to minimize their growth. Crow’s feet are sure signs that you have laughed and loved.
Until Next Time,