Early Signs of Crows Feet and What to Do
Crow’s feet or laugh lines are wrinkles that form around the eyes. Try to smile, crinkling your eyes. These lines start to become permanent (appear even when the face is relaxed).
Wrinkles like crow’s feet are a result of a decline in skin health. The skin around the eyes is thinner than in other parts of your face and the rest of the body. This makes it more vulnerable to wrinkling when changes in skin conditions happen. For instance, when moisture in the skin declines, the skin around the eyes show the effects more readily than in other places.
So, what causes crow’s feet to appear?
Drying is the leading cause of crow’s feet. Younger people with poor skin moisture levels have higher tendencies to develop crow’s feet than older people with good skin hydration status.
Other causes include:
• Bad diet
• Poor sleep habits
• Alcohol use
• Exposure to sun’s UV rays
• Exposure to environmental pollution
Is crows feet hereditary?
There is a genetic factor in play. Some people are born with genes that make their collagen and elastin production slower than most. Some may have genetic predisposition for easier breakdown of these important skin proteins. Collagen and elastin are proteins that make the skin more supple, elastic and less prone to wrinkles. Even with genetic predisposition, crow’s feet can be easily prevented.
There are many simple things that can help prevent the appearance of crow’s feet. These are:
• Moisturize and Hydrate
This is the single most important thing to keep skin healthy and wrinkle-free. Hydrate the skin by drinking lots of water, especially on hot, humid days. Improve skin hydration status by applying moisturizers around the eye and the rest of the face and body. Apply eye cream day and night. These will help plump the skin and reduce wrinkle formation.
• Protect the eyes against UV damage
Apply sunscreen to your face and all over the body. Add more protection around the eyes by using sunglasses that have UV protective capability. This helps screen out more UV rays from entering the eyes and the skin around the eyes. Sunglasses also help reduce squinting when out in the sun. Squinting can stress out the skin and muscles around the eyes. This can also contribute to appearance of crow’s feet.
• Live healthy, eat healthy
Everything you eat will eventually show up on your skin. Eat junk and sugary foods, and soon you’ll see bad things on your skin. Dry, flaky, wrinkly skin happens when you do not give it the nutrients it needs.
Eat more fruits and vegetables. These are rich in antioxidants that protect the skin cells from damage due to sun exposure and presence of toxins. Fruits and vegetables also contain minerals and vitamins that nourish the skin from within.