What Causes Crow’s Feet?

“Crow’s feet” is the name given to the wrinkles that develop on the sides of the eyes. Another common name for this type of wrinkle is ‘laugh lines.’ The word originated from the idea that the creases literally look like crow’s feet around the eyes. These wrinkles tend to be little, yet deep creases. Although the appearance of crow’s feet may not be the most flattering, most people develop them over time. Common treatments such as wrinkle serums, injection fillers and even SPF can help to reduce the appearance of this wrinkle. This article is going to cover the most common causes of crow’s feet and what you can do about it.

Common Causes of Crow’s Feet

Crow’s Feet can be as tricky as the animal they’re named for.  They can come from a variety of causes, or from a combination of any of these causes.  While it might be hard to pinpoint what is causing your crow’s feet in particular, this list is a good spot to start looking.

Overuse of Facial Expressions

Facial expression’s is a common cause of developing crow’s feet. Movements such as squinting, laughing and crying can lead to this wrinkle type. Although facial expressions are natural and even essential to human communication, it can lead to wrinkling. However, you should not worry about this cause! We wouldn’t want you to stop smiling. The good news is, facial expressions tend to relax when you sleep which reduces those pesky fine lines around your eyes. To avoid premature crow’s feet from facial expressions, try not to squint your eyes as much. You can also purchase a skin firming product that helps to keep the skin taught and smooth. If you live a sunny environment, try wearing sun glasses to protect your eyes from excessive squinting.

Over Exposure to the Sun

Over exposure to the sun is a leading cause of wrinkles in general, not just crow’s feet. The skin on the face is incredibly delicate and sensitive. The skin contains proteins called collagen and elastin that are responsible for maintaining a firm and smooth texture. As you age, collagen and elastin cells break down and produce less. When the sun comes into contact with your skin, it breaks down these cells even more. As a result, the skin starts to wrinkle and damage. The sun can worsen the appearance of crow’s feet or cause early onset wrinkling around the eyes. Squinting because of the sun is another cause of wrinkling. To prevent this, try purchasing a good SPF lotion and always protect your eyes when in the sun or driving on a sunny day.

Dehydration

As I’m sure you are aware, drinking water has thousands of benefits. But did you know that not drinking enough water can leave serious damage on your skin? It’s true! This is because skin cells, like all cells, are made up of water. So, as you can imagine, without enough water, cells won’t work properly. The skin is the largest organ on the body and contains millions-trillions of cells that are all in need of water. If you do not stay hydrated, the skin will start to dry out, crack and wrinkle. This accelerates the development of crow’s feet. The best thing you can do to avoid skin dehydration is, well, stay hydrated! Make sure to drink at least 8 cups of water a day. Drinking water is scientifically proven to keep the skin looking and feeling youthful for longer. Another good thing you can do is invest in a good moisturizer. Moisturizers contain natural humectants and emollients that lock in hydration to keep the skin from drying out.

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