Say ‘Goodbye’ to Ugly Crow’s Feet Wrinkles
Whether aging can be an upsetting phase in your life or, just another adventure waiting to be explored is all up to you. What can be specially tough about aging is seeing an older version of you in the mirror then; you begin to wonder, “Where did my youth go?”
The natural aging process is a transformation we all inevitably must go through. But, where you see creases creeping up on your skin, it could simply signal poor skincare habits practiced over the years.
Crow’s feet, fine lines, age spots—you would think that your skin is revolting against you, and trust that it will if you don’t give it the attention it needs to help prevent premature aging.
What is crow’s feet?
The first tell-tale signs of aging skin will almost always start forming around your eyes. Skin around your eyes is thinner and has less fat underneath compared to skin on the rest of your face. That makes it more prone to wrinkling and other signs of skin aging.
Crow’s feet is a term used to describe the ugly streaks that form on the outer corner of your eyes that, well, look like the ugly feet of a crow. Some call them ‘laugh lines’, while some call them ‘character lines’ but, let’s not sugar-coat the unpleasant appearance of these annoying wrinkles.
Yes, wrinkles! So what, if they’re part of natural aging? That does not mean you can’t do anything to prevent them. Heck, you can even age without them if you choose to!
What causes crow’s-feet?
To conquer thy enemy, you got to know thy enemy.
Like any other signs of aging– fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration–crow’s feet oftentimes begin to show up on the corners of your eyes as soon as you hit your 30s. Others get it sooner into their 20s. It’s natural and unavoidable-so don’t be alarmed, and remain calm.
Crow’s feet naturally show up as a result of decreased production of collagen and elastin fibers as you age. Skin also loses significant amounts of fats and oil as you grow older. These changes, in turn, decreases skin elasticity and, therefore, the skin’s ability to bounce back after folding and creasing is lessened.
Repeated facial expressions like laughing and squinting, and sleeping habits particularly sleeping on your sides and tummy, all cause the same lines to be formed on your face. While the lines would perfectly disappear when you were younger, these lines become harder and harder to vanish as you age.
Chronic stress, insufficient sleep, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, poor skincare habits, and even gravitational pull all add up in aggravating crow’s feet and wrinkles in general.
Clinical solutions to eliminate crow’s feet
With a better understanding of skin aging, scientific breakthroughs in skincare have been achieved, and the revolution continues. Now, there are more ways than ever to improve the appearance of crow’s feet and even eliminate them completely.
Some of the most regarded, clinically administered skincare treatments to improve the appearance of crow’s feet are:
- Laser Skin Resurfacing. This treatment works by using a laser beam to bore tiny holes into the skin so that the light reaches the skin cells in the deeper layers of the skin. This action stimulates collagen production. What’s makes it even better is that it resurfaces new, younger skin to replace the old, rough top layer of the skin.
Older laser skin resurfacing techniques, however, may cause severe skin damage and a significant amount of downtime as a side effect. Today, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing has become the better option. The procedure basically follows traditional laser skin resurfacing techniques but without damaging the top layer of skin. The same results are derived without causing harm to skin and with minimal downtime.
- Facial fillers. Facial fillers including silicone, collagen, and hyaluronic acid are injected on the area affected by crow’s feet. What these fillers do is fill in the space between the skin and the underlying tissue to lift and stretch wrinkled skin.
- Botox. Botox was originally used to treat muscular injuries, muscle spasms, and migraines. How does it work to improve crow’s feet? Botox works by paralyzing the muscles beneath the skin where crow’s feet appear. As a result, the muscle is relaxed and crow’s feet expand to stretch wrinkled skin.
Although health and safety concerns have been raised against these clinically administered procedures, the results remain inconclusive. These unresolved issues, in fact, call for more studies to be performed, most especially to observe the effects of these treatments over the longer term.
Natural ways to say ‘Goodbye’ to crow’s feet
If you have doubts about the safety of chemically-prepared wrinkle solutions and clinically administered treatments or, simply want to get rid of crow’s feet the more natural, organic way, listed below are ten natural remedies you can try and what each can do to help alleviate crow’s feet.
- Avocado. Rich in Vitamins B, C, and E, avocado can be a great new addition to your anti-aging diet. It helps keep skin gorgeous and young looking.
- Castor Oil. When topically applied on skin, the omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids in castor oil help hydrate and soften skin. However, use with care and don’t use daily. Castor oil helps flush out skin impurities but, when used too often, may end up drying skin.
- Cucumbers. Whether eaten or applied topically, cucumber can be your powerful weapon to combat crow’s feet. It contains Silica which is important in skin restructuring and collagen production.
- Papaya. Rich in carotenoids which are powerful antioxidants, papaya also contains papain, an enzyme that helps cleanse skin of impurities and eliminate dead skin cells. It is also rich in Vitamins A, C, E which play important roles in keeping skin supple and wrinkle-free.
- Milk. Milk contains lactic acid, an alphahydroxy acid, that aids in skin rejuvenation. It is a gentle way to exfoliate skin and support the resurfacing of young skin.
- Aloe Vera. The malic acid in aloe vera is also a natural alphahydroxy acid that gently sloughs off dead skin cells and stimulates collagen production.
- Lemon Juice. Lemon juice contains very high levels of citric acid that makes it an effective exfoliant. It helps brighten skin, lift dead skin cells, and facilitate skin renewal. As if that’s not enough, lemon juice is also rich in Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can help skin fight off signs of aging.
- Egg Whites. Although its long-term benefits to skin are debatable, egg whites can certainly provide temporary wrinkle relief. The protein, Vitamin B, and Vitamin E found in egg whites help tighten skin and leave it well moisturized over long periods of time.
- Vitamin E. Another powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E helps prevent skin damage, promotes skin moisturization, and thus, helps prevent wrinkles.
- Coconut Oil. Popular for its emollient properties, coconut could perhaps be the best naturally derived moisturizer. It resembles sebum in the skin thus, regular use helps provide additional protection for skin, particularly in fighting the damaging effects of free radicals including those of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Applied topically, coconut oil can penetrate skin easily, letting it do its anti-aging wonders deep down your skin.
What you eat and what you do to your body will eventually show on your skin. Introducing major adjustments to your lifestyle makes the most impact in protecting it against signs of aging, including crow’s feet.