Laugh lines or crow’s feet are the lines that develop around your eyes and, as the name suggests, are generally the result of living a full life of expressions and emotions. We all have them from an early age and as we get older they tend to run deeper and become more prominent, leaving you wanting to know ‘how to get rid of crow’s feet’. Let’s take a look at your options.
What Causes Crow’s Feet To Develop?
Those fine lines and creases that appear at the corners of your eyes are the result of a combination of lifestyle factors that include
Exposure To The Sun
The sun’s harsh UV rays can weaken and damage your skin, making it easier for wrinkles and creases to deepen. Wearing a sun protection factor at least 50 and using physical protection such as large sunglasses, hats and staying out of the sun as much as possible can create a good defense against them deepening.
As we get older our skin’s production of collagen and elastin declines significantly and it can’t ‘bounce back’ like it did in our teens and 20s. This, coupled with the force of gravity, makes sagging skin more prominent and wrinkles and creases run deeper.
The skin around your eye area is very thin – up to ten times thinner than the skin on other parts of your face so it is much more sensitive to the effects of ageing. Men are more prone to deeper lines around the eyes because their skin is thicker. Genetics also play a role in where you develop wrinkles. Some people may not develop wrinkles around the eyes but get them around other parts of the face.
If you believe the adage ‘the eyes are the windows to the soul’ you’ll realise that the eye area is where so much expression takes place. Your laughter and sorrow manifests in your eyes and every facial expression you make throughout your life is captured here.
Even if they aren’t your favourite sign of ageing, crow’s feet are regarded as a sign of a life well lived – and like them or not, they’re pretty inevitable.
It’s never too late to quit smoking plus there isn’t a single health benefit to doing it either. Smoking introduces a host of toxins and chemicals into your body. It also puts your skin in direct contact with those chemicals – multiple times in a day. If you are a smoker it negates all the products and anti wrinkle treatments you try before you’ve even started.
While the rest of your body might thank you for losing weight, it can make fine lines and creases around your eyes look more prominent. If you lose weight, you lose fat from different areas of your body – and face – and this means that wrinkles are no longer plumped out.
How To Get Rid Of Crow’s Feet?
If you start young enough it is possible to prevent crow’s feet from becoming more prominent as you age. The treatment that works best for you will depend on how deep your wrinkles run and your age. You will also find that avoiding loose shadows, which settle into wrinkles, can improve their appearance and using a primer, which fills in grooves, can improve creases around the eyes.
Eye creams are quite literally, your first line of defense against the development of creases around your eyes. Investing in a high quality eye cream can do wonders to improve your skin’s moisture barrier and protect it against environmental toxins and the sun’s harsh UV rays.
A rich eye cream for nighttime use can replenish and restore the skin around your eyes at night, while something lighter weight with SPF can give you the necessary daytime protection.
Remember to use your eye cream lightly, applying it with the gentlest touch using your ring finger and never to pull the skin too hard.
If you sleep on your side and regularly wake up with a crumpled face, you may want to consider a silk pillowcase or eye mask at night. Silk pillowcases cause less friction than cotton and their amino acid content can help with skin rejuvenation while you sleep.
Anti Wrinkle Injections
Using an anti wrinkle treatment like dermal fillers or Botox can visibly reverse the premature signs of ageing by making creases and lines around your eyes appear shallower and less prominent.
Using an anti wrinkle treatment like a dermal filler plumps up the depressions around your eyes, making the skin tighter and more youthful-looking. It also does wonders at boosting your skin’s natural collage production, giving you a stronger defense against the production of more wrinkles and creases around the eye area.
Botox Anti Wrinkle Injections
Using anti ageing treatments like Botox, effectively blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscle, stopping it from contracting. Over time the muscle is no longer used, and thus the telltale creases do not form. Botox anti wrinkle injections need to be redone every few months but can be used quite successfully in the eye area and on the forehead.
Micro Needling Treatments
Micro needling treatments make small injuries in the skin, forcing it to repair itself and boosting the production of collagen during the renewal process. When your skin is micro-needled, the skin tries to repair itself quickly and increases its collagen production, which results in younger-looking skin.
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