Whether you’re in your 30s or 50s, the chances are you’ve spotted lines around your eyes.
The skin around our eyes is one of the first areas to show the signs of ageing because it’s almost half as thin as the skin on the rest of our face. Because it’s more delicate, it’s prone to lines, wrinkles, and sagging as we enter into our 30s, making us look older than we are.
Although Crow’s Feet cannot be prevented entirely, there are measures that you can take to reduce their severity and “slow down the ageing process”, as we outline in today’s article…
What are Crow’s Feet?
Before we get started, a quick note on what Crow’s Feet actually are. They’re wrinkles that sit on the outer corner of our eyes, resembling the feet of a crow. What’s important to know is that they’re an entirely normal part of ageing, and unfortunately, they’re an inevitability.
As our bodies age, the skin around our eyes loses elasticity, collagen, and natural moisture, which makes it more prone to wrinkling. Add in sun exposure and other factors such as dehydration and wearing too much makeup, and those lines quickly increase and deepen.
Crow’s Feet are different from fine lines, as they’re not deep or wide. Crow’s Feet, on the other hand, are particularly deep, because of muscle contraction on the face over many years. Whereas fine lines can be treated with fillers, Crow’s Feet often require surgery.
Crow’s Feet prevention techniques
It’s one of the oldest anti-ageing tricks in the book, but that’s because it works. To reduce the chances of premature Crow’s Feet, avoid too much sun exposure. We recommend wearing an SPF of at least 30 every day: even in the winter. If you’re particularly active, choose a sunscreen or moisturiser that’s waterproof, and reapply throughout the day if you sweat.
Where possible, avoid sun exposure entirely. Wear a hat, stay out of the sun during its peak hours, and cover yourself up. Pollution can also cause deep lines and wrinkles, so steer clear of the city centre where possible and cleanse your face regularly. Some manufacturers have even begun selling anti-pollution makeup products. These include antioxidants which ‘shield’ your skin from some pollutants, but their effectiveness has been heavily disputed.
Moisturising eye creams are another way to slow down the ageing process. Those which contain ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid can plump up your skin, keep it full of moisture, and ultimately fill in those pesky lines and wrinkles.
If you really want to prevent Crow’s Feet, you’ll have to stop smiling. Crow’s Feet appear beneath the eyes as a result of excessive smiling, caused by muscle contraction. Unless you’re prepared to sacrifice laughter, accept that they’re a natural part of the ageing process.
Crow’s feet treatments
Once those Crow’s Feet appear on your face, it’s hard to get rid of them. For many, cosmetic treatments are the most obvious path. Botox, for example, an be used to block the release of acetylcholine. That’s a chemical that’s needed for your muscles to contract when they smile or frown. When botox is injected into the corners of your eyes, those wrinkles and creases disappear. Unfortunately, results are short-lived, lasting anywhere from two to six months.
Another treatment some women consider is fillers. These “fill in the wrinkles” and lessen Crow’s Feet shadows. Experts recommend light fillers around the eye area. The treatment will cost anywhere from £50 to £200 (around $60 to $250). They’ll last six to twelve months.
Topical creams can also be applied if you want to reduce your Crow’s Feet. Tretinoin (Retin-A) is one of the most common active ingredients. It can stimulate the production of collagen and new skin. Anti-ageing moisturisers can also be used to reduce the appearance of Crow’s Feet. But they won’t slow down the ageing process – just reduce visible signs.
For a more natural alternative, consider the Oralift anti-ageing device. This appliance is worn in the mouth for short periods and delays the signs of facial ageing. Users have reported a whole host of benefits, including improved skin and the reversal of their ageing triangle. This triangle refers to the downward trend that can affect the corners of your eyes, amongst other things. The Oralift device uses the ability of your facial muscles to adapt. Over time, Oralift can change the shape and structure of those facial muscles, reducing lines and wrinkles.
Finally, you might want to consider using makeup to cover up Crow’s Feet. Silicone-based primers can fill in deep lines and wrinkles, creating a more smooth appearance. Concealer can also be used, but heavy makeup can make your Crow’s Feet more pronounced. Instead, choose a light coverage foundation, and avoid loose powers which can settle in the wrinkles.
Do you have Crow’s Feet? Have these tips offered you some food for thought? Let us know on social media @Oralift, and check back soon for more anti-ageing tips and tricks from us.