“1, 2, 3 cheese!” Cracking a smile shouldn’t leave you worried about how your skin looks. But, for some, crow’s feet are a serious point of insecurity. These fine lines generally cluster to the sides of the eyes and can be defined by smiling or laughing.
So, if you’re worried about crow’s feet when you smile, this article is for you. Because, honestly, there are not many things that should stop you from smiling and enjoying your life -- especially not wrinkles. In this article, we’ll get into why crow’s feet form and what you can do to get rid of them.
Crow’s feet are wrinkles that fan out along the outside of the eye, in the shape of a crow’s foot. These types of wrinkles are very common and can form during the natural skin aging process. We’ll get into how and why these wrinkles form next.
When it comes to developing crow’s feet, it has a lot to do with the type of skin that’s around your eyes. The skin around your eyes is 40% thinner than the rest of your facial skin. This makes this skin very delicate, and easily changed by age, sun damage, dehydration, or under-moisturization.
With age (beginning at 25 believe it or not) your skin starts to slowly lose collagen and elastin. These two make up the structure and elasticity of your skin.
When levels of skin collagen and elastin begin to decline, the first place you might notice a change is around your eyes. This skin is thin, lacks elasticity, to begin with, and doesn’t create its own oil.
Repeated movements of the skin around your eyes, either from blinking (a mere 20,000 times per day,) laughing, smiling, or even squinting, can encourage fine lines to form over time.
So, it’s no wonder, as you age, crow’s feet can crop up.
For anyone who has crow’s feet, they’ll find when they smile their crow’s feet become more exaggerated. Sometimes, when the lines are fine, smiling may be the only time you really notice crow’s feet (or when you use that matte dry concealer).
This exaggeration happens because when you smile, your cheeks rise and push skin upward. If you have fine lines, that upward momentum can invite the wrinkles to fold onto themselves -- making them appear more dramatic.
While crow’s feet really are just part and parcel of natural aging, there are a few things you can do to lessen their appearance.
We of course encourage you to make friends with any lines that may appear as you naturally age. But, if your crow’s feet bother you, there are some things you can do to make them appear less noticeable. (Just don’t stop smiling to forgo wrinkles -- there are better ways we promise.)
Because we’re talking about the skin that’s very close to your precious eyes, a word of caution -- use acids, peels, or any resurfacing product very carefully and with the advice of your doctor. It’s best to opt for in-office treatments when dealing with crow’s feet.
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