If you are in your mid-thirties, you probably have already had the ‘Oh my God!’ moment when you look in the mirror one beautiful morning and notice first lines around your eyes. You could swear they were not there when you went to bed last night. Crow’s feet – the lines that form around your eyes – are shallow wrinkles that start forming when your body begins to lose collagen and elastin. The decrease of the level of those two proteins results in smaller skin elasticity, which affects the whole body, but usually the first signs of this process can be noticed in the skin around the eyes. It’s because the outer corners of your eyes move every time you smile, squint, look around, blink or even sleep.
You can try to take some weird advice from celebrities and just stop smiling to avoid crow’s feet, but every face looks more beautiful with a smile, even if it’s wrinkled. It is impossible to stop the ageing process and the lines will appear on your face no matter what you do. However, you can try to slow down the process with simple changes in your lifestyle and by trying some simple home remedies.
Causes of Crow’s Feet
As we mentioned before, the ageing process is the basic cause of the wrinkles, including the ‘laugh lines’ or ‘character lines’, as crow’s feet are sometimes called. In order to be able to slow down this process, we need to deep a little bit deeper and learn about the reasons of the skin ageing process itself. Once you know them, you can take some action to decrease the level of crow’s feet and other wrinkles appearance.
The ageing process of the skin begins when your body slows down the production of collagen and elastin, which normally begins in your 30’s and accelerates with time. This results not only in the formation of wrinkles on the face, but also in the loss of elasticity in the skin of the entire body, including the breasts, which become more saggy with age. While this is completely natural and almost inevitable, it can be delayed in time if you avoid smoking and excessive sun exposure. These factors not only speed up the process of skin ageing, but may also result in the formation of brown spots, a typical feature of neglected, mature skin.
Also, failure to keep your body properly hydrated prevents your cells from performing the metabolic functions as fast as they should do it. If the cells don’t have enough water, they take more time to replace the old, worn-out cells with the new ones. Even slight dehydration slows down the metabolism in your body and affects not only your looks, but also your overall well-being.
Other factors that can slow down the metabolism in your skin and accelerate the ageing process are: lack of sleep, bad diet, especially one rich in sugar, high alcohol consumption (which causes dehydration) and exposing your skin to high pollution, when your skin is forced to use some antioxidants for skin protection instead of regeneration.
How To Avoid And Diminish Crow’s Feet
Whether you already noticed the first signs of ageing or want to delay the process and enjoy a beautiful, smooth and radiant skin, there are many ways to take some action right away. Some simple changes to your lifestyle and diet can work wonders if you stick to them.
You are what you eat and your skin reflects your dessert. The more sugar you eat, the faster your skin ages. It’s because sugar, especially its refined version, which can be found in pastry, sweets, sweetened drinks and processed food, destroys collagen and weakens your skin cells. Try to reduce the sugar intake by drinking less coke, adding half the amount of sugar to your homemade baked goods and your tea or coffee and having a fruit or yoghurt for dessert instead of a brownie. Within just two to three weeks you will notice a significant change in your skin condition. If you really feel like eating something sweet, then dark chocolate will be your best bet as it contains less sugar. It also contains natural chemical substances that help protect your skin against damage caused by UVB radiation.
Make sure you eat enough fruits and vegetables in order to supply your body with the much-needed vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Proteins are also essential for the production of collagen and elastin, so you should eat lean meat or supplement proteins in your diet if you are vegetarian.
Drinking water cannot be underestimated in terms of maintaining healthy-looking and wrinkle-free skin, but drinking milk also helps delay the ageing process. Milk increases collagen production and has been used as a beauty product since ancient times. You don’t have to take baths in milk, like Cleopatra used to do, but you should try to drink at least one to two glasses of milk every day in order to increase the protein and glycolic acid intake.
Make sure you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, like oranges, lemons, strawberries or kiwi. Vitamin C strengthens the skin cells and makes them less prone to damage caused by UV radiation. It also boosts the skin rejuvenation process and helps maintain even skin tone by eliminating superficial blemishes.
Exfoliate and Hydrate
In order to help your skin maintain healthy, radiant, young look, you need to boost the process of skin rejuvenation and one of the simplest way is to exfoliate your skin regularly. Below you will find some simple, home-made exfoliating facials that you can make on your own. The secret is to use gentle exfoliators regularly, rather than some stronger ones only once every two weeks. The skin rejuvenation process takes place every single minute of your life and the better you support it, the happier you will be with the appearance of your skin.
Another step of your skin care routine should be moisturising. Daily use of moisturising creams lock the water in your cells and not only slows down the ageing process, but also accelerates the regeneration process. Moisturise your skin at least twice daily and after every cleansing or a treatment. Again, just like with exfoliation, a bit of discipline will definitely pay off.
Always Use Sunscreen
While sunlight in smaller amounts may be a blessing to your skin since it boosts the production of vitamin D, prolonged exposure of unprotected skin to the UV radiation harms the collagen and elastin and speeds up the ageing process. That is why you have to make sure that you wear a cream with at least SPF 15 on regular or cloudy days and increase the protection to SPF 30 or more during the summer. You might be tempted to sunbathe without sunscreen when you go on holidays, just to get a strong tan faster, but the truth is that with the protective cream you will get a more beautiful tan and you won’t harm your skin. You will thank yourself years later for resisting the temptation to fry your skin on the beach without sunscreen.
Home Remedies For Crow’s Feet
If you want to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet around your eyes, there’s no need to get a botox injection straight away. You would be surprised how effective home-made remedies can be in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles. Below is a list of best home remedies for crow’s feet.
Egg whites are known for their skin tightening properties. The effects of an egg white treatment are almost instant, so it’s a great solution for those who want to look fresher and younger before an important meeting or a date and need something that works fast. Make sure, though, you don’t apply the egg white facial more than twice a week since it may have a slightly dehydrating effect.
To reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, simply beat one egg white and once it gets a foamy consistence, apply it with your fingers on the outer part of your eyes. Leave it on to dry completely and wash it off with lukewarm water. If you want to boost the effect, you can repeat the whole process once again as soon as you tap dry your face. Leave the beaten egg whites on the affected area once again and when it gets dry, wash it off and finish the treatment off with a moisturiser. For a skin brightening effect, add a spoon of organic orange juice to the egg whites.
If you have noticed some loss of elasticity on the skin of the whole face, you can also beat two egg whites instead of just one and use it as a facial for your face and even your neck and cleavage. It will give you an instant effect of a lifting and you can get it without leaving home and only at the cost of two eggs.
You already know that drinking milk has beneficial effects on the condition of your skin. You can also use it externally to stimulate the regeneration of collagen, which will reduce the appearance of crow’s feet around your eyes. All you need to do is soak two cotton balls in milk and place them on the area where the fine lines are visible. Leave them on for 10 minutes and wash the skin with lukewarm water, then apply a moisturising cream with minimum SPF 15. You can also use a clean, cotton or muslin cloth to let the whole face enjoy the benefits of milk treatment. Again, soak it in milk and place on your face. Relax for 10-15 minutes and wash the face with warm water. This treatment can be repeated as often as you wish and brings the best results if it becomes a part of your daily routine. It goes without saying that organic milk is the best both for drinking and for applying it externally.
Not only milk can help you fight crow’s feet when used both internally and externally. Coconut oil is another product you can find in the kitchen that is highly beneficial for your skin. It not only act as a natural moisturiser, but also contains a high level of vitamin E – essential for maintaining a healthy, young-looking skin – and linoleic acid, which helps reconnect broken skin tissues and boosts skin cells regeneration.
Try replacing sunflower oil in the kitchen with coconut oil. It not is only a healthier option, but also adds a deeper flavour to some dishes. To use coconut oil as a cosmetic in the fight with crow’s feet, simply rub it into the outer part of your eyes before sleep and let it work wonders overnight. Just like with any food product that you incorporate into your skin care routine, you should choose the highest quality one, so if possible, buy pure extra virgin coconut oil.
Castor oil is a widely used ingredient of nourishing masks. It helps remove dead skin cells and provides the skin with various nutrients, leaving it smooth and soft. Simply rub a few drops of castor oil into the skin affected by wrinkles and leave it on for the night. For best results, make it a part of your daily skin care routine and you will see great results after just one week of the treatment.
Papaya produces and an enzyme called papain, which helps tighten the skin and remove the dead cells. It also contains a high level of vitamin C, which prevents free-radical damage to your skin. On top of that, it stimulates the production of collagen. You can either rub a piece of ripe papaya for a few minutes onto the skin or mash the fruit and use it as a facial. In both cases, leave the juice or the pulp on for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with warm water. For better results, you can add a teaspoon of olive oil to the pulp in order to boost the dead cells removal and the hydration process.
Alternatively, you can make an exfoliating mask by mixing the papaya pulp with a tablespoon of ground oatmeals. Apply the mixture onto the skin and perform a gentle massage of the affected area or – if you with – the whole face and neck. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash off, then apply a moisturiser. All the papaya treatments are very gentle to your skin and can be done daily, except for the exfoliating one, which shouldn’t be repeated more than 2-3 times a week.
Among its many beneficial effects for the skin, aloe vera contains a high level of anti-oxidants, which help fight crow’s feet. It also helps moisturise and brighten the skin as well as maintain an even skin tone. Again, you can apply it both internally and externally. Study show that drinking a tablespoon of aloe vera juice twice a day helps maintain healthy, young-looking skin. It also stimulates digestion and the elimination of toxins from your body, which in turn has beneficial effects for the regeneration of the cells in the whole body, including in your skin.
To apply aloe vera externally, take a leaf of fresh aloe vera and squeeze the pulp out. Tap it onto the skin affected by crow’s feet and leave it on for 20 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm or cold water. You can also cut an aloe vera leaf in half are simply break it and run the internal part onto the crow’s feet before going to bed. Leave it on for the whole night and wash your face in the morning with cold water. For best results, drink aloe vera daily and apply it externally at least three times a week.
Avocado not only supplies your skin with vitamins, but also promotes the absorption of nutrients like vitamins A, C and E. It has antibacterial, antioxidant, revitalising and skin-rejuvenating properties. Apart from incorporating avocado in our diet, you can also use its pulp as a mask that helps diminish the wrinkles appearance. Mash the fruit and apply it on the crow’s feet. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse off. You can also use the pit from avocado to make an exfoliating mask. Just grate it and mix it with avocado pulp or coconut oil. Apply the mixture on your skin and perform a gentle massage with circular movements. Leave it on for 10 minutes so that the skin gets enough time to absorb all the nutrients and wash it off with lukewarm water.
Very few vegetables have so many moisturising and nourishing properties at the same time. Cucumbers contain thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and vitamins B5 and B6, all of which help delay the ageing process by boosting the rejuvenation of the skin. The simplest way to make a cucumber mask is to grate the vegetable and either dip a cotton ball in the juice, then apply it onto the crow’s feet or use the grated cucumber as a facial. In both cases, leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. The cucumber treatment leaves your skin refreshed and regular treatment gives visible results after only 3-4 weeks.
Lemon and Orange Juice
Vitamin C is crucial for maintaining a strong and healthy looking skin. That is why applying orange or lemon juice – or a mix of both – on your skin will help fight crow’s feet. Citric juice has many other benefits for your skin as it helps exfoliate dead skin cells, brighten the blemishes and tighten the skin. You can simply squeeze organic lemon and orange juice and apply it on the crow’s feet with a cotton ball. Make sure you are gentle when you do it and don not let the juice get into your eye as it may irritate it. Leave the juice on for 5-10 minutes and rinse it off. Since lemon and orange juices both have astringent effects, you shouldn’t use this treatment more than two to three times a week, unless you see that there is no negative reaction on your skin.
The list of health and beauty benefits of honey is endless. It nourishes, hydrates and exfoliates the skin. On top of that it has antibacterial properties and helps fight skin infections. You can apply it on the crow’s feet to boost the skin rejuvenation process in this area or you can make a mask of honey and ground oats. Leave the honey or the mask on for 20-25 minutes and let the skin absorb all the nutrients. Rinse it off with warm water and enjoy the instant effect of softer, younger-looking skin. Make sure you apply a moisturiser even after the treatment that involves products which already have hydrating properties. This way you will lock the moist inside to prevent the skin cells from losing much-needed water.
Creams And Botox Treatments
Obviously, in the case of very deep wrinkles around the eyes, home remedies will help diminish their appearance, but the results may not only be fully satisfying. If you feel that your crow’s feet don’t respond well enough any more to more treatment, consider investing in a stronger anti-wrinkle cream that contains retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids and copper peptides. You can go for an over the counter version of a cream or contact your dermatologist and ask for a prescription only counterpart that will usually contain a higher amount of those substances.
If you are not afraid of needles and you have some money to spare, you can try a botox treatment. The substance injected into your skin, in the area affected by wrinkles, relaxes the muscles and prevents them from contracting. This way the wrinkles get less pronounced when you smile or squint. Bear in mind, however, that the results last for three to six months and after that period the treatment must be repeated as with time your body eliminates the injected botulin toxin. Even though this treatment has become more and more popular, just like in case of any problem, it is better to prevent it than fight it so start introducing some small changes to your lifestyle today in order to be able to enjoy smooth, wrinkle-free skin for longer.