While it is said that the eyes are the window to the soul, they can also reveal something else: your age. That’s because the skin around the eyes is thinner than that found on the rest of the body, making it more susceptible to wrinkles and other imperfections associated with the aging process, particularly crow’s feet.
Crow’s feet – or “character lines” or “smile lines” as they have diplomatically become known – are fine lines that develop outside the corners of the eye. They often begin to appear in our 30’s, when our body’s production of collagen and elastin proteins begins to slow. As for treatment of crow’s feet, much of the advice you will find involves Botox injections or other invasive procedures. Crow’s feet can, however, be cared for naturally. Here are three ways to get started:
We all love spending time in the warmth of the sun, but its harmful UV rays can destroy the collagen cells present in the sensitive skin around your eyes, reducing elasticity and promoting wrinkles. To protect yourself, get into the habit of applying a broad spectrum, high-SPF sunscreen to your face each day. UV blocking sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats can be a second, not to mention stylish, line of defense.
While the benefits of massage for sore muscles and joints are well known, it can also help you fight wrinkles. How? Well, regular facial massages reinvigorate your skin by stimulating blood flow and removing impurities trapped deep in the tissue. A gentle massage of the cheeks, forehead, and the areas around your eyes, combined with a natural moisturizer, will yield the best results. Rostoplasc’s Botanical Moisturizing Day Cream is ideally formulated to hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes but, if you prefer the feel of an oil, coconut or argan oils are also great choices. Plus, by massaging the moisturizer onto your face, the healing and nourishing ingredients will penetrate the deeper layers of your skin. If you’re looking for a sample facial massage program, see here.
Enjoy a face mask
Face masks are another fantastic way to fight crow’s feet. Each of these masks contain only natural ingredients and can be easily made at home.
Vitamin E and Grape: Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that is second to none in terms of firming and plumping tired skin. Grapes are no slouch in the antioxidant department, either: they’re rich in polyphenol, which prevents the skin from losing its elasticity. To create a simple anti-wrinkle powerhouse, just mix the contents of two vitamin E capsules with the pulp of two green grapes.
Papaya and Oatmeal: Papayas are not only packed with vitamins A, C, and E, they also contain alpha hydroxy acid, a compound revered for its anti-aging properties. Combined with the oats, which soothe and exfoliate the skin, you’re got a perfect wrinkle-fighting combination.
Egg Whites: Egg whites are full of proteins that will lift, tighten, and tone your skin, giving it that coveted youthful appearance. To apply, simply coat your face with the egg whites, let dry, and rinse with cool water.