It happens to everyone.
One day our face is nice and smooth, and the next, we look in the mirror and, WHAT?! What the heck are those lines around our eyes?! How did that happen?!
Those are “lovingly” called crow’s feet, and are usually the first fine lines that start to appear on our faces. Some of us get them as early as in our late 20s – it really depends on the kind of lifestyle we lead.
We all know we are going to get wrinkles, eventually, but there are some things that can make them appear much sooner than they should:
1. Unprotected Sun Exposure
Nothing does as much damage to the skin as unprotected sun exposure. UV rays damage elastin fibers and decrease the production of collagen, both of which are essential to keep our skin elastic.
Healthy skin may wrinkle up a bit when you smile or squint, but it goes right back into its smooth shape afterwards. But, when you start losing too much collagen and elastin, it can’t do that anymore. Instead, it becomes loose, saggy, and wrinkled.
This one is easy: wear sunscreen EVERY single day, come rain or come shine. Those sneaky UV rays can penetrate through clouds and windows, and even get reflected on snow, so don’t think you’re safe from them just because you can’t see them.
UV rays aren’t the only thing that reduces collagen in the skin. Its production naturally slows down with age. From the age of 21, we lose 1% of collagen every year! You know what this means? When you’re young and you squint, your skin goes back into shape. Over the years, though, too much squinting turns those temporary lines into permanent wrinkles.
Squint as little as possible. Give up smoking and wear sunglasses on sunny days.
Smoking reduces the amount of collagen and elastin our body produces, too (what can I say, they are VERY delicate). But, there’s more. Smoking also decreases blood flow, so our organs can’t even get the proper amount of oxygen and nutrients it needs to function properly. Then, there’s the squinting, which we already know is bad. No wonders smokers age much faster than their non-smoking friends.
Give up smoking. I know, easier said than done. But, it’ll be worth it. You won’t just age better. You’ll also live a longer and healthier life.
Did you know that estrogen and collagen are connected? You lose the one, you lose the other. And we all lose estrogen when we go into menopause. So, yeah, wrinkles are gonna get worse, baby.
There’s nothing we can do to prevent menopause. I guess you could discuss hormonal therapies with your doctor, but those can have some pretty severe side effects. Know the risks and make your choice.
The Bottom Line
Now we know what causes those dreaded crow’s feet, we can finally start preventing them, and keep them off our faces for as long as possible.
How do you prevent crow’s feet?