It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Well, our eyes tell way more than you might think. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most delicate on the entire body. This makes the wear and tear of the skin around the eyes appear much easier. Compared to other wrinkles and fine lines on the skin, crow’s feet definitely take the prize for the deepest or most pronounced on the skin. So let's have a look at how to get rid of crow's feet!
While it might be true that your eyes say it all, your crow’s feet might be sending the wrong message.
Crow’s feet deepen over time with the different facial expressions we make everyday. Yes, they do help bring out the smize (or the smile with your eyes, as Tyra Banks has famously coined) and help us portray our emotions, but, we should always try to take care of our skin to minimize all kinds of fine lines. While crow's feet are a natural part of life, there are certainly a number of natural remedies to help minimize them. But before we jump into that, let’s first talk about why these darn lines show up in the first place.
Crow's Feet? What is that?
Crow’s feet are the wrinkles you see on the outer corners of your eyes that, as the name implies, resemble the feet of a crow. These wrinkles develop over time because of the tiny muscle contractions that occur when we make different facial expressions. However, because of the sensitivity of the skin around the eyes, these can occur at any age, even in your mid-20s.
There are two different types of wrinkles- dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles are the lines that show up when you make facial expressions like squinting, smiling, and laughing. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, may also deepen while making facial expressions. They are always visible even while the face is at rest.
Either way, you’re bound to have crow’s feet eventually in your life. Scientifically, they’re known as orbicularis oculi contractions. Sounds complicated? Well, let’s break it down to understand why these lines occur.
Why do they show up?
Because life goes on
Yes, wrinkles are part of the natural aging process. This is caused by our loss of elastin (responsible for the skin’s stretchiness), collagen (responsible for the skin’s firmness), and our natural oils. Additionally overexposure to the harmful rays of the sun are said to be 90% of what causes aging, so if you’re thinking of ditching that sunscreen for the day, think again. These two things combined with the uncontrollable and unavoidable muscle twitch that comes with moving our faces are what creates these lines.
Because of what’s in the air
It is scientifically proven that exposure to dirt, car exhausts, and other environmental pollutants increase the likelihood of the appearance of age spots and wrinkles prematurely. This also includes the bacteria that comes with smoking cigarettes. Moreover, air pollution is also being linked to worsening skin conditions such as eczema and hives. It is important to be rid of this dirt everyday by washing your face twice a day with a facial cleanser.
Because you’re stressed
We all know of that wretched stress hormone called cortisol. This hormone released by the adrenal glands acts as the body’s stress response. Cortisol causes a hefty number of side effects which include weight gain, headaches, severe fatigue, and yes, thinning skin and fine lines. Plus, the insomnia caused by cortisol prevents your skin from rejuvenating in your sleep and adds on to your eye wrinkles even more.
To avoid this, make sure you make time for your me-time by getting a massage, exercising, doing something creative, reading a book, or even fitting in some nap time during the day.
How can I minimize them?
Keep a pair of sunnies in hand
As we’ve said, sun exposure is a major cause of skin damage and premature wrinkles. So, the simplest thing you can do to protect your eyes from the sun is wearing UV Protection Sunglasses (yes, not just any pair of sunglasses). Just as sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays, UV Protection Sunglasses prevents the UV rays from reaching your eyes. Also, wearing sunglasses prevents you from having to squint from the brightness of the sun, so this adds as a bonus preventative measure from crow’s feet and other eye wrinkles.
Lessen the drinking (of alcohol, not water)
The most common rule for taking care of your skin is drinking lots and lots of water. But another important and commonly disregarded rule of keeping your skin hydrated is to minimize your alcohol intake as much as possible. Ever wonder why your skin looks so drab and dry after a night of heavy drinking? Excessive drinking strips the body of nutrients over time and can cause the skin to lose elasticity. So, if you’re ever invited for a night out, either take it easy or drink lots of water in between shots of alcohol.
Daily dose of green tea
Green tea is well known for its numerous health benefits like reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers, and aiding in weight loss. However, its secret super power is its ability to combat wrinkles. Studies have shown the green tea extract is rich in anti-aging polyphenols, which significantly helps the production of elastin in the skin. Drinking green tea after your daily meals may reduce the chance of crow’s feet and give your skin a natural boost.
Yogurt + lemon mask
This may seem unconventional, but a mixture of full fat natural yogurt and fresh lemon juice is an amazing anti-aging mask and skin plumper, not only for eye wrinkles but for the whole face too. The natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in lemons and the lactic acid in yogurt together help to remove dead skin cells which can weaken your skin and cause crow's feet.
Just mix them in a small bowl and apply generously to the face. Let this sit for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Of course, never forget to apply your trusted moisturizer afterwards.
Whole Milk Compress
Milk is jam-packed with skin-friendly substances. It contains nine essential amino acids and six semi-essential ones, including arginine, glycine, and proline important for collagen formation. All these substances play key roles in maintaining collagen stability. Milk also contains all the fat soluble vitamins, like Vitamins A and E which are particularly useful in the cellular renewal of skin. Their high antioxidant power helps reduce tissue damage from UV rays and air pollution. Milk fats help keep the skin soft and moisturized.
To create this compress, dip a clean washcloth in whole milk and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. It is suggested you do this as a part of your morning and night skincare routine.
Raw Shea Butter
Shea butter is the world’s secret weapon when it comes to minimizing wrinkles. It is intensely moisturizing and contains vitamin A, the active ingredient in retinoids, which is the best natural treatment for wrinkles. Thus, it can help you treat both crow's feet and under eye wrinkles.
Apply this after your moisturizer by rubbing it around your eyes and on other problem areas on the face, and leave it overnight. You will definitely wake up with smoother and plumper skin.
What if all that doesn't work?
These natural remedies work if done religiously over a long period of time. But if that doesn't work for you and you just want instant results, there is another solution that you can still do from the comfort of your own home and won’t break your bank. We understand that in-clinic treatments can be extremely scary, painful, and, most importantly, super expensive. Well, we’ve got a super affordable and easy-to-use solution for you.
We invite you to try our B-Selfie Eye - Under Eye Filler. These fillers are simple patches that use microneedling technology to penetrate the upper layer of the skin and deliver its special ingredient for a more rejuvenated and refreshed looking face. The thought of ‘microneedling’ might put you off, but it is definitely not as painful as it sounds. These patches contain 160 micro-cones that gently dissolve into the skin's surface and deliver a targeted dose of 100% hyaluronic acid and EGF. Apply them to the sides of your eyes, leave for at least two hours, and notice how your crow’s feet have faded.
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To sum it all up
Crow’s feet aren’t something to be afraid of. They’re just your skin’s way of saying that you’ve lived a good life. But of course, we’d all love to minimize all signs of aging as much as possible. We can’t completely get rid of these lines, especially when you love to smile, but there are natural ways to minimize them.
Additionally, besides the natural preventative remedies, the fastest and most effective method of getting rid of wrinkles is microneedling, which can also be done painlessly at an affordable price at the comfort of your own home with B-Selfie Eye - Under Eye Filler. With these patches, you can smile all you want and not suffer from fine lines that come with it.