Crow’s feet are most commonly one of the first signs of aging that you may experience as you progress into your thirties. This is a result of collagen production slowly decreasing and slowing down during your late twenties. In addition to decreased collagen production lifestyle habits, skincare routine and genetics also factor into the visibility of crow’s feet. In spite of being unable to stop the aging process, there are ways you can decrease the severity of these pesky fine lines naturally.
Combat Crow’s Feet with Nutrition
Above all nutrition is the backbone of health and wellness. This also includes the integrity, health, and appearance of your skin. Your goal with your nutrition should be to consume foods that stimulate collagen production, improve moisture retention, and protect skin from environmental damage.
Drink More Water, Seriously
Yes, I am aware that this piece of advice is quite repetitive. And it may seem like generic and common advice but it’s still important and relative. At any rate, making sure that you are drinking adequate amounts of water is important because water serves the necessary role of hydrating your skin and body. So consuming adequate amounts of water will put your skin in a position to retain moisture easily. This decreases dehydrated, tight skin while minimizing the appearance of crow’s feet and other fine lines and wrinkles.
As for how much water you should consume stick to the basics. Focus on consuming a minimum of eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day. If you are consuming dehydrating beverages such as coffee or sodas, drink a glass or two extra to ensure you’re adequately hydrated.
Get Those Antioxidants
Indeed antioxidants are powerful when it comes to decreasing oxidative stress within the skin and body. As a matter of fact, free radicals are responsible for the accelerated aging process. This is due to the instability of free radicals and their need to steal electrons from healthy skin cells causing damage to the skin. Consequently, antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals and prevent them from causing damage to skin cells.
Maintaining a diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables is a great way to increase your overall antioxidant intake. Drinking antioxidant-rich tea such as green tea, oolong tea, and black tea is another way to increase your antioxidant intake.
Become A Dark Leafy Green Goddess
There’s a reason why green smoothies full of spinach leaves and kale are so popular. Namely, this has to do with the benefits associated with increasing the intake of those dark leafy greens. As a matter of fact, dark leafy greens help to stimulate collagen production within the skin. This is due to the presence of Vitamin A which is known for its ability to boost the production of collagen and elastin. For this reason, you may find it beneficial to look into consuming more kale, arugula, spinach, mustard greens, and collard greens.
Healthy Fat is In
Long gone are the days where everyone was terrified of fat and the focus was on decreasing if not omitting fat from the diet. Consequently, the rise of fat-friendly diets such as the ketogenic diet has increased awareness regarding the benefits of consuming healthy fats. Increasing your intake of healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats will benefit your skin by nourishing the integrity of the skin. These healthy fats plump and hydrate skin from the inside out which helps to smooth away the look of crow’s feet and fine lines.
Combat Crow’s Feet with Skincare
The second line of defense against fine lines and wrinkles includes following a stellar skincare regimen. Furthermore, you will need to use high-quality skincare products that contain active levels of key anti-aging ingredients.
Hydrating Ingredients to Look For
As for hydrating ingredients in skincare products hyaluronic acid has been sought for its ability to help the skin retain moisture. In addition to this key ingredient selecting products that contain Vitamin E, and ceramides can effectively help to increase moisture retention while decreasing the depth and appearance of fine lines.
Give Retinol A Try
Truly retinol is the undisputed queen of anti-aging skincare ingredients. Especially when used to tackle fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A derivatives work to increase skin renewal while stimulating collagen production. You will notice more resilient and smoother skin with continued use.
Use Peptide Rich Products
Finally, let’s focus on the anti-wrinkle benefits associated with peptides. In essence, peptides are protein fragments that are combined in a strategic manner to create a full protein. So, peptides are generated in a lab to address specific skincare needs. They work to smooth the appearance of wrinkles while hydrating the surface layer of skin. This lends a plump and resilient look to the skin. Popular peptides known for their “Botox-Like” abilities are Acetyl hexapeptide-3 (Arginine), and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5.
Choices, Choices, Choices
Of course, when focused on decreasing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes you’re going to be looking for eye creams, eye serums, and eye gels that contain the above ingredients.
For example, eye serums and eye gels are perfect for daytime use or best for those with an oilier skin type. These products provide a lightweight feel and texture to the under-eye area and absorb effortlessly into the skin. In contrast, eye creams are excellent for evening use or if you have a drier skin type. A key characteristic of eye creams is their ability to hydrate and moisturize the eye area. They are rich and creamy and usually contain ceramides, retinol, and other plumping ingredients. If you are opting to use an eye cream with retinol stick to using this cream in the evening only and avoid use during the daytime due to increased photosensitivity.
I’ve used Clarity RX Easy on the Eyes when I worked as an esthetician at Hand and Stone Dayspa. It was a luxurious eye cream and many of my clients benefited from it. The major benefits were its ability to hydrate the delicate under-eye area by infusing hyaluronic acid, apricot kernel oil, jojoba seed oil, and squalene. Additionally, it softened fine lines and wrinkles while decreasing puffiness and dark circles. If you have normal to dry skin this is a perfect match.
The Hydropeptide Eye Authority $78 is another eye cream I used as an esthetician. Not only did it smooth crow’s feet but it brightened the undereye areas as well. The combination of pearl powder, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 works to illuminate the under-eye area while decreasing the appearance of fine lines over time. This would make an excellent addition for you if you have concerns with crow’s feet, puffiness, and dark under-eye circles. Another bonus is it works well with all skin types.
As always when considering which product will work best for you opt to choose high-performance products that contain key anti-aging ingredients. Another important factor to consider is to make sure that the product is a good fit for your skin type and specific concerns.