Around the age of 30 or 40, you will probably notice fine lines and wrinkles forming on your face, especially around the eyes and forehead. One of the first types of wrinkles to appear is “crow’s toe,” which gets its name because, you guessed it, it looks like wrinkled, splayed crow’s feet. It is of course part of the normal aging process, but some people want to limit this tendency as much as possible. Wondering how to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet? While expensive treatments like lasers and botox can make a big difference in smoothing your skin’s texture, this approach isn’t for everyone.
For those who prefer to tackle wrinkles in a less aggressive and more holistic way, lifestyle approaches that can help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet include: taking collagen protein, using topical ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C, and if you can , try microneedling.
What are crow’s feet?
Crow’s feet are wrinkles that form at the corner of the eye and extend down along the hairline and forehead. They are most noticeable when you smile or squint, two expressions that contribute to their formation. Although people of all ages can experience some degree of crow’s feet, older adults generally have more pronounced lines and wrinkles. The crow’s feet that we see in young people are “dynamic”, that is, they appear when the person moves the face. But in older people, crow’s feet are often both dynamic and “static,” that is, they appear even when the facial muscles are at rest. At what age do crow’s feet occur? Expression lines usually begin to develop in the 20s, and most people notice them in the 30s.
Are crow’s feet sometimes considered attractive?
Yes ! This brings up a good point: you don’t necessarily have to try to erase crow’s feet or fear them forming. Some people find that fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes are actually endearing and show a person’s character, as they indicate that the person smiles and laughs a lot.
What causes crow’s feet? Like other types of wrinkles, crow’s feet form naturally and normally when the skin around the eyes loses some of its volume and elasticity in certain places. Dryness, such as winter dryness of the skin, can also worsen the appearance of crow’s feet, as it reduces the plump appearance of the skin. Unfortunately, the skin around the eyes is generally thinner and drier than other areas of the face, which is why wrinkles first appear here.
Specific normal causes of crow’s feet include:
Repetitive muscle and facial movements, including laughing, smiling, blinking and squinting.
Normal collagen breakdown (loss of collagen protein in the skin)
The effects on the skin of excessive exposure to the sun (UVA and UVB rays) or tanning beds
Other forms of free radicals, such as smoking and pollution.
Dermatologists treat crow’s feet in a variety of ways, including using dermal fillers, laser treatments, and botox injections. Although these treatments can be effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and perhaps even reducing the likelihood of new wrinkles forming, they are also expensive and usually unnecessary. Cosmetic treatments involving the use of lasers, injections and peels also carry certain risks, such as adverse reactions, redness, irritation and even worsening of droopy eyes. Finally, when overused, wrinkle treatments tend to give your face a stiff, artificial look that isn’t very appealing.
Lifestyle is approaching
How to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and improve skin elasticity? You can try these lifestyle approaches. As always, you should consult your doctor before starting any diet or lifestyle.
1. More collagen proteins
Collagen, a type of structural protein made up of linked amino acids, is responsible for the formation of connective tissue found throughout the body, including in the skin, joints and tendons. When it comes to helping fight the appearance of wrinkles such as crow’s feet, collagen is one of the best supplements to look for as it helps keep the skin firm, elastic, smooth, strong and uniform in texture. After the age of 30, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, and factors such as excessive sun exposure, pollution and poor diet cause collagen loss. Collagen supplements can therefore help provide the building blocks the body needs to create its own collagen and help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. Many people who take collagen supplements regularly for several months notice that their skin generally looks firmer, plumper, more hydrated and healthier, instead of looking like dry or “panky” skin.
What is the best collagen for skin? Type I collagen is by far the most abundant type of collagen in the human body. It consists of eosinophilic fibers that form the skin (dermis), contributing to its desirable elastic and elastic properties.
How long does collagen take to work? As mentioned, it can help make crow’s feet less visible and improve their appearance after four weeks of use, and improve skin tone after eight weeks of use.
Although a certain amount of sunlight is beneficial to our health as it helps us produce essential vitamin D, the majority of the negative effects on our skin are due to too much exposure to the sun. UVA and UVB rays emitted by the sun, as well as tanning beds, cause changes in our skin cells that can lead to unwanted wrinkles and discoloration. To prevent sun damage from changing your skin tone and texture, dermatologists recommend using sunscreen with SPF 30+ on your face daily. Ideally, you should choose a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t absorb into the skin (like chemical sunscreens) but sits on the skin and helps bounce the rays.
A number of skin care ingredients can potentially help improve and even prevent crow’s feet, with retinol being one of the most researched and recommended. Retinol is one of the most researched and recommended. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, has multiple uses for skin health and appearance, including reducing fine lines and evening skin texture and tone. There are different dosages and types of retinol you can try on your skin; start with a low dose (about 1-2% retinol) and use every other night on clean skin to allow your skin to adapt. Be careful when using retinol in the sun, as it can increase photosensitivity and burn. For even better results in improving the elasticity and “glow” of your skin, use a vitamin C serum and a niacinamide (or vitamin B3) serum in addition to retinol. However, you’ll want to test how your skin reacts when you combine these anti-aging ingredients first, as together they can increase sensitivity.
To plump up your skin and prevent it from sagging, always apply moisturizer to clean skin twice a day (morning and night, on top of other products like serum and retinol). Look for creams or lotions with moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and oils like argan, marula, and almond oils. Avoid those that contain dry, irritating ingredients such as alcohol, parabens, talc, phthalates and fragrances.
Microneedling, sometimes called dermarolling, involves pricking the skin with tiny needles that stimulate the skin to temporarily increase inflammation, which is a normal bodily response.
This may seem like a bad thing, as inflammation usually makes the skin red, swollen and irritated; however, microneedling only triggers inflammation at the surface of the skin in a way that encourages it to repair itself. According to dermatologists, microneedling can promote the skin’s growth factors and stimulate fibroblasts and other collagen-producing cells, thereby improving the skin’s elasticity. Microneedling can help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and other fine lines, scars, large pores and possibly deeper wrinkles. Since it is possible to damage your skin if you perform microneedling incorrectly, seek help from a reputable dermatologist.
Other helpful tips to improve the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles:
Eat a nutritious diet rich in antioxidants and other vitamins for skin health, including vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin C and zinc.
Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin from within.
Get enough sleep and manage your stress.
Exercise to stimulate circulation.