We smile. We laugh. We frown. We cry. We squint. These expressions are a natural and important part of life. Unfortunately, they are also a big reason why crow’s feet around the eyes begin to form at an early age.
You could resolve never to show expressions with your face again, but where would the fun in that be? Thankfully, you don’t have to go to such extremes to prevent crow’s feet from forming. This article will discuss 5 ways you can treat crow’s feet without breaking the bank and without resorting to being stone-faced for the rest of your life.
Your diet is one of the most powerful wrinkle-fighting treatments available. You can, and should, treat crow’s feet from the outside (as we’ll discuss below), but that process can be supercharged by including natural foods with every meal.
These natural foods include water, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, and seeds. Water keeps your skin hydrated and healthy and helps to remove impurities and toxins that can damage the skin and cause crow’s feet to form.
Vegetables such as spinach, kale, peppers, and broccoli and fruits such as kiwi, oranges, blueberries, and raspberries provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that keep your skin young and healthy.
Lean proteins like chicken, fish, and tofu and nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds provide many of the essential amino acids that are necessary to keep the collagen and elastin in your skin healthy and vibrant.
Try including a piece of fruit with your breakfast, a spinach salad at lunch, and a piece of protein and a steamed vegetable for dinner. Between meals, snack on a handful of nuts and seeds and a cup of water instead of chips and a sugary drink. By eating a healthy diet full of wrinkle-fighting foods, you provide your body with the best possible circumstances to smooth out the crow’s feet around your eyes.
The sun’s UV rays can wreak havoc on your crow’s feet. The damaging radiation can cause the premature breakdown of the collagen and elastin that gives your skin the support it needs to stay smoother longer.
For maximum protection, wear a sunscreen whenever you go outside. Sunscreen can be applied over other creams and serums to provide an extra layer of UV-fighting protection that can help treat crow’s feet.
Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 or 45. These SPF levels will protect against 97-98% of the sun’s harmful rays. And don’t be fooled by ultra-high SPF numbers. They don’t really provide any more protection and can be very expensive. Keep in mind that if you work in an office with a lot of windows, you may need to reapply your sunscreen more often to fully protect your skin.
Yes, you read that correctly. Eat chocolate to treat crow’s feet. Chocolate contains epicatechin and catechin, two natural chemicals that protect your skin against UV damage from the sun. But before you run out and buy the big bag of candy bars, there are a few caveats to this statement.
First, you should eat chocolate in moderation. That doesn’t mean including it with every meal and as a between-meal snack. Doing that would negate the positive effects. Rather, try including a small bit of chocolate once a day as a treat after lunch or dinner. This will give you the beneficial wrinkle-fighting effects without overloading your body with sugar.
Second, you should eat dark chocolate that is 70% to 85% cocoa instead of the more familiar milk chocolate. Along with supplying your skin with beneficial chemicals like flavonols , dark chocolate helps combat stress. The cocoa in dark chocolate helps reduce the hormones that are released when stress does occur. Less hormones means less collagen breakdown. This, in turn, means fewer crow’s feet.
Your skin needs moisture to stay healthy. Without it, collagen and elastin begin to break down, your skin becomes dry and brittle, and free radicals, toxins, and impurities aren’t removed from your skin. All of this can lead to the early onset of deep crow’s feet.
When shopping for a moisturizer, avoid products that contain phthalates, parabens, and petroleum products. These lab-produced chemicals can set up a layer of toxins that cut off your skin’s ability to breathe. This lack of oxygen completely defeats any moisturizing benefits you might receive.
Instead, look for products that contain organic moisturizers and natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Organic products like shea butter, licorice root, and aloe can naturally moisturize the skin without introducing harmful toxins or cutting off the skin’s oxygen.
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin from around your eyes while at the same time stimulating skin-cell rejuvenation. Exfoliation essentially uncovers the newer, healthier skin. Exfoliation causes the less-wrinkled skin underneath your crow’s feet to emerge faster than it would if you didn’t exfoliate.
Like the chocolate example above (#2), exfoliation is best done in moderation. Over-exfoliating your skin can lead to dryness and increased oil production which can lead to other problems like acne. It’s best to exfoliate once, or at most, twice a week. If you exfoliate twice a week, give at least two days between exfoliations to allow your skin to heal.
Additionally, it’s important to use a gentle, organic exfoliant like witch hazel instead chemicals that can further damage your skin. Witch hazel is a natural astringent (tightens skin) that also provides anti-inflammatory properties that keep your skin happy and healthy.
For best results, exfoliate after your evening face wash to give your skin time to repair itself overnight. All it takes is a small amount of witch hazel and a cotton swab. First, apply some witch hazel to a cotton ball or soft cotton pad. Then, gently dab the ball or pad on the crow’s feet around your eyes. Leave the witch hazel on your skin overnight for maximum benefits.
One of the best ways to treat crow’s feet around the eyes is to use a wrinkle-fighting serum. Serums such as SiO Beauty’s Décolleté Serum provide everything your skin needs to remain soft and smooth.
SiO Beauty works through a combination of powerful ingredients. For example, stevioside prevents involuntary muscle contractions that cause skin to wrinkle. Vitamin C matrix reduces hyperpigmentation, spotting, blemishes, and uneven skin tone while at the same time maximizing hydration absorption. Coconut oil smooths skin and provides youth-enhancing vitamins and minerals. Sunflower seed oil naturally repairs and promotes the skin’s natural toxin barrier. Black, white, and green teas provide plenty of antioxidant and anti-aging activity. As an added bonus, SiO Beauty contains, the very moisturizers mentioned in point #3—shea butter, licorice root, and aloe—that help reduce inflammation and keep your skin healthy and young.
The most effective crow’s feet treatment is simply a healthy diet (#1) combined with a once-a-week exfoliation (#4), an SPF 30 sunscreen (#2), and a powerful daily-wear wrinkle-fighting serum like SiO Beauty (#5). You don’t have to resort to complicated, time-consuming masks, painful, expensive surgeries, or invasive procedures like injections or laser abrasion. A few minutes a day is all it takes to treat crow’s feet naturally.