Aging, and the adverse effect it has on your skin, is inevitable.
Crow’s-feet, also known as ‘laugh lines’ and ‘character lines,’ are clusters of tiny wrinkles and fine lines that form around the outer corners of the eyes.
The reason why crow’s feet become more visible than other wrinkles is that the skin is much thinner around the eye. Fatty thick tissue, what the skin around your eyes doesn’t have, helps to keep the skin tight and firm on other parts of the body.
Eventually, the fatty tissue layer becomes thinner on others parts of the body as well and that’s when one will start to see a loss in elasticity and sagging skin.
Crow’s-feet develop with age, usually starting in the mid- to late-30s. Production of collagen and elastin, two proteins responsible for your skin’s elasticity, lessens with age and this leads to the formation of crow’s feet as well as other signs of aging like sagging breasts, wrinkles, and brown spots.
They may show up earlier if you don’t take care of you skin, and later if you do.
Wrinkles develop on the skin when there’s a decline in the production of connective tissue protein collagen. It normally forms a cushioning layer under the skin, keeping it smooth and plump. Elastin is another structural protein that helps maintain the elasticity of the skin, allowing it to expand and contract with normal muscular movements.
Skin tissue is perpetually renewed as older cells die and fall off, making way for new ones. Skin regeneration rate is at the highest in infancy and childhood but slows down as we age. That’s why cuts and scrapes quickly heal in our growing years, and that too with minimum scar formation. But natural aging is just one of the reasons for losing the healthy texture of the skin.
Causes Of Crow’s Feet
· Environmental Pollution
Skin is the most exposed part of the body, especially facial skin that is rarely covered. It takes the brunt of constant exposure to heat, cold, dust, radiation, and chemical substances. That includes the chemicals in face washes and other cosmetics we use to clean and beautify the skin.
Sufficient hydration is essential for the normal functioning of all the tissues and organs, and that’s true in the case of skin. Not consuming enough fluids can cause skin dehydration. Combined with the drying effects of the wind as well as dry indoor air in air-conditioned rooms, it takes a heavy toll on skin health.
· Nutritional Deficiencies
The process of skin regeneration is expensive with regards to raw materials that go into the making of cells, namely, amino acids, lipoproteins, vitamins, and minerals. Our diet consisting of highly processed food products is devoid of many of the essential nutrients we could easily get from fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, pulses and unprocessed grains. From a nutritional point of view, we are, in fact, starving in the middle of plenty. Alcohol and sugar accelerate skin wrinkling.
· Solar Radiation
The ultraviolet radiation from the sun can cause tissue damage since it not only affect the top-most layer of the skin but easily penetrates into the dermal layer.
Depending on the intensity of the sun’s rays and the duration of the exposure, the damage is inflicted even when you don’t see any signs of sunburn. Loss of skin elasticity and fine wrinkles are common symptoms of UV damage.
Other factors that make a person more likely to develop crow’s-feet are smoking, high pollution, squinting, frowning and smiling.
If you have crow’s-feet, don’t despair. There are a lot of natural methods to get rid of them. Natural remedies using ingredients readily available in your kitchen will help restore moisture and a youthful appearance to your skin.
Tips to Get Rid of Crow’s Feet
Steer clear of the sun and smoking
You can help avoid crow’s feet by protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays by using a high-SPF sunscreen. Exposure to UV rays is one of the most common ways our skin loses collagen and elastin, and ultimately, its ability to bounce back. If you’re a smoker, you’re placing your skin at double jeopardy, since smoking accelerates the biochemical processes that cause your skin to age faster.
Crow’s feet are most pronounced when you work the muscles around your eyes, such as smiling, laughing or squinting. Botox chemically relaxes those muscles so they can’t contract. Though Botox treatments are FDA approved and generally safe, they can result in complications if the toxin spreads, so you should only receive injections from a certified physician. The upside of Botox is that it only takes a few minutes. The downside? It involves needles, it isn’t cheap and it doesn’t last. It may take up to a week to see any results, and those can last anywhere from three to six months.
Foods rich in antioxidants, like eggplant, asparagus, fish and olive oil, can play a role in protecting the skin. However, drinking plenty of pure water every day will help by ensuring your body’s moisture levels are adequate. Keeping your weight under control is another big benefit. When we gain weight, we gain it in our faces, which stretches out the skin. Constant fluctuations can continually stretch the skin, making it more likely to wrinkle.
Fruits and vegetables deliver essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And make sure you get enough proteins and amino acids in your diet. If you don’t eat meat or don’t like it, make sure you supplement. Nuts can be a great option since they are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Your skin needs protein to build collagen and elastin.
Look for skin care products that use organic moisturizers and nutrients. Also, avoid skin care products that contain parabens, phthalates, and petroleum products. Cosmetics and lotions like these coat your skin with toxic chemicals that stress and suffocate your skin.
The counter moisturizing creams when used regularly will diminish the appearance of crow’s feet, but are unlikely to actually prevent wrinkles or restore your skin’s elasticity. Use creams that contain active agents like retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids and copper peptides, the same ingredients prescription wrinkle creams contain in higher doses.
If non prescription creams aren’t helping, a dermatologist might suggest something with a greater concentration of active ingredients. While some wrinkle creams may seem expensive, they are generally cheaper than cosmetic surgery and procedures like Botox, and, over the long run, may provide acceptable results.
· Egg White Mask
Egg whites are loaded with protein for tissue repair, potassium that hydrates, and magnesium that stimulates skin cells for younger looking skin.
Apply egg white on face after washing with cold water. Allow it to dry on the face until you feel the skin tightening. Apply a second coat and let it dry. Keep the mask on for 10-20 minutes. Wash the mask off with water and apply a moisturizer. Do it twice a week.
Egg white pulls together the skin tissue as it dries, effectively tightening the skin, making it smoother and wrinkle-free. It also acts as a deep cleanser, drawing out all the grime and chemical pollutants from the skin pores.
Most of the vitamins, fats, calcium and other minerals in the egg are concentrated in the yolk, but the white is superior when it comes to proteins and magnesium. This mineral is essential for skin health; it helps detoxify and cleanse the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. When egg white is applied on the skin, the mineral quickly reaches the target tissue, bypassing the gut and the circulatory route.
Egg whites are also a good source of both essential and nonessential amino acids, each 100 grams containing 4.5 grams of arginine, 2.9 grams of glycine, and 2.9 grams of proline that help with collagen synthesis.
· Green Tea
Wash your face several times with cold green tea. Alternatively, place cotton balls dipped in the tea over the eyes and the crow’s feet. This is not only soothing but a great anti-ageing skin therapy. You can add a few drops of lemon juice to the brew to increase the anti-ageing effect because the phytochemicals in tea are more stable in acidic solutions.
The antioxidant property of green tea is well known. The green tea catechins are mainly responsible for this effect, while the flavonoid myricetin in the tea helps increase the bioactivity of these substances.
When green tea is applied to the skin, the catechins get absorbed, reducing oxidative damage to the skin tissues. The astringency of the catechins helps contract lax skin, making it tighter. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is the most active among them, has poor bioavailability when the tea is consumed. But topical application makes it easily available to the skin tissues.
· Aloe Vera
Aloe vera’s skin benefits need no introduction. Apply it directly on the crow’s feet. Allow it to dry on the skin. You can use it as an overnight mask and wash it off with plain water in the morning.
This highly moisturizing gel hydrates the skin and firms it up, removing fine lines and wrinkles. The deceptively clear pulp is chock-full of vitamins, minerals and plant enzymes that protect the skin from oxidative damage.
· Coconut Oil
We all know coconut oil is the best for moisturizing and nourishing the skin. Gently massage little bit coconut oil at night. You can add a drop of Vitamin E oil too.
The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil have excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. It has only small amounts of Vitamin E, but the fatty acids enhance the absorption of this skin-friendly vitamin.
· Cucumber Juice
Extract the juice from a piece of cucumber. Drench cotton balls in the juice and place them on the crow’s feet for 10-15 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day for a few weeks.
Cucumbers are considered a zero-nutrition food, but it contains the minerals magnesium, iron, and calcium as well as Vitamin C and A in small amounts. They get easily absorbed when applied directly on the target skin tissue, and reduce oxidative damage and increase collagen production.
· Avocado Mask
Avocado is an age-old remedy for softening the skin and maintaining its youthful appearance. Apply it generously on the skin. You can allow this gentle face mask to stay on for 20-30 minutes to work its magic. Rinse with warm water.
Avocado oil cleans, protects and moisturizes for soft skin. The oil also promotes absorption of nutrients like vitamin A that slows aging, vitamin C that supports toned, smooth skin, and vitamin E, an important antioxidant for your skin.
Avocado is a good source of Vitamins A and C, and the minerals magnesium, iron, and potassium. The fats in the avocado pulp moisturizes the skin facilitates the absorption of the vitamins and minerals.
· Papaya Mask
Mash up a slice of ripe papaya and apply it all over the face. Wash off after 10-15minutes. Repeat it every 2-3 days to remove crow’s feet as well as fine wrinkles and spots elsewhere on the face.
The glycolic acid and the enzyme papain in the fruit pulp help remove dead cells and encourage skin regeneration. Papaya is rich in antioxidant carotenes and Vitamin C and contains minerals magnesium, copper, and potassium.
· Yogurt & Honey Mask
Mix one tablespoon yogurt and a tablespoon of honey. Spread it all over the face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water to get skin that looks and feels incredibly smooth.
The lactic acid in the yogurt exfoliates the skin, helping remove dirt and germs. It helps remove blemishes and irons out fine wrinkles. Honey is a natural humectant, helping skin retain moisture, besides deep cleansing it.
· Lemon Juice
When there’s not much time for an elaborate skincare session, just cut a lemon into two and rub the cut end on the outer sides of the eyes. Wash off after 10 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times a day to get smoother skin. When you’re not in a hurry, you can mix a teaspoon of honey in the juice of a lemon and apply it all over the face.
The citric acid in the lemon juice exfoliates the skin, encouraging skin regeneration. It contains plenty of Vitamin C, which is excellent as antioxidant and exfoliant. This vitamin promotes collagen development and skin regeneration.
Remove dead skin to promote and stimulate skin cell rejuvenation. Make sure to use gentle, organic skin care products instead of harsh chemicals.
So these were few home remedy and other tips which you can try to reduce or get rid of your crow feet from your face. Do try them and let me know if it worked for you in the comments section. If you find this post helpful please share with your friends and family.
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