Crow’s Feet: Know Thine Enemy

One never worries about crow’s feet until the day they look in the mirror and notice those fine lines radiating from the corner of the eyes. Because of this delicate location, wrinkles and lines often form here first. These first signs of skin aging appear because the facial muscles in this region contract a lot, either when you squint or smile. And, unless you want to go stonefaced for the rest of your life, this is kind of unavoidable. But there are things you can do to prevent crow’s feet from forming. In order to understand this, however, we need to look at the root causes of crow’s feet to better understand the treatments and methods that address the issue.

What Causes Crow’s Feet?

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As I mentioned before, one of the main causes of crow’s feet, or many of the lines and wrinkles that appear on your face, is simple wear and tear. Laughing, smiling, frowning all eventually make impressions in the skin. Habitual facial expressions often lead to lines, but sometimes differ in location. Another cause of crow’s feet is the depletion of collagen. Collagen is a protein that helps maintain connectivity at the cellular level As you get older, this production slows down, your skin becomes weaker and more susceptible to lines and wrinkles. The reason why lines often appear around the eyes first is because this skin is thinner and does not contain oil-producing glands, so wrinkles and lines will appear faster here.

Sun Damage

The other major contributor to crow’s feet is sun damage from prolonged exposure to UV rays. As you know, the sun is very powerful, and while Vitamin D is good for the skin, too much skin causes damage that can’t be undone. Even if you take precautions against sunburns, it’s hard to manage this for the skin around your eyes. This skin is continually exposed to the sun. In addition, one squints their eyes in the sun, the pressure of which also contributes to fine lines around the eyes. Those people with naturally darker pigment in their skin do not have to worry about this as much. Lighter-skinned folks, however, need to make sure their skin is adequately protected since they are more vulnerable to crow’s feet.

Crow’s Feet Prevention

As I mentioned earlier, you can’t entirely prevent crow’s feet. Unless you avoid the sun altogether and never move your face, wrinkles and fine lines are just a natural part of living and breathing. However, you can do your part to delay the formation of crow’s feet and reduce their severity. The first thing to remember when it comes to skin health in general, is to stay hydrated. Like the rest of your body, your skin needs adequate hydration to function properly. Dieting can also help delay crow’s feet, even though it doesn’t seem obvious. Antioxidant-rich foods, like vegetables, are especially powerful combatting lines and wrinkles. Always get plenty of rest! Sleep is so important for every facet of your health and well-being. You may also consider sleeping on your back to avoid making impressions on your face while you sleep. Lastly, don’t forget to turn that frown upside down. Smiling is a gentler expression that contracts fewer facial muscles!