Crow's Feet

How to get rid of crow’s feet

The eyes are not just to assist with vision; they have other functions: the muscles of the eye also allow you to make facial expressions to communicate your emotions to other people.

However, this can cause a problem as we age: overusing the muscles around your eyes to smile, frown, laugh, and squint can result in fine lines to the outer edges of the eyes known as “crow’s feet”.

What are crow’s feet?

The term crow’s feet refers to the early wrinkles around the sides of the eyes, which form as a result of excessive use of eye muscles when making facial expressions, as the skin ages and the structural layers of the skin become collagen depleted and collapse, these lines become more permanent.

The muscles around the eyes enable people to do things like opening and close the eyes.

Crow’s feet form when these muscles are activated, become tight around the eyes and pull the skin forward.

Causes of crow’s feet

Wrinkles form and cause crow’s feet for three reasons:

  • The skin around the eyes is very thin;
  • Your skin loses its elasticity over time;
  • You constantly smile and squint.

Since your skin loses its elasticity as you age, any normal facial expression you make can result in heavier wrinkles around your eyes.

Other causes of crow’s feet include things such as, excessive alcohol intake, lack of sleep, smoking, not drinking enough water, not wearing sunscreen and leading a lifestyle that does more harm to your health than improve it.

Crow’s feet are a common skin problem

Let’s face it. We all smile and squint, which is difficult to avoid. For this reason, so many people have developed crow’s feet, both young and old.

Every time you interact with people, you see wrinkles on their faces, caused by frequent facial expressions, the skin has become collagen depleted, producing fine lines and deeper wrinkles.

At what age can crow’s feet form?

Crow’s feet tend to form in people who are over 30 years of age, before this age the skin tends to be collagen and elastin enriched therefore bounces back into place after squinting or laughing, but even those who are in their mid-20s can sometimes experience visible crow’s feet.

How to reduce the long term effects of crow’s feet

One of the best ways to fight crow’s feet is to stop doing what causes them:

• Try to make changes to your lifestyle including:
• Seek help to stop smoking
• Avoid drinking excessive alcoholic beverages
• Daily use of sunscreen
• Follow a healthy diet and plenty of water
• Always aim for a good night’s sleep

Importance of a healthy diet

While a healthy diet is not the antidote to all skin health problems, it can help reduce your symptoms and support the skin’s structure.

This includes crow’s feet and a host of other health problems.

The effects of smoking and alcohol consumption on your skin

Cigarettes contain chemicals that are harmful to the skin. These chemicals can reduce the production of collagen, which is necessary for skin repair and even worse the toxins in cigarettes can break down and weaken your collagen layers.
Here are the reasons you should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol:

Smoking can:

  • Break down collagen and elastin bonds;
  • Accelerate premature aging;
  • Leading to the formation of crow’s feet.

Drinking alcohol can:

  • Leave your skin dehydrated and damaged;
  • Negatively impact your sleep quality;
  • Cause crow’s feet to deepen.

Importance of sleep

While seemingly unrelated, sleep is vital for younger-looking skin and it goes a long way towards combating crow’s feet.

Adequate sleep, which is between six to eight hours, can:

• Increase the production of HGF (human growth factors) necessary to repair damaged skin and maintain its elasticity;

• Eliminate the effects of hormones thought to cause stress in the body, which can then lead to the loss of skin elasticity and collagen production.

Reasons you need non-invasive treatments for crow’s feet

Making changes to your lifestyle and dietary choices is good and over time you will see improvement in your physical appearance. This combined with non-surgical treatments available for crow’s feet, will dramatically freshen your appearance.

Non-surgical treatments for crow’s feet will:

  • Enhance your self-image;
  • Allowing you to feel comfortable in your own skin;
  • Maintain your youthful appearance and assist you to age well.

Since it’s not a surgical procedure, you will experience minimal side effects during and after treatment.

Book your complimentary consultation today to find the right treatment for your crow’s feet.

Together we can make a difference!

Amanda Azzopardi – Advanced Nurse Practitioner – RM, RN, INP, DIP, BHS

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