Do you have wrinkles around your eyes? These are known as crow’s feet – one of the most common complaints of aging folks.
They also seem impossible to remove. Sure, there’s botox and surgery – but it’s far from natural. These treatments are also tough on your wallet, so you might be looking for easier ways.
Lifestyle changes can actually help. With the right habits, you can stop crow’s feet from getting worse and looking more noticeable. These habits will also prevent more wrinkles from popping up.
To get started, check out these seven ways to banish crow’s feet.
1. Use Sunscreen
We’ve heard it time and time again: Always wear sunscreen. An SPF of 15 or higher is the best. Sunlight, after all, is a major cause of wrinkles.
SPF slows down skin aging, keeping fine lines at bay. Already have them? SPF will stop them from getting worse.1
But don’t wait until the summer. You need to wear it every day! A study in Annals of Internal Medicine found that regular sunscreen use equals no visible increase in skin aging.2 This is great news for crow’s feet, so lather up.
2. Wear Sunglasses
Remember, sunlight damages your skin. If you’re concerned about crow’s feet, protect the area with sunglasses.
Choose a pair that shields both UVA and UVB rays. Most sunglasses do, but always double check the label. If possible, go for wide frames that totally cover your eyes.3
You’ll also squint less, something that emphasizes those lines.
3. Wear Hats
For even more protection, wear a hat. This is ideal if your sunglasses don’t completely cover the eye area. It’ll also shield your ears, neck, and shoulders, offering benefits beyond crow’s feet.
Avoid straw hats. While they look summery, sunlight can filter through the cracks. Opt for hats made with tightly woven fabric like canvas. If you don’t have a wide-brimmed hat, a simple baseball cap shall be better than nothing.4
4. Moisturize Your Skin
Don’t forget to moisturize. Dry skin makes wrinkles – like crow’s feet – more obvious. To make them less noticeable, moisturize every single day.
However, it’s easy to forget the area around the eyes. You might worry about them causing irritation.
It comes down to using a gentle moisturizer. Natural ideas include cocoa butter, coconut oil, or olive oil. Choose something without fragrance, because this is exactly what will bother your eyes.
5. Don’t Smoke
Smoking cigarettes is a foolproof way to get dry skin and wrinkles.5 It’s also a recipe for crow’s feet!
In fact, smoking reduces collagen synthesis. Your skin won’t have enough proteins to stay strong and smooth.6 The result? More wrinkling, and more obvious – crow’s feet!
6. Eat Healthy
Food has a huge impact on your skin. To get rid of crow’s feet, eat a well-rounded diet that’s full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fatty acids.
Focus on eating lots of vitamin C. A high intake will reduce wrinkles, dryness, and the overall rate of aging. Linoleic acid – an omega-6 fatty acid – can also help.7 You can find it in nuts, seeds, avocados, and sunflower oil.
7. Apply Antioxidant Masks
For a stronger effect, apply these foods to your skin. They double as natural antioxidant masks. It sure beats buying pricey eye creams.
Use foods that are gentle, like mashed avocado or olive oil. Acidic fruits like strawberries and oranges might feel too harsh around the eyes. Combine the ingredients and apply to the problem areas. In either case, be careful.
Close your eyes and relax. After 10 minutes, rinse off the mask and watch your skin glow.
Crow’s feet won’t harm your health. But if they make you feel self-conscious, follow these tips. Treat your body well and it will return the favor.
|↑1||Skin Aging. MedlinePlus.|
|↑2||Hughes, Maria Celia B., Gail M. Williams, Peter Baker, and Adèle C. Green. “Sunscreen and prevention of skin aging: a randomized trial.” Annals of internal medicine 158, no. 11 (2013): 781-790.|
|↑3, ↑4||Sun Safety. Centers for Disease Control.|
|↑5||Skin Care and Aging. National Institutes of Health.|
|↑6||Vitamin C and Skin Health. Oregon State University.|
|↑7||Cosgrove, Maeve C., Oscar H. Franco, Stewart P. Granger, Peter G. Murray, and Andrew E. Mayes. “Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged American women.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 86, no. 4 (2007): 1225-1231.|