For you fortunate ones who have yet to experience crow’s feet, they are the tiny lines that run from the corners of your eyes to your hairline. While they’re a natural part of the aging process, they’re not pretty and they add age, so there are a number of things you can do to help minimize their appearance.
Crow’s feet normally start to appear in your mid-30s. As you age, the collagen and elastin in your skin begin to break down. (Collagen gives your skin strength and elastin allows your skin to stretch and bounce back). Sun exposure, smoking and drinking alcohol all age your skin, so the more you do these things the faster your skin will age.
Sleeping on a satin pillow case every night makes a huge difference for your facial skin, and even the smoothness of your hair. You can find these face savers at any store that carries bedding, often for less than $10.
If you find yourself squinting, make an appointment with your eye doctor, who may recommend glasses or update your existing prescription. You could even try a cheap pair of readers from the drug store. Wearing UV coated sunglasses any time you’re outside is also a must, as they repel the rays that cause all the damage to your delicate skin.
Drinking water will plump your skin and help keep it looking smooth and youthful. Most doctors recommend you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Using products with Glycolic acid or getting a Glycolic acid peel at the spa or dermatologist’s office helps to fight crow’s feet as these treatments trigger collagen growth.
Botox, an injectable treatment done by a medical professional, is another option but, as with all fillers, it can have some unfavorable side effects such as itching, rash, muscle stiffness or headaches, to name a few.
DIY Tips to Fight Crow’s Feet + Obtain Softer more Youthful Looking Skin
All of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store.
Easy Egg Mask:
- Beat one egg white until foamy
- Apply to affected area and leave for 10 minutes
- Rinse with cold water
Always moisturize with a product specifically for use around the eye, as the egg mask can be very drying to some skin types. But that’s the point – dry skin is tight skin and tight skin minimizes the appearance of crow’s feet.
Papaya…The enzyme in papaya, papain, helps to remove dead skin. It is also full of vitamin C, which is key for healthy, youthful skin. To reap the benefits of a papaya mask:
- Rub a piece of papaya all over your face, concentrating on the eye area
- Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse with cold water
Milk…Milk contains glycolic acid. Not only is drinking milk good for you and your skin, but soaking a cloth in cold milk and applying to skin is refreshing and can make your skin glow. Keep the cloth on your skin for 10 minutes, then rinse with cold water. This is especially good for skin that has been in the sun a bit too long.
Aloe Vera…Aloe Vera is great for minimizing crow’s feet. Aloe has antioxidant properties and contains crucial vitamins and minerals to moisturize and brighten skin. You can also cut a fresh aloe leaf, squeeze out the gel and apply directly to your skin.
Vitamin E…Breaking open a good quality Vitamin E capsule and applying it to your skin is yet another easy home remedy. Vitamin E is essential for skin regeneration. Apply the serum directly to the eye area, leave on overnight and you’ll wake up with fresher more youthful skin.
Organic Coconut Oil…Coconut oil has many great benefits for your skin. It lubricates, nourishes, and moisturizes skin tissue and cells. It contains large amounts of vitamin E and linoleic acid, both of which help with saggy skin and broken down skin tissue. Rub a few drops of the oil around your eyes at night prior to bedtime and wash off in the morning.
Although we can’t physically turn back the age clock, as you can see, there are many, many ways we can fight it. The BRI Team will continue to research and bring you age-defying ideas!
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