After a certain age, visible signs of aging skin are to be expected. This is a completely natural occurrence—one that’s in the cards for us all—and not a cause for concern. Still, not everyone is pleased to welcome fine lines and wrinkles, especially since they can add years to the face.
The skin around the eyes is thin, delicate and often neglected—a perfect storm for signs of aging on skin to develop. Crow’s feet, creases that spread out from the corners of the eyes in the shape of a bird’s foot or footprint, are one of the most common. Some people only notice crow’s feet when they smile or laugh, but over time these lines can become deeper and more permanent regardless of your facial expression. The silver lining is that proper eye skin care can help address crow’s feet and prevent them from appearing prematurely, but can crow’s feet ever really go away completely? Read on for the answer.
What Causes Crow’s Feet?
We know you’re here to learn how to get rid of crow’s feet, but those efforts will be for naught if you don’t know what causes crow’s feet to appear. Below, we’re sharing a few common crow’s feet causes to keep in mind.
1. Habitual Facial Expressions
Sometimes referred to as smile lines, laugh lines, or expression lines, crow’s feet can appear as a result of repeated movements of the skin around eyes such as smiling or squinting. How does this happen? When you smile or squint, the skin around your eyes and mouth folds naturally. These repetitive motions can break down elastin and collagen fibers, the proteins that give your skin its vibrancy and bounce. As the body ages, its collagen and elastin levels decline naturally, which can make it more difficult for the skin to spring back into place.
What You Can Do: It’s important to express yourself. If you’re feeling happy, it’s natural to smile or laugh. Just be mindful of how often you are crinkling your skin as a result of these expressions. It’s possible you weren’t cognizant of how it could impact your skin.
2. Prolonged Sun Exposure
Did you know that the sun’s harmful UV rays can break down collagen and elastin? This is why continuous (unprotected) exposure to sun rays can cause premature and sagging. You may not notice these negative side effects right away, but they will creep up on you over time making you look older than your years. What’s more, being out in the sun often causes us to squint our eyes, which goes back to the harm of habitual facial expressions mentioned above.
What You Can Do: Prior to heading outdoors, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of skin for UV protection. When caring for your eye contour, reach for a sunscreen or SPF Moisturizer that’s specially formulated for this delicate area to prevent irritation. Apply SPF liberally and reapply at least every two hours. To avoid squinting and to provide an extra layer of protection against crow’s feet, wear UV-safe sunglasses.
3. Environmental Aggressors
UV rays aren’t the only culprit behind premature aging skin. Other environmental aggressors can cause free radicals to form, such as pollution and smoke, which latch onto the skin and break down collagen and elastin. If you live in a big city, this can especially be a cause for concern.
What You Can Do: Don’t want to move to a rural area? You don’t have to uproot your home in the name of younger looking skin. Instead, shield your skin against free radical damage by applying antioxidants in tandem with your daily sunscreen in your daily skin care routine. Vitamin C has a great ability to neutralize free radical damage and can help reveal brighter-looking skin. Apply a vitamin C serum prior to applying sunscreen for the best line of protection.
4. Your Sleeping Position
We all go to bed at night and many of us sleep in the same position for hours and hours. Similar to how habitual facial expressions can cause wrinkles to form, sleeping on your side can contribute to sleep lines which can eventually become permanent.
What You Can Do: Switch to a sleeping position on your back. It’s the best way to prevent wrinkles from forming while you snooze. If you have trouble staying on your back once you fall asleep, surround yourself with body pillows which can prevent movement. An anti-aging pillow and silk pillowcases may also be helpful since they’re softer and more delicate than the cotton variety.
5. Natural Aging
We all get older every single day. With the natural passing of time, your skin can begin to lose its volume. Cell turnover slows down as does moisture retention, and the result can often be visible wrinkles and lines.
What You Can Do: The truth is there’s not much you can do to prevent natural aging. It’ll happen on its own, and that isn’t a bad thing! By sticking to a well-rounded skin care routine and healthy lifestyle habits, your skin can age gracefully and you can help prevent visible signs from cropping up prematurely.
Can You Get Rid of Crow’s Feet?
And now for the million-dollar question: can you get rid of crow’s feet? Probably not. You can help them look less obvious, but it’s much more difficult to get rid of them once they’re already there. That’s why the best treatment plan is actually a prevention plan. Do your best to keep crow’s feet from appearing starting from a young age. If you are already dealing with crow’s feet, follow the steps below which may help you see some improvement or reduction in their appearance.
1. Massage Your Eye Contour
Massaging the skin helps relax muscles, stimulate blood circulation, and promote collagen and elastin production. You could massage anywhere on your body, including your eye contour thanks to the Sonic Awakening Eye Massager. The applicator is equipped with two aluminum tips for a cooling eye massage that’s relaxing and effective. Gentle and easy to use, this applicator can help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet lines and under-eye wrinkles and reveal firmer-feeling skin around the eyes in just eight weeks. To learn how to massage your eye contour with Sonic Awakening Eye Massager, watch the video below!
2. Apply Hydrating Eye Masks
Hydrating eye masks and patches can moisturize the eye area, visually plumping the skin so it appears more youthful as a result. Once a week (if not more often), apply a hydrating eye mask formulated with humectant ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid to amp up moisture levels around your eye contour. The more hydrated your eye skin is, the better it will look.
3. Use Anti-Aging Products for Eyes
It’s never too late to start an anti-aging eye care routine. Incorporate anti-aging eye creams, serums, and gels into your skin care routine since they can target wrinkles and lines, helping to smooth their appearance over time. Look out for ingredients for healthy skin such as retinol, vitamin C, and peptides in your anti-aging products and use them diligently.
The bottom line? You could take steps to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet with proper lifestyle and skin care habits, but aging (and the fine lines and wrinkles that come along with it) is a natural part of life. Take proper precautionary measures—some of which we mentioned earlier—to prevent eye wrinkles from forming prematurely. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in your skin!