The term crow's feet has got to be one of the ugliest in the beauty world, right up there with bacne. As one of the first visible signs of aging, the infamous eye wrinkles are also as dreaded and unsightly a condition. Luckily, there are things you can do to both ward off and treat the fine lines that might be creeping up around your eyes with time. Ahead, we’ve got five definitive ways to do just that, so keep reading!
Moisture is the name of the game when it comes to improving the appearance of existing crow’s feet, however early or mature they may be. No matter your age, dry, dehydrated skin sags and exacerbates the crinkly look of crow’s feet so stay hydrated from within by drinking lots of water. In conjunction with upping your H2O intake, use a moisturizer targeted for the delicate skin around the eyes to help plump and smooth wrinkles. An eye cream containing hyaluronic acid will draw water to the surface for fuller, more supple-looking skin.
Sun is the body's worst enemy when it comes to young-looking skin, but nowhere is it more of a visible threat than when it comes to the skin surrounding your eyes. That’s because the skin around your eyes is thinner than anywhere else on your body, so there is less collagen and elastin available to combat damage. Sun damage inhibits the production of collagen in the area, where it is in limited supply to begin with, and quickly becomes visible in the formation of radial wrinkles at the corners of your eyes.
To make matters worse, squinting in the sun, thereby contracting the muscles around your eyes, directly contributes to the futher development of crow’s feet. The ultimate crow’s feet commandment? Wear sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses on top of using SPF around your eyes will both block harmful UVA rays and prevent you from having to squint.
Due to its delicate nature, the skin around your eyes needs extra protection when it comes to stopping the free radicals that cause wrinkles. Protect the area from the damaging environmental factors that accelerate the onset of crow’s feet, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, and of course, UV radiation, with antioxidant-rich eye creams that also contain sun protection. Like positives to negatives, antioxidants will prevent and delay crow’s feet formation by directly counteracting the oxidizing agents of the free radicals that destroy skin cells. Look for products containing grapeseed extract, green tea, vitamin C, vitamin A, soy, and coffeeberry, and that are targeted for the eye area as they will be less irritating to the sensitive skin there.
In addition to product intervention, eating a diet rich in antioxidants will promote healthier and more youthful-looking skin from the inside. Give crow’s feet the one-two Mother Nature punch with this easy beauty trick: Apply an egg white mask to the skin around your eyes, which has a noticeable tightening effect. Beat one egg white in a bowl until it's fluffy, soak a cotton ball in it, and coat the skin around your eyes with the film for 15 minutes, then wash it off with water.
Botox is the best clinical way to halt crow’s feet from forming and treat existing lines, because it paralyzes the muscles around your eyes known as the orbicularis muscles, effectively preventing them from contracting and thereby causing and deepening wrinkles. The procedure has been FDA-approved specifically for the indication of treating lateral canthal lines—crow’s feet—via injection to the orbicularis muscle.
However, if you are needle-shy, or want to combine treatments, lasers are another option for stubborn crow’s feet. The Fractora laser is a fractional ablative laser that promotes the production of new collagen and elastin to fill out creases and folds at the corners of your eyes, and restore overall firmness.
One more tip: Your job may be contributing to the onset of crow’s feet. Squinting doesn’t just occur because of sun—the brightness level of your computer screen likely causes you to squint all day long. Adjust the brightness so there is less glare and make sure you have glasses or contacts if you need them, so you aren’t unnecessarily squinting and contracting those finicky orbicularis muscles.
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