The guide to preventing crows feet
If you haven’t yet been cursed by the crow’s feet skin gods, count yourself lucky. Crow’s feet are the fine lines that start to develop around your eyes, usually as our skin matures. The delicate eye area has the thinnest skin on our body, around 40% thinner than the rest of our face, making it prone to wrinkles. "Crow's feet occur when the circular muscle around the eyes contracts—the orbicularis oculi muscle—and it then causes these perpendicular pull lines where the muscles insert into the skin. Things that cause this muscle to contract are squinting, laughing, and smiling," says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Anna Guanche.
Sleep your way to silky smooth skin and replace your cotton pillowcase with a silk one. Although this is not a remedy for curing pesky crow’s feet, they are recommended to help with decreasing skin creases, tugging and pulling due to their slidy texture. In general, you should also try and sleep on your back as much as possible to limit wrinkles establishing. "If you are sleeping on your left side, you will have more wrinkles on the left side of your face," she says. "With skin aging and sun damage, skin doesn’t have the same elastic properties, so when it’s squished into one position, over time it starts to wrinkle and they will stay." If you're really concerned with preventing wrinkles while you snooze, Dr. Tanzi says it’s best to sleep on your back and not put too much pressure on either side of your face.
The ingredients in your products matter. One of the gold standard ingredients to help with crow’s feet, and wrinkles in general is Glycolic Acid. Glycolic Acid helps to promote new collagen growth to help smooth out early signs of ageing. Our Total-Lifting & Replenishing Eye Serum has been formulated to contain signature active ingredients like Glycolic Acid, Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid and Mica. The Acids in this serum alongside the Peptides intensely hydrate, while tightening the skin around the eye area and helping to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, wrinkles and fine lines. Other ingredients to look for in your skincare that are known to help crow’s feet are Antioxidants, Collagen and Vitamin C.
We know it can always seem like the weather is gloomy, especially during the winter but sunscreen and sunglasses should still be an essential in your daily routine. Sun damage is one of the main reasons for visible signs of ageing and not only causes sun spots on your face, but is also the biggest contender for wrinkles. Sunglasses, and if you are a user for prescription glasses, should also be something that you keep in your bag for daily wear. "Squinting from the sun, or at the desk in front of a computer, is a repetitive movement and continuous squinting causes the collagen and elastic fibers to break down and wrinkles to form."New York City dermatologist Neal Schultz, M.D., founder of BeautyRX skin care and host of DermTV.com.
A healthy diet with antioxidant rich foods including fruits, berries and nuts, like blueberries, walnuts, coconut oil and cantaloupe, can help with overall skin appearance by fighting against free radicals. If you don’t already, include daily exercise to get the blood moving and circulating around your body to bring oxygen to the skin. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, your daily H2O consumption is one of the most important addictions you need to jump on, if you haven’t already, to keep skin fresh, radiant and nourished as well as maintaining elasticity. Lastly, beauty sleep is the champion of your skincare routine. It increases blood flow and helps to rebuild collagen and repair any damage caused from the day.